Dr. Ron Israeli

Dr. Ron Israeli Color close-up portrait. He is wearing glasses and is looking directly at the camera.

Ron Israeli, M.D. is a nationally recognized expert in breast reconstruction and a founding partner of NYBRA Plastic Surgery. He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has been in practice since 1997.

Dr. Israeli provides an individualized approach for every patient, offering the full range of breast reconstruction options. He is among the first surgeons in the New York region to regularly perform microvascular free flap breast reconstruction. He is also a leader in direct-to-implant reconstruction, and is among an early group of surgeons to routinely perform prepectoral implant breast reconstruction. Dr. Israeli has a special interest in revision surgery for unsatisfactory breast reconstruction outcomes. He routinely performs total capsulectomy for symptomatic implant capsules, subpectoral to prepectoral implant conversion for animation deformities, and natural-tissue flaps for the salvage of failed implant breast reconstructions. Dr. Israeli’s practice also focuses on breast reduction surgery and body contouring after weight loss.

Dr. Israeli has been named by U.S. News & World Report among the top plastic surgeons in the nation, and has been on Castle Connolly’s Top Doctor Listing for the New York Metro Area for over a decade. For his leadership in post-mastectomy breast reconstruction, Dr. Israeli was honored by the American Cancer Society with their 2007 Physician of Distinction Award.

Training and Academic Leadership

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. Dr. Israeli is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and has been appointed Clinical Assistant Professor at the Zucker School of Medicine.

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 is among a handful of practitioners nationwide that have served as clinical investigators pioneering the use of AlloDerm in implant breast reconstruction. He also took part in the national Adjunct Study that resulted in the 2006 FDA approval of cohesive silicone gel breast implants.

Artistic Endeavors

Dr. Israeli has many artistic interests and now studies oil painting with David Peikon, a master of contemporary realism. Dr. Israeli has also studied classical European sculpture techniques, and has created a series of life cast sculptures of his mastectomy and breast reconstruction patients. His first series of life cast sculptures, Restored was included in an exhibit at the 2012 American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting in New Orleans. In 2017, Restored was exhbited at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, as part of their “Reclaiming Life After Mastectomy” program featuring three of Dr. Israeli’s patients speaking about their breast cancer journey.

A short documentary film, also titled Restored, features the positive psychological impact of this life cast project on one of his patients.

In 2021, Restored returned with a renewed effort. To create a new life cast project, Dr. Israeli collaborated with his partner Dr. Jonathan Bank, as well as with FormCollaborative and Allergan Aesthetics. This new iteration of the original project Restored includes 12 incredible women after mastectomy and breast reconstruction, incorporating photographs, textures and other artistic elements beyond the individual sculptures. This series debuted in an exhibit at the 2021 American Society of Plastic Surgeons Meeting in Atlanta in October and an NYC exhibit in November. The project culminated in a coffee table book, which can be purchased with proceeds benefitting the AiRS Foundation.

Society Memberships

  • Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Aesthetic Society
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Northeastern Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons

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