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Amy S. Colwell, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

Massachusetts General Hospital
Phone: (617) 643-5963
Fax: (617) 643-5964


acolwell@partners.org

Amy S. Colwell, MD

Massachusetts General Hospital

EDUCATIONAL TITLES

  • Associate Professor, Surgery, Harvard Medical School
  • Assistant in Surgery, Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital

DF/HCC PROGRAM AFFILIATION

Research Abstract

The focus of my research is in improving outcomes for breast cancer patients. One of my specific aims is to be able to counsel patients on which surgical procedure may benefit them most by gathering information through standardized surveys from breast cancer patients who have already gone through the process. Another specific aim is to collect data to support and justify a novel technique for immediate implant breast reconstruction which improves aesthetic outcomes. Lastly, I have a general interest in continuing to advance and optimize breast reconstruction techniques.

Publications

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  • Tang R, Coopey SB, Merrill AL, Rai U, Specht MC, Gadd MA, Colwell AS, Austen WG, Brachtel EF, Smith BL. Positive Nipple Margins in Nipple-Sparing Mastectomies: Rates, Management, and Oncologic Safety. J Am Coll Surg 2016. PubMed
  • Colwell AS, Smith BL. Complications After Mastectomy and Immediate Breast Reconstruction for Breast Cancer: How does the Community Compare? Ann Surg 2015. PubMed
  • Mattos D, Gfrerer L, Reish RG, Hughes KS, Cetrulo C, Colwell AS, Winograd JM, Yaremchuk MJ, Austen WG, Liao EC. Lifetime Costs of Prophylactic Mastectomies and Reconstruction versus Surveillance. Plast Reconstr Surg 2015; 136:730e-40e. PubMed
  • Mattos D, Gfrerer L, Ling IT, Reish RG, Hughes KS, Halpern EF, Cetrulo C, Colwell AS, Winograd JM, Yaremchuk MJ, Austen WG, Liao EC. Occult Histopathology and Its Predictors in Contralateral and Bilateral Prophylactic Mastectomies. Ann Surg Oncol 2015. PubMed
  • Miller CL, Colwell AS, Horick N, Skolny MN, Jammallo LS, O'Toole JA, Shenouda MN, Sadek BT, Swaroop MN, Ferguson CM, Smith BL, Specht MC, Taghian AG. Immediate Implant Reconstruction Is Associated With a Reduced Risk of Lymphedema Compared to Mastectomy Alone: A Prospective Cohort Study. Ann Surg 2015. PubMed
  • Ascherman JA, Jacoby A, Alizadeh K, Appel J, Berkowitz RL, Castle J, Chun YS, Colwell AS, Desai AR, Downey SE, Evans G, Fallucco M, Halperin T, Hollenbeck S, Johnson DJ, Mohebali K, Morris D, Stokes T, Sudarsky LA, Zeidler KR. Aeroform vs Saline Tissue Expansion in Breast Reconstruction: A Prospective Multi-Center Randomized Controlled Clinical Study. Plast Reconstr Surg 2015; 136:84. PubMed
  • Tang R, Coopey SB, Colwell AS, Specht MC, Gadd MA, Kansal K, McEvoy MP, Merrill AL, Rai U, Taghian A, Austen WG, Smith BL. Nipple-Sparing Mastectomy in Irradiated Breasts: Selecting Patients to Minimize Complications. Ann Surg Oncol 2015; 22:3331-7. PubMed
  • Frederick MJ, Lin AM, Neuman R, Smith BL, Austen WG, Colwell AS. Nipple-sparing mastectomy in patients with previous breast surgery: comparative analysis of 775 immediate breast reconstructions. Plast Reconstr Surg 2015; 135:954e-962e. PubMed
  • Reish RG, Lin A, Phillips NA, Winograd J, Liao EC, Cetrulo CL, Smith BL, Austen WG, Colwell AS. Breast reconstruction outcomes after nipple-sparing mastectomy and radiation therapy. Plast Reconstr Surg 2015; 135:959-66. PubMed
  • Scheflan M, Colwell AS. Tissue Reinforcement in Implant-based Breast Reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 2014; 2:e192. PubMed
  • Zeidler KR, Berkowitz RL, Chun YS, Alizadeh K, Castle J, Colwell AS, Desai AR, Evans G, Hollenbeck S, Johnson DJ, Morris D, Ascherman JA. AeroForm patient controlled tissue expansion and saline tissue expansion for breast reconstruction: a randomized controlled trial. Ann Plast Surg 2014; 72 Suppl 1:S51-5. PubMed
  • Reish RG, Lin AM, Austen WG, Winograd J, Liao EC, Cetrulo CL, Smith BL, Colwell AS. Abstract 25: breast reconstruction outcomes after nipple-sparing mastectomy and radiation therapy. Plast Reconstr Surg 2014; 133:991. PubMed
