David A. Hidalgo MD

New York, NY, US
David A. Hidalgo MD

About the Practice

Practice Philosophy

In our practice every surgical procedure is a couture experience, synthesizing decades of leading edge medical knowledge with a strong fine arts background, supported by the highest level of care and comfort throughout the patient's journey. Our goal is to harmonize each person's unique anatomy with her or his aspirational goals to deliver natural, individualized, and pleasing results.

Practice Specialization

Dr. Hidalgo’s practice is focused on aesthetic surgery exclusively. This includes the following procedures:

Facelift/necklift
Blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery)
Rhinoplasty
Breast augmentation
Mastopexy (breast lift)
Breast reduction
Gynecomastia (male breast reduction)
Abdominoplasty
Liposuction

Illustrated procedure descriptions and representative patient results are shown on our website.

Background & Certification

Board Certification

American Board of Plastic Surgery
National Board of Medical Examiners

Professional Background

Undergraduate Degree: Georgetown University – magna cum laude, biology and fine arts
Medical School: Georgetown University School of Medicine – cum laude
General Surgery Residency: New York University Medical Center (5 years)
Plastic Surgery Residency: New York University Medical Center (2 years)
Plastic Surgery Fellowship: New York University Medical Center (1 year)
Chief, Plastic and Reconstructive Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center until 2001
Private practice since 2001

Teaching Appointments

Clinical Professor of Surgery, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York

Publications and Presentations

Dr. Hidalgo has numerous peer-reviewed publications of original scientific work appearing in the most prestigious specialty journals such as Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Aesthetic Surgery Journal, among others. He has presented at regional, national, and international meetings for many years. A complete copy of his curriculum vitae and a sample of his publications are available on our website.

Selected Publications (out of 82):

Hidalgo, DA, Aesthetic refinement in breast reconstruction: Complete skin-sparing mastectomy and autogenous tissue transfer. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 102:63, 1998.

Hidalgo, DA, Borgen, P, Petrek, J, Heerdt, A, Cody, H, and Disa, JJ, Immediate reconstruction after complete skin-sparing mastectomy with autologous tissue. J. Am. Col. Surg.187:17, 1998.
Hidalgo, DA, Improving safety and aesthetic results in inverted T scar breast reduction. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 103:874, 1999.
Hammond, DC, Hidalgo, DA, Slavin, S, Spear S, and Tebbetts, J, Revising the unsatisfactory breast augmentation. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 104:277, 1999.
Hidalgo, DA, Breast reduction: Inverted T-incision types. Aesthetic Surg. J. 19:328, 1999.
Hidalgo, DA, Elliott, LF, Palumbo, S, Casas, L, Hammond, D, Current Trends in Breast Reduction. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 104:1662, 1999.
Hidalgo, DA, Breast augmentation: Choosing the optimal incision, implant, and pocket plane. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 105:2202, 2000.
Hidalgo, DA, Chiou, P, Non-endoscopic transaxillary breast augmentation. Oper. Tech. Plas. Reconstr. Surg. 7: 100, 2000.
Hidalgo, DA, Breast deformity caused by anatomical or teardrop implant rotation (Discussion). Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 109:2568, 2002.

Morello, DC, Christensen, M, Hidalgo, DA, Spear, SL, Breast asymmetry. Aesthetic Surg. J. 23:472, 2003.

Hidalgo, DA, Hirmand, H, De-augmentation reduction mammaplasty. Aesthetic Surg. J. 24:112, 2004.

Hidalgo, D, Vertical mammaplasty. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 115:1179, 2005.

Hidalgo, DA, Pusic, AL, The role of methocarbamol and intercostal nerve blocks for pain management in breast augmentation. Aesthetic Surg. J. 25:571, 2005.

Hidalgo, DA, Y-scar vertical mammaplasty. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 120:1749, 2007.
McCarthy CM, Pusic, AL, Hidalgo, DA, Efficacy of pocket irrigation with bupivacaine and ketorolac in breast augmentation: A randomized controlled trial, Annals Plast. Surg. 62:15, 2009.
Hidalgo, DA, A Detailed analysis of the reduction mammaplasty learning curve: A statistical process model for approaching surgical performance improvement (Discussion). Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 124:715, 2009.
Hidalgo, DA, Spector, JA, Preoperative sizing in breast augmentation. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 125:1781, 2010.
Hidalgo, DA, An integrated approach to lower blepharoplasty. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 127:386, 2011.
Hidalgo, DA, Malar augmentation assessed by magnetic resonance imaging in patients after face lift and fat injection (Discussion). Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 127:2066, 2011.
Hidalgo, DA, Traditional lower blepharoplasty: Is additional support necessary? A 30 year review (Discussion). Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 128:278, 2011.
Selected Procedural Videos:
Hidalgo, DA, Precision in Breast Reduction, MSKCC Audiovisual, 1996.
Hidalgo, DA, Transaxillary Submuscular Augmentation, MSKCC Audiovisual, 2001.
Hidalgo, DA, Vertical Scar Reduction Mammaplasty, MSKCC Audiovisual, 2001.
Hidalgo, DA, Vertical Reduction, MSKCC Audiovisual, 2003.
Hidalgo, DA, Lower blepharoplasty, 2013

