Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Rod J. Rohrich was the First Tom Baker Honorary Lecturer at the University of Miami. The purpose of this lectureship is to help future plastic surgeons learn the art and science of innovations in cosmetic surgery. Dr. Tom Baker, a pioneer in plastic surgery, developed a unique way of teaching cosmetic surgery over 50 year ago. He developed the Baker Gordon Symposium, one of the first live surgery and interactive learning platforms, which has since become globally renowned.
Dr. Rohrich has been the co-moderator of this symposium with meeting chair Dr. Jim Stuzin for over a decade. Dr. Tom Baker initially designed this unique meeting to allow students to learn cosmetic surgery techniques directly from the masters in plastic surgery. The symposium teaches the most detailed and updated information on current trending topics, patient safety, emerging techniques, best practices, and advances in the field.
The surgeon delivered his lecture at the University of Miami on the topic of “Developing Consistency and Excellence in Cosmetic Surgery.” He spoke specifically about his lifelong journey to becoming a rhinoplasty expert. He claimed that surgeons must shorten this process to develop reliable and reproducible workflow processes that deliver consistent results. The way to perfect this process is to break down each aspect of the problem of each individual patient and solve these problems individually before integrating them together.
In the lecture, Dr. Rohrich emphasized that if these processes work in the most challenging procedures, like rhinoplasty, then they will be applicable to all of plastic and cosmetic surgery. Rhinoplasty requires extreme finesse, specific measurements and analysis of the nasal tip, the use of grafts, ethnic considerations, and revision rhinoplasty. Revision rhinoplasty, also known as secondary rhinoplasty, is a particularly difficult surgery performed on rhinoplasty patients who had a primary rhinoplasty with undesirable results.
Dr. Rohrich lectures and operates around the globe, demonstrating and teaching these workflow processes to highlight the finesse and refinement in techniques of open rhinoplasty. “The live surgery symposium offers surgeons first-hand education that’s required to successfully perform open rhinoplasty using the latest intricate and advanced surgical techniques, while also seeing exactly what needs to be corrected,” says Dr. Rohrich, chair of the world renowned Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium and author of the most referenced text on open rhinoplasty, Dallas Rhinoplasty. Dr. Rohrich also recently published a new text entitled Secondary Rhinoplasty by the Global Masters.
Dr. Rohrich, who also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery journal, believes that specialized educational symposia such as the Baker Gordon cosmetic surgery meeting are key components of a modern plastic surgeon’s continuing medical education. Dr. Rohrich explains that other key specialized cosmetic meetings such as “The Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium [are] designed to provide access to information and advances that are truly on the forefront of surgical knowledge in this specialized area.” He also asserts that “rhinoplasty is the quintessential representation of plastic surgery as a whole. It remains one of the most difficult procedures in all of plastic surgery, one of great finesse which takes years to master.”
About Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Dr. Rod Rohrich is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, and has a global clinical practice at the Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute. He is the founding professor and chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. He has served as the president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), the largest society in the world of board certified plastic surgeons, as well as the Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery and the Rhinoplasty Society. He was a founding member of The Rhinoplasty Society. Dr. Rohrich also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation, and the American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons. He was a director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), chair of the Oral Exam Committee, and president of the Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons and the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons. He is also a founding member of the Board of Governors of the National Endowment for Plastic Surgery. Dr. Rohrich is also the co-founder of the nonprofit AIRS Foundation, which helps educate, fund, and advocate for women with breast cancer who desire breast reconstruction but don’t have the resources to pay for the surgery.