Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., F.A.C.S. is an internationally known surgeon and innovative leader and educator in Plastic Surgery. He is Professor and Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, Holder of the Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Chair in Plastic Surgery, Holder of the Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and recipient of the Rod J. Rohrich, M.D. Distinguished Professorship in Wound Healing and Plastic Surgery. Dr. Rohrich is Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and has a clinical practice at Zale Lipshy University Hospital/UT Southwestern Medical Center and the Tom Landry Sports Center/Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Rohrich completed his undergraduate and postgraduate education with high honors at North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota. He received his medical degree from Baylor University College of Medicine, graduating with high honors. After general surgery and plastic surgery residencies at The University of Michigan Medical Center, he did further training 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 joined the Division of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern in Dallas in 1986. Dr. Rohrich is a member of the American Association of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). 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 1500 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. As an innovative educator and scientist, he holds a patent on a new breast implant and has developed educational models for bringing emerging technology to plastic surgeons. 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 thirty-eight foreign countries. Dr. Rohrich?s interests span the entire spectrum of plastic surgery from craniomaxillofacial surgery to aesthetic surgery (rhinoplasty, breast surgery, and body contouring). He has published more than 400 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.


Medical School
Baylor College of Medicine (1979)

Research Interest

  • Age Management
  • Anatomic studies of face and nose
  • New technology evaluation (lasers and surgical products)
  • Nutritional supplements to enhance wound healing
  • Outcome studies in safety of cosmetic surgery
  • Wound Healing


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

The Fat Compartments of the Face: Anatomy and Clinical Implications for Cosmetic Surgery
Rohrich RJ, Pessa JE Plastic Reconstructive Surgery June 2007 119(7) 2219-2227
Use of Herbal Supplements and Vitamins in Plastic Surgery
Broughton G, Crosby M, Coleman J, Rohrich RJ Plastic Reconstructive Surgery March 2007 119 (3) 43e-66e
Rhinoplasty with Advancing Age
Rohrich RJ, Hollier LH, Janis JE, Kim J Plastic Reconstructive Surgery December 2004 114 (7) 1936-1944
The Key to Long-Term Success in Liposuction: A Guide for Plastic Surgeons and Patients
Rohrich RJ, Broughton G, Horton B, Lipschitz A, Kenkel JM, Brown SA Plastic Reconstructive Surgery December 2004 114 (7) 1945
Correction of Intrinsic Nasal Tip Asymmetries in Primary Rhinoplasty
Rohrich RJ, Griffin JR Plastic Reconstructive Surgery 2003 112 (6) 1699

Honors & 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)

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