David W. Low, MD

David W. Low, MD, is an attending surgeon in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Cleft lip and palate, Hemangiomas, Laser and microsurgery, Reconstructive and aesthetic surgery of the breast, face and ear, Vascular malformations
Locations: Main Campus
Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

  • Background

    David Low, MD, is one of the plastic surgeons on the Cleft Lip and Palate Program team. He is proud to carry on the tradition of outstanding cleft care established by Drs. Peter Randall and Don LaRossa of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In addition to repairing cleft lips and palates in infants, his practice includes secondary surgery for related problems with speech, and persistent lip, palatal, and nasal deformities in both pediatric and adult patients.

    "It is tremendously rewarding to care for and follow our patients through nearly two decades of growth and development," says Dr. Low.

  • Education and Training

    Medical School

    MD - Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

    Internship

    Surgery - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

    Residency

    General Surgery - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (Chief Resident)
    Plastic Surgery - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (Chief Resident)

    Board Certification

    Medical Illustrators
    Plastic Surgery
    Surgery

  • Titles and Academic Titles

    Attending Surgeon

    Director, Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship

    Professor of Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

  • Centers and Programs
  • Publications

    Books

    2005

    Schultz AH, Fogel MA. History and physical exam. In: Fogel MA, editor. Ventricular function and blood flow in congenital heart disease. 2nd ed. Low DW, illustrator. Mt. Kisko: Futura Publishing; 2005. p. 55-76.

    1993

    Daly JM, Cady B, editors and Low DW, art editor. Atlas of surgical oncology: surgical atlas. Low DW, illustrator. St. Louis: Mosby; 1993.

    Noone RB. Plastic and reconstructive surgery of the breast. In: Noone RB, editor. Plastic and reconstructive surgery of the breast. Low DW, illustrator. Philadelphia: BC Decker; 1991.

    Muravchick S. The anesthetic plan: physiologic principles and clinical strategies. In: Textbook of anesthesia. Low DW, illustrator. Chicago: Yearbook Publishers; 1991.

    1990

    Edmunds LH, Norwood WI, Low DW. Atlas of cardiothoracic surgery: surgical atlas. Low DW, illustrator. Philadelphia: Lea and Febiger; 1990.

    1986

    Rombeau JL, Caldwell MD, editors. Parenteral nutrition. Low DW, illustrator. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 1986.

    1984

    Rombeau JL, Caldwell MD, editors. Internal and tube feeding. Low DW, illustrator. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 1984. 

    Chapters

    2014

    Low DW and Percec I: Lasers in Plastic Surgery. Grabb and Smith's Plastic Surgery, Seventh Edition. Thorne CH, editor in chief (eds.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Page: Chapter 18, pages 163-172, 2014.

    2013

    Low DW, Agag RL: Hemangiomas. Current Reconstructive Surgery. Serletti JM, Taub PJ, Wu LC, Slutsky DJ (eds) (eds.). McGraw Hill Medical (New York), Page: 91-100, 2013.

    Low DW, Jespersen MR: Vascular Malformations. Current Reconstructive Surgery. Serletti JM, Taub PJ, Wu LC, Slutsky DJ (eds) (eds.). McGraw Hill Medical (New York), Page: 79-89, 2013.

    Ruotolo RA, Kirschner RE: Velopharyngeal Insufficiency. Current Reconstructive Surgery. Serletti JM, Taub PJ, Wu LC, Slutsky DJ (eds.). McGraw Hill, Page: 159-166, 2013 Notes: illustrations by David W Low.

    2011

    Low DW. Hemangiomas and vascular malformations. In: Mattei P, editor. Fundamentals of pediatric surgery. New York: Springer; 2011. p. 819-28.

    2010

    Low DW. Management of hemangiomas and vascular malformations. In: Mattei P, editor. Fundamentals of pediatric surgery. 2nd ed. New York: Springer; 2010.

