Medical Advisory Board

AiRS works in partnership with physicians in the United States, providing the resources necessary to provide options for women who would not otherwise have access to breast reconstruction.  Our Professional Partners are physicians, medical and other professionals, who want to volunteer, donate services or reduce fees related to breast reconstruction or provide other resources for women in need.

For more information about becoming a professional partner with the AiRS Foundation, please contact us.

Jonathan Bank, M.D.

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, PC

Great Neck, NY

Jonathan Bank, M.D. is a New York based board-certified plastic surgeon with specialty training in microsurgery. His interests include autologous breast reconstruction, sensory restoration of the reconstructed breast, reversal of lymphedema, and body contouring with a three-dimensional methodology. He performs all aspects of facial, breast, and body cosmetic surgery in the New York area. He has presented and published his research extensively. Dr. Bank is passionate about supporting and empowering women through their breast reconstruction journey and reclaiming their identity after treatment. He created Reconstructed, to showcase an inspiring artistic approach to overcoming breast cancer.

Michael S. Beckenstein M.D., FACS

Alabama Breast Cancer Cooperative

Birmingham, AL

Dr. Beckenstein is certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and the American Board of Surgery and he’s a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS). It’s important that your surgeon is ABPS-certified because it requires rigorous training and experience not matched by cosmetic surgery boards with names that sound official.  In addition, Dr. Beckenstein is an active member of The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), in which only 30% of plastic surgeons gain entry, and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS).  Dr. Beckenstein is the author or co-author of several articles published in peer-reviewed journals, as well as several textbook chapters on the subjects of breast, aesthetic, and reconstructive surgery. He also holds a U.S. patent on a medical device and he is a reviewer for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Eric G Halvorson, M.D.

Halvorson Plastic Surgery

Asheville, NC

My clinical practice and research have focused on improving outcomes in cancer reconstruction and plastic surgery of the breast.  I have written numerous journal articles and chapter, and I have presented my research at national and international conferences. I serve on the editorial boards of Annals of Plastic Surgery and the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery. I am certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and I am an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Alexes Hazen, M.D.

NYU Plastic Surgery Associates

New York, NY

Alexes Hazen graduated from Brown Medical School in 1996 and went on to Residency in the combined General Surgery/Plastic Surgery program at NYU. After completing Residency at NYU she did a one year Microsurgical Fellowship at NYU.

In 2001 she began work as an Assistant Professor in Plastic Surgery at NYU and Bellevue Hospital. She is the Director of the NYU Aesthetic Center. In 2004 she became Chief of the Manhattan Veterans Administration in Plastic Surgery performing reconstruction on veterans.  She has done research focused on lipoaspirate and developed an animal model to study lipoaspirate, as well as an animal model to study radiation damage.  Her previous PSEF and National Foundation Grant focused on her work in examining the mechanism by which lipoaspirate alters the environment in which it presents.  She has done research on developing 3D animation and surgical simulation to help educate both patients and residents regarding surgical procedures. This Grant will focus on the evaluation of surgical simulation and 3D animation to educate surgical residents in specific procedures.

Binh Nguyen, M.D.

TriHealth Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Cincinnati, OH

As a sculptor and painter, Binh Nguyen, MD, calls on his creative side when solving challenging problems with plastic surgery. He finds it rewarding to help people work through the process of recovery, restoring both form and function taken by disease.  Dr. Nguyen specializes in aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, treating youth and adults. He places an emphasis on aligning with the patients’ goals and expectations before surgery, making them feel comfortable as they work together to achieve the desired results. With a background in research and publishing, Dr. Nguyen continues to stay abreast of new technologies in the field and employs the most advanced plastic surgical techniques in caring for his patients.  Originally from Vietnam, Dr. Nguyen grew up in Texas, coming to Cincinnati to complete a fellowship in plastics. He and his wife fell in love with the city and the people, making this their home to raise their two sons. In addition to a passion for arts, he also enjoys reading, sports, traveling and culinary adventures, both through restaurants and cooking.

PRMA Plastic Surgery

NYU Plastic Surgery Associates

San Antonio, TX

The surgeons and staff of PRMA strive to provide top quality, personalized care and results beyond expectations for all patients seeking reconstructive or cosmetic plastic surgery.  PRMA is one of the leading breast reconstruction practices in the world, routinely welcoming out-of-state and international patients.

