Dr. Schwartz

Breast Cancer & Reconstructive Surgeon

Jean-Claude Schwartz, MD, PhD

As a national leader in the field of oncoplastic breast surgery (Oncoplastic surgery integrates an aggressive oncological resection with immediate reconstruction using plastic surgery principles to avoid deformities and sometimes even improve the appearance of the breast), dr. Schwartz is exclusively dedicated to breast cancer surgery and reconstruction. He has developed and described numerous surgical techniques in reconstructive surgery that have benefited his patients and others all over the world. He has described one of the most innovative ways to save a woman’s breast, avoiding mastectomy surgery and the prolonged course of reconstructive surgeries often required afterwards. He has innovated the outpatient mastectomy and reconstruction and described the largest series to date in 2020. He performs nearly all his bilateral mastectomy and implant reconstruction surgeries without hospital admission.

There is no breast surgical oncologist in the United States that offers his patients the same variety of oncoplastic options after cancer surgery nor has contributed more to the field of breast reconstruction surgery after both partial and total mastectomy than Dr. Schwartz.

As a cancer survivor, Dr. Schwartz has a special dedication in taking care of patients diagnosed with breast cancer. He understands and sympathizes with his patients that require surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy for treatment. During his MD/PhD studies he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and went through a prolonged course of chemotherapy and radiation but still persevered to complete his studies without delay and even managed to win the Julius Marmar Fellowship, awarded to the graduate student for outstanding PhD studies. In addition to his interest in taking care of cancer patients, Dr. Schwartz has developed a special interest in reconstructive surgery. He takes special pride in restoring a woman’s femininity after cancer surgery by providing her the most advanced and innovative surgical techniques available anywhere in the world. Many of these approaches were developed and first described by Dr. Schwartz.

Dr. Schwartz grew up in New York and graduated from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY with a degree in biochemistry followed by MD and PhD degrees at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine where he was awarded the Julius Marmur Fellowship for outstanding PhD research. His PhD thesis was published in Nature, the most prestigious scientific journal in the world.
Dr. Schwartz then went on to complete his general surgery training at Emory University followed by a breast surgical oncology fellowship at Yale University. Dr. Schwartz performed several thousand surgeries over 5 years in private practice in head and neck surgery, minimally invasive surgery, breast surgery, plastic surgery, vascular surgery, and abdominal surgery providing him the surgical skillset, expertise and experience required of a practitioner and leader in oncoplastic breast surgery.

To gain truly worldwide expertise in oncoplasty, Dr. Schwartz spent a year studying advanced oncoplastic techniques in New Zealand, Milan, Brazil, Paris and London with the international leaders in oncoplastic surgery. He now practices in Lawrenceville, Georgia where he focuses on breast cancer surgery and reconstruction. He is of one of just two surgeons in Georgia and a handful in this country who is capable of removing a breast cancer followed by performing an immediate reconstruction. Unlike most others surgical teams in the country, he usually only requires one surgery to complete a patient’s cancer surgery and reconstruction.
Dr. Schwartz has published and continues to publish numerous peer-reviewed papers describing new innovative techniques in breast reconstruction in the most prestigious surgical journals. As a leader in his field, he is regularly invited to write book chapters in the area of breast reconstruction and to speak at conferences educating other surgeons in the field of oncoplastic breast surgery. He is of one of just two surgeons in Georgia and a handful in this country who is capable of removing a breast cancer followed by performing an immediate reconstruction. Unlike most others surgical teams in the country, he usually only requires one surgery to complete a patient’s cancer surgery and reconstruction.

