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Geoffrey L. Robb, M.D.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

 

Dr. Geoffrey Robb is currently Professor and Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles with the focus on breast reconstruction.  He has made significant contributions to text book publications through chapter participation and more notably as Co-Editor for five highly published books.   Dr. Robb has provided numerous lectures both nationally and internationally through scientific meetings and visiting professorships.  Dr. Robb is an active member of a number of Societies, specific to the specialty of plastic surgery and has made significant contribution through committee membership and having served as Program Chairman.  Dr. Robb’s primary research interests focuses on breast reconstruction and quality of life outcomes.

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Plastic Surgery
1400 Pressler
Unit Number: 1488
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: Pickens Academic Tower, FCT19.5000
Phone: (713) 794-1247
Fax: (713) 794-5492

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1974 University of Miami School of Medicine, Miami, FL, MD, Medicine
1970 University of Miami, Rosentiel Institute of Atmospheric Sciences, Miami, FL, PHD, Physical Oceanography
1969 University of Miami, Miami, FL, BS, Mathematics

Postgraduate Training

7/1985-12/1985 Microsurgical and Hand Surgery Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA
7/1983-6/1985 Plastic Surgery Residency, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Clinical Professor, Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, 2002-present
Chairman, Department of Plastic Surgery, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 1998-10/2013
Adjunct Professor, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Houston, TX, 1997-present

Administrative Appointments/Responsibilities

Deputy Division Head, Division of Surgery, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 1996-8/2013

Institutional Committee Activities

Member, Clinical Revenue Cycle Advisory Committee, 2001-present
Chairman, Operating Room Committee, 1997-present
Member, Professional Liability Committee, 1993-present

Professional Memberships

American Association of Plastic Surgeons
Member, 1999-present
American College of Surgeons
Fellow, 1999-present
American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
Council Senior Member-at-Large, 2007-present
Member, 1991-present
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Member, Instructional Course Committee, 2008-present
Member, Program Committee, 2008-present
Chairman, Judicial Council, 2007-2008
Member, 2001-present
Harris County Medical Society
Member, 1993-present
Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons
Member, 1999-present
The American Board of Plastic Surgery
Senior Oral Board Examiner, 2004-present
Member, 1986-present