We are dedicated to promoting an environment of compassion, concern and support for every patient regardless of social or economic status or type of insurance. We will strive to not only support the patient and their family but also to support each other as the ever-changing field of medicine becomes more complex.

Honesty and Integrity, Compassion and Caring, make up the foundation of PRMA and at no point shall these principles be compromised.

Richard G Reish, M.D., FACS

Long Island Plastic Surgical Group, PC

Long Island, NY

Dr. Reish performs a wide range of cosmetic plastic surgical procedures which includes rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation, facelift, neck lift, minimal-incision breast augmentation, breast reduction, breast lift, abdominoplasty, liposuction, fat transfer, labiaplasty, as well as facial implants including chin implants. Dr. Reish is also well versed in all areas of reconstructive surgery, including breast reconstruction. He is heavily involved in cutting-edge clinical research and has published numerous articles in the top nationally recognized plastic surgery research journals. Dr. Reish has been invited to present his research at numerous national and international plastic surgery conferences. While at Harvard Medical School, Dr. Reish pioneered investigations of many novel scar minimizing treatments. Dr. Reish is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is an active member of numerous surgical organizations including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American College of Surgeons. Dr. Reish is also currently on the RealSelf Business Advisory Board, where he works alongside RealSelf senior leadership to influence product and business decisions that affect the RealSelf community.

Silvia Rotemberg, M.D.

S Rotemberg Plastic Surgery

Miami, FL

Dr. Silvia Rotemberg M.D. is a cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgeon in South Miami, Florida. She is board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a world leader in her industry having worked at the highest levels of plastic surgery, including the world-renowned Cleveland Clinic where she practiced for many years.  Through her focus on individualized procedures, efficient recovery, and organic results, Dr. Silvia Rotemberg’s plastic surgery South Miami office has become a highly sought-after location for tasteful cosmetic and reconstructive surgery procedures.

Dr. Silvia Rotemberg believes plastic surgery is both a science and an art. Dr. Silvia Rotemberg’s passion for aesthetics is demonstrated through her artistic eye as well as a wealth of scientific know-how.

Hani Sbitany, M.D., FACS

Mount Sinai Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

New York, NY

Dr. Sbitany received his medical degree from Columbia University in 2005. He went on to complete residencies in general surgery and plastic surgery at the University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital, followed by a fellowship in reconstructive microsurgery at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.

Dr. Sbitany specializes in cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery, particularly in post-mastectomy breast reconstruction which incorporates microsurgical free tissue transfers, implant-based techniques, and fat grafting. Being trained in reconstructive microsurgery, he has expertise in the most advanced procedures to restore form and function after breast cancer surgery. Dr. Sbitany is internationally recognized for helping to define new, less-invasive procedures for post-mastectomy breast reconstruction (prepectoral breast reconstruction).

Denton Watumull, M.D., FACS

Regional Plastic Surgery Center

Dallas, TX

Dr. Denton Watumull is the founding physician of Regional Plastic Surgery Center. Dr Watumull has held multiple positions of leadership in the medical community, including Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at local hospitals. He is renowned as an exceptionally gifted breast augmentation, breast lift, tummy tuck and facial plastic surgery specialist including rhinoplasty and face lift.

Dr. Watumull was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and graduated with academic honors from Punahou High School as an All-American athlete in water polo. He graduated from Claremont McKenna College Magna Cum Laude and received the award for the top science student of the college. He graduated from University of Hawaii Medical School as member of the prestigious Alpha Omega Alpha academic honor society. His entire residency was at the top ranked University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He completed training programs in General/Trauma surgery, Plastic Surgery and Hand/Microvascular surgery (his residency was 9 years after medical school!).

WHITTEN WISE, M.D.

Center for Restorative Breast Surgery

New Orleans, LA

Dr. Whitten Wise is part of a world renowned team pioneering revolutionary breast reconstruction techniques at the St. Charles Surgical Hospital and Center for Restorative Breast Surgery.

