David W. Low, MD, is an attending surgeon in the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Oral Surgery and the director of the International Visiting Scholar program in plastic surgery at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
David Low, MD, is a reconstructive plastic surgeon who specializes in treating deformities that occur at birth or are acquired due to trauma, illness, cancer, or abnormal development. Dr. Low attended Harvard Medical School before completing an internship at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, where he also completed both a General Surgery and Plastic Surgery residency. He has three decades of experience in the Cleft Lip and Palate Program at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), and is proud to carry on the tradition of outstanding multidisciplinary cleft care established by Drs. Peter Randall and Don LaRossa, former plastic surgery leaders at CHOP.
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. Every patient presents a different reconstructive challenge that often requires unique and creative solutions, with the goal of helping each patient look and function as normal as possible — and feel positive about the outcome of their surgery.
Dr. Low has received numerous awards in recognition for his work, including Philadelphia Magazine's Top Docs for Kids and the Don LaRossa, MD Annual Teaching Award, Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Oral Surgery. He currently serves as the Clinical Head for the Laser Safety Committee, and is also a member of the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies, among several other international professional organizations.
“It is a privilege to provide compassionate and comprehensive care to each patient and their family,” Dr. Low says. “My hope is that they feel they have received the attention and the empathy they deserve, and a happy outcome to their problem.”
In addition to directing and participating in many international cleft missions to bring quality cleft care to children in Central America, Dr. Low also creates medical illustrations to help explain his colleagues’ research. In regards to his practice, Dr. Low finds that “the gratitude of families who have undergone successful reconstructive surgery, especially those with severe facial or bodily deformities, is immensely rewarding.”
Education and Training
MD - Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA
Surgery - Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA
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 of Certification of Medical Illustrators (BCMI)General Surgery – American Board of SurgeryPlastic Surgery – American Board of Plastic Surgery
Titles and Academic Titles
Director, International Visiting Scholar Program in Plastic Surgery
Professor of Surgery, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania
Shen Y, Lu LG, Low DW, Zhou HH, Li J, Sun J. Perforator navigation using color Doppler ultrasound and three-dimensional reconstruction for preoperative planning of optimal lateral circumflex femoral artery system perforator flaps in head and neck reconstruction. J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2019 Jun;72(6):990-999. doi: 10.1016/j.bjps.2018.12.025. Epub 2018 Dec 14. PubMed PMID: 30880047.
Chang BL, Yu JW, Nikonova E, Low DW, Taylor JA, Jackson O. Palatal Measurements Pre- and Post-Furlow Cleft Palate Repair: Analysis of Palatal Lengthening and Comparison Within Cleft Types. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2019 May;56(5):601-609. doi: 10.1177/1055665618802150. Epub 2018 Oct 11. PubMed PMID: 30309259.
Zhang RS, Lin LO, Hoppe IC, Jackson OA, Low DW, Bartlett SP, Swanson JW, Taylor JA. Nasal Obstruction in Children With Cleft Lip and Palate: Results of a Cross-Sectional Study Utilizing the NOSE Scale. Cleft Palate Craniofac J. 2019 Feb;56(2):177-186. doi: 10.1177/1055665618772400. Epub 2018 Apr 26. PubMed PMID: 29698113.
Unolt M, Barry J, Diglio MC, Marino B, Bassett A, Oechslin E, Low DW, Belasco JB, Kallish S, Sullivan K, Zackai EH, McDonald-McGinn DM: Primary lymphedema and other lymphatic anomalies are associated with 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Eur J Med Genet 61(7): 411, Jul 2018.
Carney MJ, Weissler JM, Tecce MG, Mirzabeigi MN, Wes AM, Koltz PF, Kanchwala SK, Low DW, Kovach SJ, Wu LC, Serletti JM, Fosnot J: 5000 Free flaps and counting: A 10-year review of a single academic institution's microsurgical development and outcomes. Plas Recon Surg 141(4): 855, April 2018.
