Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium Celebrates 30th Anniversary

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Dallas plastic surgeons, Dr. Rod J. Rohrich and Dr. Jack P. Gunter, co-chair Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium as it celebrates its 30th year as a landmark meeting for teaching rhinoplasty techniques by prominent rhinoplasty specialists.

Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium

Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium

The Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium continues to be an important educational venue for surgeons who want to learn and truly master rhinoplasty surgery.

The 30th Annual Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium, one of the world’s largest rhinoplasty educational venues, was held March 8-10, 2013 at the Westin Galleria conference center in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Rod J. Rohrich, professor and chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, co-chaired the meeting with Dr. Jack P. Gunter, a clinical professor of plastic surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. The two doctors presided over three days of educational presentations for plastic surgeons and otolaryngologists (ENTs) focused on fundamentals, advances, and trends in rhinoplasty.

Over its 30 year history, the Symposium has grown to become a key international event for surgeons from around the world as a unique educational venue for sharing the latest techniques and advancements in nose surgery. The Symposium has lead to crucial shifts in the field such as the widespread adoption of the "open approach", which is now widely considered the primary method for performing rhinoplasty surgery. The Symposium also inspired the textbook "Dallas Rhinoplasty: Nasal Surgery by the Masters," edited by doctors Rohrich, Gunter, and William P. Adams, Jr. and used in plastic surgery educational programs world wide.

The annual meetings cover a wide range of topics from the fundamentals of nasal anatomy to complex surgical procedures and detailed analysis of revision rhinoplasty. Formats include, lectures, discussion panels, video review, Q&A sessions, and also featured a hands on anatomy lab which is a key feature of the Symposium.

"The Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium is significant in that many rhinoplasty experts gather together and discussion focuses on what works to provide optimal, long term results," says Dr. Rohrich, who describes rhinoplasty as one of the most difficult procedures in all of plastic surgery.

The Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium also included topics to help rhinoplasty surgeons better communicate with their patients regarding their goals and expectations.

Computer imaging is already used as an effective tool to allow surgeons to provide rhinoplasty patients with an idea of what they can expect after surgery. For some patients, Dr. Rohrich now combines computer imaging with the use of temporary dermal fillers in order to give patients a better idea of their anticipated surgical outcome. "This allows a patient not only to see what their results might look like, but to truly wear their results beforehand to make sure it is what they want," explains Dr. Rohrich who covered the use of fillers to the nasal area at this year’s Symposium.

"One of the most vital aspects of rhinoplasty is bridging the gap between what the patient expects and what the surgeon is able to provide," says Dr. Rohrich. "It's very important for the surgeon and the patient to have the same sense of the projected surgical result."

The 30th Anniversary of the Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium was marked by attendance of more than 400 surgeons representing over 30 different countries. Over the past three decades, the Symposium has trained over 4,000 plastic surgeons and otolaryngologists. “The Dallas Rhinoplasty Symposium continues to be an important educational venue for surgeons who want to learn and truly master rhinoplasty surgery.” says Dr. Rohrich.

About Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Dr. Rod J. Rohrich holds the Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. He also holds the UT Southwestern Medical Center Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Chair in Plastic Surgery. He is a graduate of the Baylor College of Medicine with high honors, with residencies at the University of Michigan Medical Center and fellowships at the Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard (hand/microsurgery) and Oxford University (pediatric plastic surgery). He has served as president of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. He repeatedly has been selected by his peers as one of America's best doctors, and twice has received one of his profession's highest honors, the Plastic Surgery Educational Foundation Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes his contributions to education in plastic surgery. Dr. Rohrich participates in and has led numerous associations and councils for the advancement of plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is a native of North Dakota. He is married to Dr. Diane Gibby, also a plastic surgeon. They live in Dallas with their two children.

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