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  • About Dr. Kupfer


    After finishing undergraduate education at University of California, San Diego graduating as Summa Cum Laude and receiving the state's Regent Scholar Award, Dr. Kupfer went to one of the nation's most prestigious medical school, University of California, San Francisco. He then spent an additional 11 years of medical and surgical training before entering practice in San Diego in 1991.

    The depth of his medical training allowed him to become triple board-certified in Plastic Surgery, Hand and Microsurgery, and in General Surgery.

    He is a Fellow member of The American College of Surgeons, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and multiple other medical Societies.

    Since entering practice more than 20 years ago, Dr. Kupfer has served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Sharp Hospital San Diego, served as Medical Director to multiple outpatient ambulatory surgical centers in San Diego County and has authored & published numerous research articles. He has given multiple scientific presentations in both hand and microsurgery as well as cosmetic surgery.


    BIRTH DATE:
    December 10, 1957

    MARITAL STATUS:
    Married with three children.

    ASSOCIATIONS & SOCIETIES:
    American Society of Ambulatory Surgeons - 1996
    American Society for Peripheral Nerve - 1996
    California Society of Plastic Surgery - 1996
    California Society of Industrial Medicine & Surgery – 1995
    American College of Surgeons: Fellow - 1994
    The American Association for Surgery of the Hand - 1993
    American College of Surgeons: San Diego Chapter - 1991
    San Diego Society of Plastic &Reconstructive Surgeons - 1991
    California Medical Association - 1990
    American Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons - 1990
    American Medical Society - 1984
    California Ambulatory Surgery Association.
    Federal Ambulatory Surgery Association.

    CERTIFICATIONS:
    American Board of Plastic Surgery: Board Certified - November 1996
    Added Certificate of Surgery of the Hand: Board Certified - August 1993
    American Board of Surgery: Board Certified - March 1990

    VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATIONS:
    American Cancer Society - Physician Speaker Bureau
    Interplast - Hand & Reconstructive Plastic Surgeon
    Outreach Surgical Program - Mercy Hospital
    Health Plus 55 - Volunteer Speaker

    HOSPITAL AFFILIATIONS:
    UCSD Medical Center
    UCSD Thornton Hospital
    Scripps Memorial Hospital – La Jolla
    Sharp Memorial Hospital

    ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS:
    Chief of Plastic Surgery Subsection - Sharp Memorial Hospital,
    Department of Plastic Surgery - 1998

    Assistant Clinical Voluntary Professor of Surgery - UCSD Medical Center,
    Department of Surgery

    Clinical Instructor - UCSD Medical Center,
    Department of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

    Clinical Instructor - UCSD Medical Center,
    Department of Orthopedic Surgery

    EDUCATION:
    1989 - 1991 Fellowship, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
    University of Utah Medical Center
    50 North Medical Drive
    Salt Lake City, UT 84132
    Graham Lister, M.D., Chairman

    1988 - 1989 Chief Resident, General Surgery
    University of California San Diego
    225 Dickinson Street
    San Diego, CA 92103
    A.R. Moossa, M.D., Chairman

    1984 - 1988 Residency, General Surgery
    University of CA at San Diego Medical Center
    225 Dickinson Street
    San Diego, CA 92103
    A.R. Moossa, M.D., Chairman

    1980 - 1984 Medical Degree
    University of CA at San Francisco
    513 Parnassus Street
    San Francisco, CA 94143
    Class Treasurer, 1981 - 1983

    1976 - 1980 Bachelor's of Science in Biology
    University of CA at San Diego
    Revelle College
    Gilman Drive at La Jolla Village Drive
    La Jolla, CA 92037
    Chancellor's Advisory Committee, 1978 - 1990
    Provost Advisory Committee, 1977 – 1979 Graduating GPA 3.92

    HONORS:
    Clinical Instructor of the Year Award - UCSD Department of Plastic Surgery, 1998
    Clinical Instructor of the Year Award - UCSD Department of Plastic Surgery, 1994
    Plastic Surgery Residents Conference Research Award, 1990
    Award for Excellence in Teaching - UCSD Medical Center, 1989
    Regents Scholar Award - UCSF Medical School, 1980
    Summa Cum Laude - UCSD, Revelle College, 1976 - 1980
    Provost Honor Society - UCSD, Revelle College, 1976 - 1980
    Worchester Foundation Research Fellowship Award, 1976
    Valedictorian Grossmont High School (GPA 4.0), 1974

    PUBLICATIONS:
    D.M. Kupfer, G.W. Lee, W. Shoemaker, L. Dellon and J. McSweeney. Simplified Approach to Wrist Denervation for Triangulofibrocartilage Complex Disruption. Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Vol. 15 (8): 621, November 1999.

