David M. Kupfer M.D.

  • David Kupfer M.D.

  • Specialty

    • Plastic and reconstructive surgery
    • Hand and upper extremity surgery
    • Micro - surgery
    • Peripheral nerve surgery

  • Short Bio

    Dr. David Kupfer is fellowship-trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery having obtained multiple additional board certifications. He specializes in hand and microsurgery with 28 years in practice specializing in the treatment of the most complex injuries of the upper extremities and peripheral nerves.


After finishing undergraduate education at University of California, San Diego graduating as Summa Cum Laude and receiving California’s Regent Scholar Award, Dr. Kupfer went to one of the nations most prestigious medical schools, University of California, San Francisco. He then spent an additional 11 years of medical and surgical training before entering practice in San Diego in 1991.

The depth of his medical training allowed him to become triple board-certified in Plastic Surgery, Hand and Microsurgery, and in General Surgery.

He is a Fellow member of The American College of Surgeons, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and multiple other medical Societies.

Since entering practice almost 3 decades ago, Dr. Kupfer has served as Chief of Plastic Surgery at Sharp Hospital San Diego, served as Medical Director to multiple outpatient ambulatory surgical centers in San Diego County and has authored and published numerous research articles. He has given multiple scientific presentations in both hand and microsurgery as well as cosmetic surgery.

Board Certifications

  • American Board of Surgery, 1990
  • Added Certificate in Surgery of the Hand, 1993
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1996

Medical Education

  • University of California, San Francisco, MD, 1980- 1984


  • University of California, San Diego, General Surgery, 1985


  • University of California, San Diego, General Surgery, 1985-1989


  • University of Utah Medical Center, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, 1989-1991

Professional Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons: Fellow – 1994
  • American College of Surgeons: San Diego Chapter – 1991
  • American Society of Ambulatory Surgeons.
  • American Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons – 1990
  • California Society of Plastic Surgery – 1996
  • San Diego Society of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeons – 1991
  • The American Association for Surgery of the Hand – 1993