David P. Rapaport MD
About the Practice
My own philosophy is simple. I believe in educating my patients as to their best treatment options, and to individualize my recommendations so that they best address the individual patient's concerns and sensitivities. A natural appearing result is emphasized, and it is always sought with patient safety as my highest priority. No effort or expense will be spared at achieving these goals.
In all aspects of his work, Dr Rapaport emphasizes a sensitivity to each patient's individual concerns, and makes every effort to communicate with and treat every patient with the greatest attention to detail and meticulous care.
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Background & Certification
Board Certified, American Board of Surgery, 1991
Board Certified, American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1995
Born and raised in Boston, Dr. Rapaport studied at Boston University's Six-year Medical Program and then chose to transfer to Tel Aviv University, where he received his M.D. degree in 1985. Dr. Rapaport trained in surgery at Boston's Beth Israel Hospital, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School. He trained in plastic surgery at the NYU Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, widely regarded as the nation's top plastic surgery residency program.
Dr. Rapaport completed his plastic surgery residency in 1992, and from 1993 -1997 was on the faculty of the University of South Florida, where he developed a successful and respected practice. In 1997, Dr. Rapaport and his wife decided to return to New York City, to work, live and raise their four children in the unique social and cultural environment which only New York can offer. Dr. Rapaport established his private practice and opened his Park Avenue office in 1998.
Publications and Presentations
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A Featured Speaker on FOX News's special - Under the Knife
On August 11, 2001, FOX News aired a one-hour special program, Under the Knife. Dr. Rapaport was a featured plastic surgeon on the show. He spoke about his experience treating patients referred to him with complications from cosmetic surgery performed by less experienced doctors.
He also reviewed guidelines for selecting a competent cosmetic surgeon including certification by the American Board of Plastic Surgeons, membership in the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), and experience in the specific procedure being requested. He emphasized the importance in choosing one's plastic surgeon carefully as it is always better to "get it right the
Sentinel lymphadenectomy techniques:
Work with Lockhead Margin and Neoprobe Corporation to develop improved
(miniaturized) gamma detectors for sentinel node biopsy.
Co-Director of training sessions on sentinel lymphadenectomy techniques.
Courses given several times each year (since 1995) are attended by U.S. and
international surgeons (registration $2000).
Minimal incision subcutaneous surgery:
Development of and instruction in technique for endoscopically harvesting the
saphenous vein for coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Principal
Investigator in prospective study comparing open versus closed saphenous harvest
Developed new minimal incision technique for groin dissection in malignant
Development of a model for fat necrosis in the Zucker (fat) rat.
Ziv P. Rapaport DP, Dinstman M: Primary Hyperparathyroidism Associated with
Panctyosis. New England Journal of Medicine 313(3), 187, 1985.
Rapaport DP, Ziv Y, Rubin M, Huminer D, Dinstman M: Primary Hyperthyroidism
in Children. Journal of Pediatric Surgery 21 (5); 395 -397, 1986.
Rapaport DP, Breitbart AS, Karp NS, Siebert JW: Successful microvascular
replantation of a completely amputated ear. Microsurgery 14; 312 -314,
Mogilner A, Grossman JAI, Ribary U, Joliot M, Volkmann J, Rapaport DP,
Beasley RW, Llinas RR: Somatosensory cortical plasticity in adult humans
revealed by magnetoencephalography. Proceedings National Academy of Science 90:
3593 -3597, 1993.
Wang X, Heller R, Cruse CW, VanVoorhis N, Glass F, Fenske N, Berman C,
Leo-Messina J, Rapaport D, Wells K, DeConti R, Moscinski L, Stankard C, Puleo C,
Reintgen D. Detection of submicroscopic lymph node metastases with polymerase
chain reaction in patients with malignant melanoma. Ann Surg 220; 769 -774, 1994.
Reintgen D, Albertini F, Miliotes SB, Berman C, Cruse CW, Fenske N, Glass F,
Puleo C, Wang X, Wells KE, Rapaport DP, DeConti R, Messina J, Heller R: The
accurate staging and modern day treatment of malignant melanoma. Can Res,
Therapy and Control 4; 183 -197, 1995.
Rapaport DP, Bass LS, Aston SJ: Influence of steroids on post-operative
swelling after facioplasty: A prospective randomized study. Plastic
Reconstructive Surgery 96 (7); 1547-1552, 1995.
Heller R, Jaroszeski MJ, Glass LF, Messina JL, Rapaport DP, DeConti RC,
Fenske NA, Gilbert RA, Mir LM, Reintgen DS. Phase I/II Trial for the treatment
of cutaneous and subcutaneous tumors using electrochemotherapy. Canc 77 (5);
964 - 971, 1996.