Dr. Wise graduated with a B.S. in Biology from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina and received his Medical Degree from University of South Alabama in Mobile. He served both his internship and residency in general surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center, followed by an additional residency in plastic surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

Dr. Wise has performed over 2500 advanced microsurgical and other reconstructive and aesthetic procedures in the New Orleans region since 2005. Dr. Wise has served as an Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center and as an Assistant Professor of Surgery at Tulane University Health Sciences Center. He oversaw the development and implementation of the plastic surgery curriculum at both LSU and Tulane, directed several programs for residents at LSU Health Sciences Center and the School of Medicine, as well as served as Site Director for the Interim LSU Public Hospital, LSU Plastic Surgery Residency Program.

Dr. Wise is a member of the Association of Academic Chairmen in Plastic Surgery and the Cohn-Rives Society. He has presented numerous papers and lectures at seminars and national conferences, and published book chapters, journal articles and abstracts.

Ancillary Advisory Board

Diana DeMasi

Diana DeMasi Tattoo

Dallas, TX

I have been in the beauty and fashion industry for over 40 years which includes professional esthetician services, permanent makeup for brows, eyeliner, lips and scar camouflage. My expertise is 3D nipple and areola tattooing.  It is my passion to make you feel better about yourself and to provide the upmost professional service that you deserve.  My ultimate satisfaction is for you to walk away from any of my services with a smile.

Jilleen Hoffman

Salon and Spa on Main

Mt. Holly, NC

With over 25 years practicing aesthetics in medical offices, I now specialize in micro pigmentation for brows, scars and breast to create a natural outcome without a “tattoo” look.  For brows, I offer 3 techniques which will be discussed during your visit; we will then determine which method is best for you. As with all tattoos, these procedures will require touch ups over the years to maintain results, so it’s important to consider this before having a procedure, especially on the face.

Vinnie Myers Team

Finksburg, MD

Since this endeavor began, our team has successfully tattooed thousands of women. Our 3D nipple and areola tattooing techniques provide clients with the most realistic representations of lifelike nipples and areolas available. Vinnie’s exposure to such a large number of breast reconstruction recipients, has provided him with an unmatched level of experience tattooing the vast differences in skin each client’s particular case presents. Vinnie has trained his staff in his proven methodology to help Breast Cancer survivors complete this final step in reconstruction. Rest assured the entire team is ready to provide the highest level of service people have come to expect. Our hope is to help women to reach some sort of closure to the arduous journey they have undertaken.

Christina Siegel, RN

Living Story Medical Tattoo and Aesthetics

Columbus, OH

Creating the most realistic, natural areolas and 3 dimensional nipples as possible, I’m honored and humbled to be a part of each woman’s journey to regain restore her femininity and regain confidence after enduring so much.  This is my motivation to seek out learning and to refine my skill and technique so I can be the best at what I do.

Marnie Rustemeyer

MediInk

VA, WV and NYC

I am a thyroid cancer survivor, breast cancer previvor and certified paramedical tattoo artist.  In August 2013, I had a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgeries, which inspired me to help others through areola/nipple and cosmetic tattooing. My objective is to give you realistic looking areola restorative tattoos to match your skin tone, breast and body type. I am a member of the Society for Permanent Cosmetic Professionals, a board Certified Permanent Cosmetic Professional and a proud member of the ART Team. I specialize in 3D nipple and areola tattooing, scar camouflage and collagen induction therapy (micro-needling) for breast reconstruction patients. I also offer cosmetic tattooing services which include eyebrows, eyeliner and scalp micro-pigmentation (SMP). I work with several plastic surgeons offices in West Virginia, The Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, VA and Sobel Skin in New York City.

Tara Williamson

Pink Ink Tattoo

NC, MS, & TX

Tara Williamson is a 7 year Breast Cancer Survivor, Nurse and a Certified Areola tattoo artist.  She trained with the best teacher in the country and came back to NC to offer expert aerola, 3D tattooing to all survivors. She vowed to give them exactly what they desire; whatever color or size they request, she would always provide a realistic appearance.

Tara knew that this was her calling. She knew she could  take her medical knowledge, breast cancer experience and intense tattoo training, and use it to come back and help other survivors complete their breast cancer journey. During the month of April in the year 2014, Tara founded Pink Ink Tattoo.

Tara is an activist for early detection and very active in the breast cancer community.