Dr. Kari Colen, MD

Dr. Kari Colen, MD

Breast Reconstruction Surgery  |  
Female  |  
42 y/o

Accepting new patients

Dr. Kari Colen, MD is a breast reconstruction surgery doctor who practices in Hackensack, NJ. She is 42 years old and has been practicing for 15 years.Read her story


20 Prospect Ave Ste 903

Hackensack, NJ 07601
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Accepted insurance

  • Aetna
  • Medicare

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Top Care Areas


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Breast Diseases
very high
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."


  • Breast Reconstruction Surgery
  • Breast Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery

Board Certifications

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

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


  • 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 Grafts
  • Skin and Tissue Reduction
  • Wound Repair

Background Check

0 Malpractice Claims

No malpractice history found for New Jersey.

0 Sanctions

No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.

0 Board Actions

No board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data.


  • 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
Media & Publications

Dr. Colen has no media or publications listed.

Languages Spoken

  • English

Memberships & Professional Affiliations

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Dr. Colen's Reviews

Likelihood of recommending Dr. Colen to family and friends
based on 16 total reviews (11 with comments)

Likelihood to Recommend (16)

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  • 4
  • 3
  • 2
  • 1

Dr. Colen's Performance

Explains condition(s) well
Answers Questions
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Office & Staff Performance

Office environment
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Average wait time
Under 10 minutes

Patient Comments (11)

in New York |
Totally satisfied with experience. Very professional and a great staff
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in Staten Island |
I had some obstacles with my breasts due to benign fiber-adenomas and was unsure if that would affect the process. Dr. Colen assured me that this would not be a problem. It started with my phone call to make my consultation appt. in which I spoke to Maria, who was the FRIENDLIEST nurse I have ever...more
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Wyckoff, NJ |
Dr, Colen and her staff were excellent in every way. She was able to see me on an emergency basis and I didn't have to wait. She is warm and friendly, yet very professional. And her work is outstanding. Many doctors who have seen me since my reconstruction have commented on what a great job she...more
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in Pequannock, NJ |
I just had Dr. Colen fix my implants that I had done over 5 years ago and she has done a fantastic job. Better than I ever imagined and so happy I found her. Not only is she a great surgeon but her staff truly puts you at ease from the minute you walk in the door to your last appointment.
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in Emerson, nj |
I recently had reconstructive surgery performed by Dr. Kari Colen and would recommend her highly as a surgeon. My results are excellent and both she and her staff are efficient, courteous and compassionate.
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Dr. Colen accepts 2 insurance carriers
  • Aetna
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Hospitals where Dr. Colen has admitting privileges

Hackensack University Medical Center
30 Prospect Ave
Hackensack, NJ 07601
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Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center
255 Lafayette Ave
Suffern, NY 10901
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Lenox Hill Hospital
100 E 77th St
New York, NY 10075
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