An excellent researcher and writer, Dr. Rohrich has penned over 50 chapters for text books on facial esthetics and plastic and reconstructive surgery. As if that were not enough, he’s currently the Editor-in-Chief of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons’ official medical journal, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He has also been awarded the Rod J. Rohrich, M.D. Distinguished Professorship in Wound Healing and Plastic Surgery. For most professionals that would represent a very successful career, but for Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., that is a mere fraction of his work and accomplishments.
Born in Dallas, Texas on August 5, 1953, and raised in rural North Dakota, the American Board of Plastic Surgery plastic surgeon completed his graduate and postgraduate degrees at North Dakota State University and then the University of North Dakota with the highest honors possible. He then attended the Baylor College of Medicine where he earned his medical degree and again graduated with high honors. Next Rohrich moved on to The University of Michigan Medical Center where he completed his residencies in general surgery and plastic surgery.
Even after such rigorous training, Dr. Rohrich felt his preparation was not complete. He went on to study at Oxford University in England where he trained in pediatric plastic surgery. Upon completing that program, he moved on to Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School where he did a fellowship focused on microvascular and hand work. At that point he finally felt he was prepared to give his patients and students the type of service they deserved, so he accepted a position at UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Division of Plastic Surgery.
All that preparation has paid off. Dr. Rohrich has published landmark papers on everything from facial fracture repair and nasal anatomy to medical education, injectable fillers, and patient safety initiatives, and delivered over 900 scientific presentations.