Dr. David J. Pincus' path to becoming a plastic surgeon on Long Island — less than 15 miles from where he grew up — took him first to Miami, Florida. He earned his medical degree from the University of Miami School of Medicine, completed a general surgery residence there, and spent 2 years as a research fellow in the school's plastic surgery department.
Once he met Dr. James N. Romanelli, Dr. Pincus knew he had found a worthwhile partner and practice in Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery, and he decided to return to Long Island to pursue his career as a plastic surgeon. It's been a fruitful professional relationship that has solidified Dr. Romanelli's practice as one of the leading plastic surgery practices in the Northeast.
To meet Dr. Pincus personally and discuss the procedure you're considering, request a free consultation, or call the Romanelli Cosmetic Surgery office at (631) 424-3600.
Education & Training
Dr. Pincus conducted advanced research during his surgical residency, studying wound healing in specialized cases and other topics such as hair restoration. He's also authored or co-authored several published research papers and book chapters on an array of medical subjects during a wide-reaching education:
- Plastic surgery residency, based at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington, Massachusetts (included training at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Children's Hospital, Maine Medical Center, and Emerson Hospital in Massachusetts)
- General surgery residency, Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami
- Research fellowship in plastic surgery, Miami
- Doctor of Medicine, University of Miami School of Medicine
- Bachelor of Science in Biology (magna cum laude), Florida Atlantic University
A Candid Q&A With Dr. Pincus
Tell us about your background.
I come from a close family. I've always prided myself on being in good shape, including weight training, and in high school I played lacrosse and competed on the wrestling team. I enjoyed a very well-rounded upbringing.
When did you first consider a medical career?
I have always been interested in caring for patients. That stems mostly from having my father pass away from cancer when I was a young teenager. I didn't believe my dad's doctors provided the kind of care or time needed to deal with the illness. Even at a very young age, I knew that I could do better, and I knew that I could give my patients more personalized care. To this day, I know that plastic surgery is what I was born to do.
You've spent much of your adult life in Florida. What led you there?
I earned my bachelor's degree from Florida Atlantic University, which is less than an hour north of Miami. I fell in love with the city of Miami, and it became my second home for 16 years. I went to medical school at the University of Miami School of Medicine and completed a general surgery residency there, too. I was then recruited by the chairman of the medical school's plastic surgery department to become a research fellow
What was the focus of your research?
Most of my research consisted of wound healing specific to the diabetic and smoking model. I worked with estrogen and estrogen inhibitors to evaluate their effects on wound healing. That experience at the university helped prepare me for a career in cosmetic surgery.
Why did you pursue plastic and reconstructive surgery as a specialty?
I always knew that I wanted to be a surgeon. I had a gift for performing complex surgical cases, even as a young man. I was exposed to plastic and reconstructive surgery early in my training and knew that would be my path. I love shaping the form and beauty of my patients, and I love seeing the change in their self-confidence and positive outlook after undergoing a cosmetic procedure. It is amazing. Plastic surgeons are really the last true general surgeons. Our specialty requires us to perform surgery on virtually all parts of the body.
What led you to join Dr. Romanelli?
I met Dr. Romanelli while I was visiting family on Long Island. I was wrapping up a plastic surgery fellowship in Massachusetts, where I trained at Harvard with a well-known plastic surgeon. I was planning to return to south Florida, but after meeting Dr. Romanelli, I just knew I wanted to join his practice. I'm very big on gut feelings, and I set my sights on returning home to the north shore of Long Island.
What types of procedures do you perform most often?
I perform all types of cosmetic surgery, from head to toe. Breast augmentation, tummy tucks, liposuction, and other body contouring procedures are probably the most common, along with facelifts. I also specialize in breast implant revision surgery for women who aren't satisfied with the results of past breast augmentation performed by other surgeons.
When did you become interested in hair restoration surgery?
I learned how to do hair restoration surgery using the "strip" method during my fellowship training — but after learning the NeoGraft® technique, I can't imagine performing the "strip" method anymore. It just seems barbaric. I enjoy performing hair restoration, because it can really transform people's lives and increase their self-esteem with a fairly simple and minimally invasive procedure.
What types of activities do you enjoy outside of work?
I am still very much into fitness and weight training when I'm away from the office — which isn't that often with a budding private practice. These days, I most enjoy spending time with my wife, Lisa, and our 3 young boys. We love to do outdoor activities and try to stay as active as possible. I also enjoy spending time with friends, especially now that I'm back where I grew up.