More About Dr. David F. Pratt – Pratt Plastic Surgery
Serving Patients in Bellevue and the Greater Seattle Area
“My patient and I are a team. Together, we define the problem, and then develop a plan to solve the problem. Following surgery, we work together until my patient is fully recovered both physically and emotionally.”
Originally from Connecticut, Dr. David Pratt began his academic career in the New England town of Chestnut Hill just outside of Boston where from 1976 to 1980 he attended Boston College. He graduated with honors and then attended medical school at The George Washington University School of Medicine, in Washington D.C.
Following his graduation from medical school, Dr. David Pratt spent six years training in General Surgery at the University of Nevada and the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City, Kansas. During his General Surgery training, Dr. Pratt performed over two thousand major general surgical procedures such as breast cancer surgery including mastectomy and lumpectomy, surgery of the thyroid, parathyroid, and pancreas, stomach and bowel surgery, as well as major vascular, lung and esophageal procedures.
Dr. Pratt served as Chief Resident in General Surgery at the University of Kansas from 1992-93, and was in charge of teaching medical students and residents. After passing both written and oral examinations, Dr. Pratt was granted certification in General Surgery by the American Board of Surgery. Subsequently, Dr. Pratt completed two years of additional fellowship training, specializing in the field of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Cosmetic Surgery at the Oregon Health Sciences University.
During his training, Dr. Pratt perfected his microsurgical technique and performed intricate procedures such as reattachment of finger and hands. Dr. Pratt was even able to successfully reattach the finger of a one-year-old boy, a rare surgery indeed. Learn more about this boy’s surgery. Learn more about this boy’s surgery.
Dr. David Pratt received his cosmetic plastic surgery training under the direction of eighteen prominent plastic surgeons, including those from hospitals at Harvard University, Massachusetts General Hospital, Johns Hopkins University, UCLA, University of California San Francisco, Walter Reed and Madigan Army Hospitals. After passing rigorous written and oral examinations,
Dr. Pratt was granted the right of passage to become certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and has subsequently been accepted as a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgery. Following his residency in Plastic Surgery, Dr. Pratt went on to receive special training in the use of the CO2 laser at Harvard Medical School. Since that time Dr. Pratt has obtained extensive experience in skin resurfacing with the CO2 and Erbium lasers, as well as use of the Q-switched Ruby laser used for treatment of tattoos and pigmented skin spots.
Following completion of his training, Dr. Pratt entered private practice in 1995 in the western suburbs of Chicago. Over the next four years, Dr. Pratt built a thriving practice in Chicago, eventually rising to the level of the Chief of Plastic Surgery Division at the Watertower Surgicenter in Chicago’s “Gold Coast” region. During his time in Chicago, Dr. Pratt performed a variety of cosmetic surgical procedures of the face, such as facelifts, rhinoplasty (nasal surgery), blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery), Asian blepharoplasty, as well as lip augmentation, chin and cheek implants. Additionally, he perfected the body contouring techniques such as the tumescent and ultrasonic liposuction procedures, as well as the major abdominoplasty procedure and in 1999 commenced his current greater Seattle area plastic surgery practice.
Renowned Seattle plastic surgeon Dr. David Pratt has over twenty years of experience in breast surgery, having performed more than one thousand major breast surgical procedures. As a general surgeon, he performed cancer treatment procedures such as mastectomy and lumpectomy, and also assisted in some of the early trials of regional radiation treatment of breast cancer following partial breast removal. Dr. Pratt currently concentrates on cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the breast to help his breast lift and breast augmentation Seattle, Bellevue and Tacoma patients achieve fuller breasts.
While in Chicago, Dr. Pratt’s practice included a large number of men and patients of color who benefited significantly from both facial and body plastic surgical procedures.
With his wife Dr. Sana Isa-Pratt, Dr. Pratt recently returned to the Pacific Northwest in 1999 following completion of her residency and chief residency in Internal Medicine at Northwestern University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Isa-Pratt, M.D. is currently an attending physician at Overlake Hospital Medical Center practicing Internal Medicine along side Dr. Pratt in our new Kirkland medical facility.
The Pratt family enjoys snow skiing, in-line skating, kayaking, and hiking.
A Frank Discussion with Dr. David F. Pratt
What are your greatest passions in life?
The three greatest passions in my life are my family, the great outdoors, and my work in plastic surgery.
What is your favorite outdoor activity?
Without a doubt, snow skiing is by far my favorite sport. The steeper and deeper, the better! There is nothing comparable to the beauty and peacefulness of the mountains in the winter.
What is it about your Plastic Surgery work that excites you the most?
I get incredible satisfaction as a Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon performing any procedure that will help others live a better life. Whether it is sewing up a child’s facial laceration in the emergency room, repairing a badly injured hand, or giving a mom back the opportunity to wear a bikini, I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to make a real difference in people’s lives.
What is your favorite cosmetic surgery to perform?
Although I enjoy just about all of the procedures I perform, I would have to say that abdominoplasty with liposuction of the flanks is such an ideal procedure that I truly enjoy performing it and seeing patients back in follow-up after surgery.
Why do you feel that abdominoplasty is an “ideal procedure”?
An ideal procedure in plastic surgery is one that has the ability to make a dramatic improvement in one’s appearance and activity level, leaves scars that are inconspicuous or easily concealed, and that addresses multiple problems that the patient has. A tummy tuck fulfills all of these criteria. It can certainly make a tremendous difference in the patient’s appearance and often allows one to resume activities and wear garments which had long been abandoned. When I perform this procedure, I limit the incision, and try to avoid carrying it out around the hip and back regions so that my patients can hopefully have the opportunity to wear a bikini again. In fact it is my goal and sincere hope for all my patients to be able to feel comfortable in a two piece bathing suit! The other key to this procedure is the recreation of a natural appearing belly button. A perfectly executed tummy tuck in my opinion is a failure if there is an obvious circular scar around the belly button. Learn about Dr. Pratt’s Bikini Belly Button.
Which of your accomplishments are you the most proud of?
Helping my wife bring up two wonderful children.
What are your hopes for the future?
I hope to utilize my plastic surgical skills on a voluntary basis, either here in the U.S or abroad. There are many wonderful organizations which enable physicians to work in their particular specialty in under served regions around the world.