Kenneth C. Shestak, MD

Professor of Plastic Surgery


Fax: 412-641-1149

Isaly's Building, Suite 180

3380 Boulevard of the Allies

Pittsburgh, PA 15213, 


Dr. Kenneth C. Shestak a tenured professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He has been the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Magee-Womens Hospital for 26 years and is the Co-Director of the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Center at UPMC.

Dr. Shestak is an honors graduate of Fordham University in the Bronx, New York, and attended Tufts University Medical School in Boston.  He trained in General Surgery at UCLA and the New England Medical Center in Boston.  Dr Shestak completed his plastic surgery training at the University of Pittsburgh in 1985.  He subsequently completed a Hand and Microsurgery Fellowship and joined the faculty at Pitt in 1986.  He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery and possesses the Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand. He has served as residency program director and was interim chief of plastic surgery for 2 1/2 years   He is an internationally recognized leader in breast surgery – both reconstructive and cosmetic breast surgery.  He was named the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation’s Visiting Professor for 2003.  He has been a visiting professor and honored guest at more than 50 institutions and plastic surgery societies around the globe.  

His passion is “being a doctor” for the post-mastectomy reconstruction patient.  However, he also enjoys a busy practice in aesthetic surgery.  His CV contains over 50 peer reviewed publications and numerous book chapters – many in the area of breast surgery and body contouring.

In January 2006 Dr Shestak published a single author textbook entitled Re-Operative Plastic Surgery of the Breast with Lippincott Williams & Wilkins 

He was voted one of Pittsburgh’s best doctors by Pittsburgh Magazine in 2012 and was recognized by Good Housekeeping magazine as one of the best doctors in America in 2000.


Shestak KC, Fitz DG, Newton ED, Swartz WM.  Expanding the horizons in treatment of severe peripheral vascular disease using microvascular techniques.  Plast.Reconst.Surg. 85:406-411, 1990. | View Abstract »

Hendricks DL, Pevec WC, Shestak KC, Rosenthal MC, Steed DL, Webster MW.  A model of persistent partial hindlimb ischemia in the rabbit.  J.Surg.Res. 49:453-457, 1990. | View Abstract »

Shestak KC, Hendricks DL, Webster MW.  Indirect revascularization of the lower extremity by means of microvascular free muscle flap.  A preliminary report. J.Vasc.Surg. 12:581-585, 1990. | View Abstract »

Shestak KC, Jones NF.  Microvascular surgery in the elderly patient.  Plast.Reconstr.Surg. 88:259-263, 1991. | View Abstract »

Shestak KC, Roth AG, Jones NF and Myers EN.  The cervicopectoral rotation flap - A valuable technique for facial reconstruction. Br.J.Plast.Surg. 46:375-377, 1993. | View Abstract »

Shestak KC, Johnson RR, Greco RJ, Williams SW.  Partial mastectomy - breast reduction:  A valuable treatment option for the patient with macromastia and breast cancer.  SGO. 177:54-56, 1993. | View Abstract »

Shestak KC, Ganott MA, Harris KH, Losken HW.  Breast Masses in the augmentation mammoplasty patient - The role of ultrasound.  Plast.Reconstr.Surg. 92:209-216, 1993. | View Abstract »

Walgenbach KJ, Gratas C, Shestak KC, Becker D. Ischemia-induced expression of bFGF in normal skeletal muscle:  A potential paracrine mechanism for mediating angiogenesis in ischemic skeletal muscle. Nature Medicine. 1:453-459, 1995. | View Abstract »

Shestak KC. Marriage Abdominoplasty Expands the Mini-Abdominoplasty Concept.  Plast.Reconstr.Surg  1999 March;103(3): 1020-1031. | View Abstract »

Shestak KC, Edington HD, Johnson RJ.  The Separation of Anatomical Components Technique for the Reconstruction of Massive Midline Abdominal Wall Defects – Anatomy, Surgical Technique, Applications and Limitations Revisited.  Plast.Reconstr.Surg. 2000 Feb;105(2): 731-739. | View Abstract »

Shestak KC, Gabriel A, Landecker A, Peters S, Shestak A, Kim J, Assessment of Long-Term Nipple Projection: A Comparison of Three Techniques.  Plast Reconstr Surg. 2002 Sept;110(3): 780-786. | View Abstract »

Song, AY. , Fernstrom, M.H., Scott, JA., Ren, DX BS., Rubin, J P,  Shestak  KC. Title Assessment of TRAM Aesthetics: The Importance of Subunit Integration.
Plastic Reconstr. Surgery 117(1): 15-24 January 2006. | View Abstract »

Shestak KC and Nguyen TD   The double opposing periareola flap: A novel concept for nipple areola reconstruction. Plastic Reconstructive  Surgery    119(2): 473-80  2007   Feb | View Abstract »

Rubin JP. Landfair AS. Shestak KC Lane D. Valoski A. Chang Y. Tindle HA. Kuller LH.  Health Characteristics of Post-Menopausal Women with Breast Implants. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 125(3):799-810, 2010 Mar.

Shestak KC. Acellular dermal matrix inlays to correct significant implant malposition in patients with compromised local tissues. Aesthetic Surgery Journal. 31(7 Suppl):85S-94S, 2011 Sep. | View Abstract »