“I struggled with what kind of medicine I wanted to dedicate my life to when I was in medical school. I knew it was some form of surgery, and I thought it was probably heart surgery. I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to do an externship in Dallas, the program that I had heard from my guidance counselor was the best surgical training program in the country. But, heart surgery wasn’t available, only plastic surgery. I accepted, but was initially disappointed because of my preconceived notions. I was absolutely blown away when I started and found world class surgeons doing procedures that were on the forefront of surgery. It was the beginning of breast reconstruction for women after mastectomy. The surgeons were taking tissue from the back and tummy and creating beautiful breasts that gave these women hope for the first time that they could not only be cured from their cancer, but again have a normal, beautiful figure. In another room, there was a microsurgeon meticulously working under a microscope to replace a hand that had been severed in an accident. In still another room, a surgeon was reassembling a young child’s face who had been born with a severe facial disfigurement. When I saw the passion in these surgeons and the joy in the patients, I knew, right then and there, what I wanted to spend the rest of my life doing.”
What makes Dr. Hobar stand apart?
Dr. Craig Hobar has more than 25 years of experience as a plastic surgeon. He has reached the pinnacle of plastic surgery as evidenced by the thousands of successful patients he has helped. Some of his numerous awards include:
- Texas Monthly Super Doctors® Hall of Famer (more than 10 years)
- Multi-year recipient of D Magazines Top Doctors®
- Multi-year recipient of America’s Top Plastic Surgeons®
- Multi-year recipient of Best Doctors in America®
Dr. Hobar has championed his unique form of mid-face lift, which he first published in 1998, and now has more than 25 years of experience in performing it. According to Dr. Hobar: “This is absolutely one of my favorite techniques. I don’t think anything else rejuvenates the central face, cheeks and lower eyelids in such a powerful and natural way.” His midface rejuvenation can be performed as part of a complete facelift or as a stand alone procedure. Dr. Hobar is known for his ability to turn back the clock significantly without making his patients look like they’ve had plastic surgery. Dr. Hobar is also one of the few plastic surgeons who performs breast augmentation using an endoscope through an axillary (armpit) incision. “I just do not want to put a scar on a young woman’s breast when it can be avoided, and I have performed this procedure on thousands of women over more than 25 years”. Dr. Hobar also is well known for his rhinoplasty (nose surgery), genioplasty (chin surgery) and facial implant procedures.
His commitment to giving back
More than anything else, Dr. Hobar’s professional career has been characterized by giving back. He is the Founder and Medical Director of LEAP Global Missions, which celebrates its 25th year of service this year. LEAP has performed more than 9,000 difficult reconstructive surgeries in some of the most underserved areas of the world. Dr. Hobar has received the following awards in recognition of his humanitarian service:
- In Chul Song Humanitarian Award presented by the American Society of Plastic Surgery
- Dallas Business Journal Community Hero
- 2010 City of Dallas Special Recognition for Outstanding Philanthropic Work in Haiti
- The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeries Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2010
- Frist Humanitarian Service Award
- The Agape Clinic Humanitarian of the Year Award in 2015
- 2016 International Anaplastology Association Humanitarian Award
Dr. Hobar, beyond the practice
In addition to pouring himself into his professional career and humanitarian work, Dr. Hobar has always stayed intensely involved with his family. He and his wife Robin have celebrated their 40th anniversary. He has three grown children, Linsey, Lauren, and Matthew, and two wonderful son-in-laws: Ryan Nixon and Travis Hardy. Robin and Craig are legal guardians of Dr. Hobar’s handicapped older sister, Jorgene, and have four beautiful grandchildren in Austin. Dr. Hobar was the team plastic surgeon for the Dallas Stars for 11 years and still enjoys his relationship with many from the organization. According to Dr. Hobar: “Professional hockey players are the best. They are super talented, down to earth and service oriented. They have helped us help thousands of children over the years by supporting LEAP Global Missions and are still doing so. I was fortunate to be with the Stars when they won the Stanley Cup – not only did they give me a ring, but they gave me the cup for a day, and I took it to Children’s Medical Center where my pediatric patients could get their picture taken with it.”
Dr. Hobar is also an athlete himself, a black belt in judo, and three time National Master’s Champion. He is currently focusing on softball.
Dr. Hobar and his family have always been active churchgoers and Dr. Hobar has completed 8 years of Bible Study Fellowship. According to Dr. Hobar: “If anything defines me it’s my faith in Christ. All the science I have been exposed to, history I have studied, and personal experiences I have had make me believe even more strongly. There is a grand architect behind the universe and He came to tell us personally. Being a Christian does not make me feel special, it brings me to my knees in humility. It makes me a better doctor, husband, father, grandfather, and person knowing that I am in and of myself insignificant. It’s why I wear Matthew 22:39 on my scrubs: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself’. Every patient that comes to me is my neighbor, and I believe every person alive is Divinely created.”