    D.M. Kupfer, J. Bronson, G.W. Lee, J. Gillett, J. Beck. Differential Latency Testing: A More Sensitive Test for Radial Tunnel Syndrome. Year Book of Orthopedics 1999 – Reference No. (4)OR 15.

    D.M. Kupfer, C.L. Eaton, S. Swanson, M.K. McCarter, G.W. Lee. Ring Avulsion Injuries: A Biomechanical Study. Journal of Hand Surgery, Vol. 24A No 6, November 1999, p1249-1253.

    G.W. Lee, D.R. Massry, D.M. Kupfer, R.A. Abrams. Documentation of Brachial Plexus Compression in the Thoracic Inlet with Quantitative Sensory Testing. Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery – Manuscript No. 98-035.

    P.E. Chasan, D.M. Kupfer. Direct K-Wire Fixation Technique During Endoscopic Brow Lift. Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Journal, Vol. 22 No 5, p338-340, September/October 1998.

    D.M. Kupfer, J. Bronson, G.W. Lee, J. Gillett, J. Beck. Differential Latency Testing: A More Sensitive Test for Radial Tunnel Syndrome. Journal of Hand Surgery, Vol. 23A No 5, September 1998, p859-864.

    G.W. Lee, E.D. Collins, D.M. Kupfer, P.M. Weeks. Healing of Specialized Tissues. Manual of Acute Hand Injuries, Mosby Publishers, Philadelphia, PA, 1997, p1-33.

    D.M. Kupfer, J. Bronson, G.W. Lee, J. Gillett, J. Beck. Differential Latency Testing: A More Sensitive Test for Radial Tunnel (Abstract). Presented by D.M. Kupfer at the American Society for Peripheral Nerve Meeting, St. Louis, MO, May 31, 1996. Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Vol. 13 No 2, February 1997, p136.

    J. Bronson, G.W. Lee, J. Gillett, J. Beck, D.M. Kupfer. Provocative Nerve Testing in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Abstract). Presented by G.W. Lee at the American Society for Peripheral Nerve Meeting, St. Louis, MO, May 31, 1996. Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery, Vol. 13 No 2, February 1997, p139.

    D.M. Kupfer, G.D. Lister. The Pronator Quadratus Muscle Flap - Coverage of the Osteotomized Radius Following Elevation of the Radial Forearm Flap, Journal of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Vol. 90 No 6, December 1992, p1093-1095.

    D.M. Kupfer, L.M. Chick. The Gluteus Maximus Superior Split Muscle Flap for Complex Lower Back Wounds. British Journal of Plastic Surgery, November 1992.

    D.M. Kupfer, D.L. Dingman, T.R. Broadbent. Juvenile Breast Hypertrophy - A Report of a Familial Pattern & Review of the Literature. Journal of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Vol. 90 No 2, August 1992, p303-309.

    J.C. Fisher, D.M. Kupfer. Indications for "Prophylactic" Mastectomy. Problems in General Surgery, A.R. Moossa, editor, Vol. 6 No 1, 1989, p143.


    SCIENTIFIC PRESENTATIONS:

    A Simplified Approach for Wrist Denervation for TFCC Disruption. D.M. Kupfer, G.W. Lee, W. Shoemaker, L. Dellon. Presented by D.M. Kupfer at the American Society for Peripheral Nerve Annual Meeting. Los Angeles, California. June 20, 1999.

    A Simplified Approach for Pull Out Suture Technique in the Hand. D.M. Kupfer, R. Bodor, G.W. Lee. Presented by R. Bodor at the California Society of Plastic Surgery Meeting. 1999.

    A Simplified Approach for Wrist Denervation for TFCC Disruption. D.M. Kupfer, G.W. Lee, W. Shoemaker, L. Dellon. Presented by D.M. Kupfer at the American Association for Hand Surgery Meeting. Kamuela, Hawaii. January 14, 1999.

