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Dr. Darrick Antell: My Profile
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Getting To Know Me
Dr. Antell is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon who has been in private practice for over 20 years. He is an official spokesperson for the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and has membership in many regional and national medical societies, including the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Antell is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

He received his general surgery training at the prestigious Stanford University Medical Center. Dr. Antell then went on to specialize in plastic/reconstructive surgery, training at the New York Hospital/Cornell Medical Center and the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Interestingly, he also has a Doctor of Medical Dentistry (DMD) degree from Case Western Reserve University. With both these degrees (MD and DMD), Dr. Antell has the unique expertise to analyze and reconstruct the face.

"As a kid I was very finicky, very detail oriented. I was always straightening up without thinking about it, so I liked the precision of plastic surgery. Having gone to dental school first was really helpful; it's terrific training in using your hands."

Over 10 years ago, Dr. Randolph H. Guthrie, Jr., M.D. entrusted Dr. Antell with his practice. As a pioneer in breast reconstruction during his time as the Chief of Plastic Surgery at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City, Dr. Guthrie limited his private practice exclusively to the breast: including reductions, augmentations and reconstruction. Prior to his retirement, Dr. Guthrie had one of the most successful practices in New York. He attended St. Paul's School in New Hampshire, and graduated from Andover, followed by Princeton and then Harvard Medical School. He mentored and trained Dr. Antell at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center (now called New York-Presbyterian, the University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell). In the words of Dr. Guthrie, in speaking with Dr. Antell: "A lot of people have offered me money for my practice, but I think it is unethical to sell it to the highest bidder. I would like to give you the practice at no charge as I think you are the best Doctor."

With thousands of successful procedures to date, you will be in the most capable and experienced of hands. Dr. Antell has appeared on NY Magazine's Best Doctor list for many years and has been featured in numerous articles and publications. Please visit our Media Presence page for more information.

All of Dr. Antell's procedures are meticulously performed at our on-site, state-of-the-art surgical facility, Lennox Hill Ambulatory Surgery, P.C. This certified operating room meets the accreditation standards of the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgical Facilities (AAAASF) and the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO). Overnight stays can also be arranged with or without private nursing care.

Plastic surgery, whether face, breast, or body, encourages and promotes a strong, positive self-image. No matter how small or large the change on the outside, these procedures can create extraordinary changes on the inside, allowing an individual's self confidence to flourish.

Dr. Antell believes that "Plastic surgery should whisper, not scream". With both a medical as well as a dental degree, Dr. Antell has the unique training that each field provides. The extreme detail required of Dentistry as well as "eye" for facial proportions provides our patients with the best experience possible.

Dr. Antell personally meets with every patient to discuss all of the options available. Many times people come to New York City and go "Doctor Shopping" to collect opinions. Our office is proud to say that we have had many people comment that Dr. Antell spent more time with them, and was friendlier than any of the others they saw in New York. This may be partially due to his having been brought up in Independence, Ohio, a small town half way between Akron and Cleveland.

Patients need to feel rapport with the Doctor and staff. They need to know that no question is too silly to ask.

My father was a dentist and I initially went to dental school. Subsequently I met a plastic surgeon (Dr. Clifford Kiehn) who had both a medical as well as a dental degree and I was very impressed with the work Dr. Kiehn was doing. I recognized that the special skills possessed by having both degrees set Dr. Kiehn apart making him a leader in his day. Thus I applied early decision to medical school knowing that I wanted to be a plastic surgeon. I have always been very detail oriented, enjoyed needlepoint and my mother stated that even as a child, I would walk in a room and straighten the magazines on a table as I would walk by without even giving it a thought.

Plastic surgery enhances one's soul. In my practice we specialize in "you" and I get great satisfaction out of making people look and feel as good as possible. I have had plastic surgery myself, including eyelid surgery (25 years ago) and periodic Botox injections. Having my eyelids done was one of the best things I ever did, other than marry my wife.