Meet Dr. Christopher Derderian
Craniofacial and Pediatric Plastic Surgeon

Christopher Derderian, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center and a pediatric craniofacial surgeon at Children’s Medical Center. His practice is completely devoted to helping infants, children, and adolescents with abnormalities and disfigurement resulting from a birth defect, trauma, injury, or disease.  

In the next 10 years or so, we hope to be doing more through smaller incisions. We’ll be able to operate on patients earlier, safely, and give better outcomes.”

As a board-certified plastic surgeon and specialist in pediatric reconstructive procedures, he has a unique ability to guide patients and parents through effective long-term solutions. This includes those with cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis (or premature fusion of a cranial suture), craniofacial microsomia (a condition that causes one or both sides of the face to grow abnormally), facial nerve paralysis, and other abnormalities related to the ear, nose, skull, and face. 

Because of his training in plastic surgery, Dr. Derderian brings meticulous attention to aesthetic details, while performing reconstructive procedures to maximize both functional and appearance outcomes for his patients. His goal is to not only correct deformities and restore function, but also to help the patient look and feel normal. This, especially for a child, has a significant impact on his or her life and is extremely rewarding.

“Taking care of children with these types of major problems is what I have always wanted to do. It gets me excited to come to work each morning,” Dr. Derderian says. “Being part of a leading academic medical institution allows me to dedicate100 percent of my time to helping my patients.”

For patients with rare congenital deformities, he says UT Southwestern offers them the best possible options and latest surgical techniques – plus a team approach to care with specialists formally trained in the latest reconstructive procedures. He emphasizes that patients can receive outstanding care, all in one place and in the most efficient way possible.

Clinical Interests/Specialties

  • Craniofacial reconstructive surgery
  • 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
  • Congenital and acquired abnormalities
  • Trauma-related injuries
  • Facial trauma including facial fractures
  • Facial paralysis
  • Burn, wound, and scar management
  • Complicated wounds
  • Masses
  • Skin lesions
  • Birthmarks
  • Vascular anomalies
  • Vascular malformations (venous, arterial, lymphatic)
  • Hemangiomas
  • Port wine stains
  • Sturge-Weber syndrome
  • Nevus
  • Laser and surgical excision
  • Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome
  • Microtia
  • Hemifacial microsomia
  • Treacher Collins syndrome
  • Pierre Robin syndrome
  • Apert syndrome
  • Crouzon syndrome
  • Fibrous dysplasia