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.
Follow him on Twitter at @DrRodRohrich to keep up with his latest innovations in the field.
A riveting article about James Dondero written on barrons.com just surfaced. This in depth article is a great way to get to know the man behind Highland Capital Management. For more information check out the link below.
“The Cox School at SMU contributes to the vibrant business community here in Dallas of which Highland is among the many beneficiaries,” said Dondero. “I am honored to assist with the numerous growth and excellence initiatives currently underway.”
Check out James Dondero Ringing the New York Stock Exchange Closing Bell via the video below!
UPDATE October 20, 2016
James Dondero is known as the president and co-founder of the Highland Capital management. In recent news, he awarded a $1 million grant in order to help The Family Place, which is an organization out of Dallas that leads the way in supporting victims of family violence. Not only is this grant significant on its own, the grant also matches 50% of any funds that are raised for the campaign up to $1 million. Thanks to this announcement, more than $200,000 has been raised for The Family Place and there continues to be donations every single day. The fundraising goal for The Family Place is $16.5 million but it seems to be on its way of reaching that number in no time.
Highland Capital Management and James Dondero have put up a $1 million grant to contribute to The Family Place finishing their new facility. James went on to say that Highland Capital will pitch in 50 cents for every dollar given to the charity through April 4.
UPDATE: September 30, 2016
James Dondero invested even further in NexPoint Residential Trust. He purchased 7,600 shares of the stock and is confident in it’s future. NexPoint Residential Trust is a publicly traded, Real Estate Investment Trust, focused on the acquisition, asset management, and disposition of multifamily assets.
The Dallas Foundation recently partnered with James Dondero and Highland Capital Management to manage their over 3 million dollars annual philanthropic budget. The Dallas Foundation has a long history of charitable success in the nonprofit community. Mary Jalonick, CEO of The Dallas Foundation and James Dondero began to lay out plans for charitable giving that would be bold, effective and inspirational. Before long the Highland Dallas Foundation was formed as a support organization for The Dallas Foundation.
James Dondero has recently teamed up with Linda Owen to supply philanthropic needs to the general Dallas Area.Highland contributes more than $3 million annually to charitable organizations through The Dallas Foundation. For more on this click the link below.
The success of any corporation is dependent on the stewardship abilities of the top management team. James Dondero is a successful businessman who is revered for registering impressive results in all the companies that have enlisted his services. James is regarded as the co-founder of the world-renowned firm, Highland Capital Management. He is the current president of the organization.
The Dallas based entrepreneur has amassed over 30 years experience in the equity and credit markets. He has zeroed in on distressed and high-yielding investments. Besides Highland Capital Management, James Dondero has played a pivotal role in founding NexPoint Advisors. At the firm, Dondero is the president. NexBank has also recognized his abilities and for this reason, James has been made the chairman of the institution. It should be noted that Dondero is the majority shareholder of NexBank. NexPoint Real Estate Advisors is the adviser of the companies affiliated with it. These affiliated companies are Highland Capital Management, NexBank and NexPoint Advisors.
In 1993, together with Mark Okada, James founded Highland Capital Management. As of March 31, 2015, Highland Capital Management had an asset base of $21 billion. Dondero’s portfolio management expertise incorporates investment grade corporate, emerging markets, derivative markets, mortgage-backed securities as well as common stocks and preferred stocks. Funds affiliated to James have received recognition from reputable quotas such as the Morning star and Lipper award.
Some of the award-winning products offering made by James are collateralized loan obligations, mutual funds, real estate investment trusts (REITs) as well as electronic transfer funds (ETFs), institutional separate accounts, private equity funds and hedge funds. James’s career started at the humble Morgan Guaranty training program where he worked as an analyst in mid 1984. A year later, American Express recruited him. At the firm, Dondero undertook his mandate as a corporate bond analyst. At the American Express Corporation, James rendered his services for around five years. At the corporation, Dondero managed a portfolio (fixed income funds) worth around $1 billion.
From American Express, Dondero went to Protective Life, a subsidiary of GIC. While serving as the chief investment officer of the firm, Dondero started the firm from its humble beginnings to a corporation worth over $2 billion in a period of 5 years. The certified management accountant has displayed impeccable prudence in the management of huge funds. James is a proud alumnus of the University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce. Records show that he graduated with the highest honors in Accounting and Finance.
Recently, Dondero appointed Terry Jones to become the president in charge of institutional products at Highland Capital Management. Jones has massive experience in financial matters that spans 25 years. James asserted that Terry’s leadership would augment the corporation’s risk adjusted performance besides devising client-oriented solutions. James is the chairman of the board of three corporations, which are CCS Medical, NexBank and Cornerstone healthcare.