In a society where sports heroes are worshipped as gods and all manner of trash is exalted to the highest pedestals of cultural veneration, it is sometimes worth remembering those who actually make a material difference in the day-to-day lives of the country’s citizens.
One such figure is Dr. Rod Rohrich, head of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s plastic surgery department. Contrary to the popular notions some may hold of plastic surgery as being nothing more than a way for aging beauties to artificially extend their natural attributes for a few more years of shelf life, modern plastic surgery forms a crucial part of any medical center’s surgical department.
While many plastic surgeons today do attend to patients whose only concern is staving off the inevitable effects of aging on their once-youthful facades, many more are focused on restoring to a functional state those patients who have either fallen victims to grievous injury or who have been subjected to the brutal medical treatments of modern cancer therapies and have lost body parts or the associated functions thereof.
Dr. Rohrich has done much to advance the science and practice of this latter form of plastic surgery. Being one of the field’s top recognized experts in facial fracture reconstructions, rhinoplasty and bone reconstruction, Dr. Rohrich, a longtime member of the Rhinoplasty Society, has touched the lives of thousands of patients who would have certainly been otherwise fated to live an only partially fulfilling life. Dr. Rohrich has restored the confidence of many women who have endured the unfortunate consequences of double masectomies, a procedure whose brutality men can only begin to understand. Without Dr. Rohrich’s innovate and highly effective breast reconstruction surgeries, these women would have been forced to go through life with a psychological handicap perhaps worse than the physical one. Dr. Rohrich has helped these women become whole again.
His professional achievements, accolades and leadership positions are no less impressive. Dr. Rohrich has been interviewed by Dr. Oz, authored over 300 peer-reviewed papers, making him perhaps the most widely published and cited scientific author in the field of modern plastic surgery. He has also given presentations at more than 900 plastic surgery, medical and scientific conferences and has chaired 100 more.
He is currently the head of plastic surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, a position he’s held since 1991. He holds a medical degree from Baylor University and has taught surgery at the Harvard Medical School.