p-dr-colenStephen R. Colen, M.D.
Professor of Surgery
New York University Medical Center

The Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery is chaired by Stephen R. Colen, M.D., who joined Hackensack University Medical Center in 2002 from New York University Medical Center. Dr. Colen, who maintains offices at Hackensack University Medical Center and in New York City, has been in practice for 25 years. He is skilled in all areas of plastic and reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Colen has special expertise in breast reconstruction following cancer surgery. Fifteen years ago, he developed the Immediate Breast Reconstruction Program at New York University Medical Center, which utilizes surgical techniques to reconstruct the breast immediately after its removal for breast cancer. The program has helped hundreds of women recover both physically and emotionally from breast cancer surgery.

Dr. Colen specializes in cosmetic surgery of the face and body as well as breast reconstruction. He is board certified in both general surgery and plastic surgery. He is frequently invited to lecture at national and international medical conferences. Widely published in major medical journals, Dr. Colen is an associate professor at New York University Medical Center and is also on staff for their Residency Training Program.

Dr. Colen is joined by the following members of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery:

Vice Chairman

p-dr-wintersRichard Winters, M.D.

Richard M. Winters, M.D., FACS graduated from Tufts University and the University of Connecticut School of Medicine. His postgraduate surgical training includes full general surgery training with board certification, plastic surgery training at Cornell/New York Hospital with board certification and additional training in complex microsurgery in San Francisco. Dr. Winters has been in practice at Hackensack University Medical Center since 1998 and currently sees a wide variety of cosmetic and complex reconstructive patients.


Chairpersons Emertitus 

Craig Hall, M.D.

Gregory Rauscher, M.D.


Senior Attendings 

David Bikoff, M.D.

Dante Greco, M.D.



William Boss, M.D.

Emanuel Lat, M.D.



John Cozzone, M.D.




Joseph Capella, M.D.
Chief, Division of Post Bariatric Surgery

Sydney Rabinowitz, M.D.
UMDNJ - Clinical Instructor



Stephanie Cohen, M.D.
Chief, Division of Breast Reconstruction

Michael Sternschein, M.D.



Joseph Giampapa, M.D.

Michael Torsiello, M.D.



Dante Greco, M.D.

Robert Morin, M.D.


Assistant Attendings 

Gil Altman, M.D.

Richard Kim, M.D.
Chief, Division of Hand Surgery
Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery
Columbia University



Robin Ashinoff, M.D.
Chief, MOHS, Dermatological Surgery
Clinical Associate Professor of Dermatology
New York University Medical Center,
Department of Dermatology

Samuel Rhee, M.D.



Troy Callahan, M.D.

Perry Ritota, M.D.



Edward Lee, M.D.

Tzvi Small, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Plastic Surgery,
Albert Einstein College of Medicine



Michael Fiorillo, M.D.

Hakan Usal, M.D.



Mark Granick, M.D.
Tenured Professor of Surgery
Chief, Division of Plastic Surgery
Program Director - New Jersey Medical School-UMDNJ

John Vaccaro, M.D.



Gordon Kaplan, M.D.

Luis Zapiach, M.D.


Clinical Assistants


Frank Ciminello, M.D.
Section Chief Cranio-Facial
and Pediatric Plastic Surgery

Frank Ferraro, M.D.



Kari Colen, M.D.

Lisa Jacob, M.D.



Steve Fallek, M.D.

Joseph Pober, M.D.


Medical Associates 

Robert Beasley, M.D.

Paul Parker, M.D.



Gary Breslow, M.D.

Richard Peck, M.D.



Parnham Ganchi, M.D.



Physician Assistant 

Laurie Tare



Honorary Staff 

Robert Beasley, M.D.

Charles Garbaccio, M.D.



Joseph Demarco, M.D.



Administrative Directors 

Theresa Ebel, MAS

Lani Garris, MAS, RN


Magnet Nurses

No matter what type of surgical procedure you will be undergoing, you will be cared for by some of the nation's best nurses. Hackensack University Medical Center’s nurses have been awarded the prestigious Magnet Nursing Award by the American Nurses Credentialing Center for a record nine consecutive years. The medical center was the second hospital in the nation to have achieved this award, in 1995, and has since been redesignated for two consecutive four-year terms. In 2003, the medical center was again redesignated and today continues its pursuit of excellence every day.


Magnet Award recognition has been directly attributed to the following positive practices: high patient satisfaction ratings; an excellent registered nurse-to-patient ratio; a decrease in hospital-acquired infections, falls, injuries, medical errors, and related complications; and a very low nurse turnover rate.

The medical center's Magnet nurses work in all areas of plastic and reconstructive surgery, including assisting with procedures, monitoring patients, providing pre- and post-surgical care, and readying patients for their discharge from the medical center.

* Board certification pending.

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