In this "Giants in Plastic Surgery" episode of the PRS Global Open Deep Cuts Podcast, Rod Rohrich, MD describes his journey to becoming an influential plastic surgeon, editor, and educator. Reflecting on his rural upbringing, he explains how his passion for science led him to medicine, and how witnessing a cleft lip repair inspired him to pursue plastic surgery specifically. In this episode, Dr. Rohrich details his drive to give back through teaching and advancing the field. From building a top program at UT Southwestern to revolutionising Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as Editor-in-Chief, his career has been dedicated to leaving plastic surgery better than he found it. Offering insights on developing expertise, leadership, and promoting compassion in trainees, Dr. Rohrich stresses the importance of the journey over the endpoint. By surrounding himself with great people and "living the dream," he has become a giant in plastic surgery.
Read a recent classic PRS Global Open article by Dr. Rohrich and co-authors, “Developing Consistency in Rhinoplasty”: https://bit.ly/GOXDC_Rohrich
Rod J. Rohrich, MD is an internationally renowned plastic surgeon and educator based in Dallas, Texas. He is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and serves as a Clinical Professor of Plastic Surgery at Baylor College of Medicine.
Over the course of his distinguished career, Dr. Rohrich has held numerous leadership positions within major plastic surgery societies, including serving as President of prestigious organisations such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.
Dr. Rohrich previously chaired the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, building it into one of the foremost academic plastic surgery programs during his 20+ year tenure.
He served as Editor-in-Chief of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery for almost two decades, overseeing major transformations that cemented its reputation as the highest impact journal in the field. Dr. Rohrich also founded Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery - Global Open (PRS Global Open), the innovative open access peer reviewed publication.
Dr. Rohrich is renowned for his clinical expertise in procedures such as rhinoplasty, facelift, and breast surgery. He has published extensively, authoring hundreds of academic articles, textbooks, and other educational resources that have advanced plastic surgery.
Dr. Rohrich is also recognised for his contributions to medical education, including establishing endowed professorships, organising major symposia attended by thousands annually, and delivering lectures across the globe.
In addition to his pioneering research, clinical practice and educational initiatives, Dr. Rohrich demonstrates leadership through service on the boards of philanthropic and civic organisations.
Dr. Rod J. Rohrich's sustained impact on plastic surgery education, research, patient care and access over his storied career solidifies his legacy as a leader in the field.
Your host, Dr. Vimal Gokani, is a senior Specialty Registrar in plastic surgery in London, England.
Your producer & editor, Dr. George Adigbli, is an Academic Specialty Registrar in plastic surgery in Oxford, England.
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