Lisa F. Schneider, MD, FACS

Dr. Lisa Schneider is certified in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). She is also a member of the International Society of Lymphology (ISL).

Dr. Schneider is an expert microsurgeon, trained in all aspects of surgical reconstruction in addition to aesthetic and hand surgery. A strong advocate for women and women’s health issues, she emphasizes patient-centered care combined with the highest level of technique. Dr. Schneider has a long-standing interest in breast reconstruction, whether by using implants or the body’s own tissue. Some of the techniques that she offers include DIEP (deep inferior epigastric perforator) free flaps, stacked DIEP flaps and non-abdominal free flaps, including PAP (profunda artery perforator) and LTP (lateral thigh perforator) flaps. She also is the co-director of the Center for Lymphedema Surgery at the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction, where she performs free lymph node transfer, lymphaticovenous anastomosis (LVA) as well as other related procedures and directs multi-hospital prospective clinical trials in order to advance the treatment of this disease. This is facilitated by her membership in the International Society of Lymphology (ISL), which brings together worldwide experts in the area of lymphedema.

Dr. Schneider was part of an elite group chosen for directed six-year training combining general and plastic surgery, the most selective residency category in the United States. Dr. Schneider trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Institute for Reconstructive Plastic Surgery (IRPS) at New York University Langone Medical Center and Bellevue Hospital Center, one of the oldest and most prestigious programs in the country. She received training from international experts in all aspects of plastic surgery, including aesthetic, reconstruction, hand and microsurgery. She pursued additional training at IRPS in microsurgical reconstruction in order to maximize her ability to reconstruct the most challenging surgical problems.

She has published widely in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery, including the highly respected journals Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Journal of the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Schneider has also presented her research at both national and international meetings, where she has received awards for her work.

Dr. Schneider attended medical school at the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons where she was selected to be a member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Because of her dedication to compassionate patient care, she was selected for the Gold Humanism Honor Society. She was also selected for additional awards based on exceptional academic achievement, including the Glasgow-Rubin Achievement Award, the Markowitz Endowment for Scholars and the Herbert J. Bartelstone Award.

As an undergraduate, she attended Yale University, where she graduated with a Summa Cum Laude degree in Humanities and was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She was awarded the Nicholas Poulin Cup, given to the woman with the highest GPA in the graduating class of Pierson College, and a Howard Hughes Institute Fellowship for teaching. She was co-coordinator of the sexual assault counseling service for Yale University. She traveled to both Kenya and India to perform humanitarian work.

Currently, Dr. Schneider is affiliated with the following professional organizations:

  • The American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)
  • The American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM)
  • The American College of Surgeons (ACS)
  • The Association of Women Surgeons (AWS)

Most recently, Dr. Schneider has been interviewed on CBS News in New York, lending her knowledge and expertise to comment on the situation with Jason Pierre-Paul, star of the New York Giants.  Click here to read more.

After working with blind children in an Indian hospital, I was inspired to pursue a career in medicine in order to dedicate myself to a life of service. I am passionate about plastic surgery, especially the opportunity to work with patients who are experiencing a difficult situation. Reconstructive surgery allows me to combine elegant careful surgery with the ability to make a profound impact on someone’s life and self image.