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Meet The Doctor

“My ultimate goal is to produce excellent surgical results safely and provide the level of care and attention that my patients expect and deserve.”

For Dr. Rolando Morales, the desire to become a plastic surgeon was inspired by his unique upbringing, growing up in a home with a mother who was a nurse and his father, who worked as a medical sculptor for 40 years at the esteemed Shriners Burn Institute in Galveston. As one of the nation’s few experts in this field, the elder Morales created customized silicone replacements for noses, ears, and other anatomical part designed to blend seamlessly and naturally with the body for individuals disfigured by burn injuries and cancer.

Dr. Morales credits his mother for instilling within him a compassion for helping others, an ambition to strive for excellence in every pursuit, and the determination to persevere. As one of six children and an immigrant to the United States, she overcame a challenging upbringing to eventually obtain a college PhD and become an accomplished and beloved nurse practitioner in her community.

As a young man, Dr. Morales had the privilege to assist his father during summer vacations from school, fashioning silicone ears for young burn victims. This gave him the opportunity to work with plastic surgeons who recognizing his talent, sharp mind, and skillful ability to work with patients, encouraged him to consider pursuing a career in their medical specialty. Because of his strong academic achievement, research experience, and volunteer activity, Dr. Morales was honored to be selected from among the nation’s top medical student applicants for a position in a highly-competitive six-year plastic and reconstructive surgery residency program. In addition to thoroughly equipping him to perform all of the complex operative techniques of this profession, the vast and intensive surgical education and training he received provided him with the skill and experience to minimize and manage any potential complications in order to achieve a successful outcome.

As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Morales considers it a rewarding privilege to enhance each person’s unique beauty through a career that allows him to combine his love of art and medicine. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his beautiful wife and daughters, exercising, playing racquetball, mountain bike riding, drawing, and sculpture.

 

The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery

Dr. Morales joined the prestigious practice of The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery. ACPS was founded in 1996 by Dr. Christopher K. Patronella, Dr. Henry A. Mentz, III, and Dr. German Newall. ACPS is currently ranked as the largest private plastic surgery center in Texas . The practice is distinguished by the highest quality of personal service, commitment to safety and patient confidentiality, and superior results that encompass the entire body. The practice surgical facility, the ACPS Surgicenter, is a AAAA certified surgical facility exceeding accepted standards for private surgical facilities and is licensed by the Texas Department of Health. The offices of The Aesthetic Center for Plastic Surgery are located in the Galleria area of Houston at 4400 South Post Oak, Suite 2260 and in the Memorial/Town and Country area of Southwest Houston at 12727 Kimberley, Suite 300.

 

The Surgeons at ACPS

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Surgical Training:

2007-2012: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Integrated program at the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.

2006-2007: General Surgery Internship at the University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver, Colorado.

Education:

2002-2006: Doctor of Medicine from the University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston, Texas.

2001-2002: Clinical Laboratory Sciences Program at Scott & White Medical Center, Temple, Texas.

1998-2001: Bachelors of Science in Clinical Laboratory Sciences from the University of Texas at Austin, Texas.

Professional Societies:

Houston Society of Plastic Surgeons: 2012- present: Candidate for Membership

Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons: 2012- present: Candidate for Membership

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: 2012- present: Candidate for Membership

Harris County Medical Society: 2012- present: Candidate for Membership

Texas Medical Association: Member

Plastic Surgery Society Comittees:

Young Plastic Surgeons Steering Committee of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons: 2013-present

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: Emerging Trends Committee: 2013-present

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: Hot Topics Committee: 2013-present

American Surgery and Education Research (ASERF): Innovative Procedures Committee: 2013- present

Honors and Awards:

2012 Health & Fitness Sports Magazine’s DOCTORS’ CHOICE in BREAST SURGERY

2012 Health & Fitness Sports Magazine’s DOCTORS’ CHOICE in COSMETIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

 

2013 H-Texas Magazine Houston’s TOP DOCTORS in PLASTIC AND RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY

2013 HOUSTONIA Magazine TOP DOCTOR in Plastic Surgery

 

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Presentations:

October 10, 2013: San Diego, California. 2013 The Meeting. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Panelist on “Establishing your Practice: Questions and Answers”

October 10, 2013: San Diego, California. 2013 The Meeting. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Panelist on “Nuts and Bolts of Private Practice: Questions and Answers”

October 10, 2013: San Diego, California. 2013 The Meeting. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. Panelist on “Getting the Ball Rolling on a New Plastic Surgery Practice: Academic vs Private”

October 11-12, 2013: Paris, France. 1st Anti-aging Medicine European Congress. “Use of Regional Abdominal Block Injections of Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain After Abdominoplasty. “

October 12, 2013: San Diego, California. 2013 The Meeting. American Society of Plastic Surgeons. ”Use of Regional Field Block Injections of Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain After Breast Augmentation. “

September 29, 2013: Bastrop, Texas. 2013 Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons meeting. “Use of Regional Abdominal Block Injections of Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain After Abdominoplasty. “

March 8, 2013: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery:  ”Use of Regional Abdominal Block Injections of Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain After Abdominoplasty. “

April 12 2013: New York, New York. 2013 American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting. “Premiere Hot Topics” Venue. “Use of Regional Abdominal Block Injections of Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain After Abdominoplasty. “

April 15 2013: New York, New York. 2013 American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Meeting. “Practice Changers” Venue. “Use of Regional Abdominal Block Injections of Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain After Abdominoplasty. “

Publications and Research:

R. Morales, et al. “Use of Regional Abdominal Block Injections of Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain After Abdominoplasty. ” Aesthetic Surgery Journal.  November/December 2013, pg 1148-1153.

R. Morales, et al. “Use of Regional Abdominal Block Injections of Liposomal Bupivicaine to Control Postoperative Pain After Abdominoplasty. ” Abstract presented at the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, April 11-16th 2013.

R. Morales, et al. “Squamous Cell Carcinoma in Burn Patient Covered with cultured Epithelial Autograph.” Presented at the Texas Society of Plastic Surgery, October 15, 2011

R. Morales, M. Silva. “Traumatic Pseudoaneurysm of The Superficial Temporal Artery Treated by Endovascular Coil Embolization.” Presented February 15, 2008 at the North American Winter Vascular Symposium.

P. Chang, R. Morales, k. Cook, SJ Blackwell. “Use of Combined Two-flap Palatoplasty Technique and Furlow double-Opposing Z-Plasty for Soft Palate Clefts.” Singleton Surgical Society Fifty-Second Annual Resident/Fellow competition. June 2, 2005.

E. Pickus, R. Morales, A.Write, R.McCaulery. “Incidence of Glaucoma in Children with Port Wine Stains in the First and Second Distributions of the Trigeminal Nerve.” June 7, 2005.

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