Zhang RS, Lim LO, Hoppe IC, Jackson OA, Low DW, Bartlett SP, Swanson JW, Taylor JA: Nasal obstruction in children with cleft Zhang RS, Lin LO, Hoppe IClip and palate: Results of a cross-sectional study utilizing the NOSE scale. Cleft Palate Craniofac J Jan 2018.
Chang CS1, Swanson JW, Wilson A, Low DW, Bartlett SP.: Columellar Reconstruction following Nasal Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Injury. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2018 Jan;141(1):99e-102e 141(1): 99e-102e, January 2018 Notes: includes illustrations by DWLow.
Abbott J, Mochel MC, Bhatti T, Low D, Rubin AI: Multiple hybrid cysts in a child: Challenge. Am J Dermatopathol 40(1): e7-e8, Jan 2018.
Gaffey AC, Chen CW, Chung JJ, Phillips E, Wald J, Williams ML, Low DW, Acker MA, Atluri P: Improved approach with subcostal exchange of the HeartMate II left ventricular assist device: Difference in on and off pump? Ann Thorac Surg 104(5): 1540-1546, Nov 2017.
Chang CS, Low DW, Percec I. Response to Letters Regarding "Female Genital Mutilation Reconstruction: A Preliminary Report". Aesthet Surg J. 2017 Oct 1;37(9):NP116-NP117. doi: 10.1093/asj/sjx149. PubMed PMID: 29025236.
Swanson JW, Mitchell BT, Cohen M, Solot C, Jackson O, Low D, Bartlett SP, Taylor JA: The effect of Furlow palatoplasty timing on speech outcomes in submucous cleft palate. Ann Plast Surg 79(2): 156, Aug 2017.
Etkin Y, Kanchwala SK, Low DW, Foley PJ, Jackson OA, Jackson BM: Creation of spliced vein conduit using microvascular anastomotic coupler. J Vasc Surg June 2017.
Rubin CB, Boni A, Elenitsas R, Pogoriler J, Low D, Rubin AI: A large congenital blue plaque with papules and nodules on the lower back. Am J Dermatopathol 39(5): e58, May 2017.
Mirzabegi MN, Fischer JP, Basta MN, Fracol M, Kovach SJ, We LC, Serletti JM, Low DW, Kanchwala S: Managing groin wounds after infrainguinal vascular procedures: Examining the reoperative events and complication profile of muscle flap reconstruction. Ann Vasc Surg May 2017.
Gao LL, Basta M, Kanchwala SK, Serletti JM, Low DW, Wu LC: Cost-effectiveness of microsurgical reconstruction for head and neck defects after oncologic resection. Head Neck March 2017.
Etkin Y, Kanchwala SK, Low DW, Foley PJ, Jackson OA, Jackson BM. Creation of spliced vein conduit using microvascular anastomotic coupler. J Vasc Surg. 2017 Jun;65(6):1845-1847. doi: 10.1016/j.jvs.2017.01.047. Epub 2017 Apr 5. PubMed PMID: 28390768.
Yan C and Low DW: A rare presentation of a dermoid cyst with draining sinus in a child: Case report and literature review.
Geissler JM, Shubinets V, Carney MJ, Low DW: Complex truncal masses in the setting of CLOVES syndrome: Aesthetic and functional implications. Aesth Plast Surg. Springer, doi:10.1007/s00266-016-0771-1: 1-9, Dec 2016 Notes: online publication.
Shay PL, Goldstein JA, Wink JD, Paliga JT, Solot CB, Cohen MA, Friedman SA, Low DW, Taylor JA, Jackson OA: International adoptees with cleft lip and/or palate: Lessons learned from a growing population. Ann Plast Surg October 2016.
Wilson AJ, Taglienti AJ, Chang CS, Low DW, Percec I. Current Applications of Facial Volumization with Fillers. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2016 May;137(5):872e-89e. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0000000000002238. PubMed PMID: 27119950.
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.
