Lisa Cassileth, MD, FACS

Breast Reconstruction Surgeon

Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Lisa Cassileth founded the Bedford Breast Center with Dr. Leslie Memsic to give breast cancer patients premiere care and exceptional surgical results. She specializes in complex breast revision surgery and is best known as one of the top breast reconstruction surgeons in the Los Angeles area.

Professional Accomplishments

In 2004, Dr. Cassileth launched her private plastic and reconstructive surgery practice, Cassileth Plastic Surgery, which has grown into a large group practice with four surgeons and a medical spa. She is the former Clinical Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center – a position she held for two consecutive terms. Dr. Cassileth mentors and trains surgical residents in the breakthrough breast reconstruction methods she has pioneered.

Innovator of Breast Reconstruction Techniques

Dr. Cassileth is the creator of several pivotal breast revision and breast reconstruction procedures. She developed one-stage breast reconstruction, now the standard of care for breast cancer patients. This procedure eliminates the need for multiple surgeries for mastectomy patients, allowing them to wake from surgery with their reconstructed breasts. More recently, she worked with Dr. Heather Richardson to develop SWIM breast reconstruction, a technique that recreates the breast without breast implants.

She has gained renown for her accomplishments in the field of breast reconstruction revision (repair of earlier reconstruction surgeries that have failed due to cancer treatments or other causes) and is considered one of the top breast cancer surgeons worldwide.

As one of her grateful patients wrote, “The path from breast cancer diagnosis to reconstruction is a devastating journey. Your guidance and compassion through the process up to and including mastopexy are only surpassed by your surgical skills. I am forever grateful. Thank you.”

Personal Life

Dr. Cassileth lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their three children.

Certification & Training

Board Certified: American Board of Plastic Surgery
Fellow: American College of Surgeons
MD: University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
BS: University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

Hospital Positions

Clinical Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Assistant Clinical Professor: UCLA Medical Center

Memberships & Associations

Member: American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Member: Los Angeles Society of Plastic Surgeons
Los Angeles County Medical Association
California Medical Association

Awards & Distinctions

Received the “Women of Action” Award from the Israel Cancer Research Foundation
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, Cum Laude
Best of Beverly Hills Award, 2012


Dr. Cassileth enjoys giving back to her community as an advisory board member for non-profit organizations, including Fertile Action and Children Mending Hearts.

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