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Rod Rohrich

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Rodney James Rohrich
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Rod J. Rohrich, MD
Born (1953-08-05) August 5, 1953 (age 64)
Residence Dallas, Texas
Occupation Plastic surgeon
Employer Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute

Rod J. Rohrich, F.A.C.S. is a plastic surgeon and formerly one of highest paid state employees in Texas as a UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty member.

Early life and education[edit]

Rohrich grew up in rural North Dakota.[1] He completed his undergraduate and postgraduate education at North Dakota State University and the University of North Dakota, then earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine.[2][3] After general surgery and plastic surgery residencies at the University of Michigan Medical Center, he did further training in pediatric plastic surgery at Oxford University in England, and a hand and microvascular fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School.[4]

He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.[3]


Rohrich joined the Division of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas in 1986 and succeeded Fritz E. Barton as department chair in 1991.[4]

In 2003 he was elected president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons for the year 2004.[5]

In 2005, Rohrich was appointed editor-in-chief of the journal, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery.

In 2007 under Rohrich's leadership the UTSW department of plastic surgery opened an outpatient plastic surgery clinic, and according to a 2010 piece in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, it became "more aggressive in consumer marketing" in the region.[6]

Rohrich was department chair until 2014, at which time he was earning $1.75 million per year and was one of highest paid state employees in Texas.[7] He resigned as chair due to allegations of "unprofessional conduct" according to the university, and the university said it expected him to resume the role of chair if he were cleared.[7] Jeffrey Kenkel was appointed chair in 2015.[8]

Rohrich is author or coauthor of around 300 papers, 30 textbook chapters in plastic surgery, and editor of 4 plastic surgery textbooks/ or monographs.[4]


  1. ^ Rohrich, RJ (15 September 2003). "Mentors in medicine". Plastic and reconstructive surgery. 112 (4): 1087–8. doi:10.1097/01.PRS.0000080319.87331.9F. PMID 12973228. 
  2. ^ Shermak, Michelle (August 2010), "The Leading Edge", Plastic Surgery News 
  3. ^ a b "Rodney Rohrich". US News & World Report: Healthcare: Doctors. Retrieved 11 July 2018. 
  4. ^ a b c "History of the UT Southwestern Plastic Surgery Department". 1 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Current and Past Presidents". American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Retrieved 11 July 2018. 
  6. ^ Schnurman, Mitchell (October 23, 2010). "A Dallas hospital has reasons for offering plastic surgery". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 
  7. ^ a b Gordon, Scott (June 20, 2014). "Plastic Surgeon Steps Aside From Leadership Post". NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth. 
  8. ^ "Press Release: Longtime faculty member Kenkel named new Chairman of Plastic Surgery". UTSW. October 10, 2015. 

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