Low DW, Jackson OA. Peter Randall, M.D., 1923 to 2014. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jul;136(1):210-2. PubMed PMID: 26317135.
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.
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 DW, 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.
Okusanya OT, Scott MF, Low DW, Morris JB: The partial underlay preperitoneal with panniculectomy repair for incisional abdominal hernia in the morbidly obese. Surg Obes Relat Dis July 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.
Pasick C, McDonald-McGinn DM, Simbolon C, Low D, Zackai E, Jackson O: Asymmetric crying facies in the 22q11.2 deletion syndrome: Implications for future screening. Clin Pediatr 52(12): 1144-1148, December 2013.
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.
Cleveland EC, Fischer JP, Nelson JA, Sieber B, Low DW, Kovach SJ, Wu LC, Serletti JM: Optimizing the fascial closure: An analysis of 1261 abdominally based free flap reconstructions. Ann Plast Surg 71(3): 255-60, Sept 2013.
Bartlett EK, Meise C, Bansal N, Fischer JP, Low DW, Czerniecki BJ, Roses RE, Fraker DL, Kelz RR, Karakousis GC: Sartorius transposition during inguinal lymphadenectomy for melanoma. J Surg Res 184(1), Sept 2013.
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 DWLow.
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.
Wang TY, Elliott R, Low DW. Damage control abdomen: single-stage reconstruction using a vicryl mesh buttress. Ann Plast Surg. 2013 Mar;70(3):324-30. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e3182361af9. PubMed PMID: 22791067.
Fischer JP, Sieber B, Nelson JA, Kovach SJ, Taylor JA, Serletti JM, Wu LC, Kanchwala S, Bartlett SP, Low DW: A 15-year experience of complex scalp reconstruction using free tissue transfer - Analysis of risk factors for complications. J Reconstr Microsurg 29(2), Feb 2013.
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 Scalp Reconstruction Using Free Tissue Transfer-Analysis of Risk Factors for Complications J Reconstr Microsurg. Thieme Medical Publisher, Inc, Page: online publication, 2012.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wang TY, Serletti JM, Cuker A, McGrath J, Low DW, Kovach SJ, Wu LC. Free tissue transfer in the hypercoagulable patient: a review of 58 flaps. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Feb;129(2):443-53. doi: 10.1097/PRS.0b013e31823aec4d. PubMed PMID: 21987047.
Nelson JA, Kim EM, Eftakhari K, Low DW, Kovach SJ, Wu LC, Serletti JM: Late venous thrombosis in free flap breast reconstruction: Strategies for salvage after this real entity. Plast Reconstr Surg. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 129(1): 8e, January 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.
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.
Cahill AM, Nijs E, Ballah D, Rabinowitz D, Thompson L, Rintoul N, Hedrick H, Jacobs I, Low D: Percutaneous sclerotherapy in neonatal and infant head and neck lymphatic malformations. J Pediatr Surg 46(11): 2083, Nov 2011.
Ballah D, Cahill AM, Fontalva L, Yan A, Treat J, Low D, Epelman M: Vascular Anomalies: What they are, how to diagnose them, and how to treat them. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol Page: 233-247, November/December 2011.
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. Plast Reconstr Surg. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 128(4): 835, October 2011.
Jandali S, Nelson JA, Sonnad SS, Low DW, Kovach SJ, Wu LC, Serletti JM: Breast reconstruction with free tissue transfer from the abdomen in the morbidly obese. Plast Reconstr Surg. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 127(5): 2206, June 2011.
McLaughlin EJ, Heuer GG, Whitmore RG, Birknes JK, Belasco J, Sterman D, Low DW, Storm PB: Treatment of a malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumor and its complications through a multidisciplinary approach. J Neurosurg Pediatr 7(5): 543, May 2011 Notes: 21529197.
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. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 127(5): 1932, May 2011 Notes: includes illustrations by DWLow.
Elliott RM, Weinstein GS, Low DW, Wu LC: Reconstruction of complex total parotidectomy defects using the free anterolateral thigh flap. Ann Plast Surg. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (eds.). 66(5): 429, May 2011.