    2009

    Kirschner RE, Kaye AE. Pierre Robin sequence. In: Losee JE, Kirschner RE, editors. Comprehensive cleft care. Low DW, illustrator. New York: McGraw-Hill Companies; 2009. p. 791-802.

    LaRossa D, Kirchner RE, Low DW. The Children's Hospital modification of the furlow double-opposing Z-palatoplasty. In: Losee JE, Kirschner RE, editors. Comprehensive cleft care. Low DW, illustrator. New York: McGraw-Hill Companies; 2009. p. 391-97.

    2008

    Carman-Dillon CA, Low DW. Cleft lip and palate. In: Schwartz MW, editor. The 5-minute pediatric consult. 5th ed. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 2008. p. 190-91.

    2007

    Low DW. Lasers in plastic surgery. In: Thorne CH, editor. Grabb and Smith's plastic surgery. 6th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2007. p. 169-76.

    2003

    Kirschner RE, Carman-Dillon CA, Low DW. Cleft lip and palate. In: Schwartz MW, editor. The 5-minute pediatric consult. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2003. p. 252-53.

    2002

    Low DW. Plastic surgical considerations in pediatric dermatologic abnormalities. In: Katowitz JA, editors. Pediatric oculoplastic surgery. New York: Springer-Verlag; 2002. p. 97-116.

    2001

    Low DW. Major tissue flaps. In: Lanken PN, Hanson CW, Manaker S, editors. The intensive care unit manual. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 2001. p. 1007-15.

    2000

    Golden A, Low DW. Plastic surgery. In: Phippen ML, Wells MP, editors. Patient care during operative and invasive procedures. Low DW, illustrator. Philadelphia; WB Saunders; 2000. p. 405-17.

    1999

    LaRossa, Low DW. Postoperative complications of wounds and skin necrosis. In: Lotke PA, Garino JE, editors. Revision total knee arthroplasty. Philadelphia: Lippincott-Raven; 1999. p. 447-59.

    1998

    Dormans JP. Limb-salvage surgery versus amputation for children with extremity sarcomas. In: Herring JA, Birch, editors. The child with a limb deficiency. Low DW, illustrator. Rosemont: American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons; 1998. p. 289-303.

    1997

    Carman-Dillon CA, Low DW. Cleft lip and palate. In Schwartz MW, editor. The 5-minute pediatric consult. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins; 1997. p. 226-7.

    Gorman RC, Low DW, Rosato EF. In: Nythus LM, Baker RK, Fischer JE, editors. Mastery of surgery. Low DW, illustrator. Boston: Little Brown Company; 1997. p. 1481-89.

    1996

    Jacobs ML. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome. In: Kaiser LR, Kron IL, Spray TL, editors. Mastery of cardiothoracic surgery. Low DW, illustrator. Boston: Little Brown Company; 1996. Ch 86.

    1993

    Low DW. Cutaneous malignancies of the face and scalp. In: Daly JM, Cady B, editors and Low DW, art editor. Atlas of surgical oncology. Low DW, illustrator. St. Louis: Mosby; 1993. p. 19-103.

    1991

    Barker CF, Naji A, DaFoe DC, Perloff LJ. Renal transplantation. In: Sabiston DC, editor. Textbook of surgery. Low DW, illustrator. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 1991.

    Taylor LA, Ross AJ. Abdominal masses. In: Walker AW, Devrie PR, Hamilton JR, editors. Pediatric gastrointestinal disease. Low DW, illustrator. Philadelphia: BC Decker; 1991.

    1990

    Randall P. Lip adhesion for wide unilateral and bilateral clefts of the lip. In: Bardach J, editor. Multidisciplinary management of cleft lip and palate. Low DW, illustrator. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 1990. Ch 21.

    1987

    O'Neill JA. Congenital hypertrophic pyloric stenosis. In: Scott HW, Sawyers JL, editors. Surgery of the stomach, duodenum, and small intestine. Low DW, illustrator. Chicago: Yearbook Med Publishers; 1987. Ch 15.

