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Liposuction For Lipedema

Nadiv Shapira MD, FACS, FACPh

Dr. Nadiv Shapira

Dr. Shapira was a cardiac surgeon for over twenty years, primarily in the Christiana Care Health System in Newark, Delaware. He developed expertise in electrophysiological cardiac surgery, primarily in the implantation of defibrillators and in minimally invasive cardiac ablation to address atrial fibrillation. He was involved in developing the Christiana Care Arrhythmia Center, including preparing research protocols and databases for patients with atrial fibrillation. During the last few years of his tenure in CCHS, he focused primarily on thoracic surgery and on interventional pain management of victims of chest trauma. He has always maintained interest in critical-care medicine, particularly in management of cardiac surgical patients.

Recognizing the need for improvement in the care of venous disease in Delaware and the surrounding communities, in January 2011, Dr. Shapira opened First State Vein and Laser Center, in 2012 he left his 20-year practice of cardiothoracic surgery to devote his entire career to the practice of phlebology (the study of the venous circulatory system). In his new practice, he offers in-depth evaluations and a wide range of minimally invasive interventions for the treatment of all forms of venous disease. In January 2013, with his wife Lynn and a devoted and skillful team, Dr, Shapira was one of the first in the Northeast area to add the “Med spa” concept to his practice, now named First State Vein and Laser Medi-Spa. In the Medi-Spa, located in downtown Wilmington, DE, he offers endo-venous laser ablation for treatment of problems associated with venous insufficiency such as varicose veins; mini-phlebectomy; a variety of treatment modalities of spider veins; and injection of Botox and facial fillers. He also offers Smartlipo Triplex, an advanced outpatient laser liposuction combined with skin tightening done under local tumescent anesthesia.

More recently, Dr. Shapira has become intrigued by lipedema, an intractable, progressive, and disabling hereditary disorder of fat deposition, exclusively affecting women. After learning how unaware most of U.S. physicians are about this disease, and how few have gained the knowledge to treat it, Dr. Shapira decided to address lipedema in his practice. After studying in Germany with Dr. Josef Stutz, a renowned German vascular surgeon and one of the world authorities on lipedema, Dr. Shapira now offers Water-Jet Assisted Liposuction (WAL), a lymph-sparing liposuction for lipedema that is the only interventional method available for this disease, to women from all over the U.S.

Throughout his medical career, Dr. Shapira has been interested in clinical research and has published numerous peer-reviewed articles primarily in the fields of cardiac surgery and interventional pain management. He enjoys tutoring and teaching students and residents, as well as mentoring them in conducting clinical research and preparing presentations and manuscripts for publication. Dr. Shapira has created surgical innovations: he devised one of the first clinical protocols for retrograde infusion of cardioplegia; trans-diaphragmatic defibrillator implantation; he recently designed a procedure to provide continuous catheter nerve block to patients post blunt chest trauma.

Dr. Shapira is also one of the organizers of the Delaware Medical Relief Team, which flew to Haiti a few days after the devastating 7.0 earthquake there in January 2010 earthquake. He participates in the continued relief efforts as the Founder and President of the Haiti-Delaware Alliance Foundation, which provides medical and social assistance to the people of the south east region of Haiti.

Dr. Shapira is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery, the American Board of Thoracic Surgery, and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Society for Thoracic Surgery, the American College of Phlebology, and the American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery. In 2017, he became board certified by the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine.


Stephanie M.

Stephanie McLane

Stephanie joined Dr. Shapira as First State’s Lipedema Advocate in 2015. Stephanie knows first-hand the struggles that come with lipedema. After struggling with the disease for more than a decade, Stephanie sought treatment from Dr. Shapira. Stephanie has extensive knowledge of lipedema and lipedema treatments. She will be with you from your first phone call to gathering insurance information, to helping you with your travel arrangements. Stephanie is here to assist you in every way possible.

Stephanie is a native of PA. She resides in Scranton with her husband Patrick and their twin sons. She has more than 17 years experience in the television broadcasting industry. In her spare time, she enjoys studying homeopathy and alternative medicine, reading, music, and cycling.