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UT Southwestern Plastic Surgery is a world leader in patient care, research, innovations, and education. The Department and its faculty have established a national and international reputation for training the next generation of plastic surgery leaders, providing clinical excellence, and conducting groundbreaking research.

We developed one of the first true departments of plastic surgery in the United States. Our clinical practice, among the largest in the country, is robust and diverse, and our residencies are among the most sought after in plastic surgery.

Our faculty is committed to delivering optimal patient care using evidence-based medicine. We provide unparalleled education to medical students, residents, and fellows in the art and science of plastic surgery.

Excellence in Plastic Surgery

UT Southwestern delivers comprehensive, cutting-edge care to a large volume of patients, including:

  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Breast surgery (including advanced breast reconstruction)
  • Breast reduction
  • Microsurgery
  • Post Mohs skin cancer facial reconstruction
  • Craniofacial cleft lip/palate surgery
  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Hand and upper extremity surgery
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Post bariatric weight loss surgery
  • Wound care
  • Aesthetic surgery (cosmetic surgery) including body contouring, breast lift/augmentation, facial rejuvenation including, face/neck lifts, eyelids, brow lifts, rhinoplasty, and otoplasty.

As a leader in patient care and clinical excellence, we serve as the go-to department for all reconstructive and wound healing needs at UT Southwestern Medical Center, with longstanding commitments to our partners across multiple disciplines.

Plastic Surgery Facilities

Our Department is located in a state-of-the-art environment at the University’s Outpatient Building. It houses our Plastic Surgery clinics, academic offices, and Medallion Guest Suites, which feature a hotel-like atmosphere for patients. Our hospital facilities include UT Southwestern University Hospitals (William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and Zale Lipshy University Hospital), Parkland Health & Hospital System, the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Children’s Healthâ„ .

Education of Future Leaders

We add and train six new residents a year, four of which are accepted directly from medical school into the integrated program format. The other two are in an independent program format and begin after the completion of a specialized general surgery residency. Our residents are actively involved in the care of patients, ranging from cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies to the management of hand and upper extremity disorders, as well as comprehensive management of cosmetic and reconstructive disorders.

To learn more about our education for Plastic Surgery.

Leadership and Research

Our comprehensive research includes NIH-sponsored and clinical-translational efforts focused on evidence-based outcomes in five major areas: wound healing, emerging technologies/lasers, anatomical studies, nerve biology, and composite tissue allotransplantation. To learn more about our internationally known, groundbreaking research in plastic surgery, see information about our various ongoing translational research.

The future of medicine is on display today in the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

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Yucel Akgul, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of extracellular matrix remodeling in wound healing; development of therapies against abnormal wound healing, including non-healing wounds and scars

Bardia Amirlak, M.D.

Associate Professor

Clinical Interests: Hand and upper extremity trauma; upper extremity nerve compression syndromes; migraine surgery and management of head and neck pain syndromes; facial cosmetic surgery, rhinoplasty.

Research Interests: Migraine surgery and management of peripheral nerve pain syndromes; composite tissue allotransplantation; management upper extremity trauma; effects of environmental factors on facial aesthetics; aging and alopecia (study of monozygotic twins).

Jonathan Cheng, M.D.

Associate Professor

Clinical Interests: Long gap nerve defects; sensory motor segregation; accelerated axonal regeneration; repair site scar formation.

Research Interests: Peripheral nerve and brachial plexus surgery; reconstructive microsurgery; migraine surgery; cosmetic and breast surgery.

Christopher Derderian, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Clinical Interests: Craniosynostosis; cranial vault reconstruction; orbital reconstruction; distraction osteogenesis procedures of the jaws and cranial vault; cleft lip and palate surgery; orthognathic surgery; ear reconstruction; otoplasty; rhinoplasty; vascular anomalies.

Research Interests: Outcome studies in cranial vault reconstruction; new modalities for cranial vault expansion; expanded applications of distraction techniques; computer assisted design and modeling for surgical planning.