Steinbacher DM, McGrath JL, Low DW: Is nasal mucoperiosteal closure necessary in cleft palate repair? Plast Reconstr Surg 127(2): 768, February 2011.
Birgfeld CB, Luquetti DV, Gougoutas AJ, Bartlett SP, Low DW, Sie KC, Evans KN, Heike CL: A phenotypic assessment tool for craniofacial microsomia. Plast Reconstr Surg Lipincott Williams & Wilkins, 127(1): 313-320, January 2011.
Nelson JA, Guo Y, Sonnad SS, Low DW, Kovach SJ, Wu LC, Serletti JM: A comparison between DIEP and muscle-sparing free TRAM flaps in breast reconstruction: a single surgeon's recent experience. Plast Reconstr Surg 126(5): 1428-1435, November 2010.
Fosnot J, Fischer JP, Smartt JM, Low DW, Kovach SJ, Wu LC, Serletti JM: Does previous chest wall irradiation increase vascular complications in free autologous breast reconstruction? Plast Reconstr Surg Page: S1529-4242, October 2010.
Jandali S, Low DW. From surgery to pharmacology to gene therapy: the past, present, and future of hair restoration. Ann Plast Surg. 2010 Oct;65(4):437-42. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e3181d59f60. Review. PubMed PMID: 20841997.
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. doi: 10.1097/SAP.0b013e3181dba841. PubMed PMID: 20395796.
Hubert, Darrin M. M.D.; Low, David W. M.D.; Serletti, Joseph M. M.D.; Chang, Benjamin M.D.; Dormans, John P. M.D.: Fibula Free Flap Reconstruction of the Pelvisin Children after Limb-Sparing Internal Hemipelvectomy for Bone Sarcoma Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery: 125(1): 195-200, January 2010 Notes: includes illustrations by DWLow, MD.
Jandali S, Low DW: Pedicled fillet of leg flap for extensive pressure sore coverage. www.eplasty.com, ePlasty. Open Science company, LLC, 9: ISSN:1937-5719, 2009.
Fan J, Low DW: A two-way continuous buried-suture approach to the creation of the long-lasting double eyelid: Surgical technique and long-term follow-up in 51 patients. Aesth Plast Surg 33: 421-425, 2009 Notes: Includes illustrations by DWLow.
Nathan DP, Taylor NE, Low DW, Raymond D, Shrager JB: Thoracoscopic total parietal pleurectomy for primary spontaneous pneumothorax. Ann Thorac Surg (Netherlands) 85(5): 1825-1827, 2008 Notes: Includes illustration by DWLow.
Gougoutas AJ, Singh DJ, Low DW, Bartlett SP: Hemifacial microsomia: Clinical features and pictographic representations of the OMENS classification system. Plast Reconstr Surg 120: 112e, 2007 Notes: Includes illustrations by DWLow.
Berry MF, Paisley S, Low DW, Rosato EF: Repair of large complex recurrent incisional hernias with retromuscular mesh and panniculectomy. Am J Surg 194: 199-204, 2007 Notes: Includes illustrations by DWLow.
Birgfeld CB, Low DW: Total face reconstruction using a pre-expanded, bilateral extended parascapular free flap. Ann Plast Surg 56(5): 565-568, 2006.
Smartt JM, Low DW, Bartlett SP: The pediatric mandible II: Management of traumatic injury or fracture. Plast Reconstr Surg 116(621): 28e-41e, 2005 Notes: Includes illustrations by DWLow.
Smartt JM, Low DW, Bartlett SP: The pediatric mandible I: A primer on growth and development. Plast Reconstr Surg 116(258): 14e-23e, 2005 Notes: Includes illustrations by DWLow.