Selected presentations (out of 114):

Custom Rhytidectomy (panel), at the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, Washington, D.C., October 13, 1996.
Optimizing Aesthetic Results in Breast Reduction, Management of Complex Problems Associated with Reduction, and Augmentation Mammoplasty: Analyzing the Variables, Incisions, Locations, and Implant Type, at the Breast Surgery and Body Contouring in the 90's Symposium, Sante Fe, New Mexico, August 13-16, 1997.
Breast Reduction (live surgery); Breast Augmentation (panel); Vascular Options and Skin-sparing Technique; Inferior Pedicle Breast Reduction; Breast Topics (session moderator), at the Fourteenth Annual Breast Surgery Symposium, sponsored by the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, and the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, Atlanta, GA, January 16-18, 1998.
Revising the Unsatisfactory Result in Breast Augmentation (panel), Optimizing Cosmetic Results in Breast Reduction (panel) and Precision in Breast Reduction (instructional course) at the American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Boston, Massachusetts, October 3-7, 1998.
Breast Reduction Variants: Skin Design and Surgical Strategy; Breast Augmentation: Choosing the Implant, Pocket Plane & Incision; Breast Reduction (live surgery), at the symposium: Advances in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: The Cutting Edge II, at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital, New York, New York, November 9-13, 1998.
Breast Reduction (panel), at the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Dallas, TX, May 15-16, 1999.
Submuscular vs. Subglandular Augmentation; Breast Reduction with the Inverted T: Role in Year 2000; Pedicle TRAM Flap Reconstruction; Oncologic Considerations in Breast Cancer (session moderator), at the Sixteenth Annual Breast Surgery Symposium, sponsored by the Southeastern Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Atlanta, GA, January 14-16, 2000.
Shape and Symmetry – Managing Difficult Breast Problems (panel), at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Lake Buena Vista, FL, May 12-17, 2000.
Vertical Scar Breast Reduction (panel); Precision in Breast Reduction (instructional course), at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Los Angeles, CA, October 15-18, 2000.
Minimally Invasive Breast Surgery (instructional course); Correcting/Preventing Common Problems with Saline Breast Augmentation (panel), at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, New York, NY, May 4-9, 2001.
Hidalgo, DA, Rosenthal, L: The Art of Facial Aesthetics, at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, Boston, MA, May 22-27, 2001.
Vertical Scar Breast Reduction, at the Emerging Technologies in Plastic Surgery symposium, NYU Medical Center, New York, NY, June 1-2, 2001.
Augmentation of the Ptotic Breast (panel); Precision in Breast Reduction (instructional course) at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Orlando, FL, November 3-7, 2001.
Aesthetic Breast Surgery – Breast Reduction; Aesthetic Breast Surgery – Breast Augmentation, at the South Carolina Society of Plastic Surgeons, Columbia, SC, February 23, 2002.
The Indications for SMAS-ectomy in Rhytidectomy; Inverted-T Breast Reduction: Is It Resurrected? (panel); Breast Reduction: The New and Traditional (instructional course);Vertical Reduction (interactive video), at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Boston, MA, May 17-21, 2003.
Limited Incision Breast Reduction – Considerations for Predictable Shaping/Results; Limited Incision Approaches to Breast reduction (panel); Vertical Reduction (live surgery), at the 38th Annual Baker Gordon Symposium on Cosmetic Surgery, Miami, FL, February 5-7, 2004.
Achieving Consistency in Vertical Reduction (panel); Breast Reduction: The New and Traditional (instructional course), at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Vancouver, BC, April 17–21, 2004.
Masters Series: Short-Scar Breast Reduction (instructional course) and Short-Scar Breast Reduction: Making Patients’ Intraoperative Appearance as Aesthetic as their Postoperative Contour (panel), at the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Philadelphia, PA, October 8-13, 2004.
Difficult Problems in Breast Re-Shaping-Asymmetry, Tuberous Breasts and Soft Tissue Involution with Ptosis (panel); Interactive Video: The No-Vertical Scar Breast Reduction (moderator); Breast Reduction: The New and Traditional (instructional course), at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Orlando, FL, April 21-24, 2006.
Artistic Precision in Breast Augmentation - Evolving Concepts for Optimizing Results; The Role of Silicone Implants/Aesthetic Control/Minimizing Re-operation (panel); Critical Decision Making in Augmentation-Mastopexy (panel); Breast Augmentation (live surgery), at the 41st Annual Baker Gordon Symposium on Cosmetic Surgery, Miami, FL, February 15-17, 2007.
The Role of Pedicle Position in Breast Shaping (panel); Breast Reduction: The New and Traditional (instructional course), at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, New York, NY, April 21-24, 2007.
Patient Safety in Breast Surgery (panel) at Patient Safety in Cosmetic Surgery, New York, NY, June 2, 2007.
Controversies in Breast Augmentation – Incision Selection, Implant Selection, Pocket Dissection, Postoperative Recovery, Reoperation Rate; The Role of Autologous Fat Augmentation in Breast Surgery (panel), at the 42nd Annual Baker Gordon Symposium on Cosmetic Surgery, Miami, FL, February 7-9, 2008.
Augmentation-Mastopexy: Indications, Options and Surgical Techniques; Difficult Case Presentations on Augmentation-Mastopexy (panel), at the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, New York, NY, March 1, 2008.
Facial Aesthetic Surgery: A Personal Perspective, Sixth Annual Millard Lectureship, at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., May 9, 2009.
Vertical Reduction: A Ten Year Perspective; Lower Blepharoplasty: An Integrated Approach, at the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery: The Next Generation Symposium, New York, NY, December 4-6, 2009.
Special Presentation: The Integrated Approach to Lower Lid Blepharoplasty, at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, Boston, MA, May 8-11, 2011.
Augmentation-Mastopexy: Indications, Techniques, and Pitfalls; Lower Blepharoplasty: Algorithmic Approach, at the Aesthetic Plastic Surgery/Anti-Aging Medicine: The Next Generation Symposium, New York, NY, June 10-12, 2011.
Surgical Rejuvenation of the Brow and Upper Periorbital Region; An Integrated Approach to Lower Blepharoplasty, at the Sixth Annual Oculoplastic Symposium, Atlanta, GA, January 10, 2013.
Transconjunctival Fat Repositioning, Blending the Lid-Cheek Junction; Clarifying Techniques for Periorbital Rejuvenation (panel), Lower Lid Blepharoplasty with Transconjunctival Fat Repositioning (interactive video); Implant Selection in Primary Breast Augmentation (panel); Problem Solving and Problem Prevention in the Secondary Breast Augmentation Patient; Contour Restoration in the Reoperative Breast Augmentation Patient (panel); Vertical Reduction/Mastopexy (interactive video, at the 47th Annual Baker Gordon Symposium on Cosmetic Surgery, Miami, FL, February 14-16, 2013.
Algorithm for Procedure Design in Lower Lid Blepharoplasty, at the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, New York, NY, April 13-16, 2013.

