Russell Ashinoff, MD, FACS

Dr. Ashinoff is double board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery, and he is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS).

Dr. Ashinoff earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Computer Science at the University at Albany, graduating with honors and receiving the Presidential Award for Excellence in Research. He earned his medical degree at the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse, NY. Dr. Ashinoff was then chosen to continue his training in General Surgery at the renowned New York University and Bellevue Hospital program in Manhattan. While there, he spent an additional year conducting research in the Laboratory for Microvascular Research and Vascular Tissue Engineering. His work was featured at several national and international meetings, and was published in numerous medical journals.

Dr. Ashinoff was then invited to train as a Fellow in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Emory University in Atlanta. While there, he worked alongside pioneers in the field of plastic surgery, learning the most innovative and advanced techniques in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. During this time, he also published scientific articles on Eyelid Rejuvenation and Breast Reconstruction, as well as authoring a book chapter on the treatment of pediatric craniofacial trauma.

Dr. Ashinoff is Double Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery (ASPS). He was named a Castle Connolly Top Doctor as well as a Castle Connolly Top Doctor for Cancer. Additionally, Dr. Ashinoff has been included on the lists of Top Surgeons and Top Plastic Surgeons for several consecutive years by The Consumer Research Council of America.

Dr. Ashinoff is the co-director of the Program for Lymphedema Surgery at the Institute for Advanced Reconstruction, where he 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.

Dr. Ashinoff – Did You Know?

Dr. Ashinoff is the first doctor in his family. He and his wife, a social worker who has worked with children with autism spectrum disorders, are active in breast cancer charities and various charities for children with special needs.

Inspiring Medical Case:

In 2011, Dr. Ashinoff performed breast reduction surgery on a patient who had suffered from debilitating back and neck pain for many years. Her preoperative mammogram was normal and her surgery went wonderfully, with immediate relief of her symptoms. A week later, the lab report revealed that cancer was detected in the breast tissue that had been removed. While the diagnosis was unexpected, it was also lifesaving, as the cancer was invisible on x-ray and would have continued to grow undetected. She underwent a mastectomy and reconstruction with Dr. Ashinoff, and is back to working as a full time medical professional.

Plastic surgery is a wonderful field because it allows us to help patients in so many different ways, ranging from breast reconstruction after breast cancer to facial reconstruction after malignancy or trauma to limb replantation. The skills we share in this practice allow us to approach a problem from many angles and offer a solution based on a wealth of knowledge and experience.