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David T. W. Chiu, M.D., F.A.C.S., began his education in medicine at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons in 1973.  He received training in general surgery at Barnes Hospital and Washington University Medical Center and earned his Board Certification in plastic surgery in 1982.  A fellowship in hand surgery with Professor Robert W. Beasley, former Director of the Hand Surgery Service at NYU Medical Center, followed, and Dr. Chiu was shortly thereafter invited to remain on as faculty at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.  Over the course of the next decade, Dr. Chiu would help the Hand Surgery Clinic grow into the busiest clinic at Bellevue Hospital Center.  He was recruited back to Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center in 1989. That same year, he completed his plastic surgery residency, where he served as Associate Director, then as Director of Plastic Surgery Services, a position he held until 1997.  In 2001, Dr. Chiu would return to NYU’s Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery.  The year 2004 would prove to be a significant year – Dr. Chiu established a multi-departmental center for peripheral nerve surgery at NYU Medical Center. He was also named Chief of the Hand Surgery program and Director of the Hand Surgery Fellowship at the Institute for Reconstructive Plastic Surgery. He currently holds a tenured position at New York University as Professor of Surgery (Plastic Surgery & Neurosurgery) and a position at Columbia University as Adjunct Professor of Anatomy and Cell Biology.

Over the course of the more than 30 years that Dr. Chiu has spent in medicine, he has earned an international reputation for excellence. An innovator in plastic surgery and peripheral nerve surgery and an expert in reconstructive and microsurgery, Dr. Chiu has worked to expand what modern medicine is capable of achieving.  Among his many accomplishments in medicine is the invention of the Autogenous Venous Nerve Conduit surgical technique, an advanced method used to repair and reconnect severed peripheral nerves using vein tissue from a patient’s own body. 

Other surgical areas that Dr. Chiu has done pioneering work include:

  • Stage reconstruction of complete complex syndactyly (fusion of the fingers) as in Apert’s syndrome
  • Pin wheel technique for the surgical correction of gynecomastia (enlarged male breast)
  • Minimal incision open technique in carpal tunnel release
  • Microsurgical reconstruction of amniotic band syndrome