Dr. Schwartz is committed to making sure his patients are both cancer-free and obtain an aesthetic result that restores or even enhances their final breast appearance, usually requiring just one surgery to accomplish both. Dr. Schwartz performs hundreds of breast reconstructions per year, after both partial and total mastectomy, utilizing both implants and or a patient’s own tissues. He has devoted himself to excellence in his career, sacrificing his personal life and time, to care for his patients and provide them with the most advanced techniques available anywhere in breast cancer surgery and reconstruction. He is constantly striving to improve his practice by traveling within the US and abroad to learn the latest techniques and approaches from world experts. He is also constantly innovating new techniques himself which he regularly publishes in leading surgical journals and invited to lecture about at national conferences.

Dr. Schwartz performs the overwhelming majority of his surgery in a private Ambulatory Surgery Center that is physically attached to his office and only steps away from collaborating radiologists and medical oncologists. He has recently published his outstanding results that has documented a reduced infection rate and decreased operative time in his surgery center versus the hospital setting. His surgical team at the Ambulatory Surgery Center is dedicated to breast cancer surgery and reconstruction making his surgeries more efficient and less prone to complications in comparison to the hospital setting were the staff and operative protocols are not dedicated to breast surgery.

World-Class Training

European Institute Of Oncology

Milan, Italy

Barretos Cancer Hospital Brazil

Auckland, New Zealand​

Brazil training

Curitiba, Brazil

Emory University

Atlana, USA

Albert Einstein medical college

New York, USA

London Plastic Surgeons

London, UK

The Paris Breast Center

Paris, France

St. Marks Auckland

Barretos, Brazil

Yale-University School-of-Medicine

New Haven, USA

Cornell University

Ithaca, USA​

Education

Education Institution Date
Fellowship in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery
European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy
2014
Mini-fellowship in Aesthetic Breast Surgery
London Plastic Surgeons
2014
Fellowship in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery
Nossa Senhora das Gracas, Curitiba, Brazil
2014
Fellowship in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery
Barretos Hospital, Barretos, Brazil
2014
Fellowship in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery
Paris Breast Center
2014
Fellowship in Oncoplastic Breast Surgery
Saint Mark's Breast Center, Auckland, New Zealand
2013
Fellowship
Yale University, Breast Surgical Oncology
2009
Residency
Emory University Hospital, General Surgery Residency
2008
Internship
Emory University Hospital, Surgical Internship
2004
MD, PhD
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
2003
Undergraduate
Cornell University, Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
1993

Credentials

MD, PhD

Board Certified in General Surgery

Member, American Society for Breast Surgeons

Publications

Schwartz, Jean-Claude D. MD, PhD. Modified Bidirectional Adipodermal Mastopexy, Nipple-sparing Mastectomy, and Direct-to-implant Reconstruction in Patients with Significant Ptosis. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open: November 2022 – Volume 10 – Issue 11 – p e4666.
 
 

Schwartz JD. Salvage of infected implant-based breast reconstructions in morbidly obese patients with explanation and replacement with an autologous muscle-sparing latissimus dorsi flap. JPRAS Open. 2022 Mar 8; 32:93-97.

Salvage of Infected Implant-Based Breast Reconstructions in Morbidly Obese Patients with Explanation and Replacement with an Autologous Muscle-Sparing Latissimus Dorsi Flap

Schwartz, Jean-Claude D. MD, PhD; Binstock, Michael MS, PA-C Immediate Skin Replacement Allows for Nipple-sparing, Direct-to-implant Reconstruction in Patients with Advanced Breast Cancers, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open: February 2022 – Volume 10 – Issue 2 – p e4098S

Immediate Skin Replacement Allows for Nipple-sparing, Direct… : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open (lww.com)

Schwartz, Jean-Claude D. MD, PhD; Binstock, Michael MS, PA-C Optimizing Symmetry after Unilateral Mastectomy and Reconstruction with a Less Form-stable Prepectoral Implant, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open: December 2021 – Volume 9 – Issue 12 – p e3990 

Optimizing Symmetry after Unilateral Mastectomy and Reconstr… : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open (lww.com)

Schwartz JD. Modified Incision for Muscle-sparing Latissimus Dorsi to Increase Flap Perfusion in the Morbidly Obese. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2021;9(11):e3927. Published 2021 Nov 11. 

