Biography for Dr. Rodney Rohrich

Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., FACS, joined UT Southwestern in 1986. Since then, he has gained local, national, and international recognition as a surgeon and innovative leader and educator in Plastic Surgery. He served as Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery for more than 20 years. Dr. Rohrich, who is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, has interests that span the entire spectrum of plastic surgery – from craniomaxillofacial surgery to aesthetic surgery (rhinoplasty, breast surgery, and body contouring).

After general surgery and plastic surgery residencies at the University of Michigan Medical Center, he trained in pediatric plastic surgery at Oxford University in England. Dr. Rohrich completed a hand and microvascular fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. He received his medical degree from Baylor University College of Medicine, graduating with high honors. He completed his undergraduate and post-graduate education with high honors at North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota.

Dr. Rohrich is a member of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Plastic Surgery Research Council, American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons. He is a Past Director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), Past President of the Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons, and Past President of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons. Dr. Rohrich is a founding member of the Board of Governors of the National Endowment for Plastic Surgery. Dr. Rohrich has also served as President of the ASPS, the largest organization of board-certified plastic surgeons in the world, and is past-member of the Board of Directors of the ASPS, the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation (PSEF), the ASAPS, and the Aesthetic Society Education and Research Foundation (ASERF).

He has been active in organized medicine for more than two decades. He has been a visiting professor to over 150 national and international societies and has delivered more than 1,500 scientific presentations on all aspects of plastic surgery. Dr. Rohrich has been the recipient of numerous prestigious national research, teaching, and distinguished service awards during his academic career in plastic surgery.

During his career, he has served as an innovative leader in teaching the next generation of plastic surgeons. Dr. Rohrich has led the development of one of the most expansive residency and fellowship training programs in the world in plastic and reconstructive surgery. 

He is editor-in-chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the leading and most prestigious journal in the world for plastic surgeons, and an editor for Selected Readings in Plastic Surgery, a supplement to the teaching curriculum of plastic surgery training programs in the United States and 38 foreign countries.

He has published more than 500 peer review articles and 30 chapters in plastic surgery, ranging from cosmetic surgery to craniofacial surgery. He has published five textbooks in plastic surgery ranging from rhinoplasty, craniomaxillofacial trauma, secondary rhinoplasty, and ultrasound-assisted liposuction. He has been included as one of the Best Doctors in Dallas since 2000, Super Doctors in Texas since 2005, Best Doctors in America since 1996, Who’s Who in America since 1993, Best Doctors in America by Good Housekeeping Magazine, and named a Notable North Dakotan in 1998.

Professional Associations & Affiliations

  • American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (1988)
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation

Honors and Awards

  • Editor, Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
    Largest peer-reviewed plastic surgery publication world wide (2007)
  • Voted Best Doctors in America
    Selected by peers as one of best doctors/plastic surgeons in America (2007)
  • Voted Super Doctors in Texas
    Selected by peers as one of best doctors/plastic surgeons in Texas (2007)
  • Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Distinguished Service Award
    Highest honor for outstanding service to plastic surgery education nationally (2005)
  • Past-President of the ASPS
    Largest organization of Board certified plastic surgeons in the world (2004)