Sumeet S. Teotia, M.D., is Professor of Plastic Surgery and Director of the Breast Reconstruction Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Dr. Teotia earned a bachelor’s degree in theoretical mathematics and a medical degree from the University of Virginia. 

His formal surgical foundation began at the Mayo Clinic. Dr. Teotia completed a surgery internship at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and a general surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was a Chief Surgical Resident Associate at Mayo Clinic-Scottsdale, and in that role, he was appointed as an Instructor in General Surgery.  

Additionally, he was a clinical investigator and completed a research fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery and transplantation at Mayo Clinic-Rochester, with a focus in cardiac xenotransplantation. During his years in Minnesota, Dr. Teotia was also an attending general surgeon at Olmsted County Medical Center. 

He then finished a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and was also a Chief Resident Associate. Dr. Teotia thereafter completed a fellowship in aesthetic plastic surgery at UT Southwestern and Dallas Plastic Surgery Institute.

Prior to joining UT Southwestern’s Department of Plastic Surgery, Dr. Teotia worked in private practice in North Carolina as Associate Partner at Charlotte Plastic Surgery, P.A. He was a Clinical Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. 

Dr. Teotia enjoys the challenging nature of breast reconstruction, which is the primary part of his practice at UT Southwestern. He is a classically trained artist and also skilled in facial rejuvenation, rhinoplasty, abdominoplasty, and cosmetic breast surgery. 

Dr. Teotia has written numerous book chapters and received awards for his research, which has been published in TransplantationPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the Annals of Plastic Surgery, among others. His medical art and illustrations have appeared in The Journal of the American Medical AssociationeMedicine JournalMastery of SurgeryPrinciples of Plastic & Reconstructive SurgerySeminars in Surgical Oncology, and several other publications.

Dr. Teotia grew up in a military family and has lived and traveled throughout the world, so he calls many places his home. He travels extensively throughout the world today and is a charter plastic surgeon at Alliance For Smiles-San Francisco and a surgical member of Operation Smile. Dr. Teotia has won numerous awards for his humanitarian work around the world in cleft lip and palate surgery. Among many other places, his sabbaticals in mission surgery have been throughout China, Mongolia, Philippines, the Middle East, and South America. 

In 2018 and 2021, he was included in D Magazine's Best Doctors list and he has been named a Super Doctor by Texas Monthly.

Personal Note

In his spare time, Dr. Teotia also enjoys painting and drawing, creating political and scientific cartoons, fiction and contemporary writing, and scuba diving. He is a faculty mentor and Director of the Classical Drawing elective course at UT Southwestern Medical School. He maintains an art studio in Dallas and travels to New York City to study under his classical master, the foundation of which is based in late 19th-century drawing concepts at École de Beaux Arts, Paris, France.

Meet Dr. Teotia

Specialist in Breast Reconstruction after Cancer

Sumeet S. Teotia, M.D., is a classically trained artist and a surgical expert in breast reconstruction, which is at the core of his practice as part of multidisciplinary cancer care at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is Director of the Breast Reconstruction Program and is closely involved with the breast cancer team – surgical oncologists, medical and radiation oncologists, and geneticists – at Harold C. Simmons Cancer Center

"Breast reconstruction patients can look forward to more natural aesthetic results and options that continue to evolve, with them being at the center of that decision-making process.”

He combines his talents and a rare classical drawing background with science and surgery in a sincere attempt to achieve what he calls a beautiful harmony among all of these that is grounded in honest, achievable, visual reality. His goal is geared toward an aesthetic balance that is in concert with a harmonious and artistic result.  

He performs soft tissue microvascular breast reconstruction flap procedures such as DIEP, SIEA, double flaps or stacked flaps, TRAM, TUG/PAP, SGAP, and other flap procedures of the breast. He also specializes in nipple-sparing mastectomy reconstruction as part of an implant-based reconstruction practice. 

“In breast reconstruction, my practice is geared toward an aesthetic-based reconstruction,” Dr. Teotia says, “beginning from understanding how a patient appears pre-operatively, what is encountered during surgery, and what possibilities exist to reach a maximum beautiful result.” 

Dr. Teotia believes in delivering compassionate and professional care, treating patients like relatives, and using their life perspective in decision making.

“My patients are an extension of my family, so I make sure they are at least happy and satisfied,” Dr. Teotia says. “My mission is to achieve a result that is real and that we are both pleased with. I’ll never be perfect, but I will give it my best.”

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - UT Southwestern Medical Center (2005-2006), Aesthetic Surgery
  • Residency - University of North Carolina School of Medicine (2003-2005), General Surgery
  • Residency - Mayo Clinic Scottsdale (1997-2001), General Surgery
  • Medical School - University of Virginia School of Medicine (1992-1996)
  • Internship - Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (1996-1997), General Surgery
  • Fellowship - Mayo Clinic College of Medicine (2001-2003), Clinical Investigation
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • University of Virginia Alumni Association
  • Nathan Womack Surgical Society
  • Mayo Clinic Priestly Surgical Society
  • Mayo Clinic Alumni Association
Honors & Awards
  • Balfour Surgical Research Award, Mayo Clinic 2002, Cardiac Xenotransplantation
  • Humanitarian 5 year Service Medal, Alliance For Smiles, San Francisco, CA 2011
  • D Magazine Best Doctor 2021
  • Facial Composite Tissue Allotransplantation
  • Aesthetic Surgery

Clinical Focus

  • Breast Reconstruction After Cancer

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Q&A by Dr. Teotia

2021 Leaders in Clinical Excellence video: Breast Reconstruction Program