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Dr. Shafer is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery, a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and a Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. David Shafer is trained in all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery. However, he specializes in aesthetic surgery. He established Shafer Plastic Surgery in Manhattan with one specific goal – to break down the traditional doctor-patient barrier and create an environment where patients feel comfortable and relaxed. Dr. Shafer treats every patient as if they are family. In fact, many patients comment that talking in his consultation room is like sitting around the kitchen table with good friends.

Dr. Shafer has quickly made an impact in New York City and internationally. In 2009, he was featured in W Magazine as a “Beauty Talent” in plastic surgery and as one of the “experts soon to be on your speed dial.” Dr. Shafer’s web presence is marked by his 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. Dr. Shafer has described today’s plastic surgery patient as “sophisticated, inquisitive and information seeking”, and created this resource with them in mind. Dr. Shafer is a modern generation surgeon and an innovator. He stays on the cutting edge of technological and surgical developments to offer his patients the best possible treatment and advice.

Dr Shafer’s practice is approximately 50% international patients. His Fly-In-Program hosts and cares for patients from around the globe – many seeing New York City as “the capital of the world.” Patients find it convenient to extend a business or leisure trip for a surgical procedure or treatment. Patients fly in for a long weekend for a Smartlipo session or extend their stay for a total body makeover. Patients enjoy keeping in touch through virtual online consultations directly with Dr. Shafer using video conferencing over the Internet.

Dr. Shafer’s approach to patient care is also unique. He has a practice managed with just the optimal amount of support staff to ensure he is very hands on, and has one to one relationships with his patients from the earliest consult to post operative recovery and follow-up. His Upper East Side patients brag about his post-operative house calls and several have turned into surrogate grandmothers for him. This is not the case in many plastic surgery offices where nurses do the bulk of the pre and post-operative interactions. Dr. Shafer’s approach is a key part of why his practice thrives on referrals. Despite his great talent, he has modesty and approachability that patients say set him apart.

Educational Background

David Shafer’s surgical training began at the Arizona Burn Center in Phoenix, Arizona. His research in wound healing and surgical techniques earned international attention and contributed to the scientific literature. Working with burn patients with complex wounds, Dr. Shafer focused on more than just survival. He concentrated on improving the patient’s wellbeing both internally and externally. Improving a patient’s appearance creates an enormous psychological boost. Many high-tech reconstructive developments in burn surgery, such as tissue engineering and tissue grafting, translate in a positive way to modern aesthetic surgery. As a graduating Chief Resident, Dr. Shafer was honored with all three possible awards including “Intern of the Year,” “Rick Weimar Ambassador of Medial Ethics,” and the “Harry W. Hale Jr. Surgery Award for Outstanding Surgeon.”

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. The international draw of this world-renowned medical center introduced Dr. Shafer to patients from the Middle East to South America to Asia. During this time, Dr. Shafer travelled to Hanoi, Vietnam to participate in the Global Health Organization’s project to repair cleft lips and palates. Dr. Shafer’s office features many photographs of children he treated in Vietnam with their delighted parents.

After The Mayo Clinic, Dr. Shafer was selected as an Aesthetic Surgery Fellow at the Manhattan Ear, Eye & Throat Hospital in New York City. This fellowship is recognized as one of the most prestigious fellowships in plastic surgery worldwide. Most plastic surgeons do not pursue specialized fellowship training. However, Dr. Shafer continued honing his surgical skills and knowledge rather than going directly into practice in order to achieve the best, most advanced training possible for cosmetic surgery. His traditional surgical training at The Mayo Clinic compliments the energy and innovation only found 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. In addition to teaching plastic surgery residents from New York University, Columbia University, Cornell and Lenox Hill Hospital, Dr. Shafer remains academically active. In recent years, Dr. Shafer has written peer-reviewed articles and chapters on facelift techniques, Botox Cosmetic®, Dysport™, and anesthesia for plastic surgery. Additionally, he has produced DVDs on Botox Cosmetic® injections to teach other surgeons fundamental skills and new developments.

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