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Meet Dr. De La Cruz

Houston Plastic Surgeon, Emmanuel De La Cruz, MD, PLLC

Dr. De La Cruz, a Filipino American, entered college at the age of fifteen and received his Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, where he graduated summa cum laude, majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology. He successfully balanced his studies with volunteer work at the Texas Mental Health & Mental Retardation Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Following four years of medical school training in Houston at the University of Texas, where he earned the Frank Webber Prize in medical research, Dr. De La Cruz spent the next several years in California, where he successfully completed a rigorous training in general surgery at Loma Linda University. During his third year as a surgery resident, he developed the “Celtic cross technique” for immediate umbilical reconstruction, which was published in the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, one of the world’s leading international journals in reconstructive surgery. Dr. De La Cruz was subsequently board-certified by the American Board of Surgery.

With the aim of further refining his surgical skills and knowledge, as well as his interest in hand surgery since he was a child (after undergoing a finger replant himself), Dr. De La Cruz pursued further training in Hand and Microsurgery at Oregon Health Sciences University under the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. There, he acquired extensive experience in microsurgery, and learned to be more meticulous and precise with his surgical dissections. He finished the program with flying colors, and performed more than nine hundred procedures during his training.

Dr. De La Cruz pursued further training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the Georgia Health & Sciences University (formerly known as Medical College of Georgia), where he honed his skills in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. At the Georgia Health & Sciences University, he refined his techniques in breast reconstruction (Free TRAM, DIEP free flaps), craniofacial surgery, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction and fat grafting, breast augmentation (breast implant surgery), facelift, rhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation with BOTOX®/dermal fillers, and other aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. With over nine years of surgical training, Dr. De La Cruz also served as Chief Surgery Resident in Plastic Surgery, and scored 94th percentile nationally on the 2010 Plastic Sur

gery Inservice Examination.

When not performing surgery or seeing patients, Dr. De La Cruz enjoys playing the piano, composing music, cooking ethnic dishes, and painting portraits.

Professional Education

Residency Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 

94th percentile nationally, Plastic Surgery Inservice Examination

Medical College of Georgia

Augusta, GA

Residency General Surgery 

Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Loma Linda, CA

Fellowship Hand and Microsurgery 

Oregon Health & Sciences Univ. School of Medicine

Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and Department of Orthopedics

Portland, Oregon


University of Texas Medical School Houston, TX

Medical Doctorate

Frank C. Webber Prize for Medical Research

Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX

Bachelor of Science in Cellular & Molecular Biology

Minor in Biochemistry

Summa Cum Laude Graduate

Licensure & Certification

  • Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery









  • Medical Board of Georgia
  • Texas Medical Board
  • Medical Board of California
  • United States Medical Licensing Examination Steps 1, 2 & 3
  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certified
  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Certified

Awards & Distinctions

  • 94th percentile, 2010 Plastic Surgery Inservice Examination
  • Judge, Miss Teen World 2011
  • TV Show Guest at Latina Spice, 2012
  • Former Chief Resident in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Georgia Health Sciences University
  • Surgical Residency Advisory Council, Loma Linda University
  • General Surgery Residency Review Committee, LLUMC
  • Frank C. Webber Prize for Medical Research, University of Texas Medical School Research Convention
  • Summa Cum Laude Graduate, Texas Tech University
  • President’s Honor Roll & Dean’s List, Texas Tech University
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society
  • Golden Key National Honors Society
  • Texas Tech University Department of Biological Sciences Honors
  • Texas Mental Health & Mental Retardation Center Award of Excellence

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