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Dr. Larry Hollier named Baylor College of Medicine's plastic surgery chief

Accomplished clinician, researcher and academician Dr. Larry Hollier has been named the new chief of Baylor College of Medicine’s division of plastic surgery.

A member of BCM’s faculty since 1998, Hollier is a professor in the plastic surgery division of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery and of pediatrics at BCM. Hollier also serves as chief of the division of plastic surgery at Texas Children’s Hospital and director of BCM’s plastic surgery residency program.

Valued colleague

"Dr. Hollier is held in the greatest esteem by his peers as a surgeon, educator and researcher, and is widely embraced as a most valued colleague by his associates," said Dr. Todd Rosengart, chair of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery at BCM.

A board-certified plastic surgeon, Hollier specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery, including pediatric hand surgery, facial fractures, cranial vault remodeling, mid-facial distraction and mandibular distraction. He is extensively published, with over 200 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and serves on multiple editorial boards, and has been Editor of Seminars in Plastic Surgery since 2005. He has served as course director for innumerable seminars in plastic surgery, and has long been an examiner for the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Innovative jaw surgeries

Hollier has been recognized for performing innovative jaw surgeries known as "facial distractions" to help children with facial deformities, a procedure that involves surgically inserting a device to help the child's jaw bone grow into the desired shape. He trained under Dr. Joseph McCarthy, the first surgeon in the United States to perform a facial distraction.

Over the last 17 years, Hollier has made numerous trips to Haiti, Africa, Central America and Southeast Asia to provide surgical care for the treatment of craniofacial and hand deformities. He serves on the medical advisory board for SmileTrain, an international charity that provides cleft lip and cleft palate surgery to children in need.

He earned his undergraduate degree from Duke University where he was Phi Beta Kappa, his medical degree from Tulane University, where he was Valedictorian and a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha (AOA) Honor Medical Fraternity, and completed his residencies in general surgery and plastic surgery at Parkland Memorial Hospital, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Additionally, he held fellowships in hand and microvascular surgery at UT Southwestern, and in craniofacial surgery at New York University Medical Center.