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Mr. David Crabb

Qualifications: FRACS (GEN), FRACS (PLASTIC)B.A.

Specialty: Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery

Professional Profile

David Crabb obtained his medical degree in the UK and taught anatomy for a year before coming to New Zealand and completing training in General Surgery and then Plastics.

He formed an early association with Northland, rotating there as an advanced General Surgery trainee some years ago.

He has completed overseas fellowships in reconstructive microsurgery in Melbourne and a senior clinical fellowship in the London Regional Plastic Surgery Centre. He is an active member of anumber of Societies and a corresponding member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons

David began to practice in New Zealand in 1983 as a consultant Plastic Surgeon. He has practiced in Northland, Auckland and the Regional Plastic Surgery Centre at various times. He is currently working to upscale the Plastic Surgery service in Northland and is taking part in the Northern Regional Review of services at a planning level. His recent focus has been running a breast reconstructive and skin cancer reconstructive service, which is going well and provides a base to develop a full service.

David has been using fat grafting for more natural breast reconstruction for some years using small to medium volumes of transferred fat from other sites of the body. He has built on this work by being trained in the advanced techniques of large volume fat grafting using external tissue expansion and local tissue manipulation pioneered by Professor Khouri in the USA.

He is well down the track replacing most conventional procedures with these new techniques thus avoiding major invasive surgery, the sacrifice of donor muscles and the use of implants, all of which have their problems.

David is also an affliated provider with Southern Cross for the provision of skin cancer surgery acting in a supervisory role and as back up for specialist management of difficult cases and reconstruction.

He is a founding member of the New Zealand Foundation for Cosmetic Plastic Surgery which has been absorbed into the New Zealand Association of Plastic Surgeons. He has been elected Corresponding Member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery and continues to be involved with outcome studies and benchmarking.

David has been benchmarked as being in the top quartile when judged by patients on outcome and ranked against his American peers, particularly in the field of Cosmetic Surgery.

David continues to enjoy interacting with scientists at the University of Auckland where interesting projects arise with the opportunity to involve them in clinical projects.

David has a longstanding interest in skin cancer prevention, which is incorporated into his practice as are the opportunities for patients to access the latest developments from research endeavours.

Special Interests
  • Breast reconstruction and augmentation with fat grafting
  • Skin cancer
  • Cosmetic surgery
  • Lipomodelling
Current Membership of Professional/Other Bodies
  • New Zealand Medical Council and GMC (UK)
  • New Zealand and British Orthopaedic Associations
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England
  • Fellow of the royal Australasian College of Surgeons
  • CAOS (UK) (Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery)