Curriculum Vitae

B. Aviva Preminger, MD

969 Park Avenue #1E
New York, NY 10028
Office:  212-706-1900
Fax:  917-382-4126

EMPLOYMENT

  • Columbia University Medical Center, College of Physicians and Surgeons, the Affiliation at Harlem Hospital, New York, NY
    Assistant Clinical Professor in Surgery
  • Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY
    Instructor in Public Health, Division of Medical Ethics

EDUCATION

  • New York Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell University, New
    York, NY, Resident, Plastic Surgery
  • Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York, NY
    Masters in Public Health Degree (* 3.9/4.0 GPA)
  • Clinical Research Fellow, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY
    Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital-Cornell Burn Center, New York, NY
    Burn Fellow
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital- Cornell University, New York, NY
    Resident, General Surgery
  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY
    Doctor of Medicine, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
    Magna Cum Laude BA in the History of Science
    Dean’s list all semesters

CERTIFICATION

  • Diplomat of the American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons

HONORS/AWARDS

  • Certificate of Achievement in Medical Ethics
    Division of Medical Ethics, Department of Public Health, New York
    Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell Medical College
  • Resident Representative to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and
    Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons Women Plastic Surgeons Forum
    Scholarship
  • Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Art and Science Award
    Preminger BA, Fins JJ. Plastic Surgery, Aesthetics, and Medical
    Professionalism: Beauty and the Eye of the Beholder.
  • Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation
    Awarded to those female students who graduate in the top 10% of their medical
    school class.
  • Max Kade Fellowship of the American Austrian Foundation. Fellowship for
    medical study in Austria to help foster a broader, more international view of
    medicine. Focused on the Vienna plastic and reconstructive surgery experience
    under the supervision of Dr. Manfred Frey.
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
    President of Cornell Chapter
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Student Essay Contest Third Prize: “The Case of
    Chester Southam: Research Ethics and the Limits of Professional
    Responsibility.”
  • American Osler Society William B. Bean Student Research Award in the
    History of Medicine
  • Cornell Class of 1959 Barr Fellowship for Research
  • Harvard College Scholarship, an honorary, non-stipendiary scholarship
    based on an annual rank list.

