Dr. Ron Israeli is a plastic surgeon practicing in Great Neck, New York since 1997. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a recognized expert specializing in post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Dr. Israeli provides a comprehensive array of options in breast reconstruction tailored to the needs of his patients. He offers microvascular procedures including DIEP, SIEA, and TUG flaps as well as latissimus flap and implant-based approaches to breast reconstruction.
Dr. Israeli was a participant in the national Adjunct Study that resulted in the 2006 FDA approval of silicone gel implants, and he is among a small handful of practitioners nationwide that have served as clinical investigators for the LifeCell Corporation, pioneering the use of AlloDerm® in implant-based breast reconstruction. Through live surgical demonstration, as well as laboratory demonstration, Dr. Israeli has taught breast reconstruction techniques using AlloDerm® to other plastic surgeons. For select patients, Dr. Israeli offers direct-to-implant reconstruction without the need for staged tissue expansion, and he is experienced with the newest form-stable silicone gel implants.
Dr. Israeli is regarded as a leading advocate for breast cancer patients. He is the first plastic surgeon selected for the advisory board of the Adelphi University New York State Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program, a group dedicated to addressing the psychosocial issues associated with breast cancer. For his leadership in post-mastectomy breast reconstruction, Dr. Israeli was honored by the American Cancer Society with their 2007 Physician of Distinction Award.
Dr. Israeli completed his plastic surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School, and his surgery residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, where he also completed a research fellowship in microsurgery. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Boston University’s six-year combined liberal arts-medical education program.
Dr. Israeli has published numerous articles on a variety of plastic surgery topics, and has presented at regional, national, and international plastic surgery conferences. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, the Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the New York Regional Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Dr. Israeli practices in the leading hospitals in his region, and actively teaches his techniques to plastic surgery residents in two training programs at North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset and Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
Dr. Israeli continues to study classical European sculpture techniques, applying his skills and talent as an artist in his work as a plastic surgeon. As an ongoing sculpture project, he has been creating life cast sculptures of some of his mastectomy and breast reconstruction patients. In 2011, the positive psychological impact of this life cast project on a group of his patients was featured in Restored, a short documentary film.