Hakim K. Said, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Plastic and reconstructive surgery
I believe that the best outcomes are a result of carefully matching what is possible with what you desire.”
What do you enjoy about being a plastic surgeon?
The breadth of practice in plastic and reconstructive surgery is immense: no two surgeries are alike. Aside from the inherent diversity of the work, I also enjoy the challenges it presents — for example, the rigor and intricacy involved in microsurgical reconstruction, where I get to repair miniscule parts of the body such as blood vessels. But at the end of the day, what really inspires me is being able to help patients affected by cancer or other health conditions look and feel more like themselves. That’s the big reward of this specialty.
I am a board-certified plastic surgeon, and the primary focus of my practice is breast reconstruction, including both implants and natural tissues. I am fellowship trained in reconstructive microsurgery, a technique that repairs very small parts of the body such as nerves or lymphatic vessels. After tumor removal, microsurgery is useful for rebuilding breasts using tissue from the abdomen or other parts of the body. I am also an active researcher, having authored numerous articles about breast reconstruction outcomes and other plastic surgery practices.
Outside of breast reconstruction, my clinical expertise extends to general plastic surgery, complex abdominal wall repair and reconstruction following cardiac surgery.
How do you collaborate with patients and other providers?
The saying goes that it takes a village to raise a child, but I believe it also takes a village to achieve the best outcomes in cancer care. From the point of diagnosis, I work in close partnership with your treatment team so that we can present you with the best options for reconstructive surgery. There are a lot of options, each with pros and cons, and what you choose will depend on many factors beyond your health and the extent of your cancer. We’ll talk through each surgical option and devise a plan that fits your needs and preferences.