Deowall Chattar-Cora, M.D
VAH Orthopaedic Service
Born and raised in the borough of the Bronx in New York City, I received a well rounded education and my Bachelor of Arts at Sarah Lawrence College. I went on to earn my medical degree at the prestigious New York University School of Medicine. While completing my subsequent research fellowship at the Albert Einstein School of Medicine in New York City, I published numerous articles in spinal surgery and colon cancer in the underserved groups of New York City. Next, I completed a general surgery residency at Morristown Memorial Hospital in New Jersey. While there, I continued to conduct research in the fields of plastic and reconstructive surgery, vascular surgery, laparoscopic surgery and trauma surgery. My findings were published in various medical journals and presented at national and international conferences. I believe in education and community; thus I was greatly honored to be voted by the Morristown medical students as Resident Teacher of the Year, 2000-2001 and 2001-2002, as well as chosen by my fellow residents as Most Dependable Resident 2001-2002. My passion to help those in need continues today, whether it be in my Clinic, Operating Room, or as I provide health care overseas through my multiple mission trips to Third World countries.
Following my general surgery residency, I went back to the Bronx to complete a Burn Surgery fellowship at the Jacobi Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Here, I fulfilled a childhood dream of working at the hospital where I was born and serving the Puerto Rican community in which I was raised. After my fellowship, I went on to The University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio to complete a three year residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. While there I conducted and published research on multiple topics, to include: the use of microsurgical procedures to treat combat wounds suffered by American soldiers during Operation Iraqi Freedom, reconstructive procedures for limb salvage, injury patterns secondary to railroad accidents suffered by Hispanic groups in Texas, and the safety of cosmetic surgical procedures on an out-patient basis. In September 2005, the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons recognized the research I conducted during my plastic surgery training with the Best Clinical Paper Award; my findings were presented regionally and nationally. Upon completion of my plastic and reconstructive surgery residency, I was honored with the Jaime R. Garza, MD, DMD Award for Excellence in Clinical Care and Research. After completing my residency in plastic surgery, I began a hand surgery and microsurgery fellowship at the famous Hand Center of San Antonio with the world well-known surgeons William C. Pederson, MD and David P. Green, MD.
I enjoy the full spectrum of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery ; including cosmetic surgery, reconstructive oncological and traumatic surgery, hand surgery and microsurgery. My ultimate satisfaction is helping my patients; whether it be a child with a congenital deformity look normal and avoid being ostracized, treating a hand injury so that a patient can provide for their family, reconstructing a deformity secondary to cancer and giving that survivor a sense of normalcy, helping save a trauma victim’s mangled extremity or giving a cosmetic surgery patient a sense of youth and feeling good about themselves.