Phrenic Nerve Surgery Program at The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction and UCLA

Phrenic Nerve Surgery done Bicoastally by Dr. Matthew Kaufman

Matthew Kaufman, MDDr. Matthew Kaufman performs phrenic nerve surgery at The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction, based in Shrewsbury, New Jersey, and the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Kaufman, a voluntary assistant clinical professor at the Geffen, began specializing in this procedure at his plastic and reconstructive surgery practice in 2007. To date, he has performed over 425 phrenic nerve surgeries (as of 5/2019).

The phrenic nerve, which stretches from the neck and down the spine between the heart and lungs, is critical for breathing and provides instructions to the diaphragm. For people suffering from paralysis, surgery enables the implantation of a breathing pacemaker, which substitutes for a ventilator and enables patients to breathe independently.

Dr. Matthew Kaufman is an award-winning cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon, board certified in both Plastic Surgery and Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). Dr. Kaufman began his surgical training at one of the nation’s top programs for Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery at The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan. He continued his training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. Among his nerve surgery expertise, which he performs with his partners at The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction in Shrewsbury, Dr. Kaufman is alone in performing this specialized phrenic nerve surgery, which he does in New Jersey and in California. In addition to treating patients in the U.S., Dr. Kaufman has treated patients from Australia, Canada, and Israel; ranging in age from 11 to 70. He has published a number of academic articles in medical journals and appeared at both national and international medical conferences speaking about the procedure.

The Phrenic Nerve Program is a collaboration between Reza Jarrahy, MD at the UCLA Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Matthew Kaufman, MD at The Institute for Advanced Reconstruction.

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