Meet Dr. James Smartt

James M. Smartt, Jr., M.D., is Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern and a new member of the plastic surgery team at Children’s Medical Center.

As a specialist in pediatric reconstructive procedures, he focuses on the long-term needs of patients, who range from infants to young adults. This includes cleft lip/cleft palate; craniosynostosis, or premature fusion of the skull bones; craniofacial microsomia, a condition that causes one or both sides of the face to grow abnormally; and other deformities of the head and neck. Furthermore, as a pediatric plastic surgeon, Dr. Smartt treats issues that affect other parts of the body.

To reconstruct the face is amazing because it is an incredibly important window into who you are. It’s your presentation to the outside world.”

“When providing care for children, it is important to not only treat the problem – but guide the patient and parents through the best course of action. My goal is to help patients make the right health care decisions, partnering with them so they achieve the very best possible results,” Dr. Smartt says.

As a result, Dr. Smartt focuses on the long-term needs of patients. He stresses that some patients may need support for immediate help, but that can extend well into adulthood. Based on the multidisciplinary approach to care that’s applied to treating pediatric patients, he says his patients have access to the appropriate surgical and medical care they need, for as long as necessary.

He joined UT Southwestern in 2012 after extensive training in craniofacial and pediatric plastic surgery. Dr. Smartt trained in plastic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He then completed fellowship training in craniofacial surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital – largely regarded as one of the finest craniofacial centers in the United States.

Clinical Interests/Specialties

Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery

  • Craniosynostosis and other skull deformities
  • Distraction osteogenesis (treatment of pediatric jaw deformities)
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Hemifacial microsomia
  • Orthognathic surgery (jaw surgery)
  • Otoplasty and ear reconstruction
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Breast conditions affecting children and adolescents, including gynecomastia
  • Cysts/mole removal
  • Treatment of scars and wounds
  • Pressure ulcers
  • Facial trauma
  • Burn reconstruction of face of body