David A Daar

Assistant Professor of Clinical Surgery

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Dr. Daar is a fellowship-trained plastic surgeon specializing in reconstructive plastic surgery and microsurgery with a particular focus in breast reconstruction. Dr. Daar also co-directs the USC Lymphedema Center.

Dr. Daar has been a member of the Trojan family since he attended USC as an undergraduate. He completed his medical degree at UC Irvine (UCI), where he took on extra training in closing the healthcare gap of California’s Latino community. Dr. Daar completed his plastic surgery residency in the Hansjörg Wyss Department of Plastic Surgery at NYU Langone Health, followed by a microsurgery fellowship at USC.

As plastic surgery involves restoring both aesthetic form and function, Dr. Daar believes that listening to patients is key to ensuring a successful outcome that truly satisfies the patient’s needs.


  • A comparison of postoperative outcomes based on recipient vessels in scalp free flap reconstruction: A systematic review and meta-analysis Microsurgery. 2024 Jul; 44(5):e31211. . View in PubMed
  • The Impact of Intraoperative Vasopressor Use and Fluid Status on Flap Survival in Traumatic Lower Extremity Reconstruction J Reconstr Microsurg. 2024 Jun 24. . View in PubMed
  • J Reconstr Microsurg. 2024 May 31. . View in PubMed
  • The association between number of intercostal nerves transferred and elbow flexion: a systematic review and pooled analysis Br J Neurosurg. 2024 Apr; 38(2):398-403. . View in PubMed
  • Letter re: Shifting the American College of Surgeons Clinical Congress to 100% Virtual Format During the COVID-19 Pandemic, Is It Better for Knowledge Dissemination? Am Surg. 2023 Dec; 89(12):6435-6436.. View in PubMed
  • Preauthorization Inconsistencies Prevail in Reduction Mammaplasty Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2023 Oct; 11(10):e5361. . View in PubMed
  • Perioperative Medication Management in Elective Plastic Surgery Procedures J Craniofac Surg. 2023 May 01; 34(3):1131-1136. . View in PubMed
  • Updates in Traumatic Lower Extremity Free Flap Reconstruction Plast Reconstr Surg. 2023 11 01; 152(5):913e-918e. . View in PubMed
  • Patient-Centred Outcomes Following Open Carpal Tunnel Release: A Systematic Review of the Current Literature J Hand Surg Asian Pac Vol. 2022 Jun; 27(3):430-438. . View in PubMed
  • Gender-affirming Phalloplasty: A Postoperative Protocol for Success Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2022 Jun; 10(6):e4394. . View in PubMed
  • Single Versus Double Venous Anastomosis Microvascular Free Flaps for Head and Neck Reconstruction J Craniofac Surg. 2022 May 01; 33(3):784-786. . View in PubMed
  • Robotic deep inferior epigastric perforator flap harvest in breast reconstruction Microsurgery. 2022 May; 42(4):319-325. . View in PubMed
  • Osteoradionecrosis After Radiation to Reconstructed Mandible With Titanium Plate and Osseointegrated Dental Implants Pract Radiat Oncol. 2022 Mar-Apr; 12(2):90-94. . View in PubMed
  • Early-onset osteoradionecrosis following adjuvant volumetric-modulated arc therapy to an osteocutaneous free fibula flap with customized titanium plate J Stomatol Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2022 10; 123(5):e454-e457. . View in PubMed
  • Hematoma following gender-affirming mastectomy: A systematic review of the evidence J Plast Reconstr Aesthet Surg. 2022 09; 75(9):3108-3121. . View in PubMed
  • Double-Barrel Versus Single-Barrel Fibula Flaps for Mandibular Reconstruction: Safety and Outcomes Laryngoscope. 2022 08; 132(8):1576-1581. . View in PubMed
  • A Comparative Analysis of Nonthumb Metacarpal Fracture Treatments in New York City Civilians and Incarcerated Individuals J Correct Health Care. 2022 08; 28(4):260-266. . View in PubMed
  • Medicine as Art: The Potential Role of Nonfungible Tokens in Plastic Surgery Plast Reconstr Surg. 2022 10 01; 150(4):939e-940e. . View in PubMed