Su LT, Gopal K, Wang Z, Yin X, Nelson A, Kozyak BW, Burkman JM, Mitchell MA, Low DW, Bridges CR, Stedman HH. Uniform scale-independent gene transfer to striated muscle after transvenular extravasation of vector. Circulation. 2005 Sep 20;112(12):1780-8. Epub 2005 Sep 12. PubMed PMID: 16157771.
Sarwer DB, Zanville HA, LaRossa D, Bartlett SP, Chang B, Low DW, Whitaker LA: Mental health histories and psychiatric medication usage among persons who sought cosmetic surgery. Plast Reconstr Surg 114(7): 1927-1933, 2004.
Golant A, Lou JE, Erol B, Gaynor JW, Low DW, Dormans JP: Pediatric osteoblastoma of the sternum: a new surgical technique for reconstruction after removal. J Pediatr 24(3): 319-322, 2004.
Stedman HH, Kozyak BW, Nelson A, Thesler DM, Su LT, Low DW, Bridges CR, Shrager JB, Minugh-Purvis N, Mitchell MA: Myosin gene mutation correlates with anatomical changes in the human lineage. Nature 428(6981): 415-418, March 2004 Notes: Includes illustrations by DWLow.
Tobias AM, Low DW: The use of a subfascial Vicryl mesh buttress to aid in the closure of massive ventral hernias following damage-control laparotomy. Plast Reconstr Surg 112(3): 766-776, 2003 Notes: Includes illustrations by DWLow.
Sarwer DB, LaRossa D, Bartlett SP, Low DW, Bucky LP, Whitaker LA: Body image concerns of breast augmentation patients. Plast Reconstr Surg 112(1): 83-90, 2003.
Kirschner RE, Low DW, Randall P, Bartlett SP, McDonald-McGinn DM, Schultz PJ, Zackai EH, LaRossa D: Surgical airway management in Pierre Robin Sequence: is there a role for tongue-lip adhesion? Cleft Palate Craniofac J 40(1): 13-18, 2003 Notes: Includes illustrations by DWLow.
Gorman JH, Low DW, Guy TS, Gorman RC, Rosatio EF: Extended left colon interposition for esophageal replacement using arterial augmentation. Ann Thorac Surg 76: 933-935, 2003 Notes: Includes illustrations by DWLow.
Gorman JH 3rd, Low DW, Guy TS 4th, Gorman RC, Rosato EF. Extended left colon interposition for esophageal replacement using arterial augmentation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2003 Sep;76(3):933-5. PubMed PMID: 12963237.
Sarwer DB, LaRossa D, Bartlett SP, Low DW, Bucky LP, Whitaker LA. Body image concerns of breast augmentation patients. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2003 Jul;112(1):83-90. PubMed PMID: 12832880.
Xu X, Low DW, Palevsky HI, Elenitsas R: Subcutaneous phaeohyphomycotic cysts caused by Exophiala jeanselmei in a lung transplant patient. Dermatol Surg 27: 343-346, 2001.
McCarron JA, Johnston DR, Hanna BG, Low DW, Meyer JS, Suchi M, Dormans JP: Evaluation and treatment of musculoskeletal vascular anomalies in children: an update and summary for orthopaedic surgeons. U of Pa Ortho J 14: 15-21, 2001.
Kruper LL, Low DW, Bucky LP: Immediate pectoralis flap closure following septic arthritis of the manubriosternal joint. Plast Reconstr Surg 107(4): 997-999, 2001 Notes: Includes illustration by DWLow.
Golden A, Low DW: Plastic surgery. Patient care during operative and invasive procedures. Phippen MI, Wells MP (eds.). WB Saunders, Philadelphia, Page: 405-417, 2000.
Kirschner RE, Low DW: Treatment of pyogenic granulomas by shave excision and laser photocoagulation. Plast Reconstr Surg 104(5): 1346-1349, 1999 Notes: Illustrations by DWLow.
Sarwer DB, Bartlett SP, Bucky LP, LaRossa D, Low DW, Pertschuk MJ, Wadden TA, Whitaker LA: Bigger is not always better: body image dissatisfaction in breast reduction and breast augmentation patients. Plast Reconstr Surg 101(7): 1956-1961, 1998.
