Joseph Dayan, MD
Joseph H. Dayan, MD is a board-certified plastic surgeon specializing in microsurgical reconstruction for survivors of breast cancer and head and neck cancer. His passion is using surgical innovation and individualized care to help cancer survivors preserve or restore their relationship with their body.
With a major part of his practice focused on breast reconstruction using microsurgical techniques, Dr. Dayan offers a range of autologous (free flap) breast reconstructions, including the DIEP, GAP and PAP flaps. He also offers ResensationSM, a new surgical technique used to potentially restore sensation to the breasts of women undergoing free flap reconstruction. To perform Resensation, Dr. Dayan uses a nerve graft to reconnect nerves in the chest with those in the reconstructed breast.
Resensation is performed during autologous flap breast reconstructions, so a primary consideration for surgeons is whether a woman is a good candidate for flap reconstruction.
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Dr. Dayan received his medical degree from the Larner College of Medicine at University of Vermont. He completed his residency in plastic surgery at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, D.C., and a fellowship in microsurgery at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan.
At Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, he was a pioneer of a new type of flap surgery, the DUG flap. The DUG flap is similar to the TUG and the PAP flap in that excess tissue is taken from the inner thigh to recreate breasts, however the DUG flap’s incision pattern has been shown to work better in certain women.
Focus on nerve repair
As co-director of Lymphatic Surgery and Research at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Dr. Dayan is recognized as an international expert in lymphedema. He is president and co-founder of the American Society for Lymphatic Surgery and a board member of the Lymphatic Education and Research Network. He has contributed to peer-reviewed research on topics in plastic surgery, breast reconstruction and lymphedema treatment, and has pioneered techniques to safely perform lymph node transplantation to relieve lymphedema symptoms.
Dr. Dayan is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. In addition to microsurgical reconstruction and sensory restoration through the use of nerve grafts in the breasts, he also uses microsurgical tissue transfer for nerve reconstruction in patients with facial paralysis. As director of Memorial Sloan Kettering’s Facial Paralysis Program. Dr. Dayan is experienced with using a full spectrum of techniques including multiple nerve transfers, nerve grafts, and muscle transplants to treat facial paralysis due to parotid cancer, acoustic neuroma, Bell’s palsy and developmental facial paralysis.
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