Robert H. Gotkin MD

Greenvale, NY, US
Robert H. Gotkin MD

About the Practice

Practice Philosophy

We realize that looking into your cosmetic alternatives is a personal and emotional time. One that calls for soothing support and professional guidance... and well provide you with just that. Aside from making your beautiful appearance a reality, our number one concern is instilling confidence and optimism in you. Of course safety is paramount and our primary goal is to safely give you the cosmetic result you are desiring. But behind the surgical gowns are caring physicians who understand your needs and respect your vulnerability. We encourage each patient to carefully consider every aspect of the decision they are making towards cosmetic surgery... but were convinced theyll find were their best possible choice.

Practice Specialization

Dr. Robert H. Gotkin is a premier New York City cosmetic surgeon renowned for his expertise in liposuction, body contouring and aesthetic facial surgery.  In addition, he is an expert in the use of lasers, filling agents and Botox® or similar injectable neuromodulators for non-surgical facial rejuvenation.  

Dr. Gotkin is a pioneer in the use of the FDA-approved Smartlipo™ laser – for gentle, laser-assisted liposculpting – and Cellulaze, the first minimally invasive cellulite treatment that provides visible, long-lasting improvement in the appearance of cellulite. Dr. Gotkin has found that Smartlipo can be used on most areas of the body to gently “Get Rid of FRED” – Fat Resistant to Exercise and Diet – and to smooth and tighten the overlying skin.  One of his signature procedures, the Ipanema Tummy Tuck®, uses Smartlipo to help make the tummy tuck gentler and less invasive.  At the same time he can sculpt a flatter, tighter abdomen with “six pack” muscle definition. 

Background & Certification

Board Certification

Diplomate: National Board of Medical Examiners - 1981
Diplomate: American Board of Plastic Surgery - 1990
Fellow: American College of Surgeons - 1992

Professional Background

Bachelor of Science: Microbiology
University of Maryland
College Park - 1976
Medical Degree:
Howard University College of Medicine
Washington, DC - 1980
Internship: Internal Medicine
Washington Hospital Center
Washington, DC - 1980-81
Residency: General Surgery
State University of NY at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY - 1981-85
Chief Residency: General Surgery
State University of NY at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY - 1984-85
Fellowship: Burn Care and Research
State University of NY at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, NY - 1985-86
Residency: Plastic Surgery
Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, DC - 1986-88
Chief Residency: Plastic Surgery
Georgetown University Medical Center
Washington, DC - 1987-88

Teaching Appointments

Dr. Gotkin is an Attending Plastic Surgeon affiliated with numerous teaching hospitals in Manhattan and on Long Island.

Publications and Presentations

Gotkin RH: Management of Burns (Videotape). Audiovisual Library of the International Society of Dermatologic Surgery, 1986.

Sarnoff DS and Gotkin RH. "Peripheral in-continuity tissue examination and Mohs surgery" (Letter to the editor). Plast Reconstr Surg, 84:703-704, 1989.

Teimourian B, Chajchir A, Gotkin RH, and Reisen J. "Semiliquid Autologous Fat Transplantation". Adv Plast Reconstr Surg, Chicago, Yearbook Medical Publishers, 5:57-84, 1989.

Teimourian B and Gotkin RH. "Contouring the Midtrunk in Overweight Patients". Aesth Plast Surg, 13:145-153, 1989.

Gotkin RH. "Liposuction and Body Sculpting: The Tumescent Technique". Les Nouvelles Esthetiques (American Edition), 10(9):48-52, 1995.

Gotkin RH. "Stopping the Clock: Facelift Techniques and Possibilities for the 21st Century". Les Nouvelles Esthetiques (American Edition), 11(4):80-84, 1996.

Sarnoff DS and Gotkin RH. "Laser Resurfacing". Les Nouvelles Esthetiques (American Edition), 11(5):78-82, 1996.

Gotkin RH. "New Body Contouring Options". Les Nouvelles Esthetiques (American Edition), 12(10):198-208, 1997.

Gotkin RH. "Large Volume Liposuction: A Misunderstood Procedure with Very Real Dangers". Les Nouvelles Esthetiques (American Edition), 14(5):160-164, 1999.

Sarnoff DS and Gotkin RH. "Suture-Assisted Resurfacing for Miliary Acne Scars". Skin and Aging, 8(5): 74-75, 2000.

Sarnoff DS, Gotkin RH, Swirsky, J. Instant Beauty: Getting Gorgeous on Your Lunch Break, St. Martins Press. May 2002.

Sarnoff DS, Gotkin RH. "Suture Assisted Resurfacing of the Acne Scarred Face", Aesthetic Surg Journal. 22(3): 284-22, 2002.

Gotkin RH. "Wound Healing" (Dermabond). Outpatient Surg, 47-38. October 2002.

