Rachel Aliotta, MDAssistant Professor

Areas of Interest 
hand & upper extremity surgery, nerve surgery, plastic surgery, breast and body contouring, aesthetic surgery


Dr. Rachel Aliotta completed her residency in the Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. She then completed advanced fellowship training in the UAB Department of Orthopaedic Surgery as a Hand and Upper Extremity Fellow. She is currently an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Plastic Surgery and maintains an active role in the UAB Orthopaedic Hand & Upper Extremity Fellowship.

Originally from Buffalo NY, Dr. Aliotta received her undergraduate degree in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. From there she returned home to complete medical school at the State University of New York at Buffalo Jacobs School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. She was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society and graduated with Research Honors.

Dr. Aliotta has presented her research at numerous regional and national conferences, and has published multiple peer-reviewed articles and book chapters. Her current research and practice interests include hand and upper extremity surgery, nerve surgery, breast and body reconstructive surgery, and aesthetic plastic surgery.

Honors and Awards

2013, Alpha Omega Alpha Academic Honor Society

Select Publications

21. Coombs DM, Aliotta RE, Isakov R. Breast Implant-Associated Anaplastic Large Cell Lymphoma with Invasive Chest Wall Component: Complex Considerations and Outcomes. Annals of Plastic Surgery, June 23, 2021. PMID: 34176904

20. Aliotta RE, Scomacao I, Duraes E, Kwiecien G, Durand, P, Fanning A, Moreira A. Pushing the envelope: utilizing a novel, nipple-sparing mastectomy with simultaneous nipple areolar complex repositioning technique in implant-based reconstruction. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. January 2021;147(1):38-45. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000007485

19. Aliotta RE, Duraes E, Scomacao I, Moreira A, Djohan R. A controlled cost and outcomes analysis of acellular dermal matrix and implant-based reconstruction. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery. 2020 Nov 8:S1748-6815(20)30576-3. PMID: 33526361. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2020.10.079.

18. Scomacao, Isis MD; Vijayasekaran, Aparna MD; Fahradyan, Vahe MD; Aliotta, Rachel MD; Drake, Richard PhD; Gurunian, Raffi MD; Djohan, Risal MD The Anatomic Feasibility of a Functional Chimeric Flap in Complex Abdominal Wall Reconstruction, Annals of Plastic Surgery: July 24, 2020 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0000000000002490

17. Jacob D, Aliotta RE, Kundu N, Magnuson D, Papay F. A novel use of the Resorb X® plating system in pediatric chest wall reconstruction. Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports. 2019-09-01, Volume 48, Pages 101277. doi.org/10.1016/j.epsc.2019.101277

16. Phillips, Brett T.; Aliotta, Rachel E.; Broyles, Justin M.; Firriolo, Joseph M.; Goldman, Joshua J.; Kantar, Rami S.; Kinuthia, Kevin M.; Steve, Anna K.; Weinstein, Andrew L.; Gosain, Arun K. Less. Spotlight in Plastic Surgery: July 2019. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 144(1):261-263, July 2019.

15. Couto RA, Sinclair NR, Lamaris G, Durand P, Aliotta R, Knackstedt R, Gastman BR. Challenges in Microsurgical Reconstruction for Craniofacial Osteomyelitis with Resultant Osteonecrosis. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. June 2019. PMID: 31232982.

14. Aliotta RE, Gatherwright J, Krpata D, Rosenblatt S, Rosen M, Gurunluoglu R. Complex abdominal wall reconstruction, harnessing the power of a specialized multidisciplinary team to improve pain and quality of life. Hernia. 2019 Apr;23(2):205-215. PMID: 30798398

13. Kwiecien G, Aliotta RE, Bassiri Gharb B, Gastman B, Zins J. Optimal Timing of Alloplastic Cranioplasty in the setting of previous osteomyelitis. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. March 2019. PMID: 30601322

12. Lovich-Sapola J, Aliotta RE, Harders M, Khandelwal A. Burn and Trauma Anesthesia: Thinking outside the NPO guideline box. American Society of Anesthesiologists: ASA Monitor. September 2018; Vol.82, 22-24.

11. Aliotta RE, Reyes B, Bafus BT. Small Finger to Ring Finger Ray Transposition: Modern Surgical Technique and Case Based Review of the Literature. Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Global Open. June 2018. PMID: 30276042

10. Nunez-Villaverian T, Feasel P, Keenan S, Aliotta R, Bosler D, Stearns D, Bergfeld W, Gurunluoglu R. Donor skin allograft survival after bone marrow transplantation: Case report and systematic review of the literature. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery. 2018 June 9. PMID: 29983364

9. Aliotta RE, Kundu N, Stallion A, Cavaliere C. Abdominoplasty for Ladd’s Procedure: Optimizing Access and Esthetics. Annals of Pediatric Surgery. Vol 13(4); October 2017. 10.1097/01.XPS.0000508436.83738.99

8. Aliotta RE, Schwarz G. Reverse lymphatic mapping without radioisotope in the surgical treatment of lymphedema. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery. November 2017. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2017.11.030.

7. Knackstedt R, Aliotta R, Gurunluoglu R. Single stage versus two-stage reconstruction using arteriovenous loops. Microsurgery. 2017 Jul 24. doi: 10.1002/micr.30204.

6. Aliotta R, Veerkamp P, Durand P, Piliang M, Isakov R. Post-traumatic myopericytoma: A differential to consider. Journal of Craniofacial Surgery. 2017 Jun;28(4):e327-e329. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0000000000003573.

5. Aliotta R, Schwarz G. Interactive Case Report: Lower Extremity Sarcoma. Published on Plastic Surgery Education Network Website. www.psennetwork.org. September 2015.

4. Aliotta R, Gurunluoglu R. Discussion: Capsular Contracture in Implant-Based Breast Reconstruction: Examining the Role of Acellular Dermal Matrix Fenestrations. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2015 Oct;136 (4):636-7. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000001627.

3. Aliotta RE, Roger EP, Lipinski LJ, Fabiano AJ. Assessment of Long-term Kyphosis Following Transthoracic Corpectomy with Single Adjacent Level Posterior Instrumentation. J Craniovertebr Junction Spine. 2014 Jan;5(1):55-7. doi: 10.4103/0974-8237.135233.

2. Donohue K, Cox JL, Dwyer MG, Aliotta R, Corwin M, Weinstock-Guttman B, Yeh EA, Zivadinov R. No Regional Gray Matter Atrophy Differences between Pediatric- and Adult-Onset Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis. Journal of Neuroimaging, 2013. doi: 10.1111/j.1552-6569.2012.00775.x

1. Aliotta R, Cox JL, Donohue K, Weinstock-Guttman B, Yeh EA, Polak P, Dwyer MG, Zivadinov R. Tract-based spatial statistics analysis of diffusion-tensor imaging data in pediatric- and adult-onset multiple sclerosis. Human Brain Mapping, 2012. doi: 10.1002/hbm.22148


Medical School
State University of New York at Buffalo School of Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

UAB, Hand and Upper Extremity



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