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LIPSG History

An inside look at how Long Island Plastic Surgical Group has become the largest and longest running plastic surgery practice in North America

lipsg-oldShortly after the end of World War II, two Army surgeons returned home to New York City. Having encountered the new and not before seen ways the war managed to mangle the human body, Leonard R. Rubin, M.D. (1912-2001) and Richard H. Walden, M.D., D.D.S. (1913-2001) picked up invaluable first hand experience to put towards the newly emerging field of plastic surgery. As members of the teaching program at Kings County Hospital, Rubin and Walden both sought a way to expand their influences beyond the scope of New York City. Against the advice of many colleagues and peers, Rubin and Walden opened the Long Island Plastic Surgical Group (LIPSG) in April of 1948 in Hempstead, N.Y. While many viewed Long Island during this time period as an unorthodox location to start a plastic surgery practice, the two realized the island’s steadily increasing population and untouched opportunities in the field.






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