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David M. Otterburn, MD

New York, NY

Weill Cornell Medicine

525 E. 68th St., Payson 7-708
New York, NY 10065

David Otterburn, MD

David M. Otterburn, MD uses state-of-the-art technology and microsurgical skills to provide advanced breast reconstruction procedures to breast cancer survivors at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City. He specializes in autologous, or free flap, reconstructions that harvest tissue from the abdomen (DIEP), buttocks (SGAP, IGAP) or thigh (PAP) to build new breasts after a mastectomy.

A leader in his field, Dr. Otterburn is board certified in plastic surgery and general surgery. He is currently one of the few surgeons performing free flap breast reconstruction with Resensation℠, a surgical technique that has the potential to restore sensation to a woman’s chest after a mastectomy. With Resensation, Dr. Otterburn offers his patients the 5 “S’s” of breast reconstruction: size, shape, symmetry, softness and sensation.

While breast reconstruction can restore the shape, size, symmetry and softness of breasts – known as the four “S’s” – reconstruction doesn’t typically focus on the fifth “S,” sensation.

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Dr. Otterburn received a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and his medical degree from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. He completed his general surgery residency at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia and a plastic surgery residency at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta. Furthering his education, he participated in a microsurgery fellowship at New York University Medical Center.

Dr. Otterburn is involved in medical academics, teaching and research. In addition to serving as associate professor of clinical surgery (plastic surgery) at Weill Cornell Medical College, he has had clinical research published in the Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Microsurgery.

Size, shape, symmetry, softness and sensation

Dr. Otterburn has received numerous awards and honors throughout his career, including being named one of America’s Top Doctors and a New York SuperDoctor, an honor given to 5 percent of all New York physicians.

While his specialty is performing complex microsurgical breast reconstructions, he also provides breast reductions, lifts and augmentations using minimally invasive methods. His clinical expertise includes oculoplastic reconstruction, reconstruction following Mohs surgery, and a variety of both facial aesthetic and body-contouring procedures.

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