Meet Dr. Alex Kane
- Holder of the:
- Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Chair in Plastic Surgery
Alex A. Kane, M.D., balances the latest advancements in pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery with a devotion to excellence in patient care. For over a decade, his sole clinical focus has been working with infants, children, and adolescents who need reconstructive procedures with the goal of achieving normal appearance and function. Dr. Kane’s patients range from children with congenital conditions such as cleft lip and palate and craniosynostosis to those with traumatic injuries.
We are unique in Dallas in that we have a full-time, academic pediatric plastic and craniofacial practice. This is what we do every day of the week – take care of kids.”
Dr. Kane joined UT Southwestern Medical Center’s pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery program as Director of Pediatric and Craniofacial Surgery. His goal is to build on this highly successful group with a focus on excellent clinical care, research, and teaching.
“We deliver cleft and craniofacial care in a true multidisciplinary setting, and our team is accredited by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association,” Dr. Kane says. “Our team comprehensively takes care of these kids, and Children’s Medical Center has been very generous in supporting the values of truly interdisciplinary care. You can’t find that anywhere else in the Metroplex.”
Dr. Kane has a keen commitment to patients. For some children with congenital conditions, he follows them throughout their lives. This can mean from birth, and sometimes prenatally, until they are young adults. This is the commitment needed to foster continuity of care and to build long-lasting relationships with both patients and their families.
His research interests are centered on using imaging technology to study pediatric plastic and craniofacial conditions and for improvement of pediatric reconstructive surgery outcomes. As part of his imaging research, Dr. Kane designed the Analytical Imaging and Modeling (AIM) Center for pediatrics at Children's Medical Center. It includes facilities for obtaining 2-D, 3-D, and 4-D images that will help pediatric specialists study outcomes and improve treatments.
Dr. Kane has authored more than 60 research articles and several book chapters on plastic and craniofacial procedures. He frequently lectures and presents research at national and international medical symposia.
Pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery
- Cleft lip and palate
- Hemifacial microsomia
- Facial trauma to bone or soft tissues
- Burn reconstruction
- Ear surgery for congenital problems such as microtia, constricted ears, or prominent ears
- Breast conditions affecting pediatric patients, such as asymmetry, Poland syndrome, or gynecomastia
Vascular anomalies and cutaneous conditions
- Skin tumors and cancers
- Skin lesions
- Complex wounds
- Pressure ulcers