Plastic Surgeon Joins BMC; New Physician Practice Opening

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PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Berkshire Health Systems has appointed Dr. Zachary Long, a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon, to the medical staff of Berkshire Medical Center. 

Dr. Long will serve with Berkshire Plastic Surgery of BMC, a new surgical practice, opening on August 10 at the BMC Medical Arts Complex, 6th floor, 777 North St., Pittsfield.

Long is accepting new patients in need of reconstructive surgery and provides care for the following: craniofacial reconstruction, eyelid/nose/ear reconstruction, breast reconstruction, abdominal wall reconstruction, hand surgeries, post-bariatric surgeries, skin cancer reconstruction; and injectable therapies.

Long earned his medical degree from West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine and completed his residency in general surgery at St. Barnabas Hospital Health System, Bronx, N.Y. He was fellowship-trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery at St. Barnabas Hospital Health System, with rotations at other institutions, including Jacobi Medical Center, Montefiore Medical Center and Westchester Medical Center in New York.

For an appointment with Dr. Long, ask your primary care physician for a referral, or call Berkshire Plastic Surgery of BMC at 413-881-5473.

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