Hani Sbitany, MD

Plastic and reconstructive surgeon

Dr. Hani Sbitany is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, specializing in reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgery. He performs post-mastectomy breast reconstruction, including microsurgical free tissue transfer, implant-based techniques, and fat grafting. He is trained in reconstructive microsurgery, and performs the most advanced procedures for restoring form and function after breast cancer surgery. He also performs surgical reconstruction for defects of the head and neck, torso, arms and legs. Other areas of expertise include reconstruction after skin cancer removal, and general plastic and reconstructive surgery. In cosmetic surgery, his focus is surgical rejuvenation of the face, breasts and torso.

Sbitany's research addresses optimizing outcomes and safety of techniques for fat transfer to the breast, following mastectomy or breast conservation treatment for breast cancer. Sbitany earned a medical degree at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. He completed a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Rochester in New York, and a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He has written book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed medical publications, and is a reviewer for two plastic and reconstructive surgery journals. He is an assistant professor of surgery in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UCSF.

Learn more about Sbitany in a Q&A where he discusses tissue-transfer techniques for breast reconstruction after cancer surgery.


Breast Care Plastic Surgery
1600 Divisadero St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone (Dr. Robert Foster): (415) 885-7729
Phone (Dr. Hani Sbitany): (415) 353-9985
Fax: (415) 353-9541

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center
1600 Divisadero St., Second Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-7070
Nurse Advice Line : (415) 353-9752
Surgery Fax: (415) 353-7050
Oncology Fax: (415) 353-7692

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Melanoma Center
1600 Divisadero St., Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-9900
Fax: (415) 885-3802

Hours: Monday to Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Conditions & Treatments

Board Certification

Plastic Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery

Academic Title

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery

More about Hani Sbitany


Columbia University School of Medicine 2005


University of Rochester School of Medicine 2010


University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine 2011

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Mazor M, Lee JQ, Peled A, Zerzan S, Irwin C, Chesney MA, Serrurier K, Sbitany H, Dhruva A, Sacks D, Smoot B. The Effect of Yoga on Arm Volume, Strength, and Range of Motion in Women at Risk for Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema. J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Oct 24.
  2. Lentz RB, Piper ML, Gomez-Sanchez C, Sbitany H. Correction of Breast Animation Deformity following Prosthetic Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Oct; 140(4):643e-644e.
  3. Thomas S, Chen S, Sbitany H, Kwon E, Piper M, Park J, Terranova Barberio M, Pawlowska N, Munster PN. Autologous Fat Grafting as a Novel Antiestrogen Vehicle for the Treatment of Breast Cancer. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Sep; 140(3):537-544.
  4. Sbitany H, Piper M, Lentz R. Prepectoral Breast Reconstruction: A Safe Alternative to Submuscular Prosthetic Reconstruction following Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2017 Sep; 140(3):432-443.
  5. Peled AW, Sears M, Wang F, Foster RD, Alvarado M, Wong J, Ewing CA, Sbitany H, Esserman LJ, Fowble B. Complications After Total Skin-Sparing Mastectomy and Expander-Implant Reconstruction: Effects of Radiation Therapy on the Stages of Reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg. 2017 Jun 01.
  6. Piper ML, Roussel LO, Koltz PF, Wang F, Singh K, Chin R, Sbitany H, Langstein HN. Characterizing infections in prosthetic breast reconstruction: A validity assessment of national health databases. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2017 Oct; 70(10):1345-1353.
  7. Oliver-Allen H, Piper M, Vaughn C, Sbitany H. Immediate Reconstruction for Plantar Melanoma: A Paradigm Shift. Ann Plast Surg. 2017 May; 78(5 Suppl 4):S194-S198.
  8. Piper ML, Evangelista M, Amara D, Daar D, Foster RD, Fowble B, Sbitany H. An Innovative Risk-Reducing Approach to Postmastectomy Radiation Delivery after Autologous Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2017 Apr; 5(4):e1265.
  9. Wang F, Chin R, Piper M, Esserman L, Sbitany H. Do Prolonged Prophylactic Antibiotics Reduce the Incidence of Surgical-Site Infections in Immediate Prosthetic Breast Reconstruction? Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Dec; 138(6):1141-1149.
  10. Sbitany H. Discussion: Impact of Prior Unilateral Chest Wall Radiotherapy on Outcomes in Bilateral Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 10; 138(4):581e-2e.
  11. Piper ML, Esserman LJ, Sbitany H, Peled AW. Outcomes Following Oncoplastic Reduction Mammoplasty: A Systematic Review. Ann Plast Surg. 2016 May; 76 Suppl 3:S222-6.
  12. Piper M, Guajardo I, Denkler K, Sbitany H. Axillary Web Syndrome: Current Understanding and New Directions for Treatment. Ann Plast Surg. 2016 May; 76 Suppl 3:S227-31.
  13. El-Sabawi B, Carey JN, Hagopian TM, Sbitany H, Patel KM. Radiation and breast reconstruction: Algorithmic approach and evidence-based outcomes. J Surg Oncol. 2016 Jun; 113(8):906-12.
  14. Sbitany H, Wang F, Peled AW, Alvarado M, Ewing CA, Esserman LJ, Foster RD. Tissue Expander Reconstruction After Total Skin-Sparing Mastectomy: Defining the Effects of Coverage Technique on Nipple/Areola Preservation. Ann Plast Surg. 2016 Jan; 77(1):17-24.
  15. Wong A, Lee S, Nathan NS, Wang F, Hansen SL, Harris HW, Sbitany H. Postoperative Prophylactic Antibiotic Use following Ventral Hernia Repair with Placement of Surgical Drains Reduces the Postoperative Surgical-Site Infection Rate. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Jan; 137(1):285-94.
  16. Wang F, Peled AW, Chin R, Fowble B, Alvarado M, Ewing C, Esserman L, Foster R, Sbitany H. The Impact of Radiation Therapy, Lymph Node Dissection, and Hormonal Therapy on Outcomes of Tissue Expander-Implant Exchange in Prosthetic Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 Jan; 137(1):1-9.
  17. Wong A, Lee S, Nathan NS, Wang F, Hansen SL, Harris HW, Sbitany H. Postoperative Prophylactic Antibiotic Use Following Ventral Hernia Repair with Placement of Surgical Drains Reduces Postoperative Surgical Site Infection Rate. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Oct; 136(4 Suppl):12-3.
  18. Xu X, Wilschut KJ, Kouklis G, Tian H, Hesse R, Garland C, Sbitany H, Hansen S, Seth R, Knott PD, Hoffman WY, Pomerantz JH. Human Satellite Cell Transplantation and Regeneration from Diverse Skeletal Muscles. Stem Cell Reports. 2015 Sep 08; 5(3):419-34.
  19. Piper M, Irwin C, Sbitany H. Pediatric lower extremity sarcoma reconstruction: A review of limb salvage procedures and outcomes. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2016 Jan; 69(1):91-6.
  20. Sbitany H, Kwon E, Chern H, Finlayson E, Varma MG, Hansen SL. Outcomes Analysis of Biologic Mesh Use for Abdominal Wall Reconstruction in Clean-Contaminated and Contaminated Ventral Hernia Repair. Ann Plast Surg. 2015 Aug; 75(2):201-4.

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