Modified Incision for Muscle-sparing Latissimus Dorsi to Inc… : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open (lww.com)

Schwartz JC. Breast Surgery in the Time of Global Pandemic: Benefits of Same-Day Surgery for Breast Cancer Patients Undergoing Mastectomy with Immediate Reconstruction during COVID-19. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021;148(2):324e-325e.

Breast Surgery in the Time of Global Pandemic: Benefits of S… : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (lww.com)

Schwartz JD. Nipple-Areola Complex Reconstruction Using a Skin Graft and Nipple Sharing after Wise-pattern Central Lumpectomy. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2021;9(4):e3539. Published 2021 Apr 15. 

Nipple–Areola Complex Reconstruction Using a Skin Graft and… : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open (lww.com)

Schwartz JD. Use of a Bioabsorbable Implant-Acellular Dermal Matrix Construct to Facilitate Oncoplastic Breast-conserving Surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2021;9(1):e3356. Published 2021 Jan 25. 

Use of a Bioabsorbable Implant-Acellular Dermal Matrix Const… : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open (lww.com)

Schwartz JD. Early Expander-to-Implant Exchange after Postmastectomy Reconstruction Reduces Rates of Subsequent Major Infectious Complications. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2020;8(12):e3275. Published 2020 Dec 18.

Early Expander-to-Implant Exchange after Postmastectomy Reco… : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open (lww.com)

Schwartz JD. Bilateral autologous augmentation-mastopexy in the patient undergoing breast-conserving oncological surgery. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2020 Feb;73(2):391-407.

Schwartz JD. Muscle-sparing Latissimus Dorsi: A Safe Option for Postmastectomy Reconstruction in Extremely Obese Patients. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2020;8(10):e3166. Published 2020 Oct 22. 

Muscle-sparing Latissimus Dorsi: A Safe Option for Postmaste… : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open (lww.com)

Schwartz JC. Mastectomy and Prepectoral Reconstruction in an Ambulatory Surgery Center Reduces Major Infectious Complication Rates. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2020;8(7):e2960. Published 2020 Jul 15. 

Mastectomy and Prepectoral Reconstruction in an Ambulatory S… : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open (lww.com)

Schwartz JD. Toward a More Definitive Goldilocks Mastectomy: Simultaneous Addition of the Lateral Intercostal Perforator Flap. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2019;7(3):e2132. Published 2019 Mar 13. 

Toward a More Definitive Goldilocks Mastectomy: Simultaneous… : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open (lww.com)

Schwartz JC. Unilateral Reconstruction of the Large Breast: Combining Prosthetic and Autologous Methods for Improved Symmetry. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2019;7(2):e2154. Published 2019 Feb 11. 

Unilateral Reconstruction of the Large Breast: Combining Pro… : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open (lww.com)

Schwartz JD. New Approach to Oncoplastic Breast Conservation: Combining Autologous Volume Replacement and the Wise-pattern Mammaplasty. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2018;6(10):e1987. Published 2018 Oct 16. 

New Approach to Oncoplastic Breast Conservation: Combining A… : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open (lww.com)

Schwartz JC. A New Approach to Nipple-sparing Mastectomy and Reconstruction in the High Risk Ptotic Patient. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2018;6(5):e1779. Published 2018 May 10. 

A New Approach to Nipple-sparing Mastectomy and Reconstructi… : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open (lww.com)

Schwartz JC. Goldilocks Mastectomy: A Safe Bridge to Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction in the Morbidly Obese. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2017;5(6):e1398. Published 2017 Jun 28. 

Goldilocks Mastectomy: A Safe Bridge to Implant-Based Breast… : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open (lww.com)

Schwartz JD, Skowronksi PP. Extending the Indications for Autologous Breast Reconstruction Using a Two-Stage Modified Goldilocks Procedure: A Case Report. The Breast Journal. 2017 May;23(3):344-347. 

