Deborah Yu, MD

Dr. Deborah Yu is a specialist in reconstructive and cosmetic procedures with a particular interest in breast reconstruction.

Dr. Yu has presented at national meetings and received an award for her research on the use of acellular dermal matrix (ADM) in breast reconstruction. With increasing frequency, surgeons are electing to use acellular dermis to assist with tissue-expander or implant-based primary breast reconstruction. This matrix provides a scaffold upon which the patient’s own cells can repopulate and revascularize the implanted tissue. *

Dr. Yu trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Virginia. She received her medical degree at Georgetown University and completed a full general surgery residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center. She also completed a postdoctoral research fellowship with Dr. Paul Cederna in the Section of Plastic Surgery at the University of Michigan. As an undergraduate, she attended Princeton University and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Molecular Biology.

Dr. Yu’s dozens of publications and presentations cover a range of plastic surgery topics, including cleft palates, peripheral nerve grafts, breast reconstruction and cosmetic surgery. Among her prestigious awards and honors, she is the recipient of the 2014 John Bostwick Resident Paper Award (the first winner in the history of the award) and the Raymond F. Morgan Research Award for Plastic Surgery Residents at the University of Virginia.

A mother of two young children, Dr. Yu stresses her understanding of the physical changes a woman experiences as a result of childbirth and the role that cosmetic surgery may play in these women’s lives.

Watching my first breast reconstruction in medical school was simply amazing. The realization that you could move tissue from one part of the body to make a breast was simply breathtaking to me. It made me decide I wanted to be a plastic surgeon.