Shai M. Rozen, M.D.

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Facial Paralysis Correction Surgery – Facial Reanimation
  • Facial Cosmetic Surgery (Face Lift, Eyelid Surgery, Brow Surgery)


Shai M. Rozen, M.D., is Professor and Vice Chair in the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in facial paralysis (facial reanimation) surgery, facial cosmetic surgery, and microsurgery.

Dr. Rozen earned his medical degree at the Tel Aviv University School of Medicine. He completed separate residencies in first general surgery and then plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He then received advanced training in craniofacial surgery, followed by extensive training in peripheral nerve surgery through a fellowship at Johns Hopkins.

He joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2007.

At UT Southwestern, he has co-created with colleagues from neurotology and neurosurgery a specialty group treating patients with facial paralysis. Dr. Rozen specializes in aesthetic surgery of the face, concentrating on face lift surgery, rhinoplasty (nose surgery), and eyelid surgery.

Dr. Rozen is currently the Director of the Facial Reanimation Program at UTSW, Director of the Microsurgery and Breast Fellowship, and Director of Clinical Research.

He’s board certified in plastic surgery and is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, as well as a Fellow in the American College of Surgeons.

Dr. Rozen is an Associate Editor for the leading publications in plastic surgery including the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (PRS) and the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open (PRS GO).

He serves as a reviewer for multiple medical journals, including:

Dr. Rozen has published over 100 manuscripts and book chapters relating to plastic surgery and facial reanimation surgery. He has more than 150 scientific abstracts presented in national and international meetings. He has provided more than 300 invited talks on various aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery and speaks both nationally and internationally in major scientific meetings, international courses, and at leading academic centers in the country and around the world.

He is involved in funded clinical research, often involving multiple specialties with colleagues from across the U.S. and abroad, and he tremendously enjoys his role as educator of future surgeons.

Dr. Rozen was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list for 2018, 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023.

Personal Note

Dr. Rozen was born in Israel and lives in Dallas. When not treating patients, he enjoys scuba diving, target shooting, and traveling in the U.S. and abroad, developing new relationships with colleagues from different countries.

Meet Dr. Rozen

Recognized International Facial Paralysis Surgeon in Dallas, Texas

Shai M. Rozen, M.D., is a Professor and Vice Chair of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Dallas, Texas, where he also serves as Director of the Facial Reanimation Program, the Microsurgery Fellowship, and Clinical Research. He is a board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in facial paralysis surgery (facial reanimation); facial cosmetic surgery, including facelift surgery; and rhinoplasty (nose surgery) in Dallas, Texas.

"The principles of both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery go hand in hand and greatly benefit my patients. I apply aesthetic principles in all of my reconstructive patients and perform cosmetic surgery in areas of the body in which I have performed complex reconstruction," Dr. Rozen says.

Facial Paralysis and Facial Reanimation in Dallas, Texas

Dr. Rozen has trained extensively in craniofacial reconstruction and microsurgery, enabling him to address both bony and soft tissue problems in the face. As Director and founder of the Facial Reanimation Program at UT Southwestern, he works with colleagues in otolaryngology, neurosurgery, neurology, and physical medicine and rehabilitation to address in one clinical and multidisciplinary setting the complex problem of patients with paralyzed faces.

"Facial paralysis patients can be divided into two groups: patients with flaccid facial paralysis and patients with synkinesis. Patients with flaccid facial paralysis suffer from a very weak face with no motion and are frequently droopy. They cannot close their eyes, are unable to smile, often drool from the mouth, and frequently complain of speech difficulty. Patients with synkinesis usually have had a previous flaccid phase and have partially recovered but not in a normal way. The face starts to become tightened, often pulling to the paralyzed-synkinetic side. Patients will complain of blepharospasm (tight eyelids), excessive tearing, facial tightness without the ability to smile, biting of the lip or cheek, and often neck tightness."

The cause of facial paralysis can vary significantly among patients. Usually, one underlying cause can lead to both flaccid facial paralysis and synkinesis, depending on the degree of recovery of the facial nerve. Common causes include Bell's palsy, Ramsay Hunt syndrome, acoustic neuroma surgery, cancer, and surgery for cancer. In some cases, it can be caused by face lift surgery.

"Regardless of the cause of paralysis, both groups of patients are devastated and are unique in their treatment strategy,” Dr. Rozen says. “In patients with flaccid facial paralysis, the timing of surgery is crucial. If patients present early enough, we can treat them with nerve transfers, nerve grafts, and cross-facial nerve grafts. If patients present after 18 months or so, the muscle of the face often cannot be recovered, and we must transplant muscle with their nerves and blood supply into the face to restore some of the motion and function that has been lost."

Conversely, for patients with synkinesis, the treatment strategy differs, with the primary goals defined as rebalancing the face by weakening muscles that are too strong (spastic) and strengthening others. This is done by selective neurectomies and selective myectomies.

