David Paul Showalter, MD, FACS, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery (Vascular) Florida State University Medical School. He was born in Israel to American missionaries and then spent the first 18 years of his life in South Africa. Returning to the United States in 1974, he entered medical school at the University of Kansas.
As a senior medical student he received a MAP Reader’s Digest International Fellowship award to study in Swaziland for three months. He trained as a surgeon at the prestigious University of Pittsburgh under the tutelage of world-renowned surgeons Henry T. Bahnson, M.D. and Richard L. Simmons, M.D. While in Pittsburgh, he spent a year doing research in vascular surgery. He investigated cryopreservation of venous allografts and the role of LDL metabolism in atherosclerosis. This led to several national presentations and papers. Since being in practice he has co-authored with Dr. Samson 11 publications that have been printed in peer reviewed national journals. The prestigious Journal of Surgery selected one of these as being one of the most important contributions to the science of carotid surgery in 1999. He completed a clinical fellowship in Vascular Surgery with H. M. Lee, M.D. at the Medical College of Virginia. He was Board Certified in 1993 as having Added Qualifications in Vascular Surgery. He was certified by the American Board of Surgery, placing in the top one percent of examinees. He is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.
Dr. Showalter has taken fellowship training in diagnostic angiography and percutaneous balloon angioplasty and stent placement. He is a member of the Society for Vascular Surgery, the Florida Vascular Society and the International Society for Endovascular Surgery whose members are dedicated to all the new non-surgical methods of treating vascular diseases. He is certified and was the first surgeon in Florida to place the Endovascular Aneurysm graft that allows minimally invasive treatment of abdominal aneurysms.
Dr. Showalter has extensive experience with laser and injection therapy for spider veins. He also has been instrumental in perfecting outpatient office based treatments for removal of varicose veins, which include no-stitch phlebectomy and endovascular laser ablation. Dr. Showalter has been in practice in Sarasota since 1991. He has served as Medical Director of the Sarasota Memorial Hospital Vascular laboratory for the last two years.
Dr. Showalter is happily married and is the proud father of a grown son, daughter and two step-daughters.