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Dr. De La Cruz, a Filipino American, entered college at the age of fifteen and received his Bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, where he graduated summa cum laude, majoring in Cellular and Molecular Biology. He successfully balanced his studies with volunteer work at the Texas Mental Health & Mental Retardation Center in Lubbock, Texas.

Following four years of medical school training in Houston at the University of Texas, where he earned the Frank Webber Prize in medical research, Dr. De La Cruz spent the next several years in California, where he successfully completed a rigorous training in general surgery at Loma Linda University. During his third year as a surgery resident, he developed the “Celtic cross technique” for immediate umbilical reconstruction, which was published in the Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery, one of the world’s leading international journals in reconstructive surgery. Dr. De La Cruz was subsequently board-certified by the American Board of Surgery.

With the aim of further refining his surgical skills and knowledge, as well as his interest in hand surgery since he was a child (after undergoing a finger replant himself), Dr. De La Cruz pursued further training in Hand and Microsurgery at Oregon Health Sciences University under the Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery and Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. There, he acquired extensive experience in microsurgery, and learned to be more meticulous and precise with his surgical dissections. He finished the program with flying colors, and performed more than nine hundred procedures during his training.

Dr. De La Cruz pursued further training in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery at the Georgia Health & Sciences University (formerly known as Medical College of Georgia), where he honed his skills in aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. At the Georgia Health & Sciences University, he refined his techniques in breast reconstruction (Free TRAM, DIEP free flaps), craniofacial surgery, abdominoplasty (tummy tuck), liposuction and fat graftingbreast augmentation (breast implant surgery), faceliftrhinoplasty, facial rejuvenation with BOTOX®/dermal fillers, and other aspects of cosmetic and reconstructive surgery. With over nine years of surgical training, Dr. De La Cruz also served as Chief Surgery Resident in Plastic Surgery, and scored 94th percentile nationally on the 2010 Plastic Surgery Inservice Examination.

As sculptor and painter, Dr. De La Cruz blends art and plastic surgery to create natural, beautiful results for his cosmetic surgery patients.  Under the tutelage of a world renowned French sculptor, Philippe Faraut, Dr. De La Cruz further honed his skills in advanced body sculpting.

Every year Dr. De La Cruz volunteers his time to help indigent children in the Philippines.  There he performs life-changing cleft lip and cleft plate surgeries as well as breast reconstruction in breast cancer patients.  Because of his humanitarian efforts, Dr. De La Cruz received multiple awards including the St. Jude's Children Research Hospital "Helping Hands Award", the "We Are One" Award in Stockholm, Sweden; and the Global 7 "Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Award."  He recently received a Congressional Recognition for his humanitarian efforts.

Professional Education


  • Residency


  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery 


  • 94th percentile nationally, Plastic Surgery Inservice Examination

  • Medical College of Georgia

       Augusta, GA



  • General Surgery 


  • Loma Linda University School of Medicine

       Loma Linda, CA



  • Hand and Microsurgery 


  • Oregon Health & Sciences Univ. School of Medicine

  • Division of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, and Department of Orthopedics

       Portland, Oregon



  • University of Texas Medical School Houston, TX

  • Medical Doctorate

  • Frank C. Webber Prize for Medical Research

       Texas Tech University Lubbock, TX

  • Bachelor of Science in Cellular & Molecular Biology

  • Minor in Biochemistry Summa Cum Laude Graduate



  • Board Certified by the American Board of Surgery

  • Medical Board of Georgia

  • Texas Medical Board

  • Medical Board of California

  • United States Medical Licensing Examination Steps 1, 2 & 3

  • Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) Certified

  • Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Certified


  • "Outstanding Corporate Citizenship Award" by Global 7 International, 2018

  • "We Are One" Humanitarian Award in Stockholm Sweden, 2017

  • "Helping Hands Award" awarded by St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, 2016​

  • Congressional Recognition Award by the United States Congress 2018

  • 94th percentile, 2010 Plastic Surgery Inservice Examination

  • Judge, Miss Teen World 2011

  • TV Show Guest at Latina Spice, 2012

  • Former Chief Resident in Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Georgia Health Sciences University

  • Surgical Residency Advisory Council, Loma Linda University

  • General Surgery Residency Review Committee, LLUMC

  • Frank C. Webber Prize for Medical Research, University of Texas Medical School Research Convention

  • Summa Cum Laude Graduate, Texas Tech University

  • President’s Honor Roll & Dean’s List, Texas Tech University

  • Phi Kappa Phi Honors Society

  • Golden Key National Honors Society

  • Texas Tech University Department of Biological Sciences Honors

  • Texas Mental Health & Mental Retardation Center Award of Excellence

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