P. Craig Hobar, MD – Plastic Surgeon

Dr. P. Craig Hobar

Dr. Craig Hobar has been practicing plastic surgery at the highest professional level for more than 25 years. He started his career in academic plastic surgery at the prestigious University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where he won awards for his scientific research and became a well-known contributor through papers, textbook chapters, national and international presentations. He subsequently left for private practice, primarily so he could have more control over his schedule and dedicate more time to international mission work. He is Founder and Medical Director of LEAP Global Missions, which is an international surgical mission program that has provided over 9,000 free surgeries to patients from 22 countries.

In cosmetic surgery, Dr. Hobar is well known for his techniques in transaxillary breast augmentation (no breast scar), natural appearing facelifts, rhinoplasty (nasal surgery), genioplasty (chin surgery) and facial implants.

He has received numerous recognitions for his excellence in cosmetic surgery and patient care:

  • Super Doctor as published in Texas Monthly magazine; 2005 through 2014
  • “Best Doctors in America”™; 1998 through 2014
  • Selected as one of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons

Dr. Hobar has also won many humanitarian awards including:

  • In Chul Song Award from the ASAPS
  • Healthcare Hero recognition from the Dallas Business Journal; 2000
  • City of Dallas Special Recognition for Outstanding Philanthropic Work in Haiti
  • Community Service Award from the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Frist Humanitarian Physician Award at Medical City
  • Community Hero Award for Community Trust Bank/SMU

HOW HAS HE ACHIEVED WHAT HE HAS?

In Dr. Hobar’s own words:

Dr. Hobar - Top Plastic Surgeon“I struggled with what kind of medicine I wanted to dedicate my life to when I was in medical school. I knew it was some form of surgery, and I thought it was probably heart surgery. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to do an externship in Dallas, the program that I had heard from my guidance counselor was the best surgical training program in the country. But, heart surgery wasn’t available, only plastic surgery. I accepted but was initially disappointed because of my preconceived notions. I was absolutely blown away when I started and found world class surgeons doing things that were at the time on the absolute forefront of surgery. It was the beginning of breast reconstruction for women after mastectomy. The surgeons were taking tissue from the back and tummy and creating beautiful breasts that gave these women hope for the first time that they could not only be cured from their cancer, but again have a normal, beautiful figure. In another room, there was a microsurgeon meticulously working under a microscope to replace a hand that had been severed in an accident. In still another room, was a surgeon reassembling a young child’s face who had been born with a severe facial disfigurement. When I saw the passion in the surgeons and the joy in the patients, I knew, right then and there what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing.”

 

Dr. Hobar is now practicing in Austin and Dallas. “I am in Austin because my wife asked us to relocate here – our daughter, son-in-law and four grandchildren are here. We are hopeful and praying that the remainder of our family will be here soon. This is one of the most exciting times of my life – I get to start a new practice, but do it with the kind of insight that only comes with 24 years of experience. I chose the partner (Dr. Jeffrey Cone) who I most wanted to practice with the rest of my career, and who I would most trust to care for my patients and practice in Austin. I am remaining in Dallas because of the relationships I have built with my patients and staff over the past 25 years. It is a dream come true for me”.

Dr. Hobar and his wife Robin have been married for 40 years, have three grown children: Linsey (teacher and homemaker), Lauren (pediatric oncology nurse and entrepreneur), and Matthew (professional MMA fighter), two sons-in-law: Ryan Nixon and Travis Hardy, and three grandchildren: Noah, Luke, and Juliette. Dr. Hobar is a black belt in Judo and three-time Master’s National Champion, was team plastic surgeon for the Dallas Stars professional hockey team for 11 years, and considers his completion of the 8-year program of Bible Study Fellowship one of the greatest things he has ever experienced. “Every time I take a step towards Christ, I am greatly rewarded by a more meaningful and adventurous life – never easier, but always better”.

Dr. Hobar is a member of the following associations: