Anthony J. DeFranzo Jr, M.D.Wake Forest Baptist Health

Doctor Rating

4.7 out of 5

275 Ratings

Anthony J. DeFranzo Jr, M.D.


Clinical Interests

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

Contact Information

Department: 336-716-4171


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Education & Training

  • B.S., Trinity College, 1969
  • M.D., George Washington University School of Medicine, 1973
  • Residency, Surgery, Boston U Med Ctr-Child Amb, 1978
  • Fellowship, Hand Surgery, Duke University School of Medi, 1979
  • Fellowship, University of Louisville, 1979
  • Residency, Plastic Surgery, Duke University Hospital, 1981

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery, Plastic Surgery


  • 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
  • Wound Healing Society

NPI Number

  • 1073598017
Anthony J. DeFranzo Jr, M.D.

Doctor Rating

4.7 out of 5

275 Ratings

Anthony J. DeFranzo Jr, M.D.

Professor, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Contact Information

Academic: 336-716-4150 | Department: 336-716-4171


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Recent Publications

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. A randomized trial of diagnostic ultrasound to improve outcomes in focal neuropathies. Muscle Nerve. 2015;52(5):746-753.

Forsberg CG, Kelly DA, Wood BC, Mastrangelo SL, DeFranzo AJ, Thompson JT, David LR, Marks MW. Aesthetic outcomes of acellular dermal matrix in tissue expander/implant-based breast reconstruction. Ann Plast Surg. 2014;72(Suppl 2):S116-S120.

Showalter BM, Crantford JC, Russell GB, Marks MW, DeFranzo AJ, Thompson JT, Pestana IA, David LR. The effect of reusable versus disposable draping material on infection rates in implant-based breast reconstruction: a prospective randomized trial. Ann Plast Surg. 2014;72(6):S165-S169.

Kelly DA, Crantford C, Reynolds M, Defranzo AJ. Use of integra in the management of complex hand wounds from cancer resection and non-burn trauma [abstract]. Wound Repair Regen. 2014;22(2):A49.

Powers AK, Neal MT, Argenta LC, Wilson JA, DeFranzo AJ, Tatter SB. Vacuum-assisted closure for complex cranial wounds involving the loss of dura mater. J Neurosurg. 2013;118(2):302-308.

Cartwright MS, White DL, Demar S, Wiesler ER, Sarlikiotis T, Chloros GD, Yoon JS, Won SJ, Molnar JA, Defranzo AJ, Walker FO. Median nerve changes following steroid injection for carpal tunnel syndrome. Muscle Nerve. 2011;44(1):25-29.

Howard-McNatt M, Forsberg C, Levine EA, DeFranzo A, Marks M, David L. Breast cancer reconstruction in the elderly. Am Surg. 2011;77(12):1640-1643.

Marks MW, Argenta LC, DeFranzo AJ. Principles and applications of vacuum-assisted closure (VAC) In: Weinzweig J, ed. Plastic surgery secrets. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Mosby/Elsevier;2010: 38-44.

Pyle JW, Holladay J, Molnar JA, Martin JS, DeFranzo AJ. Multiple modality treatment regimen in an aggressive resistant fungal hand infection: a case report. Hand (N Y). 2010;5(3):318-321.

DeFranzo AJ, Argenta LC. Vacuum-assisted closure in extremity trauma In: Moran SL, Cooney WP, eds. Soft tissue surgery. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins;2009: 49-60.

Park CA, Defranzo AJ, Marks MW, Molnar JA. Outpatient reconstruction using integra* and subatmospheric pressure. Ann Plast Surg. 2009;62(2):164-169.

Zannis J, Angobaldo J, Marks M, DeFranzo A, David L, Molnar J, Argenta L. Comparison of fasciotomy wound closures using traditional dressing changes and the vacuum-assisted closure device. Ann Plast Surg. 2009;62(4):407-409.

Argenta LC, DeFranzo AJ, Molnar JA, Stoeckel WT. Vacuum assisted devices for difficult wounds of the face and neck 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.

Wood BC, David LR, Defranzo AJ, Stewart JH, Shen P, Geisinger KR, Marks MW, Levine EA. Impact of sentinel lymph node biopsy on immediate breast reconstruction after mastectomy. Am Surg. 2009;75(7):551-556.

Wong SL, Defranzo AJ, Morykwas MJ, Argenta LC. Loxoscelism and negative pressure wound therapy (vacuum-assisted closure): a clinical case series. Am Surg. 2009;75(11):1128-1131.

DeFranzo AJ, Pitzer K, Molnar JA, Marks MW, Chang MC, Miller PR, Letton RW, Argenta LC. Vacuum-assisted closure for defects of the abdominal wall. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2008;121(3):832-839.

Powers AD, David LR, DeFranzo AJ, Argenta LC, Tatter SB. Vacuum assisted closure for open brain wounds [abstract]. In: American Association of Neurological Surgeons Annual Meeting Abstracts; 2007 Apr 14-19; Washington (DC). 2007;():41982.

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Professor, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Clinical Interests

Botulinum Toxin, Breast Cancer Surgery, Breast Reconstruction, Burn Reconstruction, Cosmetic Facial Surgery, Face-lift, Head and Neck Oncology, Lower Extremity Trauma, Microsurgery, Microvascular and Replantation Surgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Upper Extremity Injury and Pathology
Anthony J. DeFranzo Jr, M.D.

Anthony J. DeFranzo Jr, M.D.

Professor, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Doctor Rating

4.7 out of 5

Anthony J. DeFranzo Jr, M.D.275 Ratings


Doctor Ratings

The overall Patient Rating score is the average of responses to the nine questions listed below. The questions are from the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Responses are measured on a 1 to 5 scale, where 1 represents "very poor" and 5 represents "very good."
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Patient Comments

Comments are taken from the Care Provider section of the Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction Survey. Comments are posted exactly as they are written. Comments are added weekly. To protect patient privacy and confidentiality, patient names are not included.


He's a great doc...he just never smiles


I had a small notebook that I had written questions I had as I thought of them prior to my visit. *Dr. D. answered all of them thoroughly.


Awesome! !


I had very good experiences during my pre-op visit, my surgery and overnight hospital stay, and my post-op visit. Dr. Defranzo and staff are the best!


Provider was recommended by another physician at WF and I valued his insight. I would return to both of them again.


I am pleased with the care I was given.


Doctor seemed in a bit of a hurry but DID answer all my questions.




I have been under Dr Anthony DeFranzo's care for at least the last 15 years and would and have recommend him to anybody


*Dr. Defranzo addressed all my concerns regarding my incisions (after surgery) which I had at another institution. Graciously, ordered OT to help with the recovery process. Helped to _____ my concerns and answer questions my operating provider failed to sufficiently address.


I have complete trust in my doctor and look forward to my visits with him.


Doc. Defranzo is a great surgen and glad I had him


Dr. DeFRanzo is the BEST!


Dr. Defranzo is an excellent surgeon.


Excellent care & skill.


Obviously I am extremely pleased with WFB Health and the providers as I drive 6 hours one way - passing excellent facilities - including Duke - to come here.




This care provider has cared for me the past 18 years. I have trust in him and he is an excellent provider.


Dr. Anthony DeFranzo was absolutely wonderful - answered all my questions and proposed a fix we both agreed would help me. I was included in the conversation with the Dr. and his assistants. He was very kind and came across genuinely concerned about my medical condition which is rare with Dr.s these days. i did not feel rushed.


I wish he would spend more time and communicate more. he's a great doctor but a little reserved


*Dr. DeFranzo and his staff are awesome!




Love, Love, Love Dr DeFranzo and his staff. We look forward to going and would recommend to family and friends!


Dr. Defranzo is my number 1 Surgeon Doctor and I GIVE THANKS!!!!


As stated earlier, this provider did not even spend 5 minutes in my room. Never asked if I had questions, and I had to ask him my question as he was walking out the door, in the hallway. So much for HIPAA!!


While I cannot comment on the surgical skills of Dr. De Franzo what I can say is that is attitude towards me was very impersonal and it appeared that he could not be bothered by my condition or what I thought about my health issues. In the follow up visit he appeared to simply be going through the motions rather than actually trying to determine my actual health issues.




Very good.


Doctor and assistant, (listened) and took time to really talk to me about what I wanted done; and after effects.


dr. Defranzo took time and explained procedure and technique. he took the time to sit with me. so gracious and this was very appreciated




I have the upmost confidence in Dr. Defranzo.


Great doctor.


Was recommended to *Dr. DeFranzo & now I understand why.


Every thing waas Very Good


Dr Defranzo was very kind, compassionate, and down to earth. Information was easily understood and concerns were appropriately addressed




He spent less than two minutes with me, did not ask any questions about how long I'd had the problem or anything, seemed in a rush to move on. I really was not sure he listened to anything I had to say.


The only somewhat negative is that I feel rushed when I see this provider. It is a very busy practice.


Highest respect for this doctor and staff. always so positive and I have always been confident in his decisions and medical advise.


I have seen *Dr. Defranzo for over 10 years since he performed my breast cancer reconstruction surgery. I have never seen a more gifted, knowledgeable and dedicated surgeon who has no ego. He stands among the best of the best. I have referred many friends/physicians to him over the years & will continue to do so.


Dr. Defranzo was wonderful. He was very gentle when injecting the cortisone shots in my finger. I appreciate his patience, gentleness, kindness and professionalism.




Needed a little more instruction on after surgery care


Very good in all.


Dr. Defranzo is very easy to talk with, has a sense of humor, makes me comfortable, is very professional.

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