Rachel Anolik, MD

Rachel Anolik, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery


Specialty Areas

  • Microsurgery
  • Oncologic Reconstruction
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Lymphatic Surgery
  • Facial Surgery
  • General Plastic Surgery

Common Procedures

  • DIEP Flaps
  • Free Tissue Transfer
  • Breast Reduction
  • Abdominoplasty
  • Blepharoplasty

Common Diagnoses Treated

  • Breast cancer
  • Lymphedema
  • Melanoma
  • Trauma
  • Vascular Disease


Medical School: University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY 2013


2013-2019 Integrated Plastic Surgery Residency, Duke University Hospital, Durham, NC


2019-2020 Microsurgery Fellowship, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Areas of Research Interest

ERAS protocols

Patient reported outcomes

Breast reconstruction decision making


Wuchty S,Arjona D,Li A,Kotliarov Y,Walling J,Zhang A, Dragan M, Anolik R, Zenklusen J C, Fine H A.(2011)Prediction of Associations between microRNAs and Gene Expression in Glioma Biology. PLoS ONE. 6(2):e14681.

Snuderl M, Batista A, Kirkpatrick ND, et al. Targeting placental growth factor/neuropilin 1 pathway inhibits growth and spread of medulloblastoma. Cell. 2013;152(5):1065-1076.

Pien IJ, Anolik R, Blau J, Hollenbeck ST. Delayed implant augmentation of breast free flaps. J Reconstr Microsurg. 2015;31(4):254-260.

Hollenbeck ST, Anolik R. Commentary: “Professional Burnout Among Plastic Surgery Residents; Can it be Prevented? Outcomes of a National Survey”. Ann Plast Surg

Blau J, Gamble C, Anolik R, Havrilesky L, Greenup R, Hollenbeck ST. (2015) Combining Prophylactic Oophorectomy with Mastectomy Does Not Adversely Affect Surgical Outcomes: Results from the NSQIP Database. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 2015 September. 221(4):S113

Anolik RA, Allori AC, Pourtaheri N, Rogers GF, Marcus JR. Objective Assessment of the Interfrontal Angle for Severity Grading and Operative Decision-Making in Metopic Synostosis. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016;137(5):1548-1555.

Blau J, Shammas R, Buretta K, Anolik R, Avashia Y, Zenn M. (2016) Synthetic Skin vs Human Tissue for Medical Student Suture Education: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 223 (4);S134-135. 2016.

Blau J, Shammas R, Carlson A, Anolik R, Buretta K, Avashia Y, Hollenbeck S. (2016) Comparison of Single vs Double Free Flap Breast reconstruction: 30-Day Outcomes from the American College of Surgeons NSQIP Dataset. Journal of the American College of Surgeons. 223 (4); e162. 2016.

Suresh V, Anolik R, Powers D. The Utility of Polyether-Ether-Ketone Implants Adjacent to Sinus Cavities After Craniofacial Trauma. J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2018;76(11):2361-2369.

Sharif-Askary B, Hompe E, Broadwater G, Anolik R, Hollenbeck ST. The Effect of Enhanced Recovery after Surgery Pathway Implementation on Abdominal-Based Microvascular Breast Reconstruction. J Surg Res. 2019;242:276-285.

Anolik R, Hollenbeck S. (2019) Medial Plantar Artery Flap. Duke Flap Course Video Collection, Thieme MedOne. 2019 July.

Blau J, Shammas R, Anolik R, Avashia Y, Krucoff K, Zenn M. (2018) Does realism matter? A randomized controlled trial comparing low and high-fidelity models for medical student suture education. Accepted to PRS Go November 2019.

Anolik RA, Sharif-Askary B, Hompe E, Hopkins TJ, Broadwater G, Hollenbeck ST. Occurrence of Symptomatic Hypotension in Patients Undergoing Breast Free Flaps: Is Enhanced Recovery after Surgery to Blame?. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2020;145(3):606-616.


Hospital Affiliations

Barnes-Jewish Hospital

Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital

Patients Seen At

Center for Advanced Medicine
4921 Parkview Place, Suite G, Floor 6
St. Louis, MO 63110

Barnes-Jewish St. Peters Hospital
10 Hospital Drive
St. Peters, MO 63376

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To request an appointment with Dr. Anolik, please call (314) 362-7388.