Physician’s Profile

Christine H. Rohde, MD, MPH, FACS

Department of Surgery
Division of Plastic Surgery
Chief of Microvascular Services

Dr. Rohde graduated from Harvard Medical School in 2000. Following her medical school education, she began her general surgery training at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. After three years of general surgery training, Dr. Rohde accepted a plastic and reconstructive surgery residency position at Montefiore Medical Center. Interested in microsurgery, Dr. Rohde completed a microsurgical fellowship at New York University Medical School’s Institute of Reconstructive and Plastic Surgery in 2006. Her research focuses primarily on outcomes of plastic surgical interventions, particularly as they relate to cancer reconstruction and post-surgical care. In 2013, Dr. Rohde graduated from the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health with a Masters in Public Health, focusing on comparative effectiveness research.

A highly skilled clinician, researcher and teacher, Dr. Rohde is trained in the diagnosis and treatment of the full range of plastic reconstructive and aesthetic surgery, specializing in microsurgery, abdominal wall reconstruction, body contouring, cosmetic surgery, and breast, trauma, and cancer reconstruction. She has numerous publications and presentations in the field of plastic surgery, and is a frequently-requested speaker. She has also been seen on the Carol Alt FoxNews Show, “A Healthy You” and WABC, discussing her research and breast cancer reconstruction. 

Board Certificates
Plastic Surgery
Areas of Expertise:
  • Cancer Care
  • Breast Cancer
  • Specialist in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Reconstructive Surgery
  • Breast Augmentation
  • Restylane
  • Mastopexy/Breast Lift
  • Cosmetic Eye Surgery
  • Trauma Reconstruction
  • Facial Cosmetic Surgery
  • Brow Lift
  • Liposuction
  • Microsurgery
  • Post Bariatric Surgery
  • Cosmetic Fillings
  • Body Contouring
  • Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Botulinum Toxin (Botox Injection)
  • Otoplasty
  • Rhytidectomy
  • Collagen Injections
  • Breast Reduction
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Blepharoplasty
Honors & Awards:

2008 Invited Lecturer in the Annual Meeting of Breast Cancer in Women of Color, “Breast Reconstruction: Fitting It All In”, New York

2007 Invited Lecturer in the Patient Safety in Cosmetic Surgery Meeting, “Patient Safety in Circumferential Abdominoplasty Procedures”, New York

2006 Best Clinical Research Presentation, Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, NYU Medical Center

2005 Leo M. Davidoff Award: For outstanding achievement in the teaching of medical students at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

Albert Schweitzer Fellowship: Surgical experience at the Schweitzer Hospital in Gabon, Central Africa.

Joseph Collins Scholarship: Awarded for academic achievement, good moral character, and interest in cultural pursuits outside of medicine.

United States-Europe Medical Educational Exchange (US-EUMEE), Health Care Policy

Fellowship: Compared German and American health care systems as part of an international exchange sponsored by HMS and Ludwig-Maximillian University in Munich, Germany.

AAAS Mass Media Fellowship: Highly competitive program that gives scientists the opportunity to work in journalism


Author of essay in Being A Woman Surgeon: Sixty Women Share Their Stories.  Dr. Preeti John, editor, Gordian Knot Books, 2015.

*Rohde, C., Taylor E., Alonso A., Ascherman, J., Hardy K., Pilla A. Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields Reduce Post-Operative IL-1β, Pain and Inflammation: A Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Study in TRAM flap Breast Reconstruction Patients. Plast Recon Surg. Accepted for publication.

Chao, J., Spector, J., Taylor, E., Otterburn, D., Kutler, D., Caruana, S. Rohde, C.H.* Pectoralis Major Myocutaneous Flap versus Free Fasciocutaneous Flap for Reconstruction of Partial Hypopharyngeal Defects: What Should We Be Doing? J Recon Microsurg. Accepted for publication.

Engdahl, R., Cohen, L., Pouch, S. Rohde C.* Management of Mycobacterium Abscessus Post-Abdominoplasty. Aesthetic Plas Surg. 2014, 38:1138-1142.

Taylor E, Hardy K, Alonso A, Pilla A, Rohde C.* Pulsed electromagnetic fields dosing impacts postoperative pain in breast reduction patients. J Surg Res. 2014 Aug 9. [Epub ahead of print].