James Seaward, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery.

Originally from London, Dr. Seaward graduated with honors from Trinity College in Cambridge, England. He earned his medical degree at the Royal Free and University College Medical School in London and completed a plastic surgery residency at the Royal College of Surgeons of England. He received advanced training in pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgery through a fellowship at UT Southwestern.

Board certified in plastic surgery in the United Kingdom, he joined the UT Southwestern  faculty in 2013.

Dr. Seaward is a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, and is an active member of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association and the International Society for the Study of Vascular Anomalies. He has coauthored a variety of articles in peer-reviewed medical journals.

Dr. Seaward was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list for 2018. 

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Meet Dr. Seaward

Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgeon in Dallas

Dr. James Seaward, a pediatric plastic and craniofacial surgeon at Children’s Health and an Assistant Professor of Pediatric Plastic and Craniofacial Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, was drawn to the practice of pediatric plastic surgery because of its potential to dramatically improve a child’s life.

“Repairing a cleft lip completely changes the psychosocial interactions a child will experience throughout his or her lifetime,” Dr. Seaward says. “And repairing a cleft palate gives a child the ability to speak and be understood.”

Dr. Seaward’s clinical practice is exclusively pediatric and, in addition to cleft lip and palate surgery, includes minimally invasive general pediatric plastic surgery, craniofacial surgery, vascular anomalies, and trauma reconstruction.

“Too many surgeons do both adult and pediatric surgery, treating a small number of pediatric plastic and craniofacial patients outside a formal team setting with no objective evaluation of the level of care they are providing,” he explains.

Dr. Seaward says he is most inspired by how well many of his patients cope with the obvious differences they have. His most challenging cases are children who have suffered life-changing injuries.

He believes the future of pediatric plastic surgery will see an increase in limited-access techniques for craniofacial surgery, computer-aided customization of devices and procedures, and an increase in objective outcome measurements for craniofacial and cleft surgery.

Before starting at Children’s in 2013, he went to Ghana with Operation Smile, an international medical nonprofit that provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate, and other facial deformities for children around the globe.

“I enjoyed that work because it was a chance to dramatically transform the lives of children who would otherwise face a lifetime of stigmatization,” Dr. Seaward says.

His current research includes:

  • Developing an automated cleft speech evaluator
  • Exploring the applications of 3D video photography to evaluate dynamic facial asymmetry following cleft lip repair
  • Expanding applications of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for cleft-related speech disorders
  • Exploring computer-aided design and manufacturing in craniofacial surgery

Personal Note

Outside his practice, Dr. Seaward enjoys spending time with his wife and three children; playing the piano, violin, and trombone; sailing; and taking photographs. He is also an instructor-level skier and a Professional Association of Diving Instructors rescue scuba diver, and he holds a private pilot’s license.

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Education & Training
  • Medical School - Royal Free and University College Medical School (1997-2000)
  • Internship - Queen Elizabeth Hospital (2000-2001), General Surgery
  • Internship - Lister Hospital (2001-2001), General Surgery
  • Residency - Royal Berkshire Hospital (2001-2004), Surgical Rotation
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern/Children's Medical Center (2011-2012), Pediatric Plastic Surgery
  • Residency - Royal College of Surgeons of England (2007-2013), Plastic Surgery
Books & Publications

Clinical Focus

  • Congenital Facial Anomalies
  • Facial Trauma
  • Skin Cancer Reconstruction
  • Laser & Skin Care
  • Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine

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Children's Medical Center of Dallas

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