Shafer Plastic SurgeryCosmetic Surgery, Plastic Surgery, Facial Plastic Surgery, Minimally Invasive Surgery (BOTOX®)
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David Shafer, MD
- American Society of Plastic Surgeons
- American Board of Plastic Surgery
- American Board of Surgery
Describe the most rewarding experience that you have had working with a patient?
The best feeling is when a patient comes back a year or two later and tells me how much their surgery has positively changed their life.
What is your charity organization of choice and why?
While our concentration is on cosmetic plastic surgery, some of the most rewarding experiences are reconstructive. Last year when we went to Vietnam to repair cleft lips and palates in children, I was touched by how much we can change a child's life by performing a two hour surgery. Seeing the smiles on the mothers faces makes all the hard work and years of training worth it.
What does living in the New York community mean to you?
Before moving to Manhattan, I did not quite understand what people meant when they said NYC is the center of the world. Now that I live here, it is all clear.
What makes your specialties the right fields of medicine for you?
Aesthetic plastic surgery allows me to incorporate my creative and my analytical sides. Performing surgery requires acute attention to detail and an extensive knowledge base. However, aesthetic surgery requires a creative touch to bring it all together.
Finish this sentence: If I weren't a doctor I would be___.
I would be a teacher. One of the best parts of being a doctor is that it is a life-long learning process. As new knowledge is gained, it is my responsibility to pass it along to the next generation. If I were not a doctor, I would continue to have the urge to learn and to spread the knowledge around.
When (your age) did you first realize you wanted to enter the health & medical field? And did you experience anything in particular to motivate you to achieve this prestigious goal?
I remember spending time with my grandmother when I was a child. She would tell me stories of when she was a nurse in World War II. I was inspired by her commitment to the human condition and her selflessness in the face of challenges. From that young age, I knew I wanted to be a doctor. As I went through high school, I was fascinated in anatomy and biology class. At the same time I thrived in my drafting and some architectural classes. Surgery combines both my interest in structure (architecture) and function (biology) perfectly.
Can you tell us in your own words what you consider a perfect outcome of a surgical procedure?
A perfect outcome is a happy patient. My goal is to try and exceed my patients' expectations for more than just the surgery. It is my job to consult with the patient and formulate a customized plan, lead them through the pre-operative work-up and follow them through their recovery.
What Sets Us Apart
Dr. Shafer offers real plastic surgery for real people. He takes the time to listen to you, gives you his undivided attention and customizes a treatment plan based on your input and his experience.
- University of Michigan
- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine - Medical School
- Maricopa Medical Center and the Arizona Burn Center - Surgical Residency
- Mayo Clinic - Plastic Surgery Training
- Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital - Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship
Dr. David Shafer's surgical training began at the Arizona Burn Center in Phoenix, Arizona. Working with burn patients with complex wounds concentrating on improving the patient’s wellbeing both internally and externally.
With a focus on plastic surgery, Dr. Shafer continued his training at The Mayo Clinic, which is consistently ranked as best in class for hospitals and surgical training.
Dr. Shafer was selected as an Aesthetic Surgery Fellow at the Manhattan Ear, Eye & Throat Hospital in New York City.
The road from the Arizona Burn Center to The Mayo Clinic to Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital has given Dr. Shafer a solid foundation in plastic surgery.
Dr. Shafer teaches plastic surgery residents from New York University, Columbia University, Cornell and Lenox Hill Hospital.
David Shafer, MD has written peer-reviewed articles and chapters on facelift techniques, Botox Cosmetic®, Dysport™, and anesthesia for plastic surgery.
Dr. David Shafer has also produced DVDs on Botox Cosmetic® injections to teach other surgeons fundamental skills and new developments.
Development of the world’s first plastic surgery themed iPhone application. The App features over 1000 interactive FAQs about plastic surgery – from invasive surgeries to non-invasive procedures.
Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital Lenox Hill Hospital
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$150 fee applied toward surgery