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Suhail K. Kanchwala, MD

Suhail K. Kanchwala, MD Physician

Associate Professor of Surgery at the Pennsylvania Hospital

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

Patient Satisfaction Ratings

Patient Rating Breakdown

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Responses are measured on a scale of 1 to 5 with 5 being the best score.

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Overall Ratings

Clinical Specialties


  • Plastic Surgery

Programs & Centers:

Board Certification:

  • Plastic Surgery, 2011

Clinical Expertise:

  • Abdominal Wall Surgery
  • Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
  • Arm Lift (Brachioplasty)
  • Arteriovenous Malformations (AVM)
  • Autologous Tissue Reconstruction
  • Basal Cell Carcinoma
  • Body Contouring Surgery
  • Bone Infection (Osteomyelitis)
  • BOTOX Therapy
  • Breast Enlargement (Augmentation)
  • Breast Lift Surgery (Mastopexy)
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Breast Reduction
  • Broken Nose (Nose Fracture)
  • Brow Lift
  • Cancer Surgery
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Chemical Peel
  • Chronic Wounds
  • Cosmetic Surgery
  • Craniofacial Surgery
  • Dermabrasion
  • Dermal Fillers
  • Deviated Septum
  • Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Eye Emergencies
  • Eyelid Surgery (Blepharoplasty)
  • Eyelid Tumors
  • Face Lift Surgery (Rhytidectomy)
  • Facial Implants
  • Fat Grafting
  • Fine Lines and Wrinkles
  • Flaps Surgery
  • Frostbite
  • Hand and Wrist Surgery
  • Hand Injuries
  • Jaw Deformities
  • Laser Skin Rejuvenation
  • Limb Salvage Surgery
  • Liposuction (Lipoplasty)
  • Lymphedema
  • Melanoma
  • Microsurgery
  • Neck Lift
  • Nipple and Areola Reconstruction
  • Nose Surgery (Rhinoplasty)
  • Reconstructive Hand Surgery
  • Scar Revision
  • Sclerotherapy
  • Skin Cancer Reconstructive Surgery
  • Skin Grafts
  • Skin Laser Surgery
  • Telangiectasia (Spider Veins)
  • Tendon Injuries & Tendonitis
  • Tendonitis
  • Thigh Lift
  • Wound Complications
  • 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 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:

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.

Amaral S, Kessler SK, Levy TJ, Gaetz W, McAndrew C, Chang B, Lopez S, Braham E, Humpl D, Hsia M, Ferry KA, Xu X, Elder D, Lefkowitz D, Feudtner C, Thibaudeau S, Lin IC, Kovach SJ, Schwartz ES, Bozentka D, Carrigan R, Steinberg D, Kanchwala S, Zlotolow DA, Kozin S, Jensen FE, Bryant PR, Shaked A, Levine MH, Levin LS: 18-month outcomes of heterologous bilateral hand transplantation in a child: A case report The Lancet Child and Adolescent Health 1 (1): 35-44,2017.

Mirzabeigi Michael N, Fischer John P, Basta Marten N, Fracol Megan, Kovach Stephen J, Wu Liza C, Serletti Joseph M, Low David W, Kanchwala Suhail: Managing groin wounds after infrainguinal vascular procedures: Examining the reoperative events and complication profile of muscle flap reconstruction Annals of Vascular Surgery 43 : 232-241,2017.

Chang Catherine S, Chu Michael W, Nelson Jonas A, Basta Marten, Gerety Patrick, Kanchwala Suhail K, Wu Liza C: Complications and cost analysis of intraoperative arterial complications in head and neck free flap reconstruction Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery 33 (5): 318-327,2017.

Etkin Y, Kanchwala SK, Low DW, Foley PJ, Jackson OA, Jackson BM: Creation of spliced conduit vein using microvascular anastomotic coupler Journal of Vascular Surgery 65 (6): 1845-1847,2017.

Basta Marten N, Wu Liza C, Kanchwala Suhail K, Serletti Joseph M, Tchou Julia C, Kovach Stephen J, Fosnot Joshua, Fischer John P: Reliable prediction of postmastectomy lymphedema: The Risk Assessment Tool Evaluating Lymphedema American Journal of Surgery 213 (6): 1125-1133.e1,2017.

Chu Michael W, Samra Fares, Kanchwala Suhail K, Momeni Arash: Treatment options for bilateral autologous breast reconstruction in patients with inadequate donor-site volume Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery 33 (5): 305-311,2017.

Swanson Jordan W, Yu Jason W, Taylor Jesse A, Kovach Stephen, Kanchwala Suhail, Lantieri Laurent: The retroauricular approach to the facial nerve trunk Journal of Craniofacial Surgery 28 (2): 347-351,2017.

Momeni Arash, Tecce Michael G, Lanni Michael A, Aggarwal Shagun, Pannucci Christopher, Kovach Stephen J, Kanchwala Suhail K, Wu Liza C, Serletti Joseph M: Increased lower extremity venous stasis may contribute to deep venous thrombosis formation after microsurgical breast reconstruction: An ultrasonographic study Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery 33 (3): 173-178,2017.

Gao Lin Lin, Basta Marten, Kanchwala Suhail K, Serletti Joseph M, Low David W, Wu Liza C: Cost-effectiveness of microsurgical reconstruction for head and neck defects after oncologic resection Head & Neck 39 (3): 541-547,2017.

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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