  • Colwell AS, Tessler O, Lin AM, Liao E, Winograd J, Cetrulo CL, Tang R, Smith BL, Austen WG. Breast reconstruction following nipple-sparing mastectomy: predictors of complications, reconstruction outcomes, and 5-year trends. Plast Reconstr Surg 2014; 133:496-506. PubMed
  • Coopey SB, Tang R, Lei L, Freer PE, Kansal K, Colwell AS, Gadd MA, Specht MC, Austen WG, Smith BL. Increasing eligibility for nipple-sparing mastectomy. Ann Surg Oncol 2013; 20:3218-22. PubMed
  • Craft RO, Damjanovic B, Colwell AS. Evidence-based protocol for infection control in immediate implant-based breast reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg 2012; 69:446-50. PubMed
  • Colwell AS, Gadd M, Smith BL, Austen WG. An inferolateral approach to nipple-sparing mastectomy: optimizing mastectomy and reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg 2010; 65:140-3. PubMed
  • Colwell AS, Breuing KH. Primary nipple reconstruction with AlloDerm: is a dermal flap always necessary? Plast Reconstr Surg 2009; 124:260e-2e. PubMed
  • Colwell AS, Breuing KH. Improving shape and symmetry in mastopexy with autologous or cadaveric dermal slings. Ann Plast Surg 2008; 61:138-42. PubMed
  • Colwell AS, Wright L, Karanas Y. Near-infrared spectroscopy measures tissue oxygenation in free flaps for breast reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg 2008; 121:344e-345e. PubMed
  • Colwell AS, Longaker MT, Peter Lorenz H. Identification of differentially regulated genes in fetal wounds during regenerative repair. Wound Repair Regen 2008; 16:450-9. PubMed
  • Colwell AS, Slavin SA, May JW. Breast augmentation after reduction mammaplasty: getting the size right. Ann Plast Surg 2008; 60:372-4. PubMed
  • Colwell AS, Borud LJ. Fat grafting to the breast revisited: safety and efficacy. Plast Reconstr Surg 2008; 121:701-2. PubMed
  • Breuing KH, Colwell AS. Inferolateral AlloDerm hammock for implant coverage in breast reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg 2007; 59:250-5. PubMed
  • Colwell AS, May JW, Slavin SA. Lowering the postoperative high-riding nipple. Plast Reconstr Surg 2007; 120:596-9. PubMed
  • Colwell AS, Yun R, Krummel TM, Longaker MT, Lorenz HP. Keratinocytes modulate fetal and postnatal fibroblast transforming growth factor-beta and Smad expression in co-culture. Plast Reconstr Surg 2007; 119:1440-5. PubMed
  • Colwell AS, Faudoa R, Krummel TM, Longaker MT, Lorenz HP. Transforming growth factor-beta, Smad, and collagen expression patterns in fetal and adult keratinocytes. Plast Reconstr Surg 2007; 119:852-7. PubMed
  • Colwell AS, Borud LJ. Autologous gluteal augmentation after massive weight loss: aesthetic analysis and role of the superior gluteal artery perforator flap. Plast Reconstr Surg 2007; 119:345-56. PubMed
  • Colwell AS, Krummel TM, Longaker MT, Lorenz HP. Early-gestation fetal scarless wounds have less lysyl oxidase expression. Plast Reconstr Surg 2006; 118:1125-9; discussion 1130-1. PubMed
  • Colwell AS, Krummel TM, Longaker MT, Lorenz HP. Fetal and adult fibroblasts have similar TGF-beta-mediated, Smad-dependent signaling pathways. Plast Reconstr Surg 2006; 117:2277-83. PubMed
  • Colwell AS, Krummel TM, Longaker MT, Lorenz HP. An in vivo mouse excisional wound model of scarless healing. Plast Reconstr Surg 2006; 117:2292-6. PubMed
  • Colwell AS, Krummel TM, Longaker MT, Lorenz HP. Wnt-4 expression is increased in fibroblasts after TGF-beta1 stimulation and during fetal and postnatal wound repair. Plast Reconstr Surg 2006; 117:2297-301. PubMed
  • Colwell AS, Buntic RF, Brooks D, Wright L, Buncke GM, Buncke HJ. Detection of perfusion disturbances in digit replantation using near-infrared spectroscopy and serial quantitative fluoroscopy. J Hand Surg [Am] 2006; 31:456-62. PubMed
  • Colwell AS, Krummel TM, Kong W, Longaker MT, Lorenz HP. Skin wounds in the MRL/MPJ mouse heal with scar. Wound Repair Regen 2006; 14:81-90. PubMed
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