Dr. Kari Colen, MD

Dr. Kari Colen, MD

Breast Reconstruction Surgery  ·  
Female  ·  
Age 43
Dr. Kari Colen, MD is a breast reconstruction surgery specialist in Hackensack, NJ and has been practicing for 15 years. She graduated from New York University in 2002 and specializes in breast reconstruction surgery, plastic surgery, and more.Read her story

20 Prospect Ave Ste 903

Hackensack, NJ 07601

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Breast Diseases
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more than 90% of peers
Breast Surgical Procedure
more than 78% of peers
Breast Reconstruction
more than 73% of peers

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Dr. Colen's bio

This content was provided by Dr. Colen "Dr. Kari Colen is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and she undertakes a wide range of surgical procedures on patients across the age spectrum, including non-invasive cosmetic treatments. She is renowned as a leading expert in breast reconstruction and cosmetic breast procedures. Dr. Kari L. Colen completed Plastic Surgery training at the prestigious New York University Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. During her training, she spent time at NYU, Manhattan Eye Ear and Throat hospital, and Bellevue Hospital where she gained special knowledge and skills in the newest and most advanced techniques in Plastic Surgery. Because of her superior training in the top program in the country, Dr. Colen is able to deliver the most up-to-date care to her patients. During her training, she authored numerous articles in plastic and aesthetic surgery and helped design an interactive 3D surgical simulation model to better educate patients on plastic surgical procedures. Dr. Kari Colen received her BA degree from Wesleyan University in CT. During her undergraduate education, she spent nearly a year doing research in the world famous laboratory of Dr. Ian Taylor at the Royal Melbourne Hospital in Australia. Her research led to a landmark paper published in the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. After graduation from Wesleyan University, she spent another year doing research in the plastic surgery laboratory at NYU. She then attended The New York University School of Medicine in her hometown of New York City, graduating at the top of her class with AOA honors and receiving her M.D. degree. She continued to train in General Surgery and then in Plastic Surgery at NYU. Her cosmetic interests aim at using more non-invasive techniques to give similar results with less scarring such as the short-scar breast reduction, non-invasive Laser treatments, and fat injection using a patient's own stem cells to augment areas of the body such as the buttock and the breast. Her reconstructive interests are mainly in Breast Reconstruction where she has a very busy practice at Hackensack University Medical Center in NJ. Dr. Kari Colen feels that every patient should be given a chance to discuss breast reconstruction options and, jointly, come up with the best surgical plan with the doctor. Dr. Colen feels that breast reconstruction is paramount in the treatment of a breast cancer patient. Breast cancer is a physical illness but a psychosocial one as well. Reconstruction treats the whole person physically, as well as mentally."
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Care Philosophy

This content was provided by Dr. Colen "Dr. Kari Colen's practice philosophy is that each patient should be given individual care. This starts with detailed initial consultation where Dr. Colen and the patient can decide the right procedure for the patient's concerns. She feels that one procedure does not fit all. Everything she does is for the goal of making a patient feel better about themselves and therefore, a better person in general. She has a strong interest in women's health as it pertains to plastic surgery, breast reconstruction and cosmetic procedures."

3  Specialties

  • Breast Reconstruction Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery

1  Board Certifications

  • Plastic Surgery
    Accredited by: American Board of Plastic Surgery*

17  Conditions Treated

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Birthmark
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Diseases
  • Breast Hypoplasia
  • Breast Ptosis
  • Capsular Contracture of Breast Implant
  • Cosmetic Conditions
  • Deformities of Auricle or Pinna
  • Gynecomastia
  • Moles (Benign Skin Lesions)
  • Non-Melanoma Skin Cancer
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Skin Aging
  • Skin Cancer
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Wrinkles

19  Procedures

  • Adjacent Tissue Transfer
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Breast Lift Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Surgical Procedure
  • Dermal Filler
  • Dressing and-or Debridement of Wound, Infection, or Burn (incl. Negative Pressure Wound Therapy)
  • Excision of Benign Skin Lesion
  • Excision of Skin Cancer
  • Excision of Skin Lesion
  • Eyelid Surgery
  • Lip, Excision or Resection
  • Liposuction
  • Nipple Reconstruction
  • Reconstructive Eyelid Surgery
  • Skin and Tissue Reduction
  • Skin Grafts
  • Wound Repair

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

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0 Sanctions

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0 Board Actions

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  • New York University
    Medical School | Graduated 2002
  • New York University
    Internship Hospital | Completed 2003
  • New York University
    Residency Hospital | Completed 2003

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Honors
  • Healthgrades Honor Roll
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Languages Spoken

  • English

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6 months ago I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. After much research and thought I decided it was time to do a double mastectomy with breast reconstruction. I live in NYC and had a number of Dr's at my fingertips. From the first phone call to Dr. Colen's office, I Immediatley felt important...Read More
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Dr. Colen and her staff are all so caring and professional. They want the best for you as a patient and as a person. They all take the time to answer questions and give you plenty of information to make a decision.
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Dr. Colen is an excellent surgeon. She completed my reconstruction following a double mastectomy. She walked me through the process, step by step answering my questions and explaining everything. The final result was better than I anything I could have expected. Dr. Colen is knowledgeable,...Read More
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Dr. Colen is an excellent surgeon. She performed the first phase of my breast reconstruction following my mastectomy. I had my reconstruction done in January and my recovery for both procedures was excellent. I still can’t believe what I have gone through because I was back to normal in no time....Read More
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Kari is an amazing surgeon who completed my reconstruction this past month... I can not thank her and her staff enough for making a difficult experience a bit easier to deal with
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