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When performing reconstructive surgeries, she applies cosmetic surgery principles to achieve the most functional and aesthetic results. She performs primary cosmetic procedures and brings a breadth of experience in complex revisions and reconstructions after a primary surgery has led to poor results. 

Warm, caring, genuine support.

Dr. Shah is committed to offering warm, caring, and personalized treatment. In working with her patients, she goes beyond the surgery treating the person as a whole and incorporating their personal goals and lifestyle into the surgical plan. She profoundly believes that patient care doesn’t stop at surgery. Preparation before surgery, recovery and adapting to the surgical changes are equally important in her process to ensure she achieves optimal outcomes.

Background and education

Dr. Amita Shah is from a multi-ethnic military family and calls San Antonio her home. She has made San Antonio her home graduating from Robert G. Cole High School on Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. 

The journey to excellence in plastic surgery

  • Dr. Shah is a graduate of Trinity University, majoring in Engineering.
  • Attended University of Texas Health San Antonio for medical school. 
  • General Surgery Residency at UT Health San Antonio
  • PhD at University of Texas at San Antonio in Biomedical Engineering. 
  • Plastic and Reconstructive surgery at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Faculty at UT Health San Antonio, serving as Associate Program Director of the Plastic Surgery Residency Program
  • Served as Medical Director for the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UT Health San Antonio
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Biomedical engineering insights that matter in plastic surgery.

Dr. Amita Shah research training in biomedical engineering specializes in biomaterials which gives her unique perspective when evaluating products and treatments for her patients. She continues to serve as an adjunct professor in the Biomedical Engineering PhD program at UTSA.

She mentors graduate students and serves as a research consultant. Her interests also include clinical outcomes research, health literacy and patient experience, and quality and process improvement.

Serving injured children: Pediatric burn reconstruction program at UT Health.

While at UT Health, Dr. Shah started the pediatric burn reconstruction program which she continues to lead. Her goal is to help children with burn scars develop into the people they are meant to be and not allow scars to define them. Dr. Shah has often been an invited presenter and teacher at national conferences on the topics of laser therapy for scar treatments. She is an active member of multiple professional organizations such as the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, and the American Burn Association, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

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Professional affiliations

Dr. Shah is a member of several professional organizations.

  • American Board of Plastic Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons 
  • American Burn Association 
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons 
  • Texas Medical Association 
  • Bexar County Medical Society
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council

On a personal note…

Outside of work, Dr. Amita Shah is a talented, classically trained pianist and plays piano for worship services on the weekend. She is also the mentor for the SA People Project, a humanism in medicine storytelling project with medical students at UT Health San Antonio.

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