Lisa Cassileth, MD, FACS

Breast Cancer Surgeon

Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Cassileth founded the Bedford Breast Center with Dr. Leslie Memsic. She created the center to give breast cancer patients the premiere care and surgical results.

She launched her private plastic and reconstructive surgery practice, Cassileth Plastic Surgery in 2004, which is now a large group practice with four surgeons and a medical spa. She specializes in breast reconstruction and complex breast revision surgery.

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. 

As a top breast cancer reconstruction surgeon in Los Angeles, she mentors and trains surgical residents in the breakthrough breast reconstruction methods she herself has pioneered.

She is the creator of several key breast revision and breast reconstructions procedures. She developed one stage breast reconstruction which became the standard of care for breast cancer patients. This procedure eliminates the need for multiple surgeries for mastectomy patients and allows women to wake from surgery with their breasts. More recently, working with Dr. Richardson, she developed SWIM breast reconstruction, an implant-free breast reconstruction – an implant-free method of breast reconstruction.

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

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 maxopexy is only surpassed by your surgical skills. I am forever grateful. Thank you.”

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

Certification & Training:

Board Certified: American Board of Plastic Surgeons
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 for 2012


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


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