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Research interests

Dr. Spiegel's main field of clinical expertise and scientific interest is advanced breast reconstruction procedures. She specializes in autologous muscle‐preserving perforator flaps and has performed over a thousand microsurgical reconstructive procedures. In addition, she focuses on functional aspects of breast restoration, including lymph node transfer and has pioneered techniques for restoration of sensation in microsurgical breast procedures. Dr. Spiegel also specializes in composite breast reconstruction techniques after nipple sparing mastectomy, direct to implant breast reconstruction, and fat grafting procedures.

Personal profile

Dr. Spiegel is an Associate Professor at Weill Cornell School of Medicine and the Director of the Center for Breast Restoration, at Houston Methodist Hospital.  She was born in Warsaw, Poland and grew up in Canada. She received her Doctorate in Medicine from the University of Ottawa and trained in general surgery at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore Maryland.  She completed her plastic surgery residency and microsurgery fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas, and is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Spiegel has authored two textbooks and has written over 50 articles and book chapters and has given more than 200 lectures around the world. Dr. Spiegel is recognized by her peers and has been voted to Super Docs, Houston Top Docs, Castle Connelly’s Top Docs and US News and World Report Top Doctors. She actively participates in the plastic surgery resident training program and instructs residents in the highly skilled area of microsurgical breast reconstruction.  Dr. Spiegel recently started a preceptorship program for plastic surgeons in which she teaches her specialized techniques during live surgery. 

Dr. Spiegel’s passion for developing and improving reconstruction techniques and reestablishing breast sensation has made her a highly sought out surgeon and speaker as well as author, editor and reviewer for multiple publications including The Breast Journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Annals of Plastic Surgery and the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery. She travels extensively as an invited lecturer and to teach surgical techniques through educational live surgery presentations, nationally and internationally. Dr. Spiegel holds two patents, one patent pending, and sits on two medical advisory boards. She is a consultant for Mentor Worldwide Inc., the Musculoskeletal Transplant Foundation Transplant, and Ethicon as well as an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Association of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, Plastic Surgery Research Council, Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, Texas Medical Association and Harris County Medical Society, Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons, Women’s Microsurgery Group and Society for Leading Medicine. Dr. Spiegel is honored to help women through their breast cancer journey and established The Pink Sisters Support Group for her patients to help with education, outreach and advocacy.


Education/Academic qualification

Plastic Surgery, Residency, Baylor College of Medicine

Jul 1 1998Jun 30 2001

Award Date: Jun 30 2001

Plastic Surgery, Clinical Fellowship, Baylor College of Medicine

Jul 1 1997Jun 30 1998

Award Date: Jun 30 1998

General Surgery, Internship, Johns Hopkins University

Jun 24 1994Jun 30 1997

Award Date: Jun 30 1997

MD, University of Ottawa

… → May 15 1994

Award Date: May 15 1994

Free-text keywords

  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast sensation
  • DIEP flaps
  • SGAP flaps
  • TAP flaps
  • SIEA flaps
  • Microsurgery


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