Dr. Oscar Ochoa
Dr. Ochoa received his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in 2001, where he co-authored seminal studies involving ultrasound-assisted lipectomy and treatment of common hand infections. He commenced his surgical training at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio in General Surgery. With a strong interest in research, Dr. Ochoa was granted an NIH-sponsored research fellowship to perform basic science studies in skeletal muscle physiology, angiogenesis and immunology in 2005 leading to various scientific articles published in peer-reviewed journals. He subsequently acquired a Masters of Science in Clinical Investigation in 2007 from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Dr. Ochoa completed residency in 2009 and obtained board certification in General Surgery in 2010.
After completing General Surgery residency, Dr. Ochoa continued his training in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Harboring a keen interest in microvascular reconstruction, Dr. Ochoa spent a significant portion of his training at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston learning cutting-edge surgical techniques used for varied types of breast reconstruction. He completed residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in June 2011 and joined Plastic Reconstructive and Microsurgical Associates (PRMA) in San Antonio the same year. Dr. Ochoa became board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 2013 and has achieved the prestigious status of fellow with the American College of Surgeons (FACS). Since joining PRMA, Dr. Ochoa has focused on advanced breast reconstruction including treatment of lymphedema and sensory breast re-innervation. Leading breast reconstruction clinical research initiatives at PRMA, Dr. Ochoa has authored multiple seminal articles in peer-reviewed journals and plastic surgery text books focusing on microvascular breast reconstruction, patient health-related quality of life, and lymphatic surgery. Considered a thought leader in the field of reconstructive surgery, Dr. Ochoa is an accomplished editorial reviewer for leading plastic surgery journals.
Dr. Ochoa, who is bilingual, has given numerous research presentations at national and regional scientific meetings, including the Surgical Forum at the American College of Surgeons meeting in 2006. He has been the recipient of numerous research awards including the prestigious Cronin Award at the Texas Society of Plastic Surgery meeting in 2010. He is an active member in numerous local/regional and national plastic surgery societies as well as leadership/education committees focusing on treatment and delivery of breast cancer care.
Chief Operating Officer, PRMA Plastic Surgery
Address: 9635 Huebner Road, San Antonio, TX 78240
Tel: (210) 692 – 1181
Fax: (210) 610 – 5314
2007 MS, Clinical Investigation, UT Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
2001 MD, Medicine, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
1996 BS, Biomedical Science, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
POST GRADUATE TRAINING
2009-2011 Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
2005-2007 Microvascular & Skeletal Muscle Physiology, Post Doctoral Research Fellowship, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
2001-2002 General Surgery (preliminary internship), Unveristy of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
2002-2005 General Surgery (PGYI-III), University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
2007-2009 General Surgery (PGY IV-V), University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio, TX
2015 Fellow, American College of Surgeons
2013 Plastic Surgery Board Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery
2010 General Surgery Board Certified, American Board of Surgery
2010 Advanced Cardiac and Life Support, National Critical Care Institute
2009 Advanced Trauma and Life Support, Committee on Trauma
2008 Fundamental in Laparoscopic, Society of American Gastrointestinal Surgery and Endoscopic Surgeons
HONORS AND AWARDS
09/2010 Cronin Award Winner, Best Resident/Fellow Paper, Texas Society of Plastic Surgery
06/2007 First Place, J.Bradley Aust Surgical Society, 33rd Annual Meeting, Resident Paper Competition, Basic Science Category
11/2006 First Place, San Antonio Vascular Surgery Society Resident Research Competition
01/1999 W.R. Hammond Trust Foundation Academic Scholarship, UT Southwestern Medical
05/1996 Collegiate Achievement Award, Texas A&M University
05/1996 Distinguished Achievement Award, Texas A&M University
Ochoa O, Chrysopoulo M. Preoperative Assessment of the Breast Reconstruction Patient. Clinics in Plastic Surgery (in press).