  • The Zoom View: How Does Video Conferencing Affect What Our Patients See in Themselves, and How Can We Do Right by Them? Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021 Jul 01; 148(1):172e-174e.. View in PubMed
  • Hematoma After Non-Oncologic Breast Procedures: A Comprehensive Review of the Evidence Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2021 12; 45(6):2602-2617. . View in PubMed
  • Dangle Protocols in Lower Extremity Reconstruction J Surg Res. 2021 10; 266:77-87. . View in PubMed
  • Predicting postoperative complications following mastectomy in the elderly: Evidence for the 5-factor frailty index Breast J. 2021 06; 27(6):509-513. . View in PubMed
  • Clinical Outcomes of 2019 COVID-19 Positive Patients Who Underwent Surgery: A New York City Experience J Surg Res. 2021 05; 261:113-122. . View in PubMed
  • Deconstructing the Reconstruction: Evaluation of Process and Efficiency in Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flaps Plast Reconstr Surg. 2021 03 01; 147(3):559e-560e. . View in PubMed
  • The extent of brachial plexus injury: an important factor in spinal accessory nerve to suprascapular nerve transfer outcomes Br J Neurosurg. 2020 Oct; 34(5):591-594. . View in PubMed
  • Modified Frailty Index Predicts Postoperative Complications following Panniculectomy in the Elderly Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2020 Jul; 8(7):e2987. . View in PubMed
  • Scaphometacarpal Space and Postoperative Outcomes: A Systematic Review J Wrist Surg. 2020 Jun; 9(3):263-267. . View in PubMed
  • Transversus Abdominis Plane Blocks in Microsurgical Breast Reconstruction: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis J Reconstr Microsurg. 2020 Jun; 36(5):353-361. . View in PubMed
  • Medial Sural Artery Musculocutaneous Perforator (MSAP) Flap for Reconstruction of Pharyngoesophageal Defects Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2020 Jun; 162(6):993-995. . View in PubMed
  • Larger free flap size is associated with increased complications in lower extremity trauma reconstruction Microsurgery. 2020 May; 40(4):473-478. . View in PubMed
  • Microsurgery. 2020 Mar; 40(3):361-369. . View in PubMed
  • The Decline of Head and Neck Reconstruction in Plastic Surgery: Where Do We Go from Here? Plast Reconstr Surg. 2020 Feb; 145(2):467e-468e.. View in PubMed
  • The Latest Evolution in Virtual Surgical Planning: Customized Reconstruction Plates in Free Fibula Flap Mandibular Reconstruction Plast Reconstr Surg. 2020 10; 146(4):872-879. . View in PubMed
  • Melting the Plastic Ceiling: Where We Currently Stand on Measures to Support Women in Academic Plastic Surgery Plast Reconstr Surg. 2020 09; 146(3):698-707. . View in PubMed
  • In Response to “Regarding the MSAP Flap: A Better Option in Complex Head and Neck Reconstruction? ” Laryngoscope. 2020 08; 130(8):E457.. View in PubMed
  • Management and Complications of Non-Thumb Metacarpal Fractures in the Incarcerated Population J Correct Health Care. 2020 04; 26(2):151-158. . View in PubMed
  • Revisiting the Reverse Sural Artery Flap in Distal Lower Extremity Reconstruction: A Systematic Review and Risk Analysis Ann Plast Surg. 2020 04; 84(4):463-470. . View in PubMed
  • Free Tissue Transfer with Distraction Osteogenesis and Masquelet Technique Is Effective for Limb Salvage in Patients with Gustilo Type IIIB Open Fractures Plast Reconstr Surg. 2020 04; 145(4):1071-1076. . View in PubMed
  • Free-Flap Reconstruction for Diabetic Lower Extremity Limb Salvage J Surg Res. 2020 04; 248:165-170. . View in PubMed
  • Barriers to Bottom Surgery for Transgender Men Plast Reconstr Surg. 2020 03; 145(3):667e-669e. . View in PubMed
  • Risk factors for microvascular free flaps in pediatric lower extremity trauma Microsurgery. 2020 Jan; 40(1):44-50. . View in PubMed
  • Comparing Outcomes for Fasciocutaneous versus Muscle Flaps in Foot and Ankle Free Flap Reconstruction J Reconstr Microsurg. 2019 Nov; 35(9):646-651. . View in PubMed
