David J. Gray, MD
Mercy Clinic Plastic Surgery
Many assume the terms “plastic surgery” and “cosmetic surgery” are
interchangeable, but that isn’t the case.
Dr. David J. Gray at Mercy Joplin is a board-certified plastic surgeon
whose training and expertise are more varied than that required for
cosmetic procedures alone.
“The main difference between plastic surgery and cosmetic surgery
is patients needing reconstructive services versus choosing to have
a cosmetic procedure done,” Dr. Gray said. “The procedures a plastic
surgeon can do run the gamut.”
Plastic surgeons have rigorous training, including an approved
fellowship and board certification. Dr. Gray advises patients to look
for a plastic surgeon who is certified by the American Board of Plastic
Dr. Gray uses his expertise to provide compassionate care as he assists
patients on the road to recovery. A large portion of his practice is
post-mastectomy breast reconstruction. Dr. Gray is also highly trained
in reconstruction following melanoma treatment, wound care, and
full head and neck reconstruction.
He has a personal interest in post-bariatric body contouring, or the
removal of loose skin after massive weight loss.
“I have four family members who have had bariatric surgery,
so this part of my practice is especially close to my heart,” he
said. “It’s very fulfilling to be able to help patients achieve
their goals after a life-changing bariatric surgery.”
Dr. Gray noted more and more insurance companies are covering
post-bariatric body contouring because of the health benefits the
surgery provides as excess skin can begin to break down over time,
develop sores or infections and affect someone’s ability to move.
It’s not uncommon for Dr. Gray to work in tandem with a number
of other physicians at Mercy Joplin. In the case of post-bariatric
body contouring, he works closely with Dr. Danny Liu, a specialist in
bariatric surgery. Dr. Gray and Dr. Liu are both Fellows of the American
College of Surgeons.
“There’s a huge advantage to having a clinic across from the general
surgeons’ clinic,” he said. “Whether it’s bariatrics, breast cancer or a
cancer case like melanoma, it’s very nice to have that ability to walk
across the hall and have that communication.”