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Suhail K. Kanchwala, MD

Suhail K. Kanchwala, MD Physician

Associate Professor of Surgery at the Pennsylvania Hospital

Languages spoken:

  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Urdu

Dr. Kanchwala is employed by Penn Medicine.

About Dr. Suhail K. Kanchwala

Recognized by America's Top Doctors for 2017

Recognized in Philadelphia magazine's annual Top Docs issues for 2018 and 2019

Clinical Specialties


  • Plastic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Plastic Surgery, 2011

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abdominal Wall Surgery
  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
  • Autologous Tissue Reconstruction
  • Breast Enlargement (Augmentation)
  • Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy)
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Compromised Skin Grafts
  • Compromised Tissue Flaps
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Fat Grafting
  • Flaps Surgery
  • Hand Transplant
  • Implant Reconstruction
  • Liposuction (Lipoplasty)
  • Lymphedema
  • Microsurgery
  • Nerve Reconstruction
  • Nipple and Areola Reconstruction
  • Oncologic Reconstruction
  • Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery
  • Scar Hypertrophy
  • Skin Cancer Reconstructive Surgery
  • Skin Grafting
  • Skin Grafts
  • Wound Medication
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Practice Locations and Appointments

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna US Healthcare
  • Cigna
  • Cigna HealthSpring
  • Clover Health Plan
  • CVS Health
  • Devon Health Services (Americare)
  • eLAP Services
  • Gateway Health Plan
  • Geisinger Health Plan
  • HealthAmerica / HealthAssurance, a Coventry Plan
  • HealthPartners
  • HealthPartners Medicare
  • HealthSmart
  • Highmark Blue Shield
  • Homestead Smart Health Plans
  • 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
  • Provider Partners Health Plan
  • 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 Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Fellowship: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Residency: Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Fellowship: University of Texas - MD Anderson Cancer Center


American Association of Plastic Surgeons, International American Society of Plastic Surgeons, National American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, National Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, Local

Hospital Affiliation

Dr. Kanchwala 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:

Jablonka Eric M, Lamelas Andreas M, Kanchwala Suhail K, Rhemtulla Irfan, Smith Mark L: A Simplified Cost-Utility Analysis of Inpatient Flap Monitoring after Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction and Implications for Hospital Length of Stay. Plastic and reconstructive surgery : 2019.

Momeni Arash, Kanchwala Suhail: Delayed-immediate hybrid breast reconstruction-Increasing patient input and precision in breast reconstruction. The breast journal : 2019.

Momeni Arash, Kanchwala Suhail: Reply: Hybrid pre-pectoral breast reconstruction - A surgical approach that combines the benefits of autologous and implant-based reconstruction. Plastic and reconstructive surgery : 2019.

Wallen Tyler J, Habertheuer Andreas, Gottret Jean P, Kramer Matthew, Abbas Zara, Siki Mary, Hobbs Reilly, Vasquez Charlie, Molina Maria, Kanchwala Suhail, Low David, Acker Michael, Vallabhajosyula Prashanth: Sternal wound complications in patients undergoing orthotopic heart transplantation. Journal of cardiac surgery 34 (4): 186-189,2019.

Kanchwala Suhail, Momeni Arash: Hybrid breast reconstruction-the best of both worlds. Gland surgery 8 (1): 82-89,2019.

Mirzabeigi Michael N, Rhemtulla Irfan A, Mcdonald Elizabeth S, Sataloff Dahlia M, Kovach Stephen J, Wu Liza C, Serletti Joseph M, Kanchwala Suhail: Locoregional Cancer Recurrence after Breast Reconstruction: Detection, Management, and Secondary Reconstructive Strategies. Plastic and reconstructive surgery 143 (5): 1322-1330,2019.

Bauder Andrew R, Samra Fares, Kanchwala Suhail K, Serletti Joseph M, Kovach Stephen J, Wu Liza C: Autologous breast reconstruction in the postbariatric patient population Microsurgery 38 (2): 134-142,2018.

Momeni Arash, Kanchwala Suhail: Hybrid Prepectoral Breast Reconstruction: A Surgical Approach that Combines the Benefits of Autologous and Implant-Based Reconstruction. Plastic and reconstructive surgery 142 (5): 1109-1115,2018.

Weissler Jason M, Cho Eugenia H, Koltz Peter F, Carney Martin J, Itkin Maxim, Laje Pablo, Levin L Scott, Dori Yoav, Kanchwala Suhail K, Kovach Stephen J: Lymphovenous Anastomosis for the Treatment of Chylothorax in Infants: A Novel Microsurgical Approach to a Devastating Problem. Plastic and reconstructive surgery 141 (6): 1502-1507,2018.

Moshrefi Shawn, Kanchwala Suhail, Momeni Arash: Should planned/desired pregnancy be considered an absolute contraindication to breast reconstruction with free abdominal Flaps? A retrospective case series and systematic review. Journal of plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery : JPRAS 71 (9): 1295-1300,2018.

Academic Contact Info

Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Division of Plastic Surgery
3400 Spruce Street, 14 So. PCAM

Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Patient appointments: 800-789-7366 (PENN)

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