Overview and Mission

UT Southwestern Plastic Surgery is a world leader in patient care, research, innovations, and education. The Department and its faculty have established a national and international reputation for training the next generation of plastic surgery leaders, providing clinical excellence, and conducting groundbreaking research.  

We developed one of the first true departments of plastic surgery in the United States. Our clinical practice, among the largest in the country, is robust and diverse, and our residencies are among the most sought after in plastic surgery.

Our faculty is committed to delivering optimal patient care using evidence-based medicine. We provide unparalleled education to medical students, residents, and fellows in the art and science of plastic surgery.

Excellence in Plastic Surgery

UT Southwestern delivers comprehensive, cutting-edge care to a large volume of patients, including:

  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Breast surgery (including advanced breast reconstruction)
  • Breast reduction
  • Microsurgery
  • Post Mohs skin cancer facial reconstruction
  • Craniofacial cleft lip/palate surgery
  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Hand and upper extremity surgery
  • Peripheral nerve surgery
  • Post bariatric weight loss surgery
  • Wound care
  • Aesthetic surgery (cosmetic surgery) including body contouring, breast lift/augmentation, facial rejuvenation including, face/neck lifts, eyelids, brow lifts, rhinoplasty, and otoplasty.

As a leader in patient care and clinical excellence, we serve as the go-to department for all reconstructive and wound healing needs at UT Southwestern Medical Center, with longstanding commitments to our partners across multiple disciplines.

Plastic Surgery Facilities

Our Department is located in a state-of-the-art environment at the University’s Outpatient Building. It houses our Plastic Surgery clinics, academic offices, and Medallion Guest Suites, which feature a hotel-like atmosphere for patients. Our hospital facilities include UT Southwestern University Hospitals (William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital and Zale Lipshy University Hospital), Parkland Health & Hospital System, the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Children’s Healthâ„ .  

Education of Future Leaders

We add and train six new residents a year, four of which are accepted directly from medical school into the integrated program format. The other two are in an independent program format and begin after the completion of a specialized general surgery residency. Our residents are actively involved in the care of patients, ranging from cleft lip/palate and craniofacial anomalies to the management of hand and upper extremity disorders, as well as comprehensive management of cosmetic and reconstructive disorders.

To learn more about our education for Plastic Surgery.

Leadership and Research

Our comprehensive research includes NIH-sponsored and clinical-translational efforts focused on evidence-based outcomes in five major areas: wound healing, emerging technologies/lasers, anatomical studies, nerve biology, and composite tissue allotransplantation. To learn more about our internationally known, groundbreaking research in plastic surgery, see information about our various ongoing translational research.

The future of medicine is on display today in the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

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