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ABOUT

THE STORY

Dr. De La Cruz is a highly accomplished and double-certified plastic surgeon of Filipino American heritage. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology from Texas Tech University, where he graduated with summa cum laude honors. Throughout his academic journey, Dr. De La Cruz demonstrated his commitment to both his studies and community by volunteering at the Texas Mental Health & Mental Retardation Center in Lubbock, Texas.

After completing his medical education at the University of Texas in Houston, Dr. De La Cruz embarked on a path of specialized training and excellence. He underwent rigorous training in general surgery at California's esteemed Loma Linda University, where he honed his surgical skills and knowledge. It was during his third year as a surgery resident that he developed the innovative "Celtic cross technique" for immediate umbilical reconstruction, which was subsequently published in the internationally recognized Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery.

 

As a testament to his expertise, Dr. De La Cruz achieved double certification from the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Driven by a deep-rooted passion for hand surgery, stemming from his personal experience of finger replantation, Dr. De La Cruz sought further specialization in Hand and Microsurgery at Oregon Health Sciences University. Under the esteemed Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, he acquired extensive experience in microsurgery and refined his surgical techniques to be meticulous and precise. Throughout his training, he successfully performed over nine hundred procedures, further solidifying his expertise in the field.

Continuing his pursuit of excellence, Dr. De La Cruz pursued specialized training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at Georgia Health & Sciences University (formerly known as Medical College of Georgia). This training allowed him to master the intricacies of aesthetic and reconstructive surgery, with a particular focus on breast reconstruction, craniofacial surgery, abdominoplasty, liposuction, breast augmentation, facelift, rhinoplasty, and facial rejuvenation with BOTOX®/dermal fillers.

 

Notably, Dr. De La Cruz served as the Chief Surgery Resident in Plastic Surgery during his training and achieved an exceptional score in the 94th percentile on the 2010 Plastic Surgery Inservice Examination.

In addition to his surgical prowess, Dr. De La Cruz is also an accomplished sculptor and painter. He seamlessly integrates his artistic abilities into his plastic surgery practice, allowing him to create natural and beautiful results for his cosmetic surgery patients. Under the guidance of renowned French sculptor Philippe Faraut, Dr. De La Cruz further honed his skills in advanced body sculpting.

Driven by a deep sense of compassion and commitment to helping others, Dr. De La Cruz dedicates his time and expertise to volunteer work every year in the Philippines. His efforts focus on performing life-changing cleft lip and cleft palate surgeries, as well as breast reconstruction procedures for breast cancer patients. His selfless contributions have garnered him multiple prestigious awards, including the St. Jude's Children Research Hospital "Helping Hands Award," the "We Are One" Award in Stockholm, Sweden, and the Global 7 "Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Award." Recently, he received Congressional Recognition for his exceptional humanitarian contributions.

 

As a testament to his expertise and innovation, Dr. De La Cruz was honored with the esteemed 2019 Grand Master Total Definer "Best B/A High-Definition Liposuction" award, presented by Dr. Alfredo Hoyos, the inventor of the High-Definition Liposuction procedure. This esteemed recognition solidifies Dr. De La Cruz's position as a leading authority in his field and highlights his pioneering techniques in achieving exceptional results.  Dr. De La Cruz is also an invited author in a reputable plastic surgery journal "Clinics in Plastic Surgery."  He published "Lipoplasty in the Overweight Patient" utilizing the most advanced techniques in plastic surgery with emphasis on patient safety.

Dr. De La Cruz's unwavering dedication to the field of plastic surgery, his exceptional surgical skills, and his commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of others have firmly established him as a respected and highly sought-after practitioner in his field.

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

Education

 

  • University of Texas Medical School Houston, TX

​        Medical Doctorate

  • Frank C. Webber Prize for Medical Research

       University of Texas School of Medicine

  • Texas Tech University

​       Bachelor of Science in Cellular & Molecular            Biology;  Minor in Biochemistry

      Summa Cum Laude Graduate

Licensure&Certification

 

  • Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery

  • Board Certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery

  • Member, American Society of Plastic Surgeons

  • 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

  • LASER Aesthetics with the American Society for LASER Medicine & Surgery

Awards&Distinctions

  • Member, The Aesthetic Society

  • Grand Master Total Definer "Best B/A High-Definition Liposuction", 2019 - awarded by Dr. Aldredo Hoyos, the inventor of the HIgh-Definition Liposuction procedure.

  • Invited Author in "Clinics in Plastic Surgery:  Body Contouring"

  • Co-Author, Adult Umbilical Reconstruction: Principles and Techniques

  • Developed the Celtic Cross Technique for Umbilical Reconstruction

  • "Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Award" by Global 7 International, 2018

  • "We Are One" Humanitarian Award in Stockholm Sweden, 2017

  • "Helping Hands Award" awarded by St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 2016​

  • Congressional Recognition Award by the United States Congress 2018

  • 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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