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Anita R Kulkarni, M.D.

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Breast Reconstruction, Cosmetic Surgery, Implant Based Breast Reconstruction, Oncoplastic Breast Conservation Surgery, Plastic Surgery


DC Plastic Surgery Boutique

Appointment Phone: 202-335-4700
2440 M Street NW
Suite 318
Washington, DC 20037 map
Phone: 202-335-4700


Dr. Anita R. Kulkarni is a plastic surgeon affiliated with Sibley Memorial Hospital, Suburban Hospital, Shady Grove Adventist Hospital and Holy Cross Hospital. Dr. Kulkarni is board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery. She practices out of Plastic Surgery Institute of Washington, located in North Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Kulkarni has clinical interests in cosmetic surgery for women and breast reconstruction after mastectomy. She has expertise in perforator flaps, one-stage direct-to-implant reconstruction and oncoplastic breast surgery.

Dr. Kulkarni earned her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and her medical degree from University of Chicago Hospitals. She completed a residency in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery at University of Michigan Health System, where she served as chief administrative resident. Dr. Kulkarni went on to complete a fellowship in breast reconstruction techniques at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.

Dr. Kulkarni has earned awards for both research and teaching. She is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Kulkarni has published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. more

Departments / Divisions

  • Surgery at Sibley Memorial Hospital



  • MD, University of Chicago Medicine Mitchell Hospital-Hyde Park (2006)


  • University of Michigan Health System / Plastic Surgery (2012)


  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center / Plastic Surgery (2013)

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery / Plastic Surgery (2014)

Research & Publications

Selected Publications

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Chu MW, Kulkarni AR, Matros E. "Induced Hypothermia: Implications for Free Flap Survival." Arch Plast Surg. 2016 Mar;43(2):212-4. doi: 10.5999/aps.2016.43.2.212.

Kulkarni AR, Mehrara BJ, Pusic AL, Cordeiro PG, Matros E, McCarthy CM, Disa JJ. "Venous Thrombosis in Handsewn versus Coupled Venous Anastomoses in 857 Consecutive Breast Free Flaps." J Reconstr Microsurg. 2016 Mar;32(3):178-82. doi: 10.1055/s-0035-1563737.

Kulkarni AR, Sears ED, Atisha DM, Alderman AK. "Use of autologous and microsurgical breast reconstruction by U.S. plastic surgeons." Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Sep;132(3):534-41. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e31829ae03e.

Momoh AO, Kelley BP, Diaz-Garcia RJ, Kulkarni AR, Kozlow JH, Bullocks JM, Lee BT. "An alternative mucosal flap for nasal lining: the superior labial artery mucosal flap-an anatomic study." J Craniofac Surg. 2013 Mar;24(2):626-8. doi: 10.1097/SCS.0b013e318280206c.

Kulkarni AR, Katz S, Hamilton AS, Graff JJ, Alderman AK. "Patterns of use and patient satisfaction with breast reconstruction among obese patients: results from a population-based study." Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Aug;130(2):263-70. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e3182589af7.

Activities & Honors


  • American College of Surgeons


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