David W. Low, MD

David W. Low, MD

David W. Low, MD, is an attending surgeon in the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and the director of both Pediatric Plastic Surgery Fellowship and the International Visiting Scholar program in plastic surgery at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Areas of Expertise: Cleft lip and palate, Hemangiomas, Laser and microsurgery, Vascular malformations, Reconstructive and aesthetic surgery of the breast, Reconstructive and aesthetic surgery of the face and ear
Locations: Main Campus; Specialty Care & Surgery Center, Bucks County
Phone: 215-590-2208

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, International Visiting Scholar Program in Plastic Surgery

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

Departments and Services

Publications

Papers

2015

Shay PL, Goldstein JA, Paliga JT, Wink J, Jackson OA, Low D, Bartlett SP, Taylor JA: A comparative cost analysis of cleft lip adhesion and nasoalveolar molding before formal cleft lip repair. Plas Reconstr Surg 136(6): 1264, December 2015.

Nelson JA, Fischer JP, Grover R, Kovach SJ, Low DW, Kanchwala S, Levin LS, Serletti JM, Wu LC: Vein grafting your way out of trouble: Examining the utility and efficacy of vein grafts in microsurgery.  J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg 68(6): 830-6, June 2015.

Bibbo C, Nelson J, Fischer JP, Wu LC, Low DW, Mehta S, Kovach SJ: Lower extremity limb salvage after trauma: The versatility of the anterolateral thigh free flap. J Orthop Trauma May 2015.

2014

Nelsoon JA, Shaked O, Fischer JP, Mirzabeigi MN, Jandali S, Kovach SJ, Low DW, AQcker MA, Kanchwala SK: Complex wound management in ventricular assist device (VAD) patients: The role of aggressive debridement and vascularized soft tissue coverage. Ann Plast Surg 73(Suppl 2): 165-70, Dec 2014.

Basta MN, Silvestre J, Stransky C, Solot C, Cohen M, McDonald-McGinn D, Zackai E, Kirschner R, Low DW, Randall P, LaRossa D, Jackson OA: A 35-Year Experience With Syndromic Cleft Palate Repair: Operative Outcomes and Long-term Speech Function. Ann Plast Surg Dec 2014.

Delgado J, Bedoya MA, Gaballah M, Low DE, Cahill AM: Percutaneous sclerotherapy of foot venous malformations: evaluation and clinical response. Clin Radiol 69(9): 931-8, Sept 2014.

Jackson O, Low DW: Don LaRossa, MD 1941 to 2014. Plast Reconstr Surg 134(2), August 2014.

Metzler P, Low DW, Mundinger GS, Steinbacher DM: Simultaneous double-opposing Z-plasty and posterior pharyngeal flap. J Oral Maxillofac Surg 72(4): 803.e1-6, April 2014.

Wine Lee L, Goff KL, Lam JM, Low DW, Tan AC, Castelo-Soccio L: Treatment of pyogenic granulomas using B-adrenergic receptor antagonists. Pediatr Derm 31(2): 203, March-April 2014.

Novoa RA, Kovarik CL, Low D, Argenyi Z: Cutaneous epithelioid melanocytic neurofibroma arising in a patient with neurofibromatosis-1. J Cutan Pathol January 2014.

Books

2009

Low DW: Medical and surgical treatment of hemangiomas. http://www.dermatopedia.com/medical-and-surgical-treatment-of-hemangiomas/ 2009.

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.

1991

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.

Kirschner RE, Baylis AL: Surgical considerations in 22Q11.2 deletion syndrome. Clinics in Plastic Surgery. Sitzman TJ and Marcus JR (eds.). Elsevier, 41(2): 271, April 2014 Notes: medical illustrations in this chapter by David W Low.

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.

Posters and Presentations

Invited Lectures

2015

"Plastic Surgical Management of Deep Sternal Wound Infections", 2nd Cardiovascular Surgery Symposium, University of Pennsylvania Healthcare System, May 2, 2015

2014

"The Darker Side of Anatomical Education," Georgia Regents University, Division of Plastic Surgery, Visiting Professor, September 2014.

"Hemangiomas and Vascular Malformations", General Surgery Grand Rounds Visiting Professor,Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Georgia, September 2014.

"Cleft Lip and Cleft Palate for the Plastic Surgery Resident", Georgia Regents University, Division of Plastic Surgery, Visiting Professor, September 2014.

Awards and Honors

2009, Best Microsurgical Save of 2008, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery Annual Meeting
2007, The Don LaRossa, MD Annual Teaching Award, Division of Plastic Surgery
1995, 1998, 2003, Penn Pearls Teaching Award
2002, 2004, 2007-2015, Top Docs, Philadelphia Magazine
2014, NJ's favorite kids' docs, New Jersey Family magazine
2001, Top Docs for Kids, Philadelphia Magazine
2000, Top Docs for Women, Philadelphia Magazine
1992, Excellence in Teaching Award, Class of 1992, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
1990, Award of Excellence, Association of Medical Illustrators, for outstanding atlas

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial positions

Peer reviewer

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

Academic committees

2012-present, Chairman, Laser Safety Committee

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

International

2009-present, American Society for Reconstructive Transplantation

National

2005-present, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
2004-present, American Association of Plastic Surgeons
1995-present, American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons
1992-present, American Society of Plastic Surgeons
1992-present, American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Plastic Surgery
1990-present, American Society for Lasers in Medicine and Surgery
1990-present, American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
1989-present, Association of Medical Illustrators