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James Madison Smartt, Jr., MD Assistant Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center


UTSW Physician Practicing at Children's Health

Board Certification American Board of Plastic Surgery
Languages Spoken: English


James Smartt, M.D., is a plastic surgeon at Children’s Health℠ and an assistant professor of plastic surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center who specializes in pediatric reconstructive procedures.

Dr. Smartt earned his medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He trained in plastic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He then completed fellowship training in craniofacial surgery at Seattle Children’s Hospital.

As a specialist in pediatric reconstructive procedures, he focuses on the long-term needs of patients, who range from infants to young adults. These procedures include cleft lip/cleft palate, craniosynostosis (premature fusion of the skull bones), craniofacial macrosomia (a condition that causes one or both sides of the face to grow abnormally) and other deformities of the head and neck.

“When providing care for children, it is important to not only treat the problem but guide the patient and parents through the best course of action,” Dr. Smartt says. “My goal is to help patients make the right health care decisions, partnering with them so they achieve the very best possible results.”

Dr. Smartt’s research projects include outcome studies in the treatment of cleft lip and palate and congenital craniofacial surgery, as well as the application of robotic surgery to plastic surgery. He is also researching imaging modalities in the diagnosis, treatment and planning of pediatric plastic surgery.

Dr. Smartt is a member of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. He has had multiple articles published in the Annals of Plastic Surgery and Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery. 

Dr. Smartt is originally from Philadelphia. He is a huge music enthusiast and also enjoys playing golf in his spare time.

Education and Training

Education and Training

Medical School

University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2005)


University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine GME (2006), General Surgery


University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine GME (2011), Plastic Surgery
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine GME (2008), General Surgery


University of Washington Pediatric Residency Prgrm (2012), Craniofacial Surgery