PUBLICATIONS

  • Preminger BA, Yaghoobzadeh J, Ascherman JA. Management of sternal
    wounds by limited debridement and partial bilateral pectoralis major
    myocutaneous advancement flaps in 25 patients: A less invasive approach. Ann
    Plast Surg. March 2013.
  • Preminger BA, Trencheva K, Chang CS, Chiang A, El-Tamer M, Ascherman J,
    Rohde C. Improving access to care: Breast surgeons, the gatekeepers to breast
    reconstruction. J Am Coll Surg. 2012 March; 214(3): 270-6.
  • Preminger BA, Lemaine V, Sullimanoff I, Pusic AL, McCarthy CM.
    Preoperative Patient Education for Breast Reconstruction: A Systematic Review
    of the Literature. J Cancer Ed. 2010 Dec 22.
  • Preminger BA, Hiltzik DH, Segal J, Morrison NG. An Operative Approach to
    the Treatment of Cutaneous Nasal Sarcoid: A Case Report and Review of the
    Literature. Ann Plast Surg. 2009 Dec; 63(6):685-7
  • Preminger BA, Fins JJ. Plastic Surgery, Aesthetics, and Medical
    Professionalism: Beauty and the Eye of the Beholder. Ann Plast Surg. 2009
    Apr; 62(4):340-3.
  • Preminger BA, McCarthy CM, Hu QY, Mehrara BJ, Disa JJ. The Influence
    of AlloDerm on Expander Dynamics and Complications in the
    Setting of Immediate Tissue Expander/Implant Reconstruction:
    A Matched-Cohort Study. Ann Plast Surg. 2008 May; 60(5):510-513.
  • Preminger BA, Pusic AL, McCarthy CM, Verma N, Worku A, Cordeiro PG.
    How Should Quality of Life Data Be Incorporated
    into a Cost Analysis of Breast Reconstruction? A Consideration of
    Implant versus Free TRAM Flap
    Procedures. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008 Apr; 121(4):1075-82.
  • Preminger BA. The Jew and the Nose: Plastic Surgery and Popular Culture.
    Jews and American Popular Culture. Vol. 3. Sports, Leisure,
    and Lifestyle. Ed. Paul Buhle. Connecticut: Praeger Perspectives,
    2007. 221-227.
  • Preminger BA, and Fins, JJ. Face Transplantation: An Extraordinary Case
    with Lessons for Ordinary Practice.
    Plast Reconstr Surg. 2006 Sept., 118(4): 1073-1074
  • Shaikh-Naidu N, Preminger BA, Rogers K, Messina P, Gayle LB.
    Determinants of Aesthetic Satisfaction Following TRAM and Implant B
    reast Reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg. 2004 May; 52(5): 465-470
  • Costantino PD, Hiltzik DH, Moche J, Preminger BA. Minimally Invasive
    Brow Suspension for Facial Paralysis. Arch Facial Plast Surg.
    2003 Mar-Apr; 5(2): 171-174.
  • Preminger BA. The “Jewish Nose” and Plastic Surgery:
    Origins and Implications. msJAMA. 2001 Nov 7;286(17):2161.
  • Preminger BA. “The Case of Chester Southam: Research Ethics
    and the Limits of Professional Responsibility.” The Pharos 2002 Spring; 4-9.
  • Preminger BA, Talmor M, Specht MC, Suzman M, Hoffman LA.
    The legacy of Icarus in the 21st century: report of a case of aggressive
    submental basal cell carcinoma resulting from frequent use of a
    metallic ultraviolet reflector. Ann Plast Surg. 2001 Feb;46(2):192-3.

PRESENTATIONS

  • Ascherman J, Preminger BA, Yaghoobzadeh, J. Management of sternal wounds
    by limited debridement and partial bilateral pectoralis major myocutaneous
    advancement flaps in 25 patients: A less invasive approach. Plastic Surgery at
    the Red Sea International Symposium. Eilat, Israel. March 2011.
  • Preminger BA, Chiang, AL, Kieserman-Shmokler C, Trencheva K, El-Tamer
    M, Ascherman JA, Rohde C. Understanding Breast Surgeon Referral Patterns
    and their Influence on Breast Reconstruction Rates. ACS Presentation October
    2009.
  • Preminger BA, Trencheva K, Morrison NG. Is Combining Liposuction and
    Extensive Abdominoplasty a Safe and Effective Approach to Body Contouring?
    ASAPS Poster Presentation. May 2009.
  • Preminger BA, Chiang, AL, Kieserman-Shmokler C, Trencheva K, El-Tamer
    M, Ascherman JA, Rohde C. Understanding Breast Surgeon Referral Patterns
    and their Influence on Breast Reconstruction Rates. PSRC Presentation. May
    2009.
  • Preminger BA, Chiang, AL, Kieserman-Shmokler C, Trencheva K, El-Tamer
    M, Ascherman JA, Rohde C. Understanding Breast Surgeon Referral Patterns
    and their Influence on Breast Reconstruction Rates. ASPS Senior Residents
    Conference Presentation. January 2009.
  • Preminger BA, McCarthy MC, Pusic AP, Cordeiro PC. Preoperative Patient
    Education for Breast Reconstruction: A Systematic Review of the Literature.
    ASPS Poster Presentation. October 2008.
  • Preminger BA, Fins JJ. Plastic Surgery, Aesthetics, and Medical
    Professionalism: Beauty and the Eye of the Beholder. ASPS Presentation.
    October 2007.
  • Preminger BA, McCarthy CM, Mehrara BJ, Disa JJ. The Influence of AlloDerm
    on Expander Dynamics and Complications in the Setting of Postmastectomy
    Tissue Expander/Implant Reconstruction:
    A Matched-Cohort Study. NESPS Presentation. October 2007.
  • Preminger BA, McCarthy CM, Mehrara BJ, Disa JJ. The Influence of AlloDerm
    on Expander Dynamics and Complications in the Setting of Postmastectomy Tissue Expander/Implant Reconstruction:
    A Matched-Cohort Study. ASPS Poster Presentation. October 2007.
  • Preminger BA. “The Case of Chester Southam: Research Ethics
    and the Limits of Professional Responsibility.” New York Presbyterian
    Hospital Ethics Committee Meeting, June 2001. New York, New York.
  • Preminger BA. “The Case of Chester Southam: Research Ethics and the Limits of Professional Responsibility.”
    American Osler Society Annual Meeting, April 2001. Charleston, South Carolina.

