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Alexander F. Au, MD

Alexander F. Au, MD Physician

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery

Dr. Au is employed by Penn Medicine.

In New Jersey, providers are affiliated with Penn Medicine through Clinical Health Care Associates of New Jersey.

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Clinical Specialties


  • Plastic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Plastic Surgery, 2012

Clinical Expertise:

  • Body Contouring Surgery
  • Body Lift
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Enlargement (Augmentation)
  • Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy)
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reconstruction Surgery with Tissue
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Microsurgery
  • Nipple and Areola Reconstruction
  • Non-Cosmetic Breast Surgery
  • Skin Cancer

Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
  • Humana / Choicecare
  • Independence Blue Cross (Keystone East)
  • Intergroup
  • Keystone First
  • Keystone First Medicare
  • Multiplan
  • NJ Medicaid
  • NJ Qualcare
  • Oxford Health Plan
  • PA Health and Wellness (Centene) Medicare
  • PA Medicaid
  • PA Medicare
  • Preferred Health Care/LGH
  • Rail Road Medicare / Palmetto GBA
  • Remedy Partners at Penn Medicine
  • Tricare
  • United Healthcare
  • UnitedHealthcare Community Plan
  • US Family Health Plan
  • Veterans Choice Program

Education and Training

Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine
Residency: Yale-New Haven Hospital
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania


American College of Surgeons (Associate Fellow), National American Society of Plastic Surgeons, National American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, National

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Au is employed by Penn Medicine.

Hospital Privileges:

  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Penn Presbyterian Medical Center: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.
  • Pennsylvania Hospital: Has privileges to treat patients in the hospital.


Selected Publications:

Au A: Transverse infra-clavicular thoracoacromial (TIC TAC): A new approach to a rarely used recipient in microsurgical breast reconstruction Journal of Plastic Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery : 2016 (in press).

Zhu VZ, Tuggle CT, Au AF: Promise and limitations of big data research in plastic surgery Annals of Plastic Surgery 76 (4): 453-458,2016.

Shah A, Sawh R, Wills A, Walker C, Au A: Novel penile splint and its use in microsurgical penile replantation Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 135 (6): 1082e-1083e,2015.

Shah A, Rowlands M, Au A: Barbed sutures and tendon repair: A review Hand (New York, N.Y.) 10 (1): 6-15,2015.

Tuggle CT, Patel A, Broer N, Persing JA, Sosa JA, Au AF: Increased hospital volume is associated with improved outcomes following abdominal-based breast reconstruction Journal of Plastic Surgery & Hand Surgery 48 (6): 382-328,2014.

Travieso R, Patel A, Au AF: Industry-sponsored research in plastic surgery: Implications and considerations Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 134 (5): 858e-859e,2014.

Berlin NL, Tuggle CT, Thomson JG, Au A: Digit replantation in children: A nationwide analysis of outcomes and trends of 455 pediatric patients Hand (New York, N.Y.) 9 (2): 244-252,2014.

Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Au A, Tuggle CT, Serletti JM, Wu LC: Complications and morbidity following breast reconstruction: A review of 16,063 cases from the 2005-2010 NSQIP datasets Journal of Plastic Surgery & Hand Surgery 48 (2): 104-114,2014.

Pfaff MJ, Alcon A, Au AF, Patel A: Bringing breast reconstruction to the forefront The Breast Journal 20 (2): 224-225,2014.

Sue GR, Lannin DR, Au AF, Narayan D, Chagpar AB: Factors associated with decision to pursue mastectomy and breast reconstruction for treatment of ductal carcinoma in situ of the breast American Journal of Surgery 206 (5): 682-685,2013.

Academic Contact Info

Division of Plastic Surgery
Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce Street, 14th Fl. South PCAM

Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 662-7300
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)