    Documentation of Brachial Plexus Compression in the Thoracic Inlet with Quantitative Sensory Testing. G.W. Lee, D.R. Massry, D.M. Kupfer, R. Abrams. Presented by G.W. Lee at the American Society for Peripheral Nerve Meeting. Vancouver, BC. May 23, 1998.

    Differential Latency Testing: A More Sensitive Test for Radial Tunnel. D.M. Kupfer, J. Bronson, G.W. Lee, J. Gillett, J. Beck. Presented by D.M. Kupfer at the American Society for Peripheral Nerve Meeting. St. Louis, Missouri. May 31, 1996.

    Provocative Nerve Testing in Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. J. Bronson, G.W. Lee, J. Gillett, J. Beck, D.M. Kupfer. Presented by G.W. Lee at the American Society for Peripheral Nerve Meeting. St. Louis, Missouri. May 31, 1996.

    Cumulative Trauma Disorder in the Upper Extremity. American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians. San Diego, California. January 23, 1993.

    Biomechanics & Prevention of Ring Avulsion Injury. American Society for Surgery of the Hand. Phoenix, Arizona. November 11 - 14, 1992.

    The Deep Plane Rhytidectomy - A Safe Approach. Video presentation. D.M. Kupfer, D.L. Dingman. American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Los Angeles, California. May 2-5, 1992.

    Transcoronal Blepharoplasty. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Poster presentation. New York, New York. May 1991.

    The Cutaneous Radial Forearm Flap - Reducing Donor Site Morbidity. Residents Conference -American Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. Madison, Wisconsin. May 1991.

    Sandostatin - Its Use in Pancreatic Fistulas. American College of Surgeons Conference. Palm Springs, California. February 1989.

    The 8S Estrogen Receptor by Glucose Density Gradient in Breast Carcinoma. Worcester Foundation for Experimental Biology. Worcester, Massachusetts. August 1974.

  • Cosmetic Surgery Procedures

    I am dedicated to providing the utmost in surgical expertise, care, and safety to all my patients. And to helping them gain confidence and appreciate their existing beauty within.

    PROCEDURES WE OFFER:

    The following are some of the procedures commonly performed by Dr. Kupfer. Click on a link below to learn more:

    BREAST PROCEDURES
    • Breast Augmentation
    • Breast Lift
    • Breast Reduction
    BODY PROCEDURES
    • Abdominoplasty - Tummy Tuck
    • Liposculpture
    FACE PROCEDURES
    • Blepharoplasty
    • Botox / Facial Fillers
    • Browlift
    • Chemical Peel / Dermabrasion
    • Facelift
    • Facial Implants
    • Lip Augmentation
    • Rhinoplasty
  • Hand & Microsurgery:

    Dr. Kupfer offers a complete range of hand and microsurgery procedures. Dr. Kupfer has been in practice for more than two decades performing more than 2,000 carpal tunnel release surgeries and thousands of additional nerve decompressions and reconstructions. His expertise in micro surgery allows him to offer his patients the most complex of reconstruction procedures such as Toe to Hand Transfers or Replantation Surgery.

    OUR PROCEDURES

    The following are some of the procedures commonly performed by Dr. Kupfer:

    • Arthritis of the Hand
    • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
    • Cubital Tunnel Syndrome
    • deQuervain tenosynovitis
    • Distal radius fractures
    • Duputren contracture
    • Extensor tendon injuries
    • Flexor tendon injuries
    • Ganglion Cysts of the Wrists/Hands
    • Nail Bed injuries
    • Replantation
    • Scaphoid fractures
    • Tennis Elbow
    • Toe to hand transplant
    • Trigger finger
  • OUR LOCATIONS:

    Click on any of the links below to obtain detailed diretions to any of our office locations.

    San Diego, CA: 5395 Ruffin Road Suite 201 San Diego Ca 92123

    Chula Vista, CA: 450 4th Avenue Suite 201 Chula Vista CA 91910

    Murrieta, CA: 25495 Medical Center Dr. Suite 303 Murrieta Ca 92562

    Surgery Center - San Diego, CA 4910 Directors Place Suite 100 San Diego Ca 92121

  • Main Office:

    5395 Ruffin Road #201
    San Diego, CA 92123

    Phone/Fax:

    Main: (858) 560-0242
    FAX: (858) 560-1974

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