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Meet Our Team

Bernard T. Lee, MD, MBA, MPH

Chief, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Dr. Lee is Associate Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and Chief of the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Co-Director of the Peter Jay Sharp Program for Aesthetic and Reconstructive Breast Surgery at BIDMC. He earned his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine in Boston, his MBA from the University of Massachusetts Isenberg School of Management, and his MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Lee completed his residency in general surgery at Tufts-New England Medical Center and a plastic surgery residency at Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. Dr. Lee’s main clinical interest is in reconstructive surgery after breast cancer (implant and perforator flaps DIEP/SIEA/GAP). His practice also focuses on aesthetic breast surgery, cosmetic surgery, facial reconstructive surgery, and traumatic facial fractures. Dr. Lee’s research interests focus on the development of strategies to optimize clinical outcomes and decision making in breast cancer reconstruction. He also leads a NIH-funded laboratory that focuses on near-infrared imaging technologies in surgery.

View Dr. Lee's research page

Matthew Iorio, MD

Dr. Iorio is Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and a hand and reconstructive surgeon in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at BIDMC. He has a dual appointment, and is also a member of the Department of Orthopaedics, in the Division of Hand Surgery at BIDMC. He earned his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, DC, where he also completed a residency in plastic surgery. He completed a hand and microvascular surgery fellowship at the University of Washington and Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. His clinical interests include hand and wrist surgery, reconstructive microsurgery, hand and wrist fractures, lower extremity trauma reconstruction, and peripheral nerve surgery. Dr. Iorio's research interests include vascularized bone transfers, fracture nonunions, hand and wrist arthritis, tendon healing, and limb salvage.

Samuel J. Lin, MD, MBA

Dr. Lin is Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and Residency Site Director of the Combined Harvard Plastic Surgery Residency and Co-Director of the Harvard Aesthetic and Reconstructive Plastic Surgery Fellowship at BIDMC. He received his medical degree from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, where he also completed a residencies in otolaryngology and plastic surgery. Dr. Lin completed a fellowship in microvascular surgery at the MD Anderson Cancer Center at University of Texas in Houston. In 2015, he earned an MBA from the the MIT Sloan School of Management. Board certified in both plastic surgery and otolaryngology, Dr. Lin is active in both basic science and clinical research with a focus on nerve rehabilitation, rhinoplasty, breast reconstruction, and body contouring along with general reconstruction.

Click here to read a feature from Inside Surgery about Dr. Lin's research

Dr. Lin's research page

Adam Tobias, MD

Dr. Tobias is Assistant Professor of Surgery at Harvard Medical School and on staff at BIDMC in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Tobias received his medical degree from Brown University School of Medicine and completed his plastic surgery residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. After his residency, he completed a fellowship in Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction at the Mercy Medical Center, in Baltimore, Maryland. Dr. Tobias serves as the Director of the Peter Jay Sharp Reconstructive and Aesthetic Breast Surgery Program at the BIDMC. Dr. Tobias is involved in the education of plastic surgery fellows and also mentors post-residency breast surgery fellows. He is active in clinical research, particularly in the area of reconstructive and aesthetic breast reconstruction, including the ongoing development of clinical pathways to improve surgical care, increase efficiency, reduce errors, and achieve the most optimal surgical outcomes on behalf of breast reconstructive patients.


Sarah Coons, LPN

Ms. Coons is a license practical nurse who completed her nursing program in Ogden, Utah and recently moved back to the east coast. She completed a bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training, which brings a unique aspect to the practice. She is committed to making patients feel welcomed and comfortable during the process of reconstruction, and looks forward to developing her practice here.

Maria Semnack, RN

Ms. Semnack is a registered nurse who obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from UMass Boston (summa cum laude). Since 1993, she has worked at the BIDMC in a variety of surgical roles, in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Ms. Semnack, who is active in the Annual Breast Cancer Awareness Month and was recently recognized by the hospital as the recipient of the prestigious Edward & Marilyn Schwarz Award for Patient Education, educates patients about all phases and aspects of the surgical reconstructive process, helps patients recover physically and psychologically after surgery, and provides essential support to help patients restore and attain a new sense of wholeness and well-being after cancer treatment. Ms. Semnack treats every patient as if he or she were her only patient.

Serena Skiffington, NP

Ms. Skiffington is a nurse practitioner who obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing at New York University. Upon completion of her RN, she completed a Masters of Science in Nursing at Northeastern University, also becoming certified as a Nurse Practitioner (NP). Ms. Skiffington has 8 years of experience as a nurse practitioner. Her goal is to be a strong and caring advocate for patients in an inpatient setting. Ms. Skiffington assures that there is high quality and safe care for all inpatients on the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Division. She is actively involved in the continuity of care for patients, also ensuring that the appropriate follow up and procedures are in place prior to discharge. Ms. Skiffington works closely with the attending surgeons, fellows, residents, nurses, and other staff to ensure that all plastic surgery patients receive exceptional and compassionate care.

Affiliated Plastic Surgeons Who Operate at BIDMC

Richard Bartlett, MD
Terri Halperin, MD
Don Morris, MD
Sumner Slavin, MD
Michael Tantillo, MD
Joseph Upton, MD-View Dr. Upton's research page

Contact Information

Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Surgery
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Lowry Medical Office Building
110 Francis Street, Suite 5A
Boston, MA 02215
Phone: 617-632-7827