Shelby Lies, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in hand surgery using minimally invasive techniques.

Dr. Lies earned his medical degree at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and completed a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He received advanced training in hand surgery and pediatric hand surgery through fellowships at UT Southwestern and Scottish Rite for Children, respectively.

Dr. Lies is a diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, with a subspecialty certificate in surgery of the hand. He is certified in MicroAire endoscopic carpal tunnel release, advances and best practices in upper extremity nerve repair, as well as certified for daVinci robotic surgery.

In addition to minimally invasive hand surgery, Dr. Lies also has a special interest in cosmetic, facial, breast, and body surgery.

Meet Dr. Lies

Minimally Invasive Hand Surgery in Dallas, Texas

Dr. Lies is a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in hand and wrist surgery and peripheral nerve surgery. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

He operates at UT Southwestern’s Outpatient Surgery Center and William P. Clements Jr. University Hospital, treating patients with hand and wrist complications such as arthritis, carpal and cubital tunnel, and Dupuytren's contracture. Additionally, Dr. Lies has the privilege of providing relief for veterans with arthritis, nerve compression, and nerve injuries in the hand and wrist as well as patients with spinal or brachial plexus injuries at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Hand, Wrist, and Peripheral Nerve Surgery in Dallas, Texas

Dr. Lies works with patients experiencing hand or wrist problems such as pain from arthritis, nerve compression from tight ligaments or fascia, and trauma.

As a UT Southwestern fellowship-trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Lies specializes in minimally invasive hand and wrist surgery, including endoscopic and arthroscopic techniques.

“Using these techniques helps the patient have smaller scars, reduced sensitivity and pain, less downtime, and a quicker return to normal range of motion,” Dr. Lies says. “I am always searching for the least invasive, most efficient solution to treat the patient’s problem.”

His intensive training at UT Southwestern enables Dr. Lies to perform cutting-edge peripheral nerve surgery and treat advanced wrist pathology to restore hand and wrist functionality so that patients can achieve a better quality of life and increased freedom of movement.

At UT Southwestern, Dr. Lies is able to explore and adapt newer technologies to help improve patient outcomes.

“For instance, when performing minimally invasive surgery for thumb arthritis, I’ve switched to a one-incision treatment, which takes about 30 minutes. Over the years, I’ve tried about 20 different techniques until this particular technique evolved into what it is today. Access to the newest technologies has advanced my practice and allowed me to deliver the best care to my patients.”

Being a part of an academic medical center, Dr. Lies often encounters hand and wrist and peripheral nerve cases that are complex and challenging.

“Like an elite athlete, I’m in the prime of my career. Nothing really scares me, and I very much enjoy the challenge of complex cases. At UT Southwestern, we see patients who’ve had failed surgeries, experience advanced complications, and present unique symptoms. Additionally, I have access to the newest and greatest products and the ability to collaborate with a team of expert surgeons and nurses – all while working at a well-run, extremely efficient hospital.”

Dr. Lies also offers a spectrum of reconstructive and cosmetic surgery of the face, breast, abdomen, and extremities for those who hope to achieve improved form or function.

Personal Note

Dr. Lies is a skilled artist and enjoys drawing and painting. He utilizes these skills when designing the markings and incisions prior to surgery to make the scar less visible and while performing surgery. His related interests include 3D printing and bioprosthetics. He is also an avid Cowboys fan, a former college football player, and a proud father of two young boys.

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2016-2017), Hand Surgery
  • Residency - University of Texas Medical Branch (2010-2016), Plastic Surgery
  • Medical School - University of Kansas School of Medicine (2006-2010)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Association of Hand Surgery
  • Dallas County Medical Society / Texas Medical Association
  • Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand
Honors & Awards
  • Texas Monthly Super Doctors, Rising Star 2020
  • Editor’s Choice Award 2015, Aesthetic Surgery Journal
  • Cronin Award Best Senior Resident Paper 2015, Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons San Antonio Texas
  • Adrian E. Flatt Scholarship 2015, American Society/Foundation for the Surgery of the Hand
  • First Place in Clinical Science Research 2013, Singleton Surgical Society Galveston Texas
  • AOA Honor 2009, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
  • United States National Arts Award 2002, American for the Arts
  • First Team All-League, All-State Running Back 2002, Kansas Chisolm Trail League II
  • Kansas BEST Robotics 2001, Kansas Boosting Engineering Science & Technology
Books & Publications
  • Comparison Dupuytrens Fasciectomy Versus Xiaflex/Collagenase Treatment for Dupuytrens Contracture
  • Extensor Tenotomy Nomenclature Clarification
  • 3-D Printed Hand Fracture Simulation Model
  • Minimally Invasive Thumb Arthritis Treatment With Internal Brace Versus Tightrope Suspension Arthroplasty

Clinical Focus

  • Hand and Wrist Surgery
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery

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