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About Dr. Amita Shah

Dr. Amita Shah is a double-boarded Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. She specializes in breast and body aesthetic and reconstructive surgeries. Dr. Amita Shah enjoys incorporating the latest techniques and approaches to achieve the desired outcomes for her patients. In her reconstructive surgeries, she applies cosmetic surgery principles to achieve the most functional and aesthetic results. She does primary cosmetic procedures and is experienced in complex revisions and reconstructions from prior cosmetic surgeries.

She is committed to offering warm, caring and personalized treatment for her patients. When treating patients, she goes beyond the surgery and approaches the person as a whole, incorporating the patient’s goals and lifestyle into the surgical plan. Care of the patient doesn’t stop at surgery. Preparation before surgery and recovery and adaptation after surgery are considered as important as the surgery itself to achieve optimal outcomes.

Dr. Amita Shah is from a multi-ethnic military family and calls San Antonio her home, having been here since graduation from high school at Robert G. Cole High School on Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio. She graduated from Trinity University where she majored in Engineering and then attended University of Texas Health San Antonio for medical school. She completed her General Surgery Residency at UT Health San Antonio, during which she earned her PhD at University of Texas at San Antonio in Biomedical Engineering.  Her training in Plastic and Reconstructive surgery was completed at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and she then returned to San Antonio to join the faculty at UT Health San Antonio.  At UT, she served as associate program director of the plastic surgery residency at UT Health San Antonio, and medical director for the Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at UT Health San Antonio before starting Hill Country Plastic Surgery with Dr. Farber.

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

While at UT Health, she 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. She has 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, the American Burn Association, and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Outside of work, Dr. Amita Shah is a 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.

Professional affiliations

Membership in American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Burn Association, American College of Surgeons, Fellow, Texas Medical Association and Bexar County Medical Society, Plastic Surgery Research Council and is a candidate member of the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.

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