Nicholas T. Haddock, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center as well as the Vice Chair of Business Affairs for the Department of Plastic Surgery. He specializes in breast reconstruction surgery after cancer, aesthetic breast and body procedures, microsurgery, and extremity reconstruction in Dallas, Texas.

Dr. Haddock completed an undergraduate degree in finance at the University of Texas at Austin and earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. He completed residencies in general surgery and plastic surgery at the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery at New York University Langone Medical Center, serving as Executive Chief Resident in his final year. He received advanced training through a hand and microsurgery fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, gaining further experience in extremity reconstruction, complex microsurgery, and breast reconstruction.

Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Haddock joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2012.

Among his other roles at UTSW, Dr. Haddock participates in extensive outcomes research. His two main goals are to achieve high patient satisfaction and to deliver excellent aesthetic results. A renowned breast reconstruction surgeon, he has led research studies on microsurgery and breast reconstruction, including the influential works describing the profunda artery perforator flap (PAP flap) procedure. He has studied operative processes and in doing so has reduced the operative time to half of the national average for bilateral breast reconstruction with the deep inferior epigastric perforators (DIEP) flaps.

Dr. Haddock has published numerous papers and book chapters on plastic surgery, breast reconstruction, microsurgery, and cosmetic surgery. His research has appeared in publications such as Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery; Reconstructive Surgery Global Open; Aesthetic Surgery Journal; Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery; Annals of Plastic Surgery; Journal of Hand Surgery; and The Breast Journal. He has been invited to present his work at medical meetings around the globe and has been featured on multiple news outlets, such as Fox, NBC, and NPR.

He is a leader in multiple plastic surgery societies and is an Associate Editor for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open, the two preeminent journals in plastic surgery research and scholarship.

Dr. Haddock routinely receives local and regional awards voted on by his peers and has been named a Texas Monthly Super Doctor and a D Magazine Best Doctor numerous times.

Meet Dr. Haddock

Experienced Breast Surgeon in Dallas, Texas

Nicholas T. Haddock, M.D., is an Associate Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center with appointments in the Department of Plastic Surgery. He is experienced in all aspects of cosmetic and plastic surgery and has expert knowledge in breast reconstruction after cancer.

Dr. Haddock performs a high number of breast reconstruction surgeries annually and is considered an expert by his peers.

"I take great pride in offering a unique set of skills and procedures. Patients recovering from cancer have gone through a great deal already. I want to provide them with beautiful, tailored results that complement their physique and lifestyle," Dr. Haddock says.

Dr. Haddock worked under Dr. Bob Allen, the pioneer of the DIEP flap and PAP flap. Both options involve the use of blood vessels and a section of skin and fat from other parts of the body to reconstruct the breast. Since then, he has focused his work on these types of reconstructions, using the body’s own tissue procedures.

"There are two breast surgery options: implants or one's own tissue. After a mastectomy or double mastectomy, patients can choose which option they want, as we offer both. When a patient’s own tissue is preferred, our most common choice is the DIEP flap," Dr. Haddock says. "This procedure takes the tissue from the patient's stomach and uses it in the breast. However, some patients are not candidates for DIEP flap. I can work with these women to find an alternative option that is just as successful."

Common alternatives for women with breast cancer who have had previous abdominal surgery or who do not have enough abdominal tissue include PAP flap, which involves using tissue from the patient's thigh to reconstruct the breast and lumbar artery perforator (LAP) flap, which uses tissue from the patient's "love handle" to rebuild the breast.

Dr. Haddock possesses extensive expertise, enabling him to provide a comprehensive range of options for breast reconstruction after cancer in Dallas, Texas.

Breast Reconstruction After Cancer in Dallas, Texas

Patients travel to UT Southwestern's Dallas campus from around the country and even internationally for breast reconstruction after cancer using alternative options and a number of techniques that preserve muscle, minimize recovery time, and reduce pain.

UT Southwestern, a Center of Excellence, is committed to enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS). With the combined efforts of surgeons, the nursing team, and anesthesiologists, the department has streamlined processes and set protocols intraoperatively. With a national average of nine hours for breast reconstruction surgery, UT Southwestern has reduced the time in the operating room to four hours.

"We never cut corners," Dr. Haddock says. "It's not about speed. With protocols in place, we can improve the process and focus on aesthetics. We are not only fast. We are better. As a result, we've seen a decrease in complications."

One reason patients thrive is that at UT Southwestern, the patient's entire journey of care is in one place. Whether Dr. Haddock is working with the breast cancer specialists at UT Southwestern's Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center – the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in North Texas – or a patient who has had treatment elsewhere, he aims to help patients determine the best option for reconstruction after breast cancer.

"One size does not fit all. First, I must understand my patient's desires, then look at their body anatomy and donor site to determine what is best and safest."

Dr. Haddock aims to deliver patient satisfaction, and practicing at UT Southwestern allows him to be part of a non-fragmented approach to care.

“Patients benefit from the interconnectivity and interaction of departments and the state-of-the-art resources available,” Dr. Haddock says. "UT Southwestern allows me to achieve my maximum potential while providing advanced care and excellent results for my patients’ long-term health and happiness."

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Education & Training
  • Residency - New York University School of Medicine (2005-2008), General Surgery
  • Residency - New York University School of Medicine (2008-2010), Plastic Surgery
  • Residency - New York University School of Medicine (2010-2011), Chief Resident
  • Fellowship - University of Pennsylvania (2011-2012), Hand & Microsurgery
  • Medical School - UTMB at Galveston (2001-2005)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
Honors & Awards
  • Best Doctors 2019-2022, D Magazine
  • Plastic Surgery Clinician of the Year 2022, UT Southwestern
  • Super Doctor 2016-2022, Texas Monthly
  • First Place Research Award 2022, Texas Society of Plastic Surgery
  • Second Place Research Award 2022, Texas Society of Plastic Surgery
  • Leaders in Clinical Excellence Award: Program Development Award: Breast Reconstruction 2021, UT Southwestern
  • Sprit of Caring Award 2021, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Fritz E. Barton Teaching Award 2018
  • Young Plastic Surgeon Research Award 2018, Texas Society of Plastic Surgery
  • First Place Research Award 2018, Texas Society of Plastic Surgery
  • Fort Worth, Texas Top Doctors 2017
  • John Bostwick Resident Paper Award 2017, 33rd Annual Atlanta Breast Surgery Symposium
  • Second Place Research Award 2016, Texas Society of Plastic Surgery
  • John Bostwick Resident Paper Award 2016, 32nd Annual Atlanta Breast Surgery Symposium
  • Second Place Research Award 2015, Texas Society of Plastic Surgery
  • Super Doctor Rising Star 2013-2015, Texas Monthly
  • Outstanding Paper Presentation 2012, AAHS/ASPN/ASRM Joint Annual Meeting
  • F. William Bora, Jr. Award 2012, Excellence in Upper Extremity Surgery
  • First Place Research Paper 2011, New York Regional Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Blair Rogers Clinical Research Award 2011
Books & Publications
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Patient outcomes
  • Efficiencies in surgery

Clinical Focus

  • Breast Reconstruction After Cancer
  • Breast Surgery

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2021 Leaders in Clinical Excellence video: Breast Reconstruction Program