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Chang EI, Selber JC, Chang EI, Nosrati N, Zhang H, Robb GL, Chang DW. Choosing the Optimal Timing for Contralateral Symmetry Procedures Following Unilateral Free Flap Breast Reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg. In Press.
2. Chang EI, Chang EI, Soto-Miranda MA, Zhang H, Nosrati N, Robb GL, Chang DW. Comprehensive Analysis of Donor Site Morbidity in Abdominal-Based Free Flap Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. e-Pub 9/2013. PMID: 24005365.
3. Garvey PB, Villa MT, Rozanski AT, Liu J, Robb GL, Beahm EK. The Advantages of Free Abdominal-Based Flaps Over Implants for Breast Reconstruction in Obese Patients. Plast Reconstr Surg 130(5):991-1000, 11/2012. PMID: 23096600.
4. Selber JC, Soto-Miranda MA, Liu J, Robb GL. The Survival Curve: Factors Impacting the Outcome of Free Flap Take-Backs. Plast Reconstr Surg 130(1):105-13, 7/2012.
5. Uygur F, Chang DW, Crosby MA, Skoracki RJ, Robb GL. Free Flap Reconstruction of Extensive Defects Following Resection of Large Neurofibromatosis. Ann Plast Surg 67(4):376-81, 10/2011. PMID: 21587052.
6. Kronowitz SJ, Lam C, Terefe W, Hunt KK, Kuerer HM, Valero V, Lance S, Robb GL, Feng L, Buchholz TA. A Multidisciplinary Protocol for Planned Skin-Preserving Delayed Breast Reconstruction for Patients with Locally Advanced Breast Cancer Requiring Postmastectomy Radiation Therapy: 3-Year Follow-up. Plast Reconstr Surg 127(6):2154-66, 6/2011. e-Pub 2/2011. PMID: 21311392.
7. Sharma R, Rourke LL, Kronowitz SJ, Oh JL, Lucci A, Litton JK, Robb GL, Babiera GV, Mittendorf EA, Hunt KK, Kuerer HM. Management of Local-Regional Recurrence following Immediate Breast Reconstruction in Patients with Early Breast Cancer Treated without Postmastectomy Radiotherapy. Plast Reconstr Surg 127(5):1763-72, 5/2011. PMID: 21532405.
8. Huang W, Liu D, Robb GL, Zhang Q. Distally Based Dorsal Pedal Neurocutaneous Flap for Forefoot Coverage. Ann Plast Surg 66(3):235-40, 3/2011. PMID: 21042173.
9. Baumann DP, Crosby MA, Selber JC, Garvey PB, Sacks JM, Adelman DM, Villa MT, Feng L, Robb GL. Optimal Timing of Delayed Free Lower Abdominal Flap Breast Reconstruction After Post-mastectomy Radiation Therapy. Plast Reconstr Surg 127(3):1100-6, 3/2011. PMID: 21364413.
10. Hanasono MM, Jacob RF, Bidaut L, Robb GL, Skoracki RJ. Midfacial reconstruction using virtual planning, rapid prototype modeling, and stereotactic navigation. Plast Reconstr Surg 126(6):2002-6, 12/2010. PMID: 21124139.
11. Zhang Q, Qiao Q, Zhou G, Robb GL. Anterolateral Thigh Adipofascial Flap for Correction of Facial Contour Deformities and Micromastia. J Reconstr Microsurg 26(5):341-5, 7/2010. e-Pub 2/24/2010. PMID: 20183785.
12. Selber JC, Robb GL, Serletti JM, Weinstein G, Weber R, Holsinger FC. Transoral Robotic Free Flap Reconstruction of Oropharyngeal Defects: a Preclinical Investigation. Plast Reconstr Surg 125(3):896-900, 3/2010. PMID: 20195117.
13. Hanasono MM, Friel MT, Klem C, Hsu PW, Robb GL, Weber RS, Roberts DB, Chang DW. Impact of reconstructive microsurgery in patients with advanced oral cavity cancers. Head Neck 31(10):1289-96, 10/2009. PMID: 19373778.
14. Yu P, Chang DW, Miller MJ, Reece G, Robb GL. Analysis of 49 cases of flap compromise in 1310 free flaps for head and neck reconstruction. Head Neck 31(1):45-51, 1/2009. e-Pub 10/2008. PMID: 18972428.
15. Robb GL. Breast Reconstruction After Therapy for Early Breast Cancer. Clin Adv Hematol Oncol 6(5):341-4, 5/2008.
16. Crosby MA, Martin JW, Robb GL, Chang DW. Pediatric mandibular reconstruction using a vascularized fibula flap. Head Neck 30(3):311-9, 3/2008. PMID: 17685454.
17. Saint-Cyr M, Chang DW, Robb GL, Chevray PM. Internal Mammary Perforator Recipient Vessels for Breast Reconstruction Using Free TRAM, DIEP and SIEA Flaps. Plast Reconstr Surg 120(7):1769-73, 12/2007.
18. Kronowitz SJ, Hunt KK, Kuerer HM, Strom EA, Buchholz TA, Youssef A, Koutz CA, Robb GL. Practical Guidelines for Repair of Partial Mastectomy Defects Using the Breast Reduction Technique in Patients Undergoing Breast Conservation Therapy. Plast Reconstr Surg 120(7):1755-68, 12/2007.
19. Moore BA, DeMonte F, Robb GL, Chang DW. Reconstruction of ablative skull base defects in the pediatric population. Plast Reconstr Surg 120:719-27, 9/2007.
20. Crosby MA, Martin JW, Robb GL, Chang DW. Pediatric Mandibular Reconstruction Using a Vacularized Fibula Flap. Head and Neck. e-Pub 8/2007.
21. Saint-Cyr M, Youssef A, Bae HW, Robb GL, Chang DW. Changing trends in recipient vessel selection for microvascular autologous breast reconstruction: an analysis of 1483 consecutive cases. Plast Reconstr Surg 119(7):1993-2000, 6/2007.