Schwartz JD, Skowronksi PP. Improved Outcomes with Pedicled Nipple-sparing Mastectomies Using a New Surgical Delay: Mastectomy through Wise Incisions. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2017;5(3):e1259. 

Improved Outcomes with Pedicled Nipple-sparing Mastectomies… : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open (lww.com)

Schwartz JC, Skowronski PP. Case report of a definitive autologous reconstruction in a patient requiring immediate postoperative anticoagulation and reduced operative time. Int J Surg Case Rep. 2016;25:86-88

Case report of a definitive autologous reconstruction in a patient requiring immediate postoperative anticoagulation and reduced operative time (nih.gov)

Schwartz JC, Skowronksi PP. Surgical Delay Facilitates Pedicled Nipple-sparing Mastectomy and Reconstruction in the Ptotic Patient. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2016;4(6):e735. Published 2016 Jun 13. 

Surgical Delay Facilitates Pedicled Nipple-sparing Mastectom… : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open (lww.com)

Schwartz JC, Skowronski PP. Total Single-Stage Autologous Breast Reconstruction with Free Nipple Grafts. Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2016;3(12):e587. Published 2016 Jan 7. 

Total Single-Stage Autologous Breast Reconstruction with Fre… : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open (lww.com)

Schwartz JC, Rishi M, Christy CJ, Grube BJ, Lannin DR. What do breast surgeons do? Am J Surg. 2009 Oct;198(4) 544-546.

Urban C, Anselmi K, Kuroda F, Schwartz JC. Oncoplasty as the Standard of Care in Breast Surgery. European Oncology & Haematology 2014; 10(1):43-47.

private_articles_21108_pdf_schwartz.pdf (touchoncology.com)

Urban C, Schwartz JC. Oncoplastic surgeons: heros or villains? Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Nov;134(5):845e-846e

Oncoplastic Surgeons: Heros or Villains? : Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (lww.com)

Book Chapters

Schwartz JC.D. (2018) Total Single-Stage Autologous Breast Reconstruction with Free Nipple Grafts: A Modified Goldilocks Procedure. In: Shiffman M. (eds) Nipple-Areolar Complex Reconstruction. Springer, Cham.

Schwartz JC (2022) Goldilocks Mastectomy: Past Results and Future Directions. In Clark P. (eds) Fundamental of Oncoplastic Surgery. Springer.

Consulting

Genomic Health Advisory Board, Oncotype DX® Breast Recurrence Score Advisory Board September 2018

Hologic Breast Surgery Scientific Advisory Board Meeting, September 2019 Chicago, IL

Take the Lead in Breast Cancer Surgery, Targeted Medical Education, November 2019, Las Vegas

Bard, Becton Dickinson, March 2021, “Addressing unmet needs in Breast Cancer Surgery” (Virtual)

Teaching

Invited Lectures

Cleveland Clinic, Akron Campus, “Nipple sparing mastectomy and reconstruction in the non-ideal surgical candidate”, Breast Fellow Research Symposium, April 2017.

School Of Oncoplastic Surgery, Las Vegas, NV, January 2017, “Mastopexy Techniques”

School Of Oncoplastic Surgery, Dallas, TX , September 2017, “Crescent and Round-Block Mastopexy”

School Of Oncoplastic Surgery, Newport Beach, CA, September 2018, “Techniques in Mastopexy for Oncoplastic Surgery”

School Of Oncoplastic Surgery, Las Vegas, NV, January 2020, “Oncoplastic Reduction Surgery”

National Consortium of Breast Centers, C, Las Vegas, NV, March 2022, “Pearls and Pitfalls in Oncoplastic Surgery”
Hologic, Master Class Level II Oncoplastic Surgery Course with Cadaver Lab, “Oncoplastic approaches to central breast cancers” , Tampa, FL March 2022