Albertini JJ, Cruse CW, Rapaport DP, Wells K, Ross M, DeConti R, Berman CG,
Jared K, Messina J, Lyman G, Glss F, Fenske N, Reintgen DS. Intraoperative
radiolymphoscintigraphy improves sentinel lymph node identification for patients
with melanoma. Ann Surg 223 (2); 217-224, 1996.
Rapaport DP, Stadelmann WK, Greenwald DP. Incidence and natural history of
saline-filled breast implant deflations: Comparison of blunt-tipped versus
cutting and tapered needles. Plastic Reconstructive Surgery 100: 1028 -1032,
Stadelmann WK, Rapaport DP, Payne W, Shons AR, Krizek TK. Residency training
in aesthetic surgery: maximizing the residents' experience. Plastic
Reconstructive Surgery 101;1973 -1977, 1998.
Payne W, Cruse CW, Rapaport D, Wells K, Daniels S, Reintgen DS. Selective
lymphadenectomy: Sentinel node biopsy in head and neck melanoma, Amer Soc of
Plast and Recon Surg, 1994.
Albertini J, Milliotes G, Cruse CW, DeConti R, Rapaport D, Berman C, Glass F,
Fenske N, Reintgen DS. Quality and cost outcome measurement in melanoma surgical
care. Soc of Surg Oncol, Boston, 1994.
Wells K, Cruse CW, Rapaport DP, Payne W, Petsoglou C, Reintgen DS, Sentinel
lymph node biopsy in melanoma of the head and neck. Amer Soc of Plast and Recon
Rapaport DP, Albertini J, Cruse CW, et, Al.: Identification of the sentinel
node in melanoma patients using radiolymphoscintigraphy and vital blue dye. 18th
Ann Sem of Canc Res in FL, Amer Canc Soc, FL Div, Orlando, Mar 1995.
Albertini J, Cruse CW, Rapaport DP, Wells K, DeConti R, Lyman G, Glass F,
Messina J, Berman C, Jared K, Reintgen D. Identification of the sentinel node in
melanoma patients using radiolymphoscintigraphy and vital blue dye injection.
Amer Soc of Plast and Recon Surg, 1995.
Rapaport DP, Stadelmann W. Malignant melanoma: Advances in evaluation and
treatment. ASPRS 65th An Sci Mtg. Dallas, TX. Rapaport DP, Stadelmann W.
Malignant melanoma: Advances in evaluation and treatment. ASPRS 66th An Sci Mtg.
San Francisco, CA. Rapaport DP, Stadelmann W. Malignant melanoma: Advances in
evaluation and treatment. ASPRS 67th An Sci Mtg. Boston, MA. Chapters:
Rapaport DP, Stadelmann W, Reintgen DS. Groin dissection. Balch, Cutaneous
Melanoma: 3rd edition, 1998
Stadelmann W, Rapaport DP, Reintgen DS. Prognostic factors in melanoma. Balch,
Cutaneous Melanoma: 3rd edition, 1998
Rapaport DP, Stadelmann W. Current management of malignant melanoma.
Manuscript in preparation.
Ethicon Research Grant, "Minimally Invasive Harvesting of Saphenous Vein Grafts
for Coronary Artery Bypass Operations", 1995, $20,000, $60,000
In addition to his wealth of cosmetic surgery experience, Dr. Rapaport has developed a national reputation in the treatment of melanoma, and has authored numerous articles and chapters in these fields. He has pioneered work in endoscopic techniques of treating melanoma and an endoscopic technique for the harvesting of saphenous veins in coronary artery bypass surgery, thereby reducing risk and speeding recovery.
Awards & Honors
New York Magazine Best Cosmetic Surgeons Issue Oct 6th 2003
Dr Rapaport Named As One Of NY's Top Plastic Surgeons
Affiliations & Memberships
The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
Fellow, American College of Surgeons
Plastic Surgery Research Council
American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Built and directed the USF Residents' Cosmetic Surgery Clinic
National faculty and original co-developer with
Ethicon Corporation: Endoscopically Assisted Saphenous Vein Harvest
Staff & Facilities
The operating room, where the majority of Dr. Rapaport's cosmetic procedures are performed, is fully equipped with state-of-the-art equipment, some of which would be hard to find at other office based facilities. These include:
- the highest quality endoscopic equipment for use in breast augmentation and forehead lifts
- true dual operating room lights (many facilities use less intense and less expensive "outpatient lights")
- air-heated warming blankets for a more comfortable and rapid recovery following liposuction and other procedures
- pneumatic compression stockings to help prevent leg vein thrombosis
Finally, Dr. Rapaport invites only the finest board certified anesthesiologists to care for his patients, with advanced monitoring and emergency drugs and equipment within reach at all times. Generally, a combination of local anesthesia and intravenous sedation is used, with the patient being comfortable and completely unaware of the surgical experience. The anesthesiologist will typically phone the patient before and after the surgery, to answer any questions, and assure that recovery has been uneventful.