Ochoa O, Rajan M, Garza III R, et al. Enhanced Recovery Pathway Reduces Hospital Stay and Opioid Use in Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction: A Single Center, Private Practice Experience. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2022;150(1):13e-21e.
Ochoa O, Garza III R, Pisano S, et al. Prospective Longitudinal Patient-Reported Satisfaction and Health-Related Quality of Life Following DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction: Effects of Reconstruction Timing. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2022;149(5):848e-857e.
Ochoa O, Pisano S, Ledoux P, et al. Case Volume-dependent Changes in Operative Morbidity Following Free Flap Breast Reconstruction: A 15-year Single Center Analysis. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021;148(3):365e-374e.
Kind GM, Davis MJ..Ochoa O, et al. Carving Out Financial Success: The Power of Insurance Carve-Outs in a Private Plastic Surgery Practice. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021;148(1):239-246.
Garza III R, Ochoa O, Chrysopoulo M. Post Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction with Autologous Tissue – Current Methods and Techniques. Plast Reconstr Surg – Global Open. 2021;9(2):e3433.
Chrysopoulo M, Ochoa O. DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction with Sensory Neurotization. In Spear’s Surgery of the Breast: Principles and Art. 4th Ed. Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Willliams & Wilkins, 2020.
Saad NH, AlQattan HT, Ochoa O, et al. Telemedicine & Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic and Directions for the Future. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2020;146:680e-683e.
Ochoa O, Garza III R, Pisano S, et al. Prospective Longitudinal Patient-Reported Satisfaction and Health-Related Quality of Life Following DIEP Flap Breast Reconstruction: Relationship with Body Mass Index. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019;143:1589-1600.
Ochoa O, Metzner M, Theoharis C, et al. Deep Inferior Epigastric Lymph Node Basin: Analysis of Novel Donor Site for Vascularized Lymph node Transfer Among 10 Consecutive Patients. Microsurgery. 2018;1-6. https://doi.org/10.1002/micr.30372.
Ochoa O, Azouz V, Santillan A, et al. Internal Mammary Lymph Node Biopsy During Free-Flap Breast Reconstruction: Optimizing Adjuvant Breast Cancer Treatment Through Comprehensive Staging. Ann Surg Oncol 2018; DOI 10.1245/s10434-018- 6352-6
Ochoa O, Theoharis C, Pisano S, et al. Positive Margins Re-Excision Following Immediate Autologous Breast Reconstruction: Morbidity, Cosmetic Outcome, and Oncologic Significance. Aesthet Surg J 2017;37(8):904-914.
Zhang X, Chiang HC,..Ochoa O, et al. Attenuation of RNA Polymerase II Pausing Mitigates BRCA-1-associated R-loop Accumulation and Tumorogenesis. Nat Commun. 2017;8:15908.
Ochoa O, Pisano S, Chrysopoulo M, et al. (2014) Abdominal Wall Stability and Flap Complications After Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction: Does Body Mass Index Make A Difference? In Melvin A. Shiffman (Ed.), Breast Reconstruction: Art, Science, and Clinical Techniques. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer-Verlag.
Ochoa O, Pisano S, Chrysopoulo M, et al. Salvage of Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap Venous Congestion with Augmentation of Venous Outflow: Flap Morbidity and Review of the Literature. Plast Reconstr Surg-Global Open 2013;1:e52.
Ochoa O, Chrysopoulo M, Nastala C, Ledoux P, Pisano S. Abdominal wall stability and flap complications after deep inferior epigastric perforator flap breast reconstruction: does body mass index make a difference? Analysis of 418 patients and 639 flaps. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Jul;130(1):21e-33e.
Ochoa O, Sun D, Reyes-Reyna SM, Waite LL, Michalek JE, McManus LM and Shireman PK. Delayed angiogenesis and delayed VEGF production in CCR2 -/- mice during impaired skeletal muscle regeneration. Am J Physiology – Regulatory Integrative & Comparative Physiology 2007;293(2):R651-61.