    1986

    Barker CF, Naji A. Renal transplantation. In: Sabiston DC, editor. Textbook of surgery. Low DW, illustrator. Philadelphia: WB Saunders. 1986. p. 407-429.

    1985

    Edmunds LH, Wagner HR. Congenital anomalies of the mitral valve. In: Arciniegas E, editor. Pediatric cardiac surgery. Low DW, illustrator. Chicago: Yearbook Medical Publishers; 1985. p. 325-336.

    1984

    Rombeau Jl, Barot LR, Low DW, Twomey PL: Feeding by tube enterostomy. Enteral and Tube Feeding. Rombeau JL, Caldwell MD (eds.). WB Saunders, Page: 275-291, 1984 Notes: Includes illustrations by Low DW.

    Papers

    2013

    Sing AC, Webb JL, Low DW, Chen AE: Pulmonary emboli associated with isolated lower-extremity venous malformation. Pediatr Emer Care Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 29(3): 371-373, March 2013. Read the abstract

    Goldstein JA, Paliga JT, Wink JD, Low DW, Bartlett SP, Taylor JA: A craniometric analysis of posterior cranial vault distraction osteogenesis. Plast Reconstr Surg. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 131(6): 1367-1375, June 2013 Notes: includes an illustration by Low DW. Read the abstract

    Stranksy C, Basta M, Solot C, Cohen M, Low DW, LaRossa D, Jackson O: Do patients with Pierre Robin sequence have worse outcomes after cleft palate surgery? Ann Plast Surg 71(3): 292, September 2013. Read the abstract

    2012

    Choo H, Maguire M, Low DW: Modified technique of presurgical infant maxillary orthopedics for complete bilateral cleft lip and palate. Plast Reconstr Surg. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 129(1): 244, January 2012. Read the abstract

    Choo H, Maguire M, Low DW: Modified technique of presurgical infant maxillary orthopedics for complete unilateral cleft lip and palate. Plast Reconstr Surg. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 129(1): 249, January 2012. Read the abstract

    Nelson JA, Kim EM, Eftakhari K, Low DW, Kovach SJ, Wu LC, Serletti JM: Late venous thrombosis in free flap breast reconsturction: Strategies for salvage after this real entity. Plast Reconstr Surg. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 129(1): 8e, January 2012. Read the abstract

    Wang TY. Serletti JM, Kolasinski S, Low DW, Kovach SJ, Wu LC: A review of 32 free flaps in patients with collagen vascular disorders. Plast Reconstr Surg 129(3): 421e, March 2012. Read the abstract

    Jackson OJ, Low DW, LaRossa D: Conjoined twin separation: Lessons learned. Plast Reconstr Surg. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 129(4): 956, April 2012 Notes: includes illustrations by David W. Low, MD. Read the abstract

    Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Rohrbach JI, Wu LC, Woo EY, Kovach SJ, Low DW, Serletti JM, Kanchwala S: Prophylactic muscle flaps in vascular surgery: The Penn groin assessment scale. Plast Reconstr Surg. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 129(6): 940e, June 2012. Read the abstract

    Jandali S, Mirzabeigi MN, Fosnot J, Low DW: Thoracodorsal artery perforator flaps and muscle-sparing latissimus dorsi myocutaneous flaps for the treatment of axillary hidradenitis. Ann Plast Surg. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 69(4): 371-375, October 2012 Notes: includes a medical illustration by DW Low. Read the abstract

    Fischer JP,Sieber B,Nelson JA,Kovach SJ,Taylor JA,Serletti JM,Wu LC,Kanchwala S,Bartlett SP,Low D: A 15-year Experience of Complex ScalpReconstruction Using Free Tissue Transfer-Analysisof Risk Factors for Complications J Reconstr Microsurg. Thieme Medical Publisher, Inc, Page: online publication, 2012. Read the abstract

