Dr. Rod Rohrich: Distinguished Cosmetic Surgeon, Professor, Author and Award Recipient

I’ve seen so many friends and even celebrities in the past year get plastic surgery. Although, I don’t  think I would get surgery I think it’s important for people to know about a qualifications in a surgeon they should look for.


Dr. Rod Rohrich, M.D., F.A.C.S is a board-certified cosmetic surgeon and the current chair of The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Plastic Surgery in Dallas, Texas. Rohrich also serves as academic professor and has been internationally recognized for his contributions in the field of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. Dr. Rohrich holds several honors, including the Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.

Dr. Rohrich grew up in rural North Dakota and earned his undergraduate at North Dakota State University, graduating with honors, and his postgraduate degree at the University of North Dakota. In between, Rohrich received his medical degree from Baylor College, also graduating with honors. After completing residencies at The University of Michigan Medical Center, in both general surgery and plastic surgery, Rohrich continued his training in pediatric-plastic surgery at Oxford University, in England. Rohrich then completed a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School in hand and microvascular surgery. Upon completing his education Rohrich joined the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Division of Plastic Surgery, in Dallas, in 1986.

In addition to his chair position at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Rohrich is highly active in numerous organizations that seek to promote, regulate and advance cosmetic surgery techniques and physician education. Among other organizations, Rod has served as President of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, Director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and chairman of the Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium. Rohrich has served as a member on many boards for the American Board of Plastic Surgery Ethics Committee and the Oral Exam Committee.

Rohrich has participated in significant academic work in numerous areas of cosmetic and reconstructive plastic surgery, including landmark research papers in facial-fracture repair, body contouring and liposuction, injectable fillers, breast surgery, medical education and patient-safety initiatives. Dr. Rohrich has served as chair for dozens of national and international symposiums, delivering over 900 presentations on all aspects of cosmetic surgery.

In 2005 Dr. Rohrich was appointed to the position of editor-in-chief of the Journal of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, the official journal of the ASPS, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Rohrich has authored and coauthored more than 300 Medline-indexed publications, written 30 textbook chapters in cosmetic surgery, edited four plastic-surgery textbooks and had over 600 peer-reviewed articles published. Dr. Rohrich has also coauthored “Navigate Your Beauty: Smart and Safe Plastic Surgery Solutions,” an oriented guide for patients considering or seeking plastic surgery.

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