“I was born to plastic surgery. All surgical challenges have a cosmetic side and patient participation is essential. New cosmetic techniques are exciting and continue to advance the specialty, but patient service and satisfaction are my number one goals.. My goal is to do what is best for my patients and give my time for their needs. This is why I love my work.”
Dr. Gilbert’s interest in plastic surgery began as a medical student during a trauma rotation. This exposure evolved into a deep respect for patients and their surgical challenges. An early preceptorship in genitourinary reconstruction and a fellowship in hand, surgery helped to focus his interest in these two reconstructive areas. Over his plastic surgery career, Dr. Gilbert has maintained an abiding interest in cosmetic surgery, and more recently, in body scanner technology.
MD: University of Alberta
Fellow: Royal College of Surgeons, Canada
American College of Surgeons
Diplomate: American Board of Plastic Surgeons
Member: American Society of Plastic Surgeons
American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons
Society for Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons
American College of Surgeons
Personal Mission Statement:
My goal as a well-trained plastic surgeon is to produce my best possible results while respecting my patient’s wishes and privacy. My extensive surgical experience provides me with the best opportunity to meet my patients’ needs.. The interactive relationship between a doctor and a patient presents a unique opportunity to provide comfort and happiness to others.
Dr. David A. Gilbert is a native of Canada. He earned his medical degree at The University of Alberta. This was followed by an internship at the Vancouver General Hospital. Dr. Gilbert then completed his general surgery and plastic surgery training at The University of Alberta. Following a Plastic Surgery fellowship at the Eastern Virginia Medical School and a Hand Fellowship at New York University, he became board certified in plastic surgery in 1978. Dr. Gilbert joined Plastic Surgery Specialist in 1979 and has been practicing Norfolk ever since.
Dr. Gilbert holds a Community Faculty position at The Eastern Virginia Medical School as an Associate Professor in Surgery (Plastic Surgery). He has served on numerous hospital boards and committees including Department Chairman at Bon Secours DePaul Hospital on two occasions.
Dr. Gilbert has active hospital privileges at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital aid Leigh Memorial Hospital, The Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, and DePaul Hospital. He also has consulting privileges at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital and Maryview Hospital.
Dr. Gilbert is a member of numerous national and international medical societies, including The American College of Surgeons, The American Board for Plastic Surgeons, The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, The International Reconstructive Microsurgical Society, and The Genitourinary Reconstructive Surgeons Society. Dr. Gilbert’s active practice includes a balance of cosmetic plastic surgery including body contouring and facial rejuvenation procedures. He also has an active interest in reconstructive genitourinary surgery. He has written extensively on many plastic surgery topics. Dr. Gilbert actively interfaces with hospital residents, the trauma team at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, and the genitourinary reconstructive fellows on a daily basis.
Dr. Gilbert resides in Virginia Beach with his three children.