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Raghu Athré, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Houston’s Top Facial Plastic Surgeon

Dr. Raghu Athré is one of the few cosmetic and reconstructive surgeons in Houston who is a double board certified Facial Plastic surgeon, certified in Otolaryngology and Head/Neck Surgery.

About the Doctor

Before becoming the cosmetic surgeon Houston residents most trust, Dr. Athré started his academic career at the University of Texas at Austin, where he graduated with honors in Chemical Engineering. Houston-based surgeon Dr. Athré has always been interested in the way things work as well as in creating things that work–both functionally and aesthetically. That’s why Dr. Athré relates plastic surgery to engineering. Both require analysis, attention to detail, and a precise plan of action. “Furthermore, one must always have a back-up game plan,” says Dr. Athré, who makes it a point to walk through each part of the plastic surgery process with his Houston patients–from analysis all the way to the treatment plan.

After completing his undergraduate degree, Houston plastic surgeon Dr. Athré went on to graduate in the top 10% of his medical school class at University of Texas Southwestern Medical School–one of the top medical schools in the country. He was awarded the Hudson-Penn Award, an annual award for the top surgical senior medical student. Following graduation from medical school, Dr. Athré completed his residency in Otolaryngology and Head/Neck Surgery at UT Southwestern–one of the busiest and top ranked hospitals in the United States.

After finishing his residency, Dr. Athré was awarded one of the fewer-than-40 positions in the country to do his fellowship training in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery. Dr. Athré completed his fellowship in Atlanta, GA at the Premier Image Cosmetic and Laser Surgery Center under the training of Dr. William Silver, one of the fathers of modern facial plastic surgery.

After completing his training, Dr. Athré started his own practice, Athré Facial Aesthetics, in his hometown of Houston, TX. Dr. Athré has authored numerous articles, written several book chapters, and has also lectured internationally.

Dr. Athré’s educational background clearly influences his detailed approach to surgery. His Houston plastic surgery patients appreciate the extensive knowledge, skills, and meticulous attention to detail that he brings to every surgical procedure. They also appreciate that their cosmetic surgeon is available 24/7 and that he takes the time to thoroughly educate them regarding every stage of their procedure. These are among the many reasons Dr. Athré is considered one of the most respected cosmetic surgeons in the Houston area.  

“Aesthetic surgery,” states Dr. Athré, “makes more sense when you have seen reconstruction and trauma, and you can take care of all of these problems in a comprehensive manner.” Because of Dr. Athré’s background in reconstruction, his cosmetic surgery techniques are top-notch. For excellent plastic surgery in Houston, turn to the plastic surgeon whom patients have consistently ranked as one of H-Magazine’s Top Docs, and Real Self users have ranked as one of Real Self’s Top 500 Docs.

In his personal life, Dr. Athré is happily married and lives in Houston with his beautiful wife and his four sons. He enjoys traveling, working out, and water sports.

Media Recognition

Dr. Raghu Athré Voted by Houston's H Magazine Top Doctor 2016

Houston’s Top Doctor – 2016

H Texas magazine has recognized Dr. Raghu Athré as one of the city’s Top Doctors in 2016

Dr. Raghu Athré Voted by Houston's H Magazine Top Doctor 2015

Houston’s Top Doctor – 2015

H Texas magazine has recognized Dr. Raghu Athré as one of the city’s Top Doctors in 2015

Dr. Raghu Athré Voted by Houston's H Magazine Top Doctor 2014

Houston’s Top Doctor – 2014

H Texas magazine has recognized Dr. Raghu Athré as one of the city’s Top Doctors in 2014

Houston’s Top Doctor – 2013

H Texas magazine has recognized Dr. Raghu Athré as one of the city’s Top Doctors in 2013

Houston’s Top Doctor – 2012

H Texas magazine has recognized Dr. Raghu Athré as one of the city’s Top Doctors in 2012

Houston’s Top Doctor – 2011

H Texas magazine has recognized Dr. Raghu Athré as one of the city’s Top Doctors in 2011

RealSelf – 2015

RealSelf

Curriculum Vitae (CV)

Education

1998 – 2002 Southwestern Medical School, University of Texas Dallas, TX
Doctor of Medicine
GPA 3.9/4.0
Alpha Omega Alpha

1994 – 1998 The University of Texas at Austin Austin, TX
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering with Honors
GPA 3.9/4.0
Engineering Honors Program
Specialization in Biomedical Engineering


Postgraduate Training

07/2007 – 06/2008 Fellowship
American Academy of Facial Plastics and Reconstruction
Fellowship Director: William Silver, MD

2003 – 06/2007 University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Dallas, TX
Department of Otolaryngology
Residency Chairman: Peter S. Roland, MD

2002 – 2003 University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Dallas, TX
Department of Surgery Internship
Chairman: Robert Rege, MD


Hospital Affliations

  • Memorial Hermann Southeast
    Staff, 2008 – present
    Houston, TX
  • Memorial Hermann Northwest
    Staff, 2013 – present
    Houston, TX
  • Memorial Hermann Northwest Outpatient Surgery Center
    Staff, 2013 – present
    Houston, TX
  • Houston Physicians Hospital
    Staff, 2012 – present
    Webster, TX

