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Long Island Plastic Surgical Group (LIPSG) was founded in April 1948 and is the oldest and largest private academic plastic surgery practice in the United States. The group has seven offices in New York, including Garden City, Manhasset, West Islip, Huntington, Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Queens. The practice operates with seventeen plastic and reconstructive surgeons who were trained at institutions including Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center, Cleveland Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital. LIPSG is composed of nine centers: Skincare and Age Management; Non-invasive and Surgical Facial Rejuvenation; Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery; Facial Reanimation and Peripheral Nerve Repair; Microsurgery and Hand Reconstruction; Breast and Body Cosmetic Surgery; Burns and Complex Wound Management; Breast Reconstruction Cancer Surgery; and Post-Weight Loss Cosmetic and Reconstructive Surgery.
Long Island Plastic Surgical Group surgeons are credited with advances such as developing a new long-lasting breast lift using a woman’s own tissue for internal support (NaturaBra), improving the technique to restore function to facial muscles paralyzed by stroke and disease and discovering new uses and procedures for anti-aging treatments. The practice has also partnered with hospitals in projects such as the development of a nationally recognized burn center at Nassau University Medical Center (NuHealth), and the creation of the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Center at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York. Within the practice, LIPSG oversees its own academic residency program and clinical trial division to advance plastic surgery education and research with the goal of improving procedures and making them safer.
Currently, the practice has four online educational resources for patients on key areas of plastic surgery in the areas of Breast Cancer Reconstruction, Facial Reanimation, Cosmetic Breast Surgery and Non-Surgical Cosmetic Enhancement.
Long Island Plastic Surgical Group was established by Leonard R. Rubin, MD (1912–2001) and Richard H. Walden, MD, DDS (1913–2001) in April 1948 in Hempstead, New York. The practice grew through the 1950s, with Rubin and Walden offering a residency training program from 1954. During the 1960s, LIPSG founded the Nassau Cleft Palate Rehabilitation Center where all children born on Long Island with cleft lip and palate conditions were treated per an agreement with the State of New York. During this decade, Long Island Plastic Surgical Group surgeons also became the first to conduct studies on using pig skin in the treatment of burn victims at SUNY Downstate Medical Center. In 1967 LIPSG’s Dr. Rubin co-founded the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) which grew to become one of the world’s leading professional organizations for cosmetic surgery education and research.
In the 1970s, LIPSG opened a specialty center devoted to facial reanimation treatment, where Rubin and fellow surgeons could continue the work and research outlined in his published article The Anatomy of a Smile in 1974. By 1978, Long Island Plastic Surgical Group relocated to Mineola, New York and became the first independent center to receive New York State accreditation and certification for its operating rooms. A decade later, LIPSG relocated its main office to a larger facility in Garden City, New York. During the 1990s, Long Island Plastic Surgical Group opened a medical spa, Aesthetic Center, which focuses on skincare and non-surgical cosmetic enhancement. Today, Aesthetic Center treatments at the center range from facials and chemical peels to fractionated laser resurfacing, skin tightening and tattoo removal. Aesthetic Center has locations in LIPSG’s Garden City and Manhasset offices.
In the 2000s, the office expanded throughout New York and into Connecticut, and opened two new state-accredited operating rooms. In February 2008, LIPSG partnered with Nassau University Medical Center to oversee the $6.7 million renovation of a burn center with unique features such as a hyperbaric chamber for wound treatment. In 2009, LIPSG’s academic residency program became fully accredited and continues to serve as one of the nation’s only privately run, non-university based plastic surgery residency programs. In early 2010, LIPSG also launched 1-877-Dr. STITCH, a 24-hour emergency service where LIPSG surgeons meet patients directly at the hospital emergency room or at a LIPSG office location to treat lacerations, complex wounds, broken noses, burns and facial trauma.
In 2010, Long Island Plastic Surgical Group launched a non-profit foundation, Mission: Restore, which is composed of LIPSG doctors who lead volunteer medical missions all around the world including the Middle East and Asia. Recognizing that Long Island, NY has one of the highest rates of breast cancer in the United States, LIPSG has become highly involved in breast cancer initiatives in local areas. The practice holds a position on the Board of the Adelphi NY Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline and Support Program and also sponsors the Annual Long Island Breast Cancer Summit featuring panels of medical experts and hospital executives discussing the latest innovations, treatments and services for women who have breast cancer.
Long Island Plastic Surgical Group surgeons work with over 20 hospitals in the New York region, with three LIPSG surgeons holding the position of Chief of Plastic Surgery:
Long Island Plastic Surgical Group surgeons are members of national organizations including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, as well as the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Every year, LIPSG surgeons teach their own techniques and present original research at the Annual Meeting of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons as well as at other medical conferences throughout the U.S. and abroad.
LIPSG surgeons have received numerous honors and awards on a national and local level. As a practice, Long Island Plastic Surgical Group has won #1 Best Plastic Surgery Group for five straight years (2008–2012), #1 Best BOTOX® Practice (2012) and #1 Best Laser Treatment Center for Aesthetic Center for two years (First Place, 2011–2012) in the Best of Long Island Awards hosted by the Long Island Press. Notable awards for individual surgeons include:
In 2010, Long Island Plastic Surgical Group launched 1-877-Dr. STITCH, a 24-hour emergency service where LIPSG surgeons meet patients directly at the hospital emergency room or at a LIPSG office location. The service provides treatment for lacerations, complex wounds, broken noses, burns and facial trauma.
Through the Dr. STITCH program, Long Island Plastic Surgical Group surgeons advocate burn prevention and emergency education in the community by providing educational programs and tools for families and healthcare professionals. In 2011, DR. STITCH began a sponsorship of the Nassau County Firefighters Museum in Garden City and continues its support of the museum today.
In 2010, Long Island Plastic Surgical Group founded Mission: Restore, a 501(c)3 foundation composed of LIPSG doctors who provide medical care, education, and research to help adults and children in need around the world. Mission: Restore doctors travel around the world to work on difficult cases including acid burns, car bomb injuries, and other victims of war and trauma. In its first year, Mission:Restore was featured on the CBS television program 60 Minutes as well as the Wall Street Journal for its humanitarian efforts.
In March 2011, LIPSG surgeons Dr. DiGregorio, Dr. Riina, Dr. Glickman and Dr. Davenport participated in a Mission:Restore medical mission to Dehradun, India and Kathmandu, Nepal. The goals of the mission were to provide burn care to adults and children who don’t have access to treatment and to train local medical professionals to ensure that on-going care can be performed after the visit. In November 2011, Dr. Kaveh Alizadeh led a volunteer mission to Kabul, Afghanistan to perform volunteer reconstructive surgery and partner with the Afghan Ministry of Public Health in a plan to provide higher level plastic surgical services in the country. In 2012, the Foundation plans to visit eight countries on medical missions.
Long Island Plastic Surgical Group was the focus of a four-part series on the Discovery Health Channel in 2003 entitled Plastic Surgery: New York Style. Additional media coverage included:
Aesthetic Center is a skin rejuvenation medical spa staffed by licensed medical aestheticians and physician assistants overseen by the surgeons at Long Island Plastic Surgical Group at the practice’s Garden City and Manhasset, Long Island office locations. The medical spa offers non-surgical elective cosmetic enhancement treatments to correct conditions on the face and body, remove unwanted body hair or tattoos, eliminate spider veins, shape the body and reduce the signs of aging with the goal of creating a more youthful appearance. Aesthetic Center also offers Long Island Plastic Surgical Group’s private label skincare line, which is formulated by LIPSG surgeons and sold at the medical spa locations or online.