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David Halpern at [NYU Langone Health]
NYU Langone Provider

David K. Halpern, MD

NYU Langone Provider
  • Specialty: General Surgery
  • Language: English
  • Phone: 516-741-4138
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I chose to pursue a career in medicine because I wanted to help others and prevent them from enduring the pain and suffering associated with medical affliction. After losing my mother at an early age from a long battle with breast cancer, I am particularly sensitive to the psychosocial effects medical illness has on both the individual patient and the patient’s family.

When I entered medical school, I was drawn to the idea that surgery can fix things, whereas medicine can often only help. However, as I continued my training, I realized it was not always that simple. As a general surgery resident, I had the fortune of training before the current era of superspecialization. I had the opportunity to accumulate vast experience across multiple disciplines of surgery.

I treat patients with colon cancer, diverticulitis, breast cancer, benign breast disorders, gallbladder disease, appendicitis, hernias, soft tissue tumors, small bowel tumors, stomach ulcers, and hiatal hernias. I also perform surgery for most other intraabdominal diseases, including splenectomy and adrenalectomy. I have a keen interest in robotic abdominal wall reconstruction for complex abdominal wall hernias. These techniques can often be used to treat large, recurrent abdominal wall hernias when other interventions have failed. Also, patients who are candidates for robotic reconstruction are able to leave the hospital earlier, experience less pain, and often have better outcomes. For patients who require open surgery, I use a multidisciplinary approach, employing the expertise of plastic surgeons and anesthesia pain management teams to improve outcomes.

Multidisciplinary care is a common theme at NYU Winthrop Hospital. I am proud to be a member of NYU Winthrop’s Breast Cancer Center of Excellence, where we combine the expertise of surgeons, pathologists, radiation oncologists, geneticists, medical oncologists, radiologists, and plastic surgeons to develop a customized cancer plan for each person.

My partners and I specialize in minimally invasive surgical techniques. We recommend surgery only when it is the best option for our patients. Our techniques deliver precise, accurate intervention to minimize damage to surrounding tissues. This expedites recovery, reduces complications, and decreases the burden of surgery for patients.

I understand that surgery can be scary, because I’ve experienced it myself. As the Hippocratic Oath states, I abide by the principle of “do no harm.” I try my best to treat each patient as I would treat a member of my family.

Medicine is always evolving with new techniques, treatment plans, and medications. To stay up-to-date, I am an active member of many surgical societies, including the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the American Hernia Society, and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract.

Conditions and Treatments

  • kidney failure
  • colon cancer
  • lobular carcinoma in situ of breast
  • gallbladder disease
  • spleen disorder
  • ventral hernia
  • hidradenitis suppurativa
  • gallstone disease
  • lymphadenopathy
  • male breast enlargement
  • kidney disease
  • disorder of soft tissue
  • epithelial cyst
  • diverticulitis
  • epigastric hernia
  • fatty tumor
  • breast cancer
  • incisional hernia
  • benign breast disease
  • adrenal gland disorders
  • umbilical hernia
  • pilonidal cyst
  • robotic assisted surgery

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery at NYU Long Island School of Medicine
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Surgery - Surgery, 1997
Education and Training
  • MD from Northwestern University, 2018
  • Residency, Stony Brook University School of Medicine, Surgery, 1995

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  • A Single Center Observational Study of Long Term Outcomes of Robotic Assisted Abdominal Wall Reconstruction for Complex Abdominal Wall Hernias

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  • Halpern, David K; Liu, Helen H; Howell, Raelina S; Halpern, Robert M; Akerman, Meredith; Conlon, Joseph; Weidler, Christopher

    Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. 2020 Apr-Jun; 24(2):

  • Halpern, David K; Howell, Raelina S; Boinpally, Harika; Magadan-Alvarez, Cristina; Petrone, Patrizio; Brathwaite, Collin E M

    Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons. 2019 Jan-Mar; 23(1):

  • Laparoscopic Splenectomy for Isolated Recurrent Ovarian Cancer

    Sternchos, J; Finger, T; Halpern, David; Nezhat, F

    Journal of minimally invasive gynecology. 2012; 19(6 Suppl):S179-S179

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