"I am thankful for the great multidisciplinary facial paralysis team that formed over the years, enabling us to achieve a very high level of care, which exists in very few places in the country and enables patients to be seen expediently by the best specialists in a short period. I truly enjoy helping patients with facial paralysis to the best of my ability, and together with my patients and other physicians, we work hard at constantly improving the science and art of taking care of facial paralysis patients," Dr. Rozen says. "At the end of the day, my goal with my patients is for them to be happy and satisfied about how they look and function."

Facial Cosmetic Surgery in Dallas, Texas

In his cosmetic surgery practice, Dr. Rozen focuses on the face. At the core of this specialty is the marriage of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. According to Dr. Rozen, both reconstructive and cosmetic surgery must look good, work well, and be safe.

"My aesthetic facial practice was a natural evolution of my experience from treating difficult and complex cases of facial paralysis. The goal with every facial palsy patient is to restore not only function but also aesthetics. Additionally, many of my facial paralysis patients asked for additional facial aesthetic procedures, which always complement our results. The surgical and anatomical experience gained from performing several thousand complex facial microsurgical paralysis procedures and subsequent facial cosmetic procedures allowed me to hone the skills in both more routine facial cosmetic cases such as face lifts, eyelid surgery, and nose surgery as well as treat complications of such procedures performed elsewhere."

Similar to facial paralysis patients, each facial cosmetic patient is unique. There are many techniques for performing face lifts, and often different methods will fit various individuals. Dr. Rozen provides face lift procedures that fit each patient, whether it be a bi-lamellar high SMAS (superficial musculoaponeurotic system) face lift, a composite face lift, deep plane face lift, or any other variation needed to help provide optimal results.

The same guiding principles apply to surgery of the eyelids and nose.

Most patients are good candidates for simple blepharoplasty, which involves removing excess skin from their eyelids. However, some will need more intricate surgeries to support the eyelids, such as canthoplasty or tarsal strips, or more complex upper eyelid surgeries similar to those Dr. Rozen performs for reconstructive eye surgery.

Similarly, nasal surgery is often performed for both aesthetic and functional reasons. The intricacies of nasal surgery are significant. To obtain good functional and aesthetic results, significant attention to detail is needed, and results must fit the overall facial appearance of the face.

Dr. Rozen is the principal investigator for several large-scale studies and has received several prestigious awards and grants for his work. He collaborates in research with colleagues worldwide and regularly presents nationally and internationally as a guest speaker in leading academic centers in the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America, in major clinical and scientific conferences and courses for other physicians.

In addition, Dr. Rozen immensely enjoys teaching and working with his residents, fellows, and medical students.

"It is always amazing to see how my residents develop their clinical and surgical skills over the years, but to be honest, I constantly learn from them – from their questions, challenges, or sheer curiosity. Training future physicians and colleagues is a great honor and privilege."

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Johns Hopkins Hospital (2006-2007), Peripheral Nerve Surgery
  • Residency - Johns Hopkins Hospital (2003-2005), Plastic Surgery
  • Residency - Johns Hopkins Hospital (1998-2003), General Surgery
  • Medical School - Sackler School of Medicine (1989-1997)
  • Fellowship - International Craniofacial Institute (2005-2006), Craniofacial Surgery
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Peripheral Nerve
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Medical Association
  • Dallas Society of Plastic Surgery
  • Dallas County Medical Society
  • Sir Charles Bell Society
  • Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • The Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Association
Honors & Awards
  • AAHS, ASPN, ASRM Joint Outstanding Podium Presentation and Best Paper Award 2024, American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery Annual Meeting
  • Live Surgery for Post-Paralytic Facial Synkinesis 2023, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Linkou, Taiwan
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society 2022, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • D Magazine Best Doctor, 2018, 2020-2022
  • Mentee Awardee, AΩA Carolyn L. Kuckein Student Research Fellowship 2020, Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Cover Article 2020, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal
  • Cronin Award for the Best Presentation by a Senior Resident 2019, Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • Lee Dellon Lectureship in Peripheral Nerve Surgery 2019, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Image of the Month 2017, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal
  • Cover Article 2017, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal
  • Lee Dellon Lectureship in Peripheral Nerve Surgery 2017, Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • AAHS, ASPN, ASRM Joint Outstanding Podium Presentation and Best Paper Award 2017, American Society of Peripheral Nerve Annual Meeting, Hawaii
Books & Publications
  • Dynamic solutions for the paralyzed face
  • Synkinesis – treatment and etiology

Clinical Focus

  • Facial Paralysis Correction Surgery – Facial Reanimation
  • Facial Cosmetic Surgery (Face Lift, Eyelid Surgery, Brow Surgery)
  • Rhinoplasty

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