22. Miller RB, Reece GP, Kroll SS, Chang DW, Langstein HN, Ziogras A, Robb GL, Evans GRD. Microvascular Breast Reconstruction in the Diabetic Patient. Plast Reconst Surg 119(1):38-45, 1/2007.
23. Parker PA, Youssef A, Walker S, Basen-Engquist K, Cohen L, Gritz ER, Wei QX, Robb GL. Short-Term and Long-Term Psychosoical Adjustment and Quality of Life in Women Undergoing Different Surgical Procedures for Breast Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol 14:3078-3089, 2007.
24. Kronowitz SJ, Kuerer HM, Hunt KK, Ross MI, Massey PR, Ensor JE, Robb GL. Impact of sentinel lymph node biopsy on the evolution of breast reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg 118(5):1089-1099, 10/2006. PMID: 17016172.
25. Kronowitz SJ, Feledy JA, Hunt KK, Kuerer HM, Youssef A, Koutz CA, Robb GL. Determining the optimal approach to breast reconstruction after partial mastectomy: reply. Plast Reconstr Surg 118(3):814-815, 9/2006. PMID: 16932209.
26. Yu P, Lewin JS, Reece GP, Robb GL. Comparison of clinical and functional outcomes and hospital costs following pharyngoesophageal reconstruction with the anterolateral thigh free flap versus the jejunal flap. Plast Reconstr Surg 117(3):968-974, 3/2006. PMID: 16525294.
27. Kronowitz SJ, Feledy JA, Hunt KK, Kuerer HM, Youssef A, Koutz CA, Robb GL. Determining the optimal approach to breast reconstruction after partial mastectomy. Plast Reconstr Surg 117(1):1-11; discussion 12-4, 1/2006. PMID: 16404237.
28. Kronowitz SJ, Feledy JA, Hunt KK, Kuerer HM, Youssef A, Koutz CA, Robb GL. Determining the optimal approach to breast reconstruction after partial mastectomy. Plast Reconstr Surg 117(1):1-11; discussion 12-4, 2006. PMID: 16404237.
29. Yu P, Robb GL. Pharyngoesophageal reconstruction with the anterolateral thigh flap: a clinical and functional outcomes study. Plast Reconstr Surg 116(7):1845-1855, 12/2005. PMID: 16327594.
30. Langstein HN, Robb GL. Lip and perioral reconstruction. Clin Plast Surg 32(3):431-445, 7/2005. PMID: 15979481.
31. Yu P, Robb GL. Reconstruction for total and near-total glossectomy defects. Clin Plast Surg 32(3):411-419, 7/2005. PMID: 15979479.
32. Tseng JF, Kronowitz SJ, Sun CC, Perry AC, Hunt KK, Babiera GV, Newman LA, Singletary SE, Mirza NQ, Ames FC, Meric-Bernstam F, Ross MI, Feig BW, Robb GL, Kuerer HM. The effect of ethnicity on immediate reconstruction rates after mastectomy for breast cancer. Cancer 101(7):1514-23, 10/2004. PMID: 15378473.
33. Kim JY, Youssef A, Subramanian V, Rogers BA, Pollock RE, Robb GL, Chang DW. Upper extremity reconstruction following resection of soft tissue sarcomas: a functional outcomes analysis. Ann Surg Oncol 11(10):921-927, 10/2004. PMID: 15466352.
34. Kronowitz SJ Robb GL. Breast reconstruction with postmastectomy radiation therapy: current issues. Plast Reconstr Surg 114(4):950-960, 9/2004. PMID: 15468404.
35. Kim JY, Subramanian V, Yousef A, Rogers BA, Robb GL, Chang DW. Upper extremity limb salvage with microvascular reconstruction in patients with advanced sarcoma. Plast Reconstr Surg 114(2):400-408; discussion 409-410, 8/2004. PMID: 15277806.
36. Kronowitz SJ, Hunt KK, Kuerer HM, Babiera G, McNeese MD, Buchholz TA, Strom EA, Robb GL. Delayed-immediate breast reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg 113(6):1617-1628, 5/2004. PMID: 15114121.
37. Kim JYS, Chang DW, Temple C, Beahm EK, Robb GL. Free TRAM flap breast reconstruction in patients with prior abdominal suction-assisted lipectomy. Plast Reconstr Surg, 3/2004.
38. Kim JY, Chang DW, Temple C, Beahm EK, Robb GL. Free transverse rectus abdominis musculocutaneous flap breast reconstruction in patients with prior abdominal suction-assisted lipectomy. Plast Reconstr Surg 113(3):28e-31e, 3/2004. PMID: 15536307.
39. Kronowitz SJ, Robb GL, Youssef A, Reece G, Chang SH, Koutz CA, Ng RL, Lipa JE, Miller MJ. Optimizing autologous breast reconstruction in thin patients. Plast Reconstr Surg 112(7):1768-1778, 12/2003. PMID: 14663219.
40. Lipa JE, Youssef AA, Kuerer HM, Robb GL, Chang DW. Breast reconstruction in older women: advantages of autogenous tissue. Plast Reconstr Surg 111(3):1110-1121, 3/2003. PMID: 12621181.
41. Singletary SE, Robb GL. Oncologic safety of skin-sparing mastectomy. Ann Surg Oncol 10(2):95-97, 3/2003. PMID: 12620899.
42. Robb GL, Lewin JS, Deschler DG, Haughey BH, Brown DH, Langmore SE, Lewin JS. Speech and swallowing outcomes in reconstructions of the pharynx and cervical esophagus. Head Neck 25(3):232-44, 3/2003. PMID: 12599291.
43. Langstein HN, Cheng MH, Singletary SE, Robb GL, Hoy E, Smith TL, Kroll SS. Breast cancer recurrence after immediate reconstruction: patterns and significance. Plast Reconstr Surg 111(2):712-720; discussion 721-722, 2/2003. PMID: 12560692.

