M. Shuja Shafqat, MD

Dr. Shafqat

Clinical Locations

Primary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center
333 Cottman Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19111

Secondary Location

Fox Chase Cancer Center Huntingdon Pike
8 Huntingdon Pike
Rockledge, PA 19046


Assistant Professor

Program Director, Microsurgery Fellowship

Treatment Focus

Oncologic reconstruction and reconstructive microsurgery; breast reconstruction including implant based and flap reconstruction (latissimus flap, muscle sparing free TRAM flap, DIEP flap); head and neck reconstruction; trunk reconstruction including chest wall, abdominal wall, pelvic/perineum/vaginal reconstruction; extremity reconstruction; reconstruction after removal of melanoma, non-melanoma skin cancer, and sarcoma; surgical treatment of lymphedema. 

Treatment Philosophy

Ever since I started on this pathway to medicine, I knew I wanted to be a plastic surgeon. But there was something about reconstructive surgery that drew me specifically. I saw not only the creativity that is involved in restoring patients appearance and function, but also the impact it has on our patients lives. At Fox Chase, we offer the full spectrum of reconstructive surgery including microsurgical options for breast reconstruction, such as the DIEP flap, head and neck cancer, skin cancer, and many other parts of the body.

I have had training in all aspects of plastic surgery including breast, head and neck, burn, trauma, lower extremity, chronic wounds, cosmetics and hand surgery to help produce the most optimal outcomes for my patients. I believe patients should play an active role in their reconstruction and it is important to me to take time to make sure the patient understands all aspects of these sometimes complex procedures. I want to make sure patients understand the entire surgical journey they are about to go on and what to expect each step of the way.

The care at Fox Chase is unparalleled. Patients with cancer often present with unique needs that require multiple specialists to produce the best outcome. We have all those specialists at Fox Chase and they all work together to ensure that the patient does well and has a great experience. This is what makes a comprehensive cancer center and Fox Chase especially stand out.

I am also interested in optimizing outcomes for breast reconstruction patients including using narcotic and opioid minimizing pain control after surgery. I also utilize social media to help our patients connect with us and help inform the public about reconstructive surgery.


Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @shujashafqatmd 

Education and Training

Educational Background

  • Microsurgery Fellowship, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, July 2017-June 2018
  • Plastic Surgery, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA, 2017
  • General Surgery, Lehigh Valley Health Network, Allentown, PA, 2014
  • MD,  Drexel University College of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, May 2011
Research Profile

Research Interests

Breast reconstruction outcomes, enhanced recovery after free flap breast reconstruction and narcotic/opioid minimizing protocols, outcomes after surgical intervention for lymphedema


Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Adkinson JM, Shafqat MS, Eid SM, Miles MG. Delayed diagnosis of hand injuries in polytrauma patients. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2012 Oct; 69(4): 442-5. PMID: 22868310

Harlin SL, Harlin RD, Sherman TI, Rozsas CM, Shafqat MS, Meyers W. Using a Structured, Computer-Administered Questionnaire for Evaluating Health-Related QOL with Chronic Lower Extremity Wounds. Ostomy Wound Management. 2009 Sept; 55(9): 30-9. PMID 19797801

Book Chapters

Gilstrap J, Ranganath B, Shafqat MS, Murphy RX. Median Nerve Decompression from the Wrist to Elbow. In: Murphy RX, Herman C (Eds.) Introductory Atlas of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery: A Procedural Manual. New York, NY. Thieme Medical Publishers. In press.

Shafqat MS, Ranganath B, Nayak C. Cheek Reconstruction. In: Murphy RX, Herman C (Eds.) Introductory Atlas of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery: A Procedural Manual. New York, NY. Thieme Medical Publishers. In press.

Ranganath B, Shafqat MS, Wojcik R, Nayak C. Nasal Reconstruction. In: Murphy RX, Herman C (Eds.) Introductory Atlas of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery: A Procedural Manual. New York, NY. Thieme Medical Publishers. In press.

Shafqat MS, Ranganath B, Miller NF, Murphy RX. Hand Infections. In: Murphy RX, Herman C (Eds.) Introductory Atlas of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery: A Procedural Manual. New York, NY. Thieme Medical Publishers. In press.

Shafqat MS. Prosthetics and Adjuncts in Abdominal Reconstruction. In: Madbak FG, Dangleben DA (Eds.) Options in the Management of the Open Abdomen. New York, NY: Springer Publishing; 43-59

Electronic Publications

PRS Journal Club Podcast, Co-Host/Participant, 2017

PRS Resident Chronicles Blog (

  • A Twelve Year Consecutive Case Experience in Thoracic Reconstruction: A Review. 2016
  • Social Media for the Plastic Surgery Resident and How to Get Started. 2016
  • April 2016 #PRSJournalClub Wrap-Up. 2016
  • Can We Reconstruct Ourselves. 2015

Additional Publications




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  • 5.0
    December 31, 2020
  • 5.0
    November 25, 2020
    Dr. Shafqat is "the best."
  • 5.0
    October 06, 2020
    I think that Dr. Shafqat is an excellent, caring doctor.
  • 5.0
    August 26, 2020
    Dr. Shafqat was unhurried and listened. He explained things thoroughly but simply.
  • 5.0
    August 12, 2020
    Dr. Shafqat (and his fellow) were very caring and positive and explained the possibilities offered thoroughly. They also gave me a packet of info which was really helpful since I was alone at the appointment.
  • 4.0
    July 31, 2020
    very happy with the visit
  • 4.5
    July 24, 2020
    Good listening skills of Dr. Shafqat & staff resulted in level of care meeting level of need perfectly and encouraged me to confidently, enabled with good info, resume activities of life.
  • 5.0
    June 24, 2020
    We have great respect for Dr. Shafqat.
  • 5.0
    May 27, 2020
    Very impressed with my total experience!!! Amazing provider!!
  • 5.0
    May 03, 2020
    Very good experience.
  • 5.0
    April 20, 2020
    This was very, very good experience.
  • 5.0
    April 16, 2020
    Dr. Shafqat provided excellent follow up after the excellent surgery that he performed on me.
  • 5.0
    March 25, 2020
    Dr. Shafqat was professional and easy to contact regarding any concerns.
  • 5.0
    March 18, 2020
    Awesome, very caring & listened to me.
  • 5.0
    February 25, 2020
    Dr Shafqat is one of the most compassionate physicians I've ever encountered. He always listens and is willing to discuss in depth any concerns I have.
  • 5.0
    January 23, 2020
    Dr Shafqat is wonderful!
  • 5.0
    December 29, 2019
    Provider and PA were excellent from a clinical standpoint and also in developing a rapport with myself and my husband I would highly recommend this provider....he seemed very empathetic and concerned with my overall health as a cancer survivor. He was also extremely patient. [...] Keep doing what you're doing, excellent care!
  • 5.0
    October 31, 2019
    Dr. Shafgat is best doctor I have ever had and always good about getting back to me regarding any health concerns I have - I would highly recommend him to anyone I know.

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