Christopher Derderian, M.D.

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Cosmetic Facial Surgery
  • Rhinoplasty


Christopher Derderian, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Health Dallas. Dr. Derderian is an expert in craniofacial surgery. He cares for both children and adults. In his adult practice, Dr. Derderian has particular interest in cleft lip revision and cleft rhinoplasty for teenagers and adults. He also frequently performs facial cosmetic surgery, rhinoplasty, septoplasty, and ear surgery. Dr. Derderian has been included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list annually from 2015 to 2021.

Dr. Derderian earned his undergraduate and medical degrees at Boston University, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Honor Society. He performed his residency in plastic surgery at the New York University Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery, where he also served as Executive Chief Resident. After completing advanced training in craniofacial surgery through a fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania and Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Dr. Derderian joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2011. He received his board certification from the American Board of Plastic Surgery in 2012.

Dr. Derderian has traveled extensively to present his research at medical conferences around the world. He is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association, the American Society of Craniofacial Surgery, the Dallas County Medical Society, and the Texas Medical Association. He serves on various national committees and is a reviewer for several medical journals.

His research has yielded over thirty publication in peer-reviewed journals, including Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, The Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal, the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery, the Annals of Plastic Surgery, and the Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics. Dr. Derderian has also authored 16 book chapters on reconstructive and plastic surgery.

Personal Note

He is married to Courtney Derderian, M.D., a pediatric anesthesiologist, and they have two children, Claire and Corinne, and a golden retriever, Blue. During his downtime, he enjoys spending time with his family. He also enjoys golfing, biking, and cooking.

Meet Dr. Derderian

Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgeon

Christopher Derderian, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children’s Health in Dallas, TX. As a craniofacial surgeon, Dr. Derderian specializes in reconstructive and aesthetic surgery of the face in both children and adults. In his pediatric practice, Dr. Derderian cares for children with cleft lip and palate, craniosynostosis, hemifacial microsomia and microtia as well as more rare congenital conditions such as Parry Romberg syndrome. Dr. Derderian is an expert in cranial vault remodeling, minimally invasive treatment of craniosynostosis, cleft lip repair, cleft rhinoplasty, ear reconstruction, otoplasty, septoplasty, and rhinoplasty.

Dr. Derderian brings his expertise in rhinoplasty, cleft rhinoplasty, and ear surgery to his adult practice where he frequently performs rhinoplasty and ear surgery. Adults with cleft lip and palate who are unhappy with their appearance often feel that they do not have options to improve their appearance. Dr. Derderian frequently performs cleft lip revision and cleft rhinoplasty for adult patients who were not satisfied with their appearance. He feels strongly that just because these patients have received some form of treatment as a child, does not mean that they should feel forced to accept and live with poor results. It is critical that these patients are cared for by surgeons who are experts in cleft surgery. Dr. Derderian also performs otoplasty, ear lobe reduction, and surgery to make ears smaller. He also frequently performs fat grafting for the treatment of Parry Romberg syndrome.

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (2010-2011), Craniofacial Surgery
  • Residency - New York University Medical Center (2007-2010), Plastic Surgery
  • Residency - New York University Medical Center (2004-2007), General Surgery
  • Medical School - Boston University School of Medicine (1998-2004)
  • Fellowship - Weill Cornell Medical College - Faculty Affairs (2002-2003), Hematology Oncology
  • Fellowship - New York University Medical Center (2001-2002), Reconstructive Surgery
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society of Craniofacial Surgery
  • American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons
  • American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association
  • Dallas County Medical Society / Texas Medical Association
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council
Honors & Awards
  • D Magazine Best Pediatric Specialist 2021
  • Best Doctors 2015-2020, D Magazine
Books & Publications
  • 3D Outcomes in Cranial Vault Reconstruction
  • 3D and Functional Outcomes from Cleft Rhinoplasty
  • Clinical Outcomes from Ear Surgery

Clinical Focus

  • Cosmetic Facial Surgery
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Nose & Sinus Surgery
  • Septoplasty
  • Ear Surgery
  • Otoplasty

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