Awards & Honors

Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
First Prize, Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation National Senior Residents Conference

ASMS Award (American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons) for the best paper of the year to appear in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (twice)

Best surgical technique video awards by Health And Sciences Network and American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons

James Barrett Brown Award (American Association of Plastic Surgeons) for the best scientific paper of the year to appear in the specialty journals Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Annals of Surgery

Clinical Research Award (Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation)

Cited in New York Magazines "Best Doctors in New York" every year since inception

Affiliations & Memberships

Hospital Affiliations

New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill-Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY
Lenox Hill Hospital, New York, NY
Southampton Hospital, Southampton, NY

Society Memberships

Fellow, American College of Surgeons (FACS)
American Association of Plastic Surgeons
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
New York State Medical Society
New York County Medical Society
New York Regional Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Offices Held

Dr. Hidalgo served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center from 1992 to 2001. There he developed several important innovations in plastic surgery technique that have been adopted as the standard of care around the world.

Dr. Hidalgo serves as the Cosmetic Section Editor for the premier specialty journal Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Hidalgo has served previously on numerous committees for both national organizations and regional hospitals.

Your Consultation

Our office is open from 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday. Appointments are scheduled Monday through Thursday afternoons by contacting our patient coordinators at (212) 517-9777.

Staff & Facilities

Surgical Facility

Our 655 Park Ambulatory Surgery Unit is a state-of-the-art facility that provides the safety of a hospital in the setting of a private office. Besides privacy and a consistent team of experienced personnel, there is the added advantage of an environment free from resistant bacteria commonly found in hospitals. The operating suite was built by Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center to meet or exceed standards specified by OSHA and the Joint Committee on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). The facility is accredited by the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities (AAAASF), the gold standard in outpatient surgery certifying organizations.

Languages Spoken

English

David A. Hidalgo MD

655 Park Avenue, New York, NY,
10065, US

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