    2011

    Wang TY, Serletti JM, Cuker A, McGrath J, Low DW, Kovach SJ, et al. Free tissue transfer in the hypercoagulable patient: a review of 58 flaps. Plast Reconstr Surg. Epub 2011 Oct 7. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21987047. Read the abstract

    Fosnot J, Jandali S, Low DW, Kovach SJ 3rd, Wu LC, Serletti JM. Closer to an understanding of fate: the role of vascular complications in free flap breast reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Oct;128(4):835-43. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21681129. Read the abstract

    Jandali S, Nelson JA, Sonnad SS, Low DW, Kovach SJ, Wu LC, et al. Breast reconstruction with free tissue transfer from the abdomen in the morbidly obese. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Jun;127(6):2206-13. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21617454. Read the abstract

    McLaughlin EJ, Heuer GG, Whitmore RG, Birknes JK, Belasco J, Sterman D, et al. Treatment of a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor and its complications through a multidisciplinary approach. J Neurosurg Pediatr. 2011 May;7(5):543-8. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21529197. Read the abstract

    Elliott RM, Weinstein GS, Low DW, Wu LC. Reconstruction of complex total parotidectomy defects using the free anterolateral thigh flap: a classification system and algorithm. Ann Plast Surg. 2011 May;66(5):429-37. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21346522. Read the abstract

    Jandali S, Low DW. From surgery to pharmacology to gene therapy: the past, the present, and future of hair restoration. Ann Plast Surg. 2010 Oct;65(4):437-42. Review. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20841997. Read the abstract 

    Kaye AE, Kaye AJ, Pahk B, McKenna ML, Low DW. Sternal wound reconstruction: management in different cardiac populations. Ann Plast Surg. 2010 May;64(5):658-66. Cited in PubMed; PMID 20395796. Read the abstract

    Steinbacher DM, McGrath JL, Low DW. Is nasal mucoperiosteal closure necessary in cleft palate repair? Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Feb;127(20:768-73. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21285779. Read the abstract

    Jandali S, Diluna ML, Storm PB, Low DW. Use of the vascularized free fibula graft with an arteriovenous loop for fusion of cervical and thoracic spinal defects in previously irradiated pediatric patients. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 May;127(5):1932-8. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21118740. Read the abstract 

    Birgfeld CB, Luquetti DV, Gougoutas AJ, Bartlett SP, Low DW, Sie KC, et al. A phenotypic assessment tool for craniofacial microsomia. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2011 Jan;127(1):313-20. Cited in PubMed; PMID 21200224. Read the abstract

    Posters and Presentations

    2013

    Shay P, Goldstein J, Wink J, Paliga JT, LaRossa D, Low DW, Taylor J, Jackson O: International adoptees with cleft: Lessons learned from a growing population. 12th International Congress on Cleft Lip/Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies; 2013 May 5-10; Orlando, FL.

    Stransky C, Jackson O, Basta M, Desai N, Solot CB, Cohen M, Kirschner R, Randall P, Low DW, LaRossa D: Thirty year experience with the modified Furlow cleft palate repair. 12th International Congress on Cleft Lip/Palate and Related Craniofacial Anomalies; 2013 May 5-10; Orlando, FL.

    Basta MN, Silvestre J, Solot C, Cohen M, Kirschner RE, Low DW, LaRossa D, MD2, Jackson OA : A 35-year experience with syndromic cleft palate repair: operative outcomes and long-term speech results. Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, Annual Meeting; 2013 Sept 20; Washington, DC.

    Wang TY, Stransky C, Serletti J, Low D, Wu L: Free tissue transfer in previously failed flap patients: Is the second or third time the charm. American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Annual Meeting; 2013 Jan 12-15; Naples, FL.

    2012

    Sieber B, Nelson J, Bartlett SP, Kanchwala KK, Wu LC, Low DW: A 15-year experience with complex scalp reconstruction using free tissue transfer: Analysis of risk factors for complications". Robert Ivy Society Annual Meeting; 2012 Mar 2-12; Philadelphia, PA.

