Andrew Louis Da Lio, MD, is the Clinical Professor and Chief in the Division of Plastic Surgery at UCLA David Geffen
School of Medicine and specializes in cosmetic surgery and microsurgical breast reconstruction.
Dr. Da Lio joined the faculty of the UCLA Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery as an Assistant Professor in
1997. Dr. Da Lio led the division’s quality assurance committee, overhauled the resident curriculum, and served as
the Director of Microsurgery. In August 2011, he was named Chief of the UCLA Division of Plastic and Reconstructive
Andrew Da Lio, MD was born in Ironwood, Michigan. He earned his bachelor’s and medical degrees from the
University of Michigan. He completed his residency in general surgery at the prestigious Dartmouth-Hitchcock
Medical Center and matched into the plastic surgery residency program at the USC Keck School of Medicine. After
finishing his residency training, he elected to complete an additional subspecialty fellowship in microvascular surgery
Dr. Da Lio's main areas of clinical expertise are in facial aesthetic surgery, microsurgery, and breast reconstruction.
His research focuses on microsurgery, objective assessment of abdominal wall function after free TRAM flap breast
reconstruction, the use of nuclear medicine imaging (FDG-PET scanning) in differentiating benign and malignant
lesions after breast reconstruction, and the role of decision analysis in breast reconstruction surgery. Specific topics of
interest in clinical decision-making include the role of autologous blood donation in free flap breast reconstructive
surgery, reconstruction in locally advanced and metastatic breast cancer, and the use of anti-thrombotic agents in free
flap surgery. His basic science research focuses on the effects of anabolic steroids in wound healing.
In addition, Dr. Da Lio has developed a Staged Wise-pattern reconstruction technique for the large and / or ptotic
breast that reduces the incidence of tissue necrosis common with the more traditional Wise-pattern reconstruction. He
has also published numerous peer-reviewed journal articles and multiple textbook chapters.
Dr. Da Lio also has a great interest and extensive experience in facial aesthetic surgery and with cosmetic injectables
such as Botox, Juvederm, Restylane and Voluma. He also performs body contouring procedures and elective breast
surgery with excellent results.