Invited Articles

1. Robb GL. Invited discussion: management of salivary fistulas after microvascular head and neck reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg 57(3):274, 9/2006. PMID: 16929193.
2. Patel P, Robb GL, Patrick CW. Soft Tissue Restoration Using Tissue Engineering. Seminars in Plastic Surgery 17(1):99-105, 2/2003.
Other Articles
1. Adelman DM, Hanasono MM, Robb GL. Mandibular Osteoradionecrosis in Free Flap Reconstruction Using Computer-Aided Design (CAD) and Medical Modeling. Plastic Surgery Hyperguide. In Press.
2. Robb GL. Review - Radiotherapy and Immediate Expander/Implant Breast Reconstruction: Should Reconstruction be Delayed? Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly 23(1):96, 4/2012.
3. Robb GL, Hanasono MM, Selber JC, Skoracki RJ. Panel Discussion: Innovative Techniques in Head and Neck Reconstruction. Maxillofacial News - American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons:3, 13-17, 1/2012.
4. Robb GL. Review - Immediate Breast Reconstruction with Latissimus Dorsi Flap and Implant: Audit of Outcomes and Patient Satisfaction Survey. Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly 21(3):278-9, 10/2010.
5. Robb GL. Commentary on "perfusion Zones of the DIEP Flap Revisited: A Clinical Study". Breast Diseases: A Year Book Quarterly 17(3), 10/2006.
6. Pierre Delaere. Review: Reconstruction of the Cervical Aerodigestive Tract. Leuven University Press:160, 2006.

Abstracts

1. Chang EI, Chang EI, Babiera GV, Lucci A, Buchholz TA, Ueno NT, Hunt KK, Robb GL, Chang DW. Autologous Free Flap Reconstruction for Inflammatory Breast Cancer: 10 Year Experience. American Association of Plastic Surgeons 92nd Annual Meeting Program Book:188-9, 4/2013.
2. Chang EI, Chang EI, Robb GL, Chang DW. Demystifying the Internal Mammary Vessels as Recipient Sites in Free Flap Breast Reconstruction. American Association of Plastic Surgeons 92nd Annual Meeting Program Book:104-5, 4/2013.
3. Chang EI, Chang EI, Selber JC, Robb GL, Chang DW. Timing of Contralateral Procedures after Unilateral Free Flap Breast Reconstruction. American Association of Plastic Surgeons 92nd Annual Meeting Program Book:182, 4/2013.
4. Garvey PB, Rozinsky AT, Villa MT, Liu J, Robb GL, Beahm EK. Differences in Clinical Outcomes for Implant Versus Free DIEP/TRAM Flap Breast Reconstruction in Obese Patients: a Study of 700 Patients. Plast Reconstr Surg 130(1S):39, 7/2012.

