Tara L. Huston, MD — Academic Profile

Board Certifications


Medical School
  • Stony Brook University School of Medicine (2001)
Residency Training
  • General Surgery, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center
  • Plastic Surgery, New York-Presbyterian Hospital
Fellowship Training
  • Translational Research in Breast Cancer, New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center

Affiliated Specialty Centers

Clinical Interests/Expertise

  • Aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, with special attention to the face, breast, and body
  • Breast reconstruction after cancer
  • Immediate reconstruction following nipple-sparing mastectomy (see commentary)
  • Skin and soft-tissue reconstruction after cancer
  • Skin cancer, including melanoma surgery and sentinel node biopsy (see video of Dr. Huston interviewed [16:24 min] by Brookhaven town supervisor Ed Romaine on melanoma and skin cancer prevention)
  • Breast reduction, breast lift, breast augmentation
  • Facelift
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Nose surgery
  • Arm lift surgery
  • Thigh lift
  • "Mommy makeover"
  • Treatment of facial fractures
  • Reconstruction after burn injury
  • Body contouring following massive weight loss
  • Liposuction
  • Non-surgical cosmetic enhancement, including autologous fat, toxins, and fillers (FAQs)
Dr. Tara Huston

Contact Information

Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Department of Surgery, Health Sciences Center T19-060
Stony Brook Medicine
Stony Brook, NY 11794-8191
Tel: 631-444-4666
Fax: 631-444-6007

For patient care information, including insurance participation and practice locations, click here.
  • Personal Statement
  • Honors
  • Publications
  • Additional

Plastic surgery is a partnership between me and my patients. To this partnership, I bring a combination of skill, integrity, feminism, and compassion. Whether we meet because you are considering reconstruction, or you are contemplating aesthetic rejuvenation, it is my goal to provide the highest level of patient safety and quality care. I strive to empower my patients, simplify what can be a challenging maze of surgical options, and make their experience a pleasant one. As a melanoma surgeon, I am committed to providing state-of-the-art care to my patients, using the latest technology and science to their benefit.

Watch Dr. Huston interviewed by Dr. Samuel Rhee for the Botox and Burpees Podcast episode, "From Harvard to Surgical Leader: Dr. Tara Huston's Journey to the Top of Plastic Surgery."

Stony Brook Surgery's Dr. Tara Huston Selected for Prestigious ELAM Fellowship Program