Board Certification

  • American Board of Otolaryngology (Head/Neck Surgery)
  • American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Research and Publications

Guest Editor of Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.
2007 September;18(3)

Facial Filler Agents
Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery.
2007 September;18(3):243-47
Athre, R

The Effect of a Peroxide Wound Care Regimen on Tensile Strength of Suture
Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery. 2007 July-August
Athre, R, Park, J, and J Leach

The Four Suture Tip Rhinoplasty – A powerful tool for controlling tip dynamics
Otolaryngology – Head/Neck Surgery. 2006 Aug;135(2):227-31
Leach, J and R Athre

Evaluation of fibula free flap donor site morbidity
American Journal of Otolaryngology. 2006 Jan-Feb;27(1):29-32.
Garrett, A, Ducic, Y, Athre, RS, Motley, T, and Carpenter, B.

Hamartomas of the frontal sinus – Case presentation and review of literature
American Journal of Otolaryngology. 2005 Nov-Dec; 26(6):419-21.
Athre, R. and Ducic, Y.

The Split Orbicularis Myomucosal Flap for Lower Lip Reconstruction
Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery. 2005 Sep-Oct; 7(5):347-52.
Ducic, Y., Athre, R., Cochran, C.S.

Osteosarcoma of the larynx – Case presentation and review of literature
Laryngoscope. 2005 Jan; 115(1):74-7.
Athre, R., Vories, A., Mudrovich, S., Ducic, Y.


Book Chapters

Allergic Fungal Rhinosinusitis – Surgical Management
Raghu S. Athre and Bradley F. Marple
Chapter 11 – Rhinologic and Sleep Apnea Surgical Techniques</br/>
Stilianos E. Kountakis and Metin Onerci (editors)

Cellular Biology and the Immune System
Raghu S. Athre and Bradley F. Marple
Ballinger’s Otolaryngology
Accepted for publication


Research at the University of Texas at Austin College of Engineering

Economic feasibility analysis and characterization of flow through artificial heart valves A long term economic analysis that forecasted the ideal type of artificial valve to be used in reconstruction of aortic stenosis as a function of projected lifetime. Also, flow parameters through artificial valves were measured on a bench top model of the human circulatory system to affect valve design.


Presentations

National Meetings

May 2006, Las Vegas Nevada
International Symposium of Facial Plastics
Athre, R., Park, J., and J. Leach
Effect of Wound Care Regimen on Tensile Strength of Sutures
In-vitro pilot study of the effect of peroxide and water on the tensile strength of prolene, nylon and fast-absorbing gut

September 2005. Los Angeles, CA
American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Leach, J. and Athre, R.
The Four Suture Tip Rhinoplasty–A Powerful Tool for Controlling Tip Dynamics
Explains usage of a four suture baseball diamond suture to control tip dynamics, and results of 77 patients undergoing open rhinoplasty with the aforementioned technique.

Grand Rounds

March 2009, University of Texas Medical Branch Galveston, TX
Rhinoplasty: The Basics and the Pearls

May 2007, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Dallas, TX
Aerodigestive Foreign Bodies and Caustic Ingestion

April 2006, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Dallas, TX
Frontal Sinus Fractures

December 2005, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Dallas, TX
Pediatric Facial Fractures

August 2005, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Dallas, TX
Head and Neck Manifestations of HIV Disease

May 2005, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Dallas, TX
Basic Concepts in Orthognathic Surgery

November 2004, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Dallas, TX
Vocal Rehabilitation Following Laryngectomy

May 2004, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Dallas, TX
Caustic Ingestion – What do I do?

January 2004, University of Texas Southwestern Medical School Dallas, TX
Basic Head and Neck Embryology for the ENT Surgeon


Presentations

October 2006, University of Texas at Austin Biomedical Engineering Department
The Role of Biomedical Engineering in the Modern Practice of Surgery

September 2005, University of Texas at Austin
Biomedical Engineering Department Engineering and Medicine & Bridging the Divide

September 2005, University of Texas at Austin
Biomedical Engineering Department
A Primer for Admission to Medical School & Personal Experiences


Awards

  • Texas Academy of Otolaryngology
    2007
    Research Publication Award
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
    2002
  • Hudson-Penn award for top medical student in surgery
    2002
  • Tau Beta Pi Honor Society
    1996
  • Undergraduate Collegiate Scholar
    1996
  • Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society
    1995
  • Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
    1995
  • Dedman’s Memorial Scholarship
    1994-1998
  • National Merit Scholar
    1994

Work Experience

July 2005-September 2005
Callier Center for Communication Disorders
Dallas, TX
Provided otologic exams for children applying for state-funded hearing aids

1999-2000
UT Southwestern Student Activities Dallas, TX
Part-time assistant for special events

Summer 1996
Mobil Chemical Company
Houston, TX
Process engineer
Designed waste water recycling and treatment system

Summer 1995
Mobil Chemical Company
Beaumont, TX
Process engineer Conducted hazardous operations study for one complete plant unit

Summer 1994
Exxon Upstream Technical Computing Company
Houston, TX
Support engineer Provided hardware and software support for 150 users on DOS, Windows and UNIX platforms


Community Service

Nightlights Respite Care Program
Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, Dallas, TX

Habitat for Humanity
Austin, TX and Dallas, TX

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