Dr. David Staffenberg is a Pediatric Craniofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon in NYC. Dr. Staffenberg has been an asset as a surgical consultant for Craniosynostosis and Positional Plagiocephaly Support for the last 10+ years. Chief, Pediatric Plastic Surgery and Professor of Clinical Plastic Surgery & Pediatrics. Collaboration with pediatric neurosurgeons when needed: David Harter, Howard Weiner & Jeffrey Wisoff (listed alphabetically); he also uses adult or pediatric neurosurgeons when appropriate. Consultations and visits may take place downstairs at the IRPS where our orthodontists, speech therapist, psychologist, social worker and medical photographer are located). 2D and 3D medical imaging is available at the IRPS. Other consultants (pediatric ENT, ophthalmology, dentistry, orthodontics, speech, psychology, neurology, genetics, etc.) and team members hold faculty appointments at NYU Langone Medical Center and the NYU School of Medicine.
His staff will schedule consultations at the IRPS if/when needed depending upon specifics.
David Staffenberg is Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery and Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery at the NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Staffenberg's expertise is in craniofacial surgery, aesthetic surgery and the aesthetic reconstruction of facial differences that are either congenital in nature or due to previous trauma, surgery or cancer. He specializes in the correction of craniosynostosis, cleft lip and palate, jaw surgery, surgery for missing or deformed ears, nose surgery, facelift surgery and alteration of the chin and cheeks. Dr. Staffenberg's research has been presented internationally.
Dr. Staffenberg has authored textbook chapters in plastic and craniofacial surgery that were published in the United States as well as Europe. He co-edited the textbook Plastic Techniques in Neurosurgery, (2nd edition). He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery and the International Journal of Pediatric Otolaryngology.
Among other notable achievements, Dr. Staffenberg is known for the successful separation of conjoined twins joined at the tops of their heads. Such rare surgery had never previously been attempted in New York. In addition to numerous honors, Dr. Staffenberg has accepted a Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology from Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He also received an honorary degree and delivered the commencement address at The College of Mount Saint Vincent. Dr. Staffenberg has been invited as a visiting professor in the US, Europe, Africa and Asia. He has been invited to perform complex surgery in Mexico, Italy and Brunei. His surgery to correct an infant with craniosynostosis in Brunei has been called the first operation of its kind on the island of Borneo. He continues to serve as the consultant for the Ministry of Health in Brunei where he performs surgery and teaches.
He has appeared on CBS, NBC, ABC, CNN and The Discovery Channel and Discovery Health as well as interviews on National Public Radio. He has appeared on the Today Show and Good Morning America. In a feature article, the New York Daily News has referred to Dr. Staffenberg as “the Miracle Doc of New York” when he performed a series of complex facial operations on a boy with severe craniosynostosis. Dr. Staffenberg has been placed on a list of the best plastic surgeons in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut in "New York Magazine". He is on the list of the best aesthetic surgeons noted in the Super Docs edition of The New York Times Magazine", and one of the Best Doctors in America as compiled by Castle Connelly. Dr. Staffenberg is featured in Beauty of Love, a book written by the star New York Yankees catcher, Jorge Posada, and his wife Laura. Dr. Staffenberg is also interviewed about craniosynostosis in the final chapter. He is also featured in Heroes with A Thousand Faces, which tells the compelling stories of patients with facial differences.
Dr. Staffenberg was recruited to NYU Langone Medical Center for his expertise from Montefiore Medical Center where he was Clinical Professor and Chief of the Division of Plastic Surgery and the Program Director of the Plastic Surgery Residency at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Positions Professor, Department of Plastic Surgery Professor, Department of Neurosurgery Professor, Department of Pediatrics Vice Chair, Dept of Plastic Surgery Chief Division of Pediatric Plastic Surgery
American Board of Plastic Surgery - Plastic Surgery, 1999
Education and Training
Fellowship, University of California at LA, Craniomaxillofacial, 1998 Fellowship, Emory University Hospital, Plastic Surgery, 1997 MD from New York Medical College, 1989
Expertise in: craniosynostosis, cleft palate, orthognathic surgery, cosmetic surgery, rhinoplasty, plastic surgery, facelift, aging skin, face surgery reconstructive, maxillofacial injuries, ear reconstruction, ear malformation, hemangioma, capillary hemangioma, eyelid repair, otoplasty, eye surgery plastic, speech disorders, liposuction, botox, skin cancer, ablation, ptosis, birthmark, genioplasty, bone transplant, implantation procedure, autogenous bone graft andallogeneic bone graft.
Dr. Staffenberg and his team offer a variety of approaches to treat your child. Each child is evaluated and an individual treatment plan, put in place.
Some of these procedures are:
Open Cranial Vault Remodel/Expansion
Posterior Vault Distraction
Minimally Invasive Endoscopic Assisted Surgery
Dr. Staffenberg specializes in treating complex cases of Craniosynostosis, repeat surgeries and minor suture fusion.