David D. Zabel, MD, PA, FACS

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Zabel Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

White Clay Medical Center

550 Stanton Christiana Road, Suite 202

Newark, Delaware


Class of 1999

David D. Zabel, MD PA FACS, attended Case Western University, Cleveland Ohio where he received a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering.  Dr Zabel then attended University of Cincinnati where he obtained his medical degree.

Dr. Zabel completed 7 years General Surgery Residency at Christiana Hospital and 2 years of training at University of California, San Francisco in the Wound Healing Research Lab.  He continued his education at the University of Pittsburgh where he completed his Plastic Surgery Residency. He is a retired Commander in the United States Navy Reserves.

Dr. Zabel has been in practice in Delaware since 2001 and is Board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.  He is a member of the staff of Christiana Care Health Systems, St Francis Hospital, Jennersville Regional Hospital, and a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Zabel has published over 25 peer review journal articles and 5 book chapters in the fields of wound repair and plastic surgery.

Dr. Zabel specializes in reconstructive surgery and wound care encompassing hernia repair, surgical dermatology, hand surgery, post-cancer reconstruction, post-trauma reconstruction, scar and keloid, treatment, cosmetic and reconstructive breast surgery. Dr. Zabel is currently the Director of the Christiana Hernia Center and is the Chief of Plastic Surgery at Christiana Care Health Systems.

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Moore, F., Thornton, B., Shiroff, A., Zabel, D., Vasconez, H. Two partially embedded rings resulting in chronic erosion of a finger. Del Med J. 2004; 76 (12) : 431-434.

Moore, F., Thornton, B., Zabel, D., Vasconez, H. Autogenous orbital reconstruction in a child with congenital abnormalities of the orbital roof and vertical orbital dystopia. J Craniofac Surg. 2004;
15 (6): 930-933.

Zabel, D., Eskra, B., Laddis, D., Noorchashm, N., Siewers, R., Bertz, M. Pectoralis muscle flap reconstruction of pediatric sterna wound infections. J Craniofac Surg. 2003; 14 (4): 512-6.

Fulda, G., Khan, S., Zabel, D. Special issues in plastic and reconstructive surgery. Crit Care Clin. 2003;19 (1): 91-108, vi.

Mason, A., Zabel, D., Manders, E. Occult craniocerebral injuries from dog bites in young children. Ann Plast. Surg. 2000; 45 (5): 531-534.

Cohen, B., Zabel, D.,  Newton, E., Cantanzarit, A. Soft tissue reconstruction for recalcitrant diabetic foot wounds. J Foot Ankle Surg. 1999; 38 (6): 388-393.

Hoelzer, D., Zabel, D., Zern, J. Determining duration of antibiotic use in children with complicated appendicitis. Pediatric Infect Dis J. 1999; 18 (11): 979-982.

Constant, J., Hunt, T., Zabel, D., Yuan, H., Scheuenstuhl, H., Suh, D., Hussain, M. Macrophages respond to hypoxia and lactate by releasing vascular endothelial growth factor. Wound Repair Regen. 2000 Sep. – Oct.; 8 (5) :353-60.

Mathes, G., Zabel, D., Nastala, C., Shestak, K., Scar endometrioma 5- years after
abdominoplasty and hysterectomy. Ann Plast Surg 1998; 40(6):672-675.

Zabel, D., Tinkoff, G., Wittenborn, W., Hailstone, D., Fulda, G. Lateral cervical-spine radiography in high-risk, alert, blunt trauma patients. J trauma 1997;43(6):952-956.