Andrei Odobescu, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Microsurgical Burn Reconstruction


Andrei Odobescu, M.D., Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in microsurgical burn reconstruction, breast reconstruction, replantation, and limb salvage.

Dr. Odobescu earned his medical degree at McGill University. He completed a residency in plastic surgery at the University of Montreal, where he also earned a doctoral degree in biomedical sciences. He gained advanced training in hand surgery and microsurgery through a fellowship at the Buncke Clinic in San Francisco.

Board certified in plastic surgery and surgery of the hand, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2022.

Dr. Odobescu is a member of a number of professional societies, including the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (ASRM), the American Burn Association, and the American College of Surgeons. In addition, he is an ad hoc reviewer for the journals Hand and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Aesthetic Surgery Journal.

A prolific presenter and author, Dr. Odobescu has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals related to his areas of interest. His recent publications include a contribution to the textbook Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Management of the Breast: A Multidisciplinary Approach.

In 2023, he received the ASRM's worldwide Best Case Award, which recognizes surgical tenacity, creativity, and perseverance. Dr. Odobescu was also one of only three finalists for the award in 2022.

Personal Note

Outside of work, Dr. Odobescu enjoys camping, canoeing, and fishing.

Meet Dr. Odobescu

Specialist in Microsurgical Burn Reconstruction in Dallas, Texas

Dr. Andrei Odobescu, M.D., Ph.D., is a highly skilled board-certified plastic surgeon at UT Southwestern Medical Center. His practice extends across Parkland Memorial Hospital and the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where he specializes in whole-body burn microsurgical reconstruction, trauma reconstruction and breast reconstruction.

His passion for microsurgical burn reconstruction, a procedure involving the transplantation of healthy tissue, including nerves, to restore damaged areas of the body, brought him to UT Southwestern in Dallas. As a newer part of the plastic surgery team, he was driven by a desire to hone his expertise at a renowned hospital with a robust burn unit, allowing him to advance his work in burn reconstruction.

"Burn microsurgery is at the fringes of microsurgery, yet it serves a vital population in need of these specialized procedures," Dr. Odobescu says.

With a background in plastic surgery and trauma, he is able to offer patients a comprehensive approach that helps restore function and natural appearance after a burn.

Microsurgical Burn Reconstructive Surgery in Dallas, Texas

Dr. Odobescu believes patients with burns in areas with a high level of movement, such as the neck and extremities, can benefit from microsurgery.

"Microsurgery opens another door for the burn patient. We cannot solve every deformity, but this option allows us to push the envelope even more,” he says.

A skin graft, which takes a piece of healthy skin and moves it to the damaged or missing area, has a tendency to contract over time, limiting the range of motion at that site and causing deformities, functional limitations, and pain. Microsurgical transplantation of tissues, by reconnecting the blood supply, results in less contracture and better functional and cosmetic outcome.

Customized Care to Help Restore Function and Appearance at Parkland Burn Center in Dallas, Texas

Located within the Southwestern Medical District, Parkland Hospital’s Level 1 Burn Center is internationally recognized and one of the largest civilian burn units in the nation. Dr. Odobescu collaborates with the center’s burn surgeons to offer complex reconstructions.

He treats a diverse spectrum of burn injuries, from emergent to chronic cases, as well as former burn patients looking for revisions, neck resurfacings, and more.

"A patient might have a skin graft on his neck that has become contracted and is looking for a place to get help. At an institution like UT Southwestern, we have access to the newest research, cutting-edge technologies, and innovative products to propel these patients to the next level of recovery." Dr. Odobescu says. "Our interdisciplinary approach ensures that every patient receives comprehensive, customized care – and that makes all the difference in their journey to recovery."

Dr. Odobescu is dedicated not only to providing exceptional care but also to his ongoing collaboration with Parkland's burn team. He is committed to contributing to the Burn Center's continued growth, evolution, and advancement, enhancing the quality of care available to burn patients in the region.

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Education & Training
  • Graduate School - University of Montreal - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (2012-2019), Biomedical Science
  • Residency - University of Montreal - Faculty of Medicine (2010-2015), Plastic Surgery
  • Fellowship - The Buncke Clinic (2015-2016), Hand & Microsurgery
  • Medical School - McGill University - Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences (2006-2010)
  • Other Post Graduate Training - University of Montreal - Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (2012-2019)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Burn Association
  • American Association for Hand Surgery
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Romanian Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Romanian Society of Plastic Surgeons
Honors & Awards
  • Best Case Award 2023, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Best Case Finalist 2022, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Best Newcomer Award 2021, DIEP Dive (Deep Inferior Epigastric Perforator Flap Breast Reconstruction)
  • Best Save winner 2018, European Federation of Societies in Microsurgery Congress
  • Second Prize, Resident’s Research Presentation 2013, Association of Specialists in Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery of Quebec (ASPASQ)
  • Second Prize, Resident’s Research Presentation 2011, Association of Specialists in Plastic and Aesthetic Surgery of Quebec (ASPASQ)
Books & Publications
  • Books
    • Advanced autologous tissue flaps for whole breast reconstruction: Transverse upper gracilis (TUG) flap in Oncoplastic and Reconstructive Management of the Breast: A Multidisciplinary Approach
      Odobescu A, Goodwin I, Buntic R (2020), CRC Press/Taylor & Francis
    • Soft Tissue Coverage of the Hand in Principles of Hand Surgery and Therapy
      Odobescu A, Buncke G, Trumble TE (2017), Philadelphia, Elsevier

Clinical Focus

  • Breast Reconstruction
  • Microsurgical Burn Reconstruction
  • Replantation and Limb Salvage

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