Anthony J. DeFranzo Jr, M.D.

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Anthony J. DeFranzo Jr, M.D.

Anthony J. DeFranzo Jr, M.D.


Plastic Surgery

Physician Rating

4.6 out of 5

290 Ratings

Contact Information


  • Wound Healing Society

  • Am Burn Assn

  • Am Cleft Palate Assn

  • Am Coll Of Surgeons

  • Am Medical Assn

  • Am Soc Of Plastic & Reconst.Su

  • Am Soc Of Reconstructive Micro

  • Am Soc Of Surgery Of The Hand

  • Forsyth-Davie-Stokes Medical S

  • NPI: 1073598017

Clinical Interests

  • Botulinum Toxin, Lower Extremity Trauma, Head and Neck Oncology, Cosmetic Facial Surgery, Face-lift, Upper Extremity Injury and Pathology, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Microsurgery, Burn Reconstruction, Microvascular and Replantation Surgery, Breast Reconstruction, Breast Cancer Surgery

Education & Training

  • B.S.

    1969 - Trinity College

  • M.D.

    1973 - George Washington University School of Medicine

  • Residency

    1978 - Surgery: Boston U Med Ctr-Child Amb

  • Fellowship

    1979 - Hand Surgery: Duke University School of Medi

  • Fellowship

    1979 - University of Louisville

  • Residency

    1981 - Plastic Surgery: Duke University Hospital

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery Plastic Surgery


Research Contact Information

Recent Publications

  • An algorithmic approach to the suspected septic wrist Claiborne JR, Branch LG, Reynolds M, Defranzo AJ.. Ann Plast Surg. 2017;78(6):659-662.
  • A randomized trial of diagnostic ultrasound to improve outcomes in focal neuropathies Cartwright MS, Griffin LP, Dowlen H, Bargoil JM, Caress JB, Li ZJ, Defranzo AJ Jr, Wiesler ER, Tuohy CJ, Balakrishnan N, Molnar JA, Baute V, Koman LA, Poehling GG, Walker FO.. Muscle Nerve. 2015;52(5):746-753.
  • Aesthetic outcomes of acellular dermal matrix in tissue expander/implant-based breast reconstruction Forsberg CG, Kelly DA, Wood BC, Mastrangelo SL, DeFranzo AJ, Thompson JT, David LR, Marks MW.. Ann Plast Surg. 2014;72(Suppl 2):S116-S120.
  • The effect of reusable versus disposable draping material on infection rates in implant-based breast reconstruction: a prospective randomized trial Showalter BM, Crantford JC, Russell GB, Marks MW, DeFranzo AJ, Thompson JT, Pestana IA, David LR.. Ann Plast Surg. 2014;72(6):S165-S169.
  • Use of integra in the management of complex hand wounds from cancer resection and non-burn trauma [abstract] Kelly DA, Crantford C, Reynolds M, Defranzo AJ.. Wound Repair Regen. 2014;22(2):A49.
  • Vacuum-assisted closure for complex cranial wounds involving the loss of dura mater Powers AK, Neal MT, Argenta LC, Wilson JA, DeFranzo AJ, Tatter SB.. J Neurosurg. 2013;118(2):302-308.
  • Median nerve changes following steroid injection for carpal tunnel syndrome Cartwright MS, White DL, Demar S, Wiesler ER, Sarlikiotis T, Chloros GD, Yoon JS, Won SJ, Molnar JA, Defranzo AJ, Walker FO.. Muscle Nerve. 2011;44(1):25-29.
  • Breast cancer reconstruction in the elderly Howard-McNatt M, Forsberg C, Levine EA, DeFranzo A, Marks M, David L.. Am Surg. 2011;77(12):1640-1643.
  • Principles and applications of vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) Marks MW, Argenta LC, DeFranzo AJ. In: Weinzweig J, ed. Plastic surgery secrets. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Mosby/Elsevier;2010: 38-44.
  • Multiple modality treatment regimen in an aggressive resistant fungal hand infection: a case report Pyle JW, Holladay J, Molnar JA, Martin JS, DeFranzo AJ.. Hand (N Y). 2010;5(3):318-321.
  • Vacuum-assisted closure in extremity trauma DeFranzo AJ, Argenta LC. In: Moran SL, Cooney WP, eds. Soft tissue surgery. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins;2009: 49-60.
  • Outpatient reconstruction using integra* and subatmospheric pressure Park CA, Defranzo AJ, Marks MW, Molnar JA.. Ann Plast Surg. 2009;62(2):164-169.
  • Comparison of fasciotomy wound closures using traditional dressing changes and the vacuum-assisted closure device Zannis J, Angobaldo J, Marks M, DeFranzo A, David L, Molnar J, Argenta L.. Ann Plast Surg. 2009;62(4):407-409.
  • Vacuum assisted devices for difficult wounds of the face and neck Argenta LC, DeFranzo AJ, Molnar JA, Stoeckel WT. In: Horn DB, Hebda PA, Gosain AK, Friedman CD, eds. Essential tissue healing of the face and neck. Shelton (CT): People's Medical Publishing House;2009: 399-408.
  • Impact of sentinel lymph node biopsy on immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy Wood BC, David LR, Defranzo AJ, Stewart JH, Shen P, Geisinger KR, Marks MW, Levine EA.. Am Surg. 2009;75(7):551-556.
  • Loxoscelism and negative pressure wound therapy (vacuum-assisted closure): a clinical case series Wong SL, Defranzo AJ, Morykwas MJ, Argenta LC.. Am Surg. 2009;75(11):1128-1131.
  • Vacuum-assisted closure for defects of the abdominal wall DeFranzo AJ, Pitzer K, Molnar JA, Marks MW, Chang MC, Miller PR, Letton RW, Argenta LC.. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008;121(3):832-839.
  • Vacuum assisted closure for open brain wounds [abstract] Powers AD, David LR, DeFranzo AJ, Argenta LC, Tatter SB.. In: American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting Abstracts; 2007 Apr 14-19; Washington (DC). 2007;():41982.

