Lisa David, M.D.
March 12, 2015
An active professor and surgeon who is passionate about medical missions and resident education
Dr. David is Professor and Program Director of the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC. She earned her M.D. at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, IN. Dr. David completed her General Surgery residency at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, MI and a Plastic Surgery residency at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem, NC.
Why Dr. David was nominated:
- Dr. David is dedicated to medical missions and regularly does trips to Third World countries – 10 countries thus far. She has developed a resident mission program so that all of her graduating residents get Third World training experiences.
- As a result, her residents travel across the world helping people who would otherwise never have access to a gifted reconstructive surgeon, let alone be treated by one for free.
- She is active in many regional and national plastic surgery interest groups – and is an editor and reviewer for major publications in the discipline.
- She is an extremely busy clinician, known as the heart and soul of the Wake Forest Plastic Surgery residency.
Dr. David is the kind of physician you want to treat your mother, your husband or your child. She is the kind of human being you would want to be: a loving, caring teacher. She is the most influential person in my professional life. She taught me that it is okay to care about your patients as human beings. And, that treating people well does not end when office hours are over and that it is critical to always do your best work.”
In Dr. David’s own words:
What does being a doctor mean to you?
I was born with congenital anomalies, and this is what led me to become a doctor and work in the field of reconstructive medicine. It is a blessing to follow my dreams of taking care of children born with congenital birth defects – and to step into people’s lives at extremely difficult times and have the opportunity to make things better for them.”
Can you tell us about your community involvement or volunteer work?
I am involved with charities run by my church, Grace Baptist Church of Winston-Salem, including local missions and soup kitchens. In conjunction with the Association of Baptists for World Evangelism (ABWE), I participate in foreign mission trips for two weeks every year or two. I have an ongoing involvement with hospitals in Togo and Kenya, providing needed assistance to underprivileged patients dealing with deformities. And I also teach residents, believing I have a responsibility to help them develop a passion for medicine and for giving back to their communities.”
How would you use the award money?
I would divide the funds among the hospitals in Africa that I am involved with, to help them get much-needed supplies and medication.”