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Lauren Nigro, MD

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Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery


VCU Medical Center Critical Care Hospital
1213 E. Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219




Medical School

Robert Wood Johnson Medical School


VCU Medical Center


Mercy Medical Center


Restoring Confidence through Compassion, Communication, and Collaboration

Dr. Lauren Nigro cares for women at a particularly vulnerable time in their lives: The need for breast reconstruction after a mastectomy due to cancer.

“It is a sensitive discussion, and my first priority is to listen to you and best assess your concerns and goals,” says Dr. Nigro, a plastic surgeon at VCU Health and an assistant professor in the VCU School of Medicine’s Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. “That conversation may take more than a single visit. I want you to know and understand I will take the time, no matter how long, to help you and guide you as best I can.”

Breast reconstruction using a patient’s own tissue is a technically demanding surgical skill in which blood vessels, nerves, and other tissues — each only millimeters in size — are sewn together under a microscope. On top of a six-year integrated plastic surgery residency, where she studied and treated an array of patients with complex plastic surgery needs, she spent an additional year focusing on microsurgical techniques specific to breast reconstruction. “Rebuilding a breast is a measured and tedious process, but I have such a passion for helping women who are going through a challenging time,” she says. “You and I are going to be on a team and get through it together.”

Beyond breast reconstruction, Dr. Nigro sees both men and women with a variety of conditions requiring restoration, alteration, or improvement. “That’s really the beauty of being a plastic surgeon: We see people from so many different backgrounds, living with so many different medical issues,” she says. She treats wounds caused by trauma, cancer, or neurological and spine injuries, along with more cosmetic concerns.

That also means working with physicians who aren’t plastic surgeons, but rather, specialists in other medical fields. “I love the collaboration between divisions and departments in caring for all patients with diverse needs,” she says. “Every day, I get to work with the best and brightest doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, nurses, students, and others. As a team, we are better suited to restore a patient’s confidence and sense of wholeness.”


Advice to patients: Know your options! There can be a dizzying array of medical decisions and choices, but know what your options are, the pros and cons of each, and thoroughly discuss these with your surgeon and even with other patients in support groups. If warranted, don’t be shy about ever getting a second opinion.


Research interests
Improving the educational experience for breast reconstruction patients prior to and during the consultation process.


VCU Medical Center Critical Care Hospital

1213 E. Clay Street
Richmond, VA 23219

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