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Doctor Ratings

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Patient Comments

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  • 12/31/2017

    very nice Dr.

  • 12/13/2017

    I always have a great visit with Dr. De Franzo.

  • 11/26/2017

    Very good experience for a minor procedure.

  • 11/6/2017

    Dr. DeFranzo is one is the best doctor's here at WFBH

  • 10/25/2017

    Very good experience!

  • 10/21/2017

    Dr. DeFranzo was great. He explained everything in terms that made it easy to understand. He was honest about what he would recommend and wouldn't recommend with each concern area on my face.

  • 10/17/2017

    knowledgeable and easy to talk to.

  • 10/16/2017

    He is an excellent physician who patiently explains things in terms that I can understand. His very calm demeanor makes my comfort zone so much better, and I feel at ease talking to him and expressing my concerns about my health issues. He is never in a hurry and makes sure that I understand my options. I have a great deal of confidence in him.

  • 10/10/2017

    very good experiences

  • 8/28/2017

    Very good experience.

  • 8/27/2017

    Dr.Defranzo is an excellent surgeon, and I have had him provide me with care and procedures for years.

  • 8/20/2017


  • 8/2/2017

    Dr. DrFranzo was great - super good bedside manner - he wasn't in a hurry and didn't spend all his time on the computer like most physicians here do. Concerned about my pain as he was drilling a hole in my nail. Wish he was a family physician instead of a specialist! Highly recommend.

  • 6/24/2017


  • 6/14/2017

    *Dr. DeFranzo is excellent and a very respected professional & great with patient care.

  • 6/6/2017

    All good.

  • 5/21/2017

    Doctor seemed unhappy about something as soon as he entered the room and did not have clue as to why I was there to see him.

  • 4/27/2017

    my. Dr was very. good. and understanding. too. my health care.

  • 4/26/2017

    I really like Dr. Defranzo -- I've been seeing him for many years for a variety of problems -- he is always professional, helpful and thorough. I would see him for any orthopedic or cosmetic issue. I have referred him to many people too!

  • 4/25/2017

    As a surgeon, I think Dr. DeFranzo is very good. My only problem is I don't think he takes enough time with his patients. I feel rushed when trying to ask questions and I feel he is out the door before I finish them. l would recommend him as a surgeon and I felt comfortable as a patient.

  • 4/23/2017


  • 4/20/2017

    How many times may I say EXCELLENT!

  • 3/21/2017

    Doctor is very caring and concerned about my health.

  • 3/18/2017

    I was told that Dr. D was the absolute best and I am a believer.

  • 3/8/2017

    The Dr was really nice. A few things he explained but I still didn't understand and I didn't know whether to follow up or how I'm gonna hear from him about my surgery.

  • 3/2/2017

    good experience

  • 2/21/2017

    He is the BEST!


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