Heather Erhard, MD, FACS is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who specializes in reconstruction and aesthetic surgery of the breast. Surgery of the breast represents the vast majority of her practice, however, Dr. Erhard also has significant experience with surgery of the trunk and body, including post-bariatric body contouring.
After completing a surgical residency in General Surgery, Dr. Erhard achieved board certification in General Surgery and became a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She completed a Plastic and Reconstructive surgery residency at Montefiore Medical Center under the supervision of pioneering microsurgeon, Dr. Berish Strauch. After completing training at Montefiore and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Erhard completed two additional subspecialty fellowships, training in microvascular perforator flap breast reconstruction with Dr. Robert Allen at Louisiana State University and in cosmetic and aesthetic surgery with Dr. Donald Wood-Smith in Manhattan. Combined subspecialty training in both aesthetic surgery and microvascular surgery has helped Dr. Erhard to truly refine the cosmetic results of the reconstructive procedures that she performs.
Dr. Erhard introduced perforator flap breast reconstruction to Montefiore Medical Center in 2004. Together with a team of dedicated individuals, she performed the first Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP) flap at Montefiore Medical Center, followed by the first Gluteal Artery Perforator (GAP), Transverse Upper Gracilis (TUG), conjoined (stacked) DIEP, Thoracodorsal Artery Perforator (TDAP), and Lumbar Artery Perforator (LAP) flaps to be done there. She assisted in the introduction of perforator flap reconstruction at both Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut and Vassar Brothers Medical Center in Poughkeepsie, New York. She now provides services to meet the reconstructive needs of patients in the Bronx, the Hudson Valley, and Connecticut, with privileges at multiple institutions.
In addition to being a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Erhard is a member of many surgical societies including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery, and the World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery. She is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine-Montefiore Medical Center, where she instructs surgical residents and physician assistants in-training, participates in Quality Assurance reviews, and assesses residents during mock oral board examinations. Dr. Erhard also helps train medical students and residents at Montefiore Medical Center and Vassar Brothers Medical Center.
Dr. Erhard trained together with Dr. David Greenspun at Montefiore Medical Center and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Following training, in 2004, they began working together, and in over 15 years have performed more than 1,500 breast reconstructions. Their partnership is one of mutual respect with dedication to the highest level of personalized patient care.
Dr. Erhard lives in New York City with her husband, daughter, and labradoodle. Outside of work she enjoys spending time traveling, reading, and visiting with her large extended family.