  • New York-Presbyterian Hospital Resident CARE Award for Outstanding Service to the Hospital and Its Patients (2011)
  • Weill Cornell Medical College Alumni Council Distinguished Housestaff Award for All-Around Excellence (2010)
  • Lila A. Wallis, MD, Research Competition Winner for outstanding original research in the field of women’s health and gender-based medicine (2005)
  • Election to Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society (2001)
  • Janet M. Glasgow Memorial Achievement Citation, American Medical Women’s Association (2001)
  • Outstanding Recent Graduate Award, Stony Brook School of Medicine Alumni Association (2013)
  • Arora N, Martins D, Huston TL, Christos P, Hoda SA, Swistel A, Tousimis E, Pressman PI, Simmons RM. Sentinel node positivity rates with and without frozen section for breast cancer. Ann Surg Oncol 2008;15:256-61.
  • Cellini C, Huston TL, Martins D, Christos P, Carson J, Kemper S, Simmons RM. Multiple re-excisions versus mastectomy in patients with persistent residual disease following breast conservation surgery. Am J Surg 2005;189:662-6.
  • Chang MM, Huston T, Ascherman J, Rohde C. Oncoplastic breast reduction: maximizing aesthetics and surgical margins. Int J Surg Oncol 2012;2012:907576(8pp).
  • Dultz LA, Ullery BW, Sun HH, Huston TL, Eachempati SR, Barie PS, Shou J. Ileocecal valve lipoma with refractory hemorrhage. JSLS 2009;13:80-3.
  • Faries MB, Thompson JF, Cochran AJ, Andtbacka RH, Mozzillo N, Zager JS, Jahkola T, Bowles TL, Testori A, Beitsch PD, Hoekstra HJ, Moncrieff M, Ingvar C, Wouters MWJM, Sabel MS, Levine EA, Agnese D, Henderson M, Dummer R, Rossi CR, Neves RI, Trocha SD, Wright F, Byrd DR, Matter M, Hsueh E, MacKenzie-Ross A, Johnson DB, Terheyden P, Berger AC, Huston TL, et al. Completion dissection or observation for sentinel-node metastasis in melanoma. N Engl J Med 2017;376:2211-22.
  • Gooch JC, Huston T. Repair of the deflated nipple following nipple-sparing mastectomy utilizing the skate flap technique. Breast J 2017;23:768-9.
  • Huston TL, Dakin GF. Double cystic duct. Can J Surg 2008;51:E9-E10.
  • Huston TL, Francis K. Patient safety and preparation. In: Grant RT, Chen CM, editors. Current Cosmetic Surgery. New York: Lippincott Williams Wilkins, 2010.
  • Huston TL, Grant RT. Abdominal wall gossypiboma. JPRAS 2010;63(5):e463-4.
  • Huston TL, Osborne MP. Evaluating and staging the patient with breast cancer. In: Roses D, editor. Breast Cancer. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2005.
  • Huston TL, Pigalarga R, Osborne MP, Tousimis E. The influence of additional surgical margins on the total specimen volume excised and the re-operative rate after breast conserving surgery. Am J Surg 2006;192:509-12.
  • Huston TL, Pressman PI, Moore A, Vahdat L, Kato M, Weinstein D, Tousimis E. The presentation of contralateral axillary lymph node metastases from breast carcinoma: a clinical management dilemma. Breast J 2006;13:158-64.
  • Huston TL, Rohde CH, El-Tamer MB, Ascherman JA. Oncoplastic breast reduction. In: El-Tamer MB, editor. Principles and Techniques in Oncoplastic Breast Cancer Surgery. Hackensack, NJ: World Scientific, 2012: 129-57.
  • Huston TL, Simmons RM. Ablative therapies for treatment of malignant diseases of the breast. Am J Surg 2005;189:694-701.
  • Huston TL, Simmons RM. Ductal carcinoma in situ in a 27-year-old woman with McCune-Albright syndrome. Breast J 2004 Sept;10(5):440-2.
  • Huston TL, Simmons RM. Early breast cancer (stage I and stage II): tailored surgery for the very young woman. In: Piccart M, Wood W, Hung M, Solin L, Cardoso F, editors. Breast Cancer Management in the Era of Molecular Medicine: Towards Tailored Approaches. Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2006.
  • Huston TL, Simmons RM. Emerging local treatment modalities for breast cancer. In: Roses D, editor. Breast Cancer. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Elsevier, 2005.
  • Huston TL, Simmons RM. Focus on cryoablation. Breast Cancer Online 2005: Volume 8. Issue 8. www.bco.org.
  • Huston TL, Simmons RM. Image-guided percutaneous ablation. In: Winchester D, editor. Breast Cancer: Atlas of Clinical Oncology. 2nd ed. Hamilton, Ontario: Decker, 2005.
  • Huston TL, Simmons RM. Inflammatory local recurrence following breast conservation therapy for non-inflammatory breast cancer. Am J Clin Oncol 2005;28:431-2.
  • Huston TL, Simmons RM. Locally recurrent breast cancer after conservation therapy. Am J Surg 2005;189:229-35.
  • Huston TL, Simmons RM. New trends in breast cancer surgery. In: Gazioglu E, editor. Essentials in the Management of Breast Diseases. Bucharest, Romania: Celsius Medical Publications, 2005.
  • Huston TL, Simmons RM. New Trends in breast cancer surgery: bone marrow micrometastases, tumor ablation, skin-sparing mastectomy. Meme Hastaliklari Dergisi 2003;10:4-7.
  • Huston TL, Small K, Swistel AJ, Dent BL, Talmor M. Nipple-sparing mastectomy via an inframammary fold incision for patients with scarring from prior lumpectomy. Ann Plast Surg 2015;74:652-7.
  • Huston TL, Taback B, Rohde CH. Chest wall reconstruction with porcine acelluar dermal matrix (strattice) and a latissimus myocutaneous flap. Am Surg 2011;77:115-6.
  • Huston TL, Tabitabai N, Eisen C, Tousimis E. Hematoma mimicking local recurrence of breast cancer. Breast J 2006;12:274-5.
  • Phillips BT, Fourman MS, Bishawi M, Zegers M, O'Hea BJ, Ganz JC, Huston TL, Dagum AB, Khan SU, Bui DT. Are prophylactic postoperative antibiotics necessary for immediate breast reconstruction? Results of a prospective randomized clinical trial. J Am Coll Surg 2016;222:1116-24.
  • Schulman NS, Huston TL. Reconstruction of the chest – congenital and acquired anomalies and defects. In: Serletti J, Lossee A, editors. Current Reconstructive Surgery. 2011.
  • Sharma N, Huston TL, Simmons RM. Intra-operative intraductal injection of methylene blue dye to assist in major duct excision. Am J Surg 2006;191:553-4.
  • Thevarajah S, Huston TL, Simmons RM. A Comparison of the adverse reactions associated with isosulfan blue versus methylene blue dye in sentinel lymph node biopsy for breast cancer. Am J Surg 2005;189:236-9.
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)
  • Member, Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Member, Association of Women Surgeons
  • Member, New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Member, Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons