Many people think of plastic surgery as being something indulged in by rich, aging socialites who want to recapture their lost glory days. But the truth is that this field is a crucial part of the modern medical system. Plastic and reconstructive surgery play a crucial role in the rehabilitation and restoral to health of patients who have suffered crippling injuries and debilitating diseases. It can give patients who have lost all hope, due to bad circumstances, a new lease on life.
Perhaps no one has contributed more to this important field than Dr. Rod Rohrich. Dr. Rohrich was a somewhat unlikely candidate to become one of the most respected plastic surgeons in the world. He grew up in the most rural stretches of North Dakota, amid landscapes that had changed little since the time when they were ruled over by the Lakota Sioux warriors. Plains and cornfields stretch as far as the eye can see, and in many counties, cattle outnumber people.
But Dr. Rohrich wasn’t satisfied with the slow, easygoing lifestyle of North Dakota. After graduating from North Dakota State with a graduate degree in biology, he was accepted to Baylor University’s Medical School. There, he quickly distinguished himself as an excellent student, graduating, four years later, with the highest honors.
He applied to and was accepted into the University of Michigan Medical Center’s residency program. While there, he learned his trade quickly. He decided to specialize in facial reconstruction surgery, a branch of plastic surgery that deals more with the rehabilitation of patients who have suffered horrendous accidents. Dr. Rohrich was interested in the power of plastic surgery to give patients who were dealt a tough hand a new chance at a fulfilling life. He later completed residencies at Oxford University’s medical school in England as well as a stint at the Harvard Medical School in Massachusetts.
All the while he had distinguished himself as one of the most capable plastic surgeons of his generation. He was eventually recruited by the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, where he quickly rose through the ranks.
Dr. Rohrich went on to have one of the most impressive careers of any plastic surgeon in the United States. He has presented over 900 scientific talks at various medical forums and has authored over 300 published scientific papers. He has also authored more than 30 chapters in medical textbooks and is credited with the invention of dozens of unique, life-saving procedures.