Translational Research Interests: Applications for adult mesenchymal stem cells in tissue engineering applications and cell-based therapies.

Nicholas T. Haddock, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Clinical Interests: Breast reconstruction, Cosmetic surgery, Microsurgery, Hand surgery

Research Interests: Reconstructive microsurgery and perforator flaps, Outcomes in breast reconstruction

Ron Hoxworth, M.D.

Associate Professor

Chief of Plastic Surgery, Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Co-Director, Abdominal Wall Clinic

Clinical Interests: Body contouring; breast augmentation; facial rejuvenation; nasal surgery; reconstructive surgery of the breast; pediatric reconstruction; abdominal wall repair.

Research Interests: Anatomic and clinical analysis in rhinoplasty; anatomy of facial aging; body contouring; outcomes in pediatric reconstruction.

Alex Kane, M.D.

Professor and Vice-Chair

Chief, Pediatric/Craniofacial Surgery-Children’s Medical Center/UT Southwestern

Clinical Interest: General pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery.

Research Interest: Quantitative and functional imaging of cleft and craniofacial conditions.

Jennifer Kargel, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Clinical Interests: Adult and pediatric hand surgery, including trauma and congenital, nerve, tendon, and arthritis conditions; burns and extremity reconstruction

Jeffrey M. Kenkel, M.D., FACS

Professor and Chair

Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Program Director
Director, Clinical Center for Cosmetic Laser Treatment

Research Interests: Body contouring and lasers, safety and outcomes in plastic surgery

Lawrence Lavery, D.P.M., M.P.H.


Co-Director, Plastic Surgery Research Division

Clinical and Research Interests: Diabetic lower extremity complications; wounds; neuropathy; osteomyelitis.

Shai Rozen, M.D.

Associate Professor

Clinical Interests: Complex facial reconstruction; facial paralysis; peripheral nerve surgery; breast reconstruction; facial plastic surgery; face-lift; rhinoplasty; body contouring.

Research Interests: Facial reconstruction; peripheral nerve surgery and facial reanimation; facial cosmetic surgery.

Doug Sammer, M.D.

Associate Professor

Director, Hand Surgery Division

Clinical Interests: Adult and pediatric congenital hand and wrist surgery.

Research Interests: Contralateral C7 nerve transfer for shoulder function; correction of swan-neck deformity after pyrocarbon arthroplasty of the PIP joint; salvage arthrodesis following pyrocarbon arthroplasty of PIP or MCP joints; demographic and regional trends in replantation surgery; glomus tumor association with neurofibromatosis; lunate morphology and wrist kinematics; flexor tendon lacerations; distal radius fractures in elderly.

James Seaward, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Clinical Interests: Cleft lip and palate surgery; pediatric plastic surgery; vascular malformations; ear reconstruction; otoplasty; craniosynostosis

James M. Smartt, Jr., M.D.

Assistant Professor

Clinical Interests: Craniosynostosis, distraction osteogenesis, cleft lip and palate, orthognathic surgery, otoplasty, and rhinoplasty.

Research Interests: Clinical outcomes of robotic surgery imaging in craniofacial anomalies.

Georges Tabbal, M.D.

Assistant Professor

Clinical Interests: Facial aesthetic surgery; rhinoplasty; reconstructive plastic surgery.

Sumeet Teotia, M.D.

Associate Professor

Clinical Interests: Primary and secondary rhinoplasty; cleft lip, nose, and palate surgery; breast surgery and reconstruction.

Research Interests: Facial transplantation; facial and nasal anatomy; breast anatomy and flap refinement

James Thornton, M.D.


Director, Facial Reconstruction Division

Clinical Interests: Facial reconstruction; microsurgical breast reconstruction; lower extremity reconstruction.

Research Interest: Use of biomaterials in facial and abdominal wall reconstruction; outcomes analysis of facial reconstruction.

Andrew Zhang, M.D.

Associate Professor

Director, Residency Program

Clinical Interests: Reconstructive plastic surgery; hand surgery; microsurgery.


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