Get to know David Kaufman, MD of Folsom
When El Dorado Hills resident David Kaufman, MD, graduated from the Naval Academy, he already knew he wanted to join the elite ranks of the Navy Seals. “I’m very patriotic,” he explains. “I felt it was, to some degree, my obligation to serve.” Out of 119 members in his class, just 19 made it through the notoriously rigorous Seal training—Kaufman among them. He was later deployed on missions all over the world, including the Persian Gulf during Operation Desert Storm. Even after completing his service and moving on to attend medical school, Kaufman never forgot the lessons from his four years in the military.
These days, the doctor keeps busy with his thriving plastic surgery practice—Kaufman & Clark Plastic Surgery—but still makes time to give back. He’s the founder of the Dream Grantor, a program that provides support and funds for area residents in need. He also volunteers every year with Medical Missions for Children, a nonprofit that provides free surgeries and other medical aid for people in the developing world, and especially enjoys repairing craniofacial abnormalities. “I’ve probably repaired a thousand children’s faces,” he shares. “It’s a big deal to me…each one of those kids represents a life positively changed.” When he isn’t in the operating room, Kaufman is at home with Kate, his wife of 13 years, and their three children, ages 7, 9 and 11. The couple works hard to instill in their children a desire to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate. “Being a parent makes Seal training look easy!” Kaufman shares with a smile.
— Amber Foster
Q: What advice would you give to your younger self?
A: Enjoy and appreciate every moment!
Q: What’s your biggest pet peeve?
A: Cliché, but rude people.
Q: What are you most proud of?
A: Being the best husband and parent that I can be, and serving in the military of the greatest country on Earth.
Q: Best words of wisdom you’ve received?
A: Look to your left, look to your right. Those are the men you will depend on to survive.