Gotkin RH, Coven TR. "The Anatomy of a Burn". Les Nouvelles Esthetiques (American Edition) 17(9):156-160, 2002. MEDIA APPEARANCES

Featured Discussant, "TRAM Flap Post-mastectomy Breast Reconstruction," News 12 Long Island, Interview, May 6, 1992.

Featured Discussant, "Treatment of Facial Wrinkles with the UltraPulse CO2 Laser," Channel 11 News at 10, October 25, 1994.

Featured Discussant, "Treatment of Acne Scarring with the UltraPulse CO2 Laser," News 12 Long Island, November 16, 1994.

Featured Discussant, "Treatment of Facial Wrinkles, Vascular and Pigmented Lesions of the Face and Body," News 12 Long Island, November 23, 1994.

Featured Discussant, "Advances in Plastic Surgery," Three-Part Series in Newsday, November 7, 8, and 10, 1994.

Featured Discussant, "Tumescent Liposuction," Home Shoppers Network In Your Interest... segment, Fall, 1995 (multiple viewing times).

Featured Discussant, "The Ladies Who Liposuction," Newsday, December 5, 1995.

Featured Discussant, "Laser Treatment of Tattoos," in Ann Landers syndicated newspaper column, February 1, 1996.

Featured Discussant, "Male Cosmetic Surgery," WCBS - 880AM Radio, August, 1997.

Featured Discussant, "Liposuction and Body Contouring," News 12 Long Island, August, 1997.

Featured Discussant, "Lunchtime Cosmetic Procedures," WCBS - 880 AM Radio, December 10, 2001.

Featured Discussant, "Lunchtime Cosmetic Procedures," News 12 New Jersey, December 12, 2001.

Feature Article Contributor, "New Trends in Cosmetic Surgery" (The Natural Lift), "O" (Oprah Magazine), January 2003.

Awards & Honors

"Top Doctors - NY Metropolitan Area"
Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
Guide to the Best Doctors in New York, 2nd Edition, 1998

"Top Doctors - NY Metropolitan Area"
Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
Guide to the Best Doctors in New York, 3rd Edition, 1999

"Top Doctors - NY Metropolitan Area"
Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
Guide to the Best Doctors in New York, 4th Edition, 2000

"Top Doctors - NY Metropolitan Area"
Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
Guide to the Best Doctors in New York, 5th Edition, 2001

"Top Doctors - NY Metropolitan Area"
Castle Connolly Medical, Ltd.
Guide to the Best Doctors in New York, 6th Edition, 2002

"Guide To Americas Top Surgeons"
Consumers Research Council of America. Guide to Americas Top Surgeons, 2002-2003

Affiliations & Memberships

Hospital Affiliations

Associate Adjunct Surgeon
Department of Plastic Surgery
New York Eye and Ear Infirmary
New York, NY

Assistant Attending
Department of Surgery
Cabrini Medical Center
New York, NY

Clinical Assistant Attending
Department of Surgery
Winthrop University Hospital
Mineola, NY

Assistant Attending
Department of Surgery
Mercy Medical Center
Rockville Centre, NY

Associate Attending
Department of Surgery
North Shore University Hospital at Syosset
Syosset, NY

Department of Surgery
Southampton Hospital
Southampton, NY

Society Memberships

Aesthetic Surgery Education and Research Foundation
American Burn Association
American College of Surgeons
American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery
American Society of Plastic Surgeons / Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation
International Society of Clinical Plastic Surgeons
Medical Council, The Skin Cancer Foundation
Medical Society of the State of New York
Nassau County Medical Society
Nassau Surgical Society
Phi Sigma (Society for the Promotion of Research in the Biological Sciences)
Sigma Alpha Omicron (Microbiological Honorary)
The Botox Cosmetic Physicians Network (Faculty/National Training Center)

Offices Held

Contributing Writer, Les Nouvelles Esthetiques (American Edition).

Editorial Board, Progressive Clinical Insights Journal.

Editorial Advisory Board, Journal of Aesthetic Wellness and Research.

National and Regional Faculty, Facial Aesthetic Enhancements: Educational Initiative - Teaching other physicians minimally invasive facial aesthetic enhancement techniques

Medical Council, The Skin Cancer Foundation

Consultant, ABBE Cosmetic Group International, Inc., Farmingdale, NY; 1996 - present.

Your Consultation

Call 212.794.4000 today to make an inquiry or schedule a confidential appointment at our Manhattan Office.
For Long Island, please call 516.484.9000 or click HERE to contact us for a consultation

Staff & Facilities

Surgical Facility

Dr. Gotkin is the director of a state-of-the-art ambulatory surgery center at Cosmetique, which is accredited by the American Association for the Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF).

Computer Imaging

Computer imaging available.

Skin Care Products

Skin Care products available. We also offer skin care treatments, post-operative camouflage make-up and spa services by our medical esthetician.

Languages Spoken


Payment Options

We accept all major credit cards.

CareCredit Patient Payment Program

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Robert H. Gotkin MD

31 Northern Blvd, Greenvale, NY,

625 Park Ave, New York, NY,

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