Dr. David Hidalgo has achieved international recognition in the field of plastic surgery. His textbook published in 1987 received wide critical acclaim, including glowing reviews by the New England Journal of Medicine and the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. In 1992 he won the James Barrett Brown Award, one of the most prestigious awards given by his peers. Dr. Hidalgo served as the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center from 1992 to 2000, prior to departing to focus on aesthetic surgery exclusively. At Memorial he developed innovative reconstructive procedures, some of which have become the standard of care around the world today.
Dr. Hidalgo is currently affiliated with Cornell University (New York-Presbyterian Hospital) where he is a Clinical Professor of Surgery. He specializes in aesthetic plastic surgery of the face and body. Dr. Hidalgo is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. He presents his surgical techniques to colleagues at national meetings in plastic surgery on a regular basis, both as an invited expert and in his teaching courses. The Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation selected Dr. Hidalgo as their national Visiting Professor for 2002. This unique honor recognizes significant contributions to the field of plastic surgery.
As an undergraduate at Georgetown University Dr. Hidalgo completed a double major in Fine Arts (studio painting) and Biology, graduating magna cum laude. He attended Georgetown University Medical School and then served as a resident in general surgery, plastic surgery, and as a Fellow in Plastic Surgery at New York University, one of the most prestigious training programs in the country. He completed his training in 1986 and became board certified in plastic surgery in 1987. His major interest outside of medicine remains art.
A respected source for the popular press, Dr. Hidalgo has been quoted in numerous publications including Allure, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Marie Claire, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, O (The Oprah Magazine), Town & Country, Vogue and W and has appeared on CBS and ABC News. He has been cited in New York Magazine as one of the best plastic surgeons in the New York area in every listing since these ratings began in 1991. Dr. Hidalgo is also placed at the top of his specialty in America's Top Doctors.