One of the more challenging aspects of reconstructive plastic surgery is to create a beautiful breast – from scratch. Doing so requires the application of modern technologies and techniques founded in centuries-old tenets of reconstruction, and combining them with the artistic standards of aesthetic surgery. Conversely, elective cosmetic surgery is based on the foundation of reconstructive procedures: to achieve optimal cosmetic outcomes, it is crucial to apply the basic principles of reconstruction. In this field, art and science are synergistic and inseparable.
As an expression and extension of this philosophy, Project Reconstructed was born. Reconstructed sought to empower women battling breast cancer to manifest one aspect of uniting science and art. Reconstructed Deconstructed was created to break down and explain the surgical procedures behind the photographical artwork. This undertaking welcomed collaboration with artists across fields: photographers, videographers, fashion and graphic designers, animators, painters, narrators, musicians, and more.
Through this process grew a body of work, at the heart of which lies the imperfect marriage of science and art: at the intersect of which we all exist, are all different, and all have our unique way of expressing ourselves, our challenges, and our triumphs.
Jonathan Bank, M.D. is a board-certified plastic surgeon with specialty training in microsurgery. His interests include autologous breast reconstruction, sensory restoration of the reconstructed breast, reversal of lymphedema, and body contouring with a three-dimensional methodology. He performs all aspects of facial, breast, and body cosmetic surgery in the New York area.
Dr. Bank is passionate about supporting and empowering women through their breast reconstruction journey and reclaiming their identity after treatment. He created Reconstructed, and collaborated with Erez Sabag and David Warren of Form, to showcase an inspiring artistic approach to overcoming breast cancer. Dr. Bank serves on the medical advisory board of the AiRS Foundation, which provides women access to breast reconstruction surgery after mastectomy.
Raised in New York and Israel, Dr. Bank graduated from the seven-year medical program at Tel Aviv University. He served in elite military units before relocating to Chicago where he was a resident in the plastic surgery program at the University of Chicago Medical Center. During his residency, he received multiple academic achievement and research awards. Dr. Bank then completed a fellowship in microsurgical reconstruction at the University of Pennsylvania and the Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia. He also served as a visiting scholar at the Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taipei, Taiwan, and has been a visiting professor and surgeon at a number of international institutions.
Dr. Bank has authored more than thirty peer-reviewed articles and multiple book chapters in prominent surgical publications. He served on the review and editorial boards of several reconstructive and aesthetic plastic surgery journals and has presented his research at regional, national, and international conferences in the fields of breast reconstruction and aesthetic surgery.
Dr. Bank is the co-founder and chairman of the board of the Israeli Doctors of America, a non-for-profit organization focused on strengthening ties between Israeli and American medical communities. He is an advisor to the board of Larger than Life, a philanthropic organization that aims to improve the lives and welfare of Israeli children afflicted with cancer.
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Associate Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery
Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital
Lenox Hill Hospital
NorthShore University Hospital
Long Island Jewish Hospital
Glen Cove Hospital
Saint Francis Hospital
NYU Winthrop Hospital