Ochoa O, Torres FM, and Shireman PK. Chemokines and diabetic wound healing. Vascular 2007;15(6):350-5.
Sun D, Martinez CO, Ochoa O, Ruiz-Willhite L, Bonilla JR, Centonze VE, Waite LL, Michalek JE, McManus LM, Shireman PK. Bone marrow-derived cell regulation of skeletal muscle regeneration. FASEB J. 2009 Feb;23(2):382-95.
Contreras-Shannon V, Ochoa O, Reyes-Reyna SM, Sun D, Michalek JM, Kuziel WA, McManus LM, and Shireman PK. Fat accumulation with altered inflammation and regeneration in skeletal muscle of CCR2 -/- mice following ischemic injury. Am J Physiol Cell Physiol 2007;292:C953-967.
Shireman PK, Contreras-Shannon V, Ochoa O, Karia BP, Michalek JM, and McManus LM. MCP-1 deficiency causes altered inflammation with impaired skeletal muscle regeneration. J Leukoc Biol 2007;81: 775-785.
Gutowski KA, Ochoa O, Adams WP. Closed-catheter irrigation is as effective as open drainage for treatment of pyogenic flexor tenosynovitis. Ann Plast Surg 2002 Oct;49(4):350-354.
Rohrich RJ, Morales DE, Krueger JE, Ansari M, Ochoa O, Robinson J, Beran SJ. Comparative lipoplasty analysis of in vivo-treated adipose tissue. Plast Reconstr Surg 2000 May;105(6):2152-2158.
Ochoa O, Rajan M, Chrysopoulo M, et al. Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) pathway reduces hospital stay and narcotic use in microsurgical breast reconstruction. Presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, San Antonio, Texas, 2020, Jan.
Ochoa O. Internal Mammary Lymph Node Biopsy During Free Flap Breast Reconstruction: Accurate Oncologic Staging Leads to Change in Adjuvant Therapies. Presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, San Antonio, Texas, 2017, Jan.
Ochoa O, Pisano S, Chrysopoulo M, et al. Patient-Reported Satisfaction and Health-Related Quality of Life Following Microvascular Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction. presented at the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgeons Meeting, Nassau, Bahamas, 2015, Jan.
Pisano S, Ochoa O. Advanced Breast Reconstruction in the Private Practice Setting: Keys for a Sustainable Business Model. presented at Plastic Surgery, The Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2014, Oct.
Ochoa O, Chrysopoulo M, Nastala C, et al. Abdominal Wall Stability and Flap Complications after Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator (DIEP) Flaps Breast Reconstruction: Does BMI Make a Difference?, presented at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, San Antonio, Texas, 2011, Dec.
Ochoa O, Solomon D, Michalek J, McManus LM, Shireman PK. Similar capillary density despite decreased vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) levels and impaired skeletal muscle regeneration in CC chemokine receptor 2 (CCR2) -/- mice, presented at the Society of University Surgeons’ Second Annual Academic Clinical Congress, Phoenix, AZ, 2007, Feb.
Ochoa O, McManus LM, Shireman PK. Altered inflammation increases intermuscular fat accumulation and impairs skeletal muscle regeneration following ischemic injury in CCR2 -/- mice, presented at the Surgical Forum of the American College of Surgeons Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2006 Oct.
Chemokines and Immune Cells in Hind Limb Ischemia
Principal Investigator: Paula K. Shireman, M.D.
R01 HL074236 09/01/03 to 08/31/07
Role: Research Fellow
The major goals of this application are to 1) identify the mechanisms underlying the differential susceptibility to tissue necrosis in two inbred strains of mice after femoral artery excision, 2) determine the role of T-cells and the Th1/Th2 immune response in tissue necrosis and 3) determine the role of the MCP-1/CCR2 axis in tissue necrosis.