Book Chapters

1. Chang DW, Robb GL. Autologous Reconstruction: Microvascular TRAM and DIEP Flap. In: Master Techniques in Breast Surgery. Ed(s) K Bland, S Klimberg. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Wolter Kluwer: Philadelphia. In Press.
2. Yu P, Robb GL. Reconstruction of the Hypopharynx and Cervical Esophagus. In: Microsurgical Reconstruction of the Head and Neck. Ed(s) Neligan P, Wei FC. Quality Medical Publishing: St. Louis, 645-678, 2010.
3. Chevray P, Robb RL. Breast Reconstruction. In: M.D. Anderson Cancer Care Series: Breast Cancer, Second Edition. Ed(s) Hunt KK, Robb GL, Strom EA, Ueno NT, Robb GL. Springer: New York, 235-270, 2007.
4. Kronowitz SJ Robb GL. Breast Reconstruction and Radiation Therapy. Chapter 42. In: Advanced Therapy of Breast Disease (Second Edition). B.C. Decker Inc., 2003.
5. Yu P Robb GL. Extended Flaps for Chest Wall Reconstruction. In press. . In: Reconstructive Surgery of the Chest, Abdomen, and Pelvis. Marcel Dekker, Inc., 2003.

Books (edited and written)

1. Anastasatos JM. Ed(s) Robb GL. Clinical Procedures. In: Medial Pedicle and Mastopexy Breast Reduction. eMedicine, http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1471350-overview, e-Book 2012.
2. Moufarrege RJ. Ed(s) Robb GL. Clinical Procedures. In: Moufarrege Total Posterior Pedicle Breast Reduction. eMedicine, http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1275321-overview, e-Book 2012.
3. Nahabedian MY. Ed(s) Robb GL. Plastic Surgery. In: Free Tissue Transfer Flaps. eMedicine, http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1284841-overview, e-Book 2012.
4. Robertson KM. Ed(s) Robb GL. Clinical Procedures. In: Fasciocutaneous Flaps. eMedicine, http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1284631-overview, e-Book 2011.
5. Liu PH, Chiu ES. Ed(s) Robb GL. Clinical Procedures. In: Muscle and Musculocutaneous Flaps. eMedicine, http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1284776-overview, e-Book 2011.
6. Janz BA, Yang JC. Ed(s) Robb GL. Clinical Procedures. In: Principles of Microsurgery. eMedicine, http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1284724-overview, e-Book 2011.
7. Nesbit RD, Laub DR. Ed(s) Robb GL. Clinical Procedures. In: Random Skin Flaps. eMedicine, http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1284569-overview, e-Book 2011.
8. Chrysopoulo MT. Ed(s) Robb GL. Plastic Surgery. In: Tissue Flap Classification. eMedicine, http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1284474-overview, e-Book 2011.
9. Robb, GL (co-editor). Ed(s) Scott Spear, MD. Surgery of the Breast, Principles and Art, Third Edition. Series Ed(s) SC Wiley, GL Robb, DC Hammond, MY Nahabedian. One and Two, Third. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Philadelphia, 2010. ISBN: 1605475777.
10. Hunt KK, Robb GL, Strom EA, Ueno NT. M.D. Anderson Cancer Care Series, Breast Cancer, Second Edition. Springer: New York, 2007.
11. Robb, GL (co-editor). Ed(s) Scott Spear, MD. Surgery of the Breast, Principles and Art, Second Edition. Series Ed(s) Shwana C. Willey, MD, Geoffrey L. Robb, MD, Dennis C. Hammond, MD, Maurice Y. Nahabedian, MD. One and Two, Second. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins: Philalephia, 2006.
 

Other

1. Internal Publication. Restoring the Body, Renewing the Spirit. Interview for Conquest. Internal M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Publication. Fall 2012. Vol. 27, No. 1, 10-15.

Last updated: 9/23/2013