Meet Dr. Shai Rozen

Dr. Rozen

Dr. Shai M. Rozen is first and foremost a surgeon, mentor, and researcher. He is also Professor and Vice-Chairman of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas, one of the leading academic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Departments in the United States. More than a decade ago, Dr. Rozen co-created a specialty group that specializes in treating patients with facial paralysis, a group that includes leading experts in plastic and reconstructive surgery, neurotology, neurosurgery, and rehabilitation at UT Southwestern Medical Center. This group is now one of the most active and prolific centers in the world for treating patients with facial paralysis.

Welcome Message From Dr. Rozen

I’d like to thank you for visiting our facial paralysis website. I hope you find important and relevant information that might guide you through your journey to recovery by educating you about:

Perhaps most importantly, I want you to know that you are not alone in this struggle as many other patients are in the same condition. It is our honor and privilege to take care of you and help you return as best and closely as possible to normal.

Referring Physicians

In addition to educating patients and their loved ones, we hope this site will be helpful and educational for referring physicians who are very often not aware of the existence of treatment options for patients with facial paralysis. Although many patients have been told nothing can be done, this is a misconception. The sooner patients come to see us, the more treatment options we have, although the opportunities we have for patients with many years of long-standing facial paralysis are also numerous.

My Priority Is Patient Care

As a physician and surgeon, my most important priority is simply taking care of my patients. My patients are, in essence, why and what I’m here for. They are the single most important thing from which everything else I do stems, which includes:

  • Seeking to continuously improve the care for facial palsy patients by developing or learning new surgical techniques
  • Performing research with the goal of answering unsolved problems in facial paralysis
  • Teaching surgeons-in-training
  • Sharing thoughts on facial paralysis treatment with faculty from across the United States and other regions of the world

Treatment of each patient with facial paralysis is a journey for both patient and surgeon; close collaboration with my patients is the key to optimal results over time.

Professional Background

After completing his training in general surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, Dr. Rozen finished his plastic surgery training at Johns Hopkins, followed by advanced training in craniofacial surgery and peripheral nerve surgery. He then joined the faculty at UTSW, where he is currently Vice-Chairman and Director of Facial Paralysis and the microsurgery fellowship.

Dr. Rozen is the author of numerous original publications in high-impact journals, book chapters, and invited reviews about facial paralysis. He is nationally and internationally known for his work on facial paralysis and has given several hundreds of talks in the U.S. and abroad as part of visiting professorships, professional societies, and advanced courses on the area. He is tremendously gratified by interacting with and teaching medical students, resident trainees, and other faculty from around the world on subjects related to facial palsy.

Professional Organizations

Dr. Rozen’s memberships in professional organizations include:

  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • Sir Charles Bell Society
  • Texas Medical Association
  • Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association
  • World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery

Next Steps

To get to know Dr. Shai Rozen, request a consultation to meet with him at UT Southwestern Medical Center.