Low DW, Carman-Dillion CA, Gaynor JW, Acker MA: Management of sternal and abdominal wounds in a pediatric heart transplant patient: a case report. Plast Reconstr Surg 102(6): 2100-2107, 1998 Notes: Includes illustrations by DWLow.
Low DW: Modified chondrocutaneous advancement flap for ear reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg 102(1): 174-177, 1998 Notes: Includes illustration by DWLow.
Derby LD, Low DW: Laser treatment of facial venous vascular malformations. Ann Plast Surg 38(4): 371-378, 1997.
Derby LD, Bartlett SP, Low DW: Serratus anterior free tissue transfer: Harvest-related morbidity in 34 consecutive cases and a review of the literature. J Reconstr Microsurg 13(6): 397-403, 1997.
Schwentker AR, Schmidt SC, Low DW: Successful revascularization of a toe avulsion injury in a 3 year old child using a digital artery transfer. J Reconstr Microsurg 12(6): 349-353, 1996 Notes: Includes illustration by DWLow.
Glickstein MF, Gefter WB, Low D, Stephenson LW: Esophageal mucocele after surgical isolation of the esophagus. Am J Roent 149: 729-730, 1987 Notes: Includes illustration by DWLow.
Greenberg BM, Low D, Rosato EF: The use of omental grafts in operations performed upon the colon and rectum. Surg Gynec Obstet 161(5): 486-488, 1985 Notes: includes medical illustration by DWLow.
Chick WL Perna JJ, Lauris V, Low D, Galletti PM, Panol G, Whittemore AD, Like AA, Colton CK, Lysaught MJ: Artificial pancreas using living beta cells: effects on glucose homeostasis in diabetic rats. Science 197: 780-782, 1977.
Low DW: Medical and surgical treatment of hemangiomas.
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.
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.
Edmunds LH, Norwood WI, Low DW. Atlas of cardiothoracic surgery: surgical atlas. Low DW, illustrator. Philadelphia: Lea and Febiger; 1990.
Jackson O, Low DW: Conjoined twins. chapter 42 in Plastic Surgery, Fourth Edition, Craniofacial, Head and Neck Surgery, Pediatric Plastic Surgery. Neligan PC, Rodriguez ED, Losee JE (eds.). Elsevier, Page: 927, 2018.
Low DW and Jackson OA: Hemangiomas and Vascular Malformations, Chapter 109. Fundamentals of Pediatric Surgery, 2nd edition. Mattei P (eds.). Springer, Page: 879 - 889, 2017.
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.
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.
Low DW. Hemangiomas and vascular malformations. In: Mattei P, editor. Fundamentals of pediatric surgery. New York: Springer; 2011. p. 819-28.
Low DW. Management of hemangiomas and vascular malformations. In: Mattei P, editor. Fundamentals of pediatric surgery. 2nd ed. New York: Springer; 2010.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Low DW. Plastic surgical considerations in pediatric dermatologic abnormalities. In: Katowitz JA, editors. Pediatric oculoplastic surgery. New York: Springer-Verlag; 2002. p. 97-116.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Taylor LA, Ross AJ. Abdominal masses. In: Walker AW, Devrie PR, Hamilton JR, editors. Pediatric gastrointestinal disease. Low DW, illustrator. Philadelphia: BC Decker; 1991.
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.
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.
Barker CF, Naji A. Renal transplantation. In: Sabiston DC, editor. Textbook of surgery. Low DW, illustrator. Philadelphia: WB Saunders. 1986. p. 407-429.
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.
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
"Plastic Surgical Management of Deep Sternal Wound Infections", 2nd Cardiovascular Surgery Symposium, University of Pennsylvania Healthcare System, May 2, 2015
"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, Reconstructive and Oral 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
2012-present, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
2000-present, Annals of Plastic Surgery
2000-present, Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal
2016-present, International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies
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
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