CarePoint Health Physicians Perform Pioneering Breast Surgery

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Doctors at Christ Hospital use advanced microsurgical techniques. Surgery greatly advances opportunities for patients in Hudson County.

A pioneering breast surgery was performed for the first time in Hudson County by Dr. Robbi Kempner, Director of Breast Surgery and Medical Director of the Breast Center at CarePoint Health, with reconstructive surgeons Dr. Cyrus Loghmanee, Dr. Dean Cerio and Dr. Charbel Chalfoun at Christ Hospital. The surgery - a bilateral mastectomy with a specialized reconstruction component – employed a microsurgical technique to remove the patient’s deep inferior epigastric perforator (DIEP) flap from the lower abdomen which was then transferred to the chest. This method provided for both the successful removal of breast tissue and a post-operative effect that maintains a superior cosmetic result by using the patient’s own fatty tissue and skin. This groundbreaking breast reconstruction surgery is indicative of CarePoint Health’s continuing commitment to bring health care innovation and excellence to the residents of Hudson County and the region at large.

In a traditional bilateral mastectomy, a silicone implant is often used to reconstruct the breast area. The downside of this routine technique is that it can lead to hardening of the tissue and infection around the implant. Some surgeons transfer muscles from the abdomen to the breast area to combat the risk of infection, but the procedure can lead to scarring and some loss of abdominal function. Dr. Kempner and her team used an advanced method that circumvented these issues by transplanting the DIEP flap into the chest using cutting-edge microsurgical techniques. The advantage was clear: using the patient’s own tissue led to a natural look and feel to the affected area, with no loss of abdominal function.

The operation represents the first of its kind for Hudson County and greatly expands the capabilities and surgical options available to patients in the region. CarePoint Health offers the full spectrum of breast surgery and reconstruction options. Patients can now consider not only the best result for the removal of a breast tumor, but also the best post-operative quality of life.

For more information about this groundbreaking surgery, contact:

Allyson Miller
CarePoint Health
Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations
Phone: 201-858-5297
Fax: 973-646-5563
Email: AMiller(at)bayonnemedicalcenter(dot)org

About CarePoint Health:

CarePoint Health brings quality, patient-focused health care to Hudson County. Combining the resources of three area hospitals - Bayonne Medical Center, Christ Hospital in Jersey City, and Hoboken University Medical Center - CarePoint Health provides a new approach to deliver health care that puts the patient front and center. We leverage a network of top doctors, nurses and other medical professionals whose expertise and attentiveness work together to provide complete coordination of care, from the doctor’s office to the hospital to the home. Patients benefit from the expertise and capabilities of a broad network of leading specialists and specialized technology. And at CarePoint Health, all of our medical professionals emphasize preventive medicine and focus on educating patients to make healthy life choices. For more information on our facilities, partners and services, visit our website,

About the Surgical Team:

Dr. Robbi Kempner began her training with a General Surgery residency at St. Vincent’s Hospital and Medical Center in New York City, followed by a surgical specialization in Breast Surgery at Maimonides Medical Center. She has served as a consultant for the Institute for Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction and as an attending surgeon on staff at Beth Israel Medical Center, Mount Sinai Hospital and Lenox Hill Hospital. She served as Assistant Chief of Breast Surgery at Stamford Hospital, a New York Presbyterian affiliate. Dr. Kempner was appointed Chief of the Division of Breast Surgery at NY Downtown Hospital, where she developed, led and managed the program with a multidisciplinary team approach to care. At CarePoint Health, we are honored to provide our community with Dr. Kempner’s experience in developing a comprehensive breast center, as well as her specialized surgical expertise.

Dr. Cyrus Loghmanee is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in Breast Cancer Reconstruction using Microsurgical Techniques such as perforator flaps. Dr. Loghmanee came from Charleston, SC to the New York Metropolitan area, in particular to Northern New Jersey, to provide a previously unavailable service to Breast Cancer patients. Dr. Loghmanee completed his plastic surgery training in Charleston with the pioneers of the Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator flap and spent an additional year being trained in the sub-specialty of plastic surgery called microsurgery, in order to provide his breast cancer patients with every option of reconstruction. Dr. Loghmanee and his partners Dr. Cerio and Dr. Chalfoun are experts in the field and have a common passion for treating Breast Cancer patients. They are proud to be working with Dr. Robbie Kempner and her team as part of the CarePoint Health Breast Cancer Center at Christ Hospital, and to have performed the first Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap reconstruction in Hudson County.

Dr. Dean Cerio is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and a Diplomate of the American Board of Surgery. He completed his Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), under the direction of internationally renowned plastic surgeon, Luis O. Vasconez, M.D. Dr. Cerio is a published author of three major textbook chapters, four medical journal articles, and has travelled to Honduras and Ecuador on surgical humanitarian trips. Dr. Cerio enjoyed his diverse plastic surgery training, and through this experience developed a passion for microvascular breast reconstruction. He pursued additional specialty training in microsurgery at UAB under the tutelage of Dr. R. Jobe Fix. Dr. Cerio and his partners, Dr. Loghmanee and Dr. Chalfoun, are the proud members of the East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery Center for Breast Reconstruction, and stand ready to serve the patients of Christ Hospital and the surrounding area with unparalleled compassion, attention to detail, and an individually tailored reconstructive plan.

Dr. Charbel Chalfoun is a board certified plastic surgeon who completed his plastic surgery training in Orange County, southern California. During this time, he developed a passion for treating breast cancer patients, focusing on offering every option of reconstruction, including microsurgery. Being in the heartland of plastic surgery exposed Dr. Chalfoun to cutting edge techniques in his field, allowing him to bring novel approaches to breast reconstruction to New Jersey. The complement of expertise in Dr. Chalfoun, Dr. Cerio and Dr. Loghmanee at East Coast Advanced Plastic Surgery has allowed their team to be at the forefront of breast cancer care, driven not only by technical expertise and surgical knowledge, but also by true compassion and respect for their patients.

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