GRANTS

  • Cordeiro PC, McCarthy CM, Pusic AL, Hurley KE, Van Zee KJ, and
    Preminger BA. Evaluating Patient Satisfaction and Health-Related Quality of
    Life Following Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction in Older Women.
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Aging and Cancer Institutional Grant. Amount: $46,210.

RESEARCH

  • Medical Ethics Division, New York Presbyterian Hospital
    Research tutorial. Sponsors: Dr. Joseph J. Fins, Chief, Division of Medical Ethics
    and Associate Professor of the Departments of Public Health and Medicine.
    An examination of medical ethics, professionalism and surgery,
    specifically, plastic surgery.
  • Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering
    Cancer Center 
    Clinical Research Fellow. Sponsors: Dr. Peter Cordeiro,
    Chief of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Service, and Dr. Andrea Pusic.
    Developing means of assessing and improving patient satisfaction with reconstructive
    breast surgery. Conducted a systematic review of patient education methods
    in reconstructive breast surgery. Collaborated with the Dartmouth University
    Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery on a project to develop and
    apply a quality of life survey for breast surgery patients. Explored the
    relative cost effectiveness of various breast reconstructive options.
  • Medical Ethics Division, New York Presbyterian Hospital
    Research tutorial. Sponsors: Dr. Joseph J. Fins, Chief, Division of Medical Ethics
    and Associate Professor of the Departments of Public Health and
    Medicine, and Dr. Jeremiah Barondess, President of the New York
    Academy of Medicine. “The Case of Chester Southam: Research Ethics
    and the Limits of Professional Responsibility.” Examined and reconstructed
    the case of Dr. Chester Southam, a tumor immunologist accused of committing
    research abuses in clinical investigations involving human subjects.
  • Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, New York
    Presbyterian Hospital. Research Assistant. Sponsor: Dr. Lloyd A. Hoffman.
    “The Role of Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) Expression in the Flexor
    Tenosynovium of Patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.” Studied the role of
    COX-2 in both carpal tunnel syndrome and microvascular limb transplants
    using both PCR and immunoassay techniques.
  • Department of the History of Science, Harvard University
    Honors thesis. Advisors: Dr. Robert Goldwyn, Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of
    Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and Nick King, Doctoral Candidate in the
    History of Science. “Saving Face: Plastic Surgery and Jewish Identity from
    1880 to the Present.” Explored the history of labeling individuals based on
    physical characteristics and how plastic surgeons may have contributed
    to this phenomenon. Focused on the fledgling field of plastic surgery’s struggle
    for legitimacy and the parallel development of the fields of
    plastic surgery and psychiatry.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE

  • Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY Instructor, Medicine, Patients, and Society medical student ethics course.

AFFILIATIONS

  • Member of the Harvard College Committee on Admissions
  • Member of the American Osler Society
  • Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons-
    • Chair of the Young Plastic Surgeons Committee
    • Member of the Women Plastic Surgeons Committee
    • Editor of the Young Plastic Surgeons Section of Plastic Surgery News
  • Vice President of the New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Member of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Member of the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons

HOSPITAL AFFILIATION

  • Lenox Hill/MEETH
  • Luke’s – Roosevelt
  • New York Eye & Ear Infirmary
  • Harlem Hospital