Dr. Ron Israeli

Ron Israeli, MD, FACS has been in private practice in New York since 1997. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a recognized expert in breast reconstruction.

Dr. Israeli completed his plastic surgery residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital-Harvard Medical School, and his surgery residency at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York. He is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Boston University’s six-year liberal arts-medical education program. A Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, Dr. Israeli is Clinical Assistant Professor at the Hofstra University Zucker School of Medicine.

Among the first surgeons in the New York area to regularly perform microvascular free flap breast reconstruction, Dr. Israeli is also among a handful of practitioners who pioneered the use of AlloDerm in implant breast reconstruction. Dr. Israeli has a special interest in revision surgery for unsatisfactory breast reconstruction outcomes, routinely performing subpectoral to prepectoral implant conversion for animation deformities, and microvascular free flaps for the salvage of failed implant breast reconstructions.

Dr. Israeli is co-founder of BreastReconstruction.org, a comprehensive web resource for women facing mastectomy. He has lectured at national conferences and has written multiple articles published in peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Israeli has also written textbook and atlas chapters on breast and abdominal wall reconstruction. Techniques he has pioneered include secondary procedures designed to maximize the quality of breast reconstruction outcomes, and a reliable repair of abdominal bulges related to TRAM flap breast reconstruction.

Dr. Israeli has been named by U.S. News & World Report among the top plastic surgeons in the U.S., and he was honored by the American Cancer Society with their 2007 Physician of Distinction Award for his leadership in post-mastectomy breast reconstruction.

Dr. Israeli has many artistic interests and now studies oil painting with David Peikon, a master of contemporary realism. He is currently completing a series of oil paintings depicting scenes from the operating room.

Dr. Israeli has also studied classical European sculpture techniques, and he has created a series of life cast sculptures of his mastectomy and breast reconstruction patients. This original project, titled “Restored,” was exhibited as part of the first Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day campaign initiated by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Plastic Surgery Foundation in 2012. This year Dr. Israeli completed a new life cast project with Dr. Jonathan Bank, his partner in practice. This current project incorporates photographs and artistic elements beyond the individual life cast sculptures, culminating in a book as well as future exhibits planned for 2022.