  • Vein Size Mismatch Increases Flap Failure in Lower Extremity Trauma Free Flap Reconstruction J Reconstr Microsurg. 2019 Oct; 35(8):587-593. . View in PubMed
  • Obesity and Lower Extremity Reconstruction: Evaluating Body Mass Index as an Independent Risk Factor for Early Complications J Reconstr Microsurg. 2019 Jun; 35(5):346-353. . View in PubMed
  • Quantifying outcomes for leech therapy in digit revascularization and replantation J Hand Surg Eur Vol. 2019 May; 44(4):414-418. . View in PubMed
  • Predictors of Adverse Outcomes in the Management of Mandibular Fractures J Craniofac Surg. 2019 Mar/Apr; 30(2):571-577. . View in PubMed
  • Timing of Microsurgical Reconstruction in Lower Extremity Trauma: An Update of the Godina Paradigm Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 09; 144(3):759-767. . View in PubMed
  • A Standardized, More Thorough Reporting of Disclosures in Plastic Surgery Literature Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 07; 144(1):155e-156e. . View in PubMed
  • A Call to Action for Male Surgeons in the Wake of the #MeToo Movement: Mentor Female Surgeons Ann Surg. 2019 07; 270(1):26-28. . View in PubMed
  • The medial sural artery perforator flap: A better option in complex head and neck reconstruction? Laryngoscope. 2019 06; 129(6):1330-1336.. View in PubMed
  • Proximal Row Carpectomy versus Four-Corner Arthrodesis for the Treatment of Scapholunate Advanced Collapse/Scaphoid Nonunion Advanced Collapse Wrist: A Cost-Utility Analysis Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 05; 143(5):1432-1445. . View in PubMed
  • Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 05; 143(5):906e-919e. . View in PubMed
  • Diabetes is associated with an increased risk of wound complications and readmission in patients with surgically managed pressure ulcers Wound Repair Regen. 2019 05; 27(3):249-256. . View in PubMed
  • Survival after Digit Replantation and Revascularization Is Not Affected by the Use of Interpositional Grafts during Arterial Repair Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 03; 143(3):551e-557e. . View in PubMed
  • Plast Reconstr Surg. 2019 02; 143(2):393e-403e. . View in PubMed
  • Lower Eyelid Blepharoplasty: Does the Literature Support the Longevity of this Procedure? Aesthet Surg J. 2018 Nov 12; 38(12):1289-1297.. View in PubMed
  • Readability of online materials for Dupuytren’s contracture J Hand Ther. 2018 Oct – Dec; 31(4):472-479. . View in PubMed
  • Trends in Rhinoplasty Research: A 20-Year Bibliometric Analysis Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2018 Aug; 42(4):1071-1084. . View in PubMed
  • Public Interest in Breast Augmentation: Analysis and Implications of Google Trends Data Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2018 Jun; 42(3):648-655. . View in PubMed
  • Disparities in Postmastectomy Breast Reconstruction: A Systematic Review of the Literature and Modified Framework for Advancing Research Toward Intervention Ann Plast Surg. 2018 10; 81(4):495-502. . View in PubMed
  • The Latino Physician Shortage: How the Affordable Care Act Increases the Value of Latino Spanish-Speaking Physicians and What Efforts Can Increase Their Supply J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2018 02; 5(1):170-178. . View in PubMed
  • Readability of Online Materials for Rhinoplasty World J Plast Surg. 2018 Jan; 7(1):89-96. . View in PubMed
  • An Innovative Risk-Reducing Approach to Postmastectomy Radiation Delivery after Autologous Breast Reconstruction Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open. 2017 Apr; 5(4):e1265. . View in PubMed
  • The Bagautdinov dressing method: negative pressure wound therapy in a patient with an allergy to acrylate adhesive Int Wound J. 2017 Feb; 14(1):198-202. . View in PubMed
  • Plastic Surgery and Acellular Dermal Matrix: Highlighting Trends from 1999 to 2013 World J Plast Surg. 2016 May; 5(2):97-108. . View in PubMed