    Fischer JP, Mirzabeigi MN, Nelson JA, Woo EY, Kovach SJ, Wu LC, Low DW, Serletti JM, Kanchwala S: An evidenced-based approach to complex groin wounds: Optimizing flap selection in salvage and prophylactic muscle flaps; American Association of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting; 2012 Apr 14-17; San Francisco, CA.

    Stransky CA, Jackson O, Basta M, Desai N, Solot C, Cohen M, Kirschner R, Low DW, Randall P, LaRossa D: Thirty year experience with the modified Furlow cleft palate repair; American Association of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting; 2012 Apr 14-17; San Francisco, CA.

    Cleveland EC, Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Sieber B, Low DW, Kovach SJ, Wu LC, Serletti JM: Optimizing the fascial closure; An analysis of 1,261 abdominally-based reconstructions. Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting; 2012 Sept 12-14; Boston, MA.

    Nelson JA, Grover R, Fischer JP, Kovach SJ, Kanchwala S, Low DW, Serletti JM, Wu LC: Interpositional vein grafts in microsurgery: A useful tool or a flail attempt? Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting; 2012 Sept 12-14; Boston, MA.

    Sieber B, Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Kovach SJ, Bartlett SP, Serletti JM, Taylor JA, Kanchwala S, Low DW: A 15 year experience with complex scalp reconstruction using free tissue transfer: Analysis of risk factors for complications. Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting; 2012 Sept 12-14; Boston MA.

    2011

    Steinbacher DM, McGrath J, Low D. Is nasal mucoperiosteal closure necessary in cleft palate repairs? [presentation]. American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association 68th Annual Meeting; 2011 Apr 8-9; San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    Crerand CE, Kirschner RE, Taglienti T, Magee L, Jackson O, Low D. Prenatal diagnosis of cleft lip/palate: a comparison of fathers' and mothers' psychological distress [poster presentation]. American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association 68th Annual Meeting; 2011 Apr 8-9; San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    Wang TY, Serletti JM, Low DW, Kovach SJ, Wu LC. Free tissue transfer in the hypercoagulable patient: a review of 29 free flaps [presentation]. 2011 American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Annual Meeting. 2011 Jan 15-18; Cancun, Mexico.

    Fosnot J, Jandali S, Low DW, Kovach SJ, Wu LC, Serletti JM. Closer to an understanding of fate -- the role of vascular complications in free flap breast reconstruction [presentation]. American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Annual Meeting. 2011 Jan 15-18; Cancun, Mexico.

    2010

    Nijs E, Rabinowitz D, Thompson L, Low D, Cahill AM. Percutaneous sclerotherapy in neonatal and infant head and neck lymphatic malformations: a single centre experience [poster]. 18th Annual Meeting of the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies; 2010 Apr 20-24; Brussels, Belgium.

    Jandali S, Low DW. Use of the vascularized free fibula graft with an arteriovenous loop for fusion of cervical and thoracic spinal defects in a pediatric population [presentation]. Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons 27th Annual Meeting; 2010 Oct 28-31; Washington, DC.

    Elliott RM, Weinstein GS, Low DW, Wu LC. Reconstruction of complex total parotidectomy defects using the free anterolateral thigh flap and adjacent nerve and fascia grafts [presentation]. Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons 27th Annual Meeting; 2010 Oct 28-31; Washington, DC. 

  • Editorial and Academic Positions

    Editorial positions

    Peer reviewer

    2000-present, Annals of Thoracic Surgery
    2000-present, Clef Palate-Craniofacial Journal
    1995-present, Journal of Colon and Rectal Surgery

    Academic committees

    2009-present, Laser Safety Officer, Laser Safety Committee, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

    2005-2009, Chief, Laser Safety Committee, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

    1995-2009, Plastic Surgery Representative, Laser Safety Committee, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia