- 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
James Seaward, M.D.
- Plastic Surgery
- Congenital Facial Anomalies
- Facial Trauma
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.
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
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.
Three-dimensional changes in head shape after extended sagittal strip craniectomy with wedge ostectomies and helmet therapy.
Chou PY, Hallac RR, Patel S, Cho MJ, Stewart N, Smartt JM, Seaward JR, Kane AA, Derderian CA Journal of neurosurgery. Pediatrics 2017 Mar 1-6
Impact of Long Flexor Versus Intrinsic Dominance in the Generation of Arc of Finger Flexion.
Seaward JR, Peck F, Lees VC Hand (New York, N.Y.) 2016 Sep 11 3 364-367
Dynamic facial asymmetry in patients with repaired cleft lip using 4D imaging (video stereophotogrammetry).
Hallac RR, Feng J, Kane AA, Seaward JR Journal of cranio-maxillo-facial surgery : official publication of the European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery 2016 Nov
Objective and subjective image evaluation of maxillary alveolar bone based on cone beam computed tomography exposure parameters.
de Moura PM, Hallac RR, Seaward JR, Kane AA, Aguiar M, Raggio R, Gutfilen B Oral surgery, oral medicine, oral pathology and oral radiology 2016 May 121 5 557-65
Liquid Latex Molding: A Novel Application of 3D Printing to Facilitate Flap Design.
Cho MJ, Kane AA, Hallac RR, Gangopadhyay N, Seaward JR The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association 2016 May
Ionizing Radiation in Craniofacial Surgery: A Primer on Dose and Risks.
Cho MJ, Blackburn T, Hallac RR, Kane AA, Koral K, Seaward JR The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association 2016 May
Should We Give Routine Postoperative Intravenous Fluids After Cleft Surgery?
Onyekwelu O, Seaward J, Beale V The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association 2016 Mar 53 2 e18-22
Metopic "ridge" vs. "craniosynostosis": Quantifying severity with 3D curvature analysis.
Cho MJ, Kane AA, Seaward JR, Hallac RR Journal of cranio-maxillo-facial surgery : official publication of the European Association for Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery 2016 Jul
Improving the Evaluation of Alveolar Bone Grafts With Cone Beam Computerized Tomography.
de Moura PM, Hallac R, Kane A, Seaward J The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association 2016 Jan 53 1 57-63
The effects of whole-vault cranioplasty versus strip craniectomy on long-term neuropsychological outcomes in sagittal craniosynostosis.
Derderian CA, Heppner C, Cradock MM, Woo AS, Patel KB, Smyth MD, Viera P, Weprin BE, Seaward J, Smartt JM, Kane AA Plastic and reconstructive surgery 2015 Mar
Ferraro's Fundamentals of Maxillofacial Surgery, 2nd Edition.
Seaward JR, Kane AA Plastic and reconstructive surgery 2015 Dec 136 6 1389-90
Derderian C, Seaward J Seminars in plastic surgery 2012 May 26 2 64-75
Computer-aided surgical planning in the treatment of soft-tissue sarcoma.
Seaward JR, Wilson PA, Stone CA Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England 2010 Nov 92 8 639-42
Supraorbital neuroma masquerading as local recurrence from a previously excised microcystic adnexal carcinoma.
Seaward JR, Kalipershad SN, Ross GL Journal of plastic, reconstructive & aesthetic surgery : JPRAS 2010 Mar 63 3 e239-41
The development of in vivo tracer methods to obtain new information about human disease: a study of the hallucinating brain.
Jones T, Silbersweig DA, Stern E, Schnorr L, Seaward J, Clark JC, Lammertsma AA, Grootoonk S European journal of nuclear medicine 1996 Mar 23 3 332-5
A functional neuroanatomy of hallucinations in schizophrenia.
Silbersweig DA, Stern E, Frith C, Cahill C, Holmes A, Grootoonk S, Seaward J, McKenna P, Chua SE, Schnorr L Nature 1995 Nov 378 6553 176-9
Deficits in cerebral glucose metabolism demonstrated by positron emission tomography in individuals at risk of familial Alzheimer's disease.
Kennedy AM, Frackowiak RS, Newman SK, Bloomfield PM, Seaward J, Roques P, Lewington G, Cunningham VJ, Rossor MN Neuroscience letters 1995 Feb 186 1 17-20
- Three-dimensional changes in head shape after extended sagittal strip craniectomy with wedge ostectomies and helmet therapy.
- Congenital Facial Anomalies
- Facial Trauma
- Skin Cancer Reconstruction
- Laser & Skin Care
- Pediatric & Adolescent Medicine