Alex A. Kane, M.D.

Alex A. Kane, M.D.

  • Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Chair in Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery
  • Pediatric Reconstructive Plastic Surgery


Alex A. Kane, M.D., FACS, FAAP, is Division Director of Pediatric and Craniofacial Surgery at Children’s Health and Vice Chairman and Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Professor of Plastic Surgery in the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Kane has more than two decades of experience treating children with conditions that require plastic and craniofacial surgery, including cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis, facial traumatic injuries, ear deformities, vascular anomalies, and pediatric breast conditions.

As a physician and surgeon, he focuses on three primary missions: to provide excellent care, to teach residents and fellows, and to advance the understanding of pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery through his research.

He is positioning the pediatric plastic and craniofacial team at Children’s Health to be among the best in the country. Dr. Kane's research has focused on using imaging to study outcomes and improve treatments in pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery. As part of his imaging research, Dr. Kane designed the Analytical Imaging and Modeling (AIM) Center for pediatrics at Children's Medical Center, which includes facilities for obtaining 2D, 3D, and 4D images to help pediatric specialists.

Dr. Kane earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire. He performed his residencies in general and plastic surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He then received advanced training through a concentrated fellowship in cleft lip and palate and craniofacial surgery at Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital in China and a secondary fellowship in craniofacial imaging at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

Prior to joining the UT Southwestern faculty in 2010, Dr. Kane was an Endowed Associate Professor of Surgery at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. He was also Director of the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Institute at St. Louis Children’s Hospital as well as Section Chief of Pediatric Plastic Surgery there.

Dr. Kane has authored more than 100 research articles and book chapters on pediatric plastic and craniofacial subjects. He frequently lectures and presents research at national and international medical symposia. He enjoys teaching fellows, residents, and medical students.

He holds a patent on a device to lengthen and reshape bone in pediatric craniofacial surgery, and along with his colleagues Dr. James Seaward and Dr. Rami Hallac at Children’s Health, holds two patents for a device to enable infants with cleft palate to breastfeed.

Dr. Kane has participated in many charitable surgical missions to Asia under the auspices of Smile Train and the Noordhoff Craniofacial Foundation. In addition to English, he speaks Spanish, some French, and some Mandarin.

Dr. Kane is included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list and was named a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly, as well as America’s Best Doctors by Best Doctors Inc. He also made U.S. News & World Report’s list of America’s Top Doctors.

Personal Note

Dr. Kane enjoys spending time with his wife and four adult children. Dr. Kane enjoys building furniture and “fixing things up” around the house.

Meet Dr. Kane

Pediatric Reconstructive Plastic and Craniofacial Surgeon in Dallas, Texas

Alex A. Kane, M.D., FACS, FAAP, balances the latest advancements in pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery in Dallas, Texas, with a devotion to excellence in patient care. For two decades, his sole clinical focus has been working with infants, children, and adolescents who need reconstructive plastic surgery procedures with the goal of achieving normal appearance and function.

Dr. Kane’s patients range from children with congenital conditions such as cleft lip and palate and craniosynostosis to those with chronic wounds, vascular anomalies, skin lesions, and facial traumatic injuries.

“We are unique in Dallas in that we have a full-time, academic pediatric plastic and craniofacial practice. This is what we do every day of the week – take care of kids.”

Dr. Kane joined UT Southwestern Medical Center’s pediatric plastic and reconstructive surgery program as Director of Pediatric and Craniofacial Surgery in 2010. In partnership and with the support of the Children’s Hospital System of Texas, his goal has been to build a group with a focus on excellent clinical care, teaching, and research, such as analytic imaging and modeling.

“We deliver cleft and craniofacial care in a true multidisciplinary setting, and our team is fully accredited by the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association,” Dr. Kane says. “Our team takes care of these kids comprehensively, and Children’s Medical Center has been very generous in supporting the values of true interdisciplinary care. You can’t find that anywhere else in the region.”

20+ Years of Experience in Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Patients in Dallas, Texas

Dr. Kane has a keen commitment to patients. For many children with congenital conditions, he follows them throughout their young lives. This can mean from birth, and sometimes prenatally, until they are adults. He understands that this commitment is needed to foster continuity of care and to build long-lasting relationships with both patients and their families.

Dr. Kane believes that a dedicated academic pediatric practice ensures that children with complex problems, such as cleft lip and palate, craniofacial conditions, and reconstructive plastic surgery needs, will receive the most modern, patient-centered care that is not possible in institutions where plastic surgeons split their time between adult and pediatric care.

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - National Institutes of Health Clinical Center (1999-2000), Craniofacial Surgery
  • Fellowship - Chang-Gung Memorial Hospital (1998-1999), Plastic Surgery
  • Residency - Barnes Jewish Hospital (1994-1998), Plastic Surgery
  • Internship - Barnes Jewish Hospital (1991-1994), General Surgery
  • Medical School - Dartmouth Medical School (1987-1991)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Association of Pediatric Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council
  • Dallas County Medical Society / Texas Medical Association
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Doctor, 2018-2019, 2022-2023
  • D Magazine Best Pediatric Specialist, (2011-2019, 2021)
  • Crystal Charity Ball Distinguished Chair in Plastic Surgery 2016-2020
  • Texas Super Doctors 2018-2019, Texas Monthly
  • Best Doctors in America 2013-2019, Best Doctors Database
  • America’s Top Doctors 2010-2019, US News and World Report, Castle Connolly
Books & Publications
  • Development and Application of Quantitative Methods for Assessing Outcomes of Cleft and Craniofacial Surgical Conditions Utilizing 2D, 3D, and 4D Imaging Modalities
  • Application of Machine Learning and Advanced Computing to Pediatric and Craniofacial Diagnoses
  • Use of Optoacoustic Imaging in the Study of the Ultrastructure of Vascular Anomalies
  • Understanding Perception of Facial Differences

Clinical Focus

  • Pediatric Craniofacial Surgery
  • Pediatric Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

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