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Dr. James Rough M.D.


Board Certified Plastic Surgeon who received his plastic surgical training at the University of California, Los Angeles – UCLA, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.  Dr. Rough’s compassionate bedside manner, patient centered care and exceptional attention to detail allow him to provide comprehensive care for both aesthetic and reconstructive patients.

Dr. Rough attended Northern Arizona University, where he received a Bachelor’s in Science degree in Microbiology.  Dr. Rough received his medical degree from Temple University School of Medicine where he received the prestigious John Franklin Huber Award for achieving the highest grade in Gross Anatomy.  He then returned to Arizona and completed a general surgical residency at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona.  During his general surgery residency, Dr. Rough completed a two year basic science research fellowship at Temple University School of Medicine.  With his excellent academic record and having received such scores as a  99th percentile on the American Board of Surgery In-Service Examination, he was able to match into UCLA Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery which is regarded to be one of the top training programs in the country.  Dr. Rough was fortunate to work with such passionate and dedicated faculty who taught the art and craft of plastic surgery in a variety of settings from the Academic to the Beverly Hill’s private practice.

After completion of plastic surgery residency, he continued at UCLA and completed additional training as a fellow in Microvascular Surgery.  Dr. Rough currently serves as a part-time Plastic Surgeon at the Southern Arizona VA hospital, teaching residents, medical students and performing a variety of reconstructive procedures.  Dr. Rough takes great pride in giving back to those whom have sacrificed so much for our country.  He joined Plastic Surgical Specialists with Dr. J.D. Stuart allowing him to provide both reconstructive and aesthetic procedures to the Tucson and surrounding communities.  The advantage of having a surgery center on site allows Dr. Rough to offer the comprehensive care at the level that he is dedicated to deliver.  This provides not only the convenience for patient care but the advantage of access to the surgery suite 24 hours a day.

Dr. Rough enjoys spending his free time with his family, his beautiful wife Michelle and two children, Colin and Gianna.


Clinical Interests:

Abdominoplasty, Aesthetic Dermatology (BOTOX, Fillers, and Laser), Blepharoplasty, Breast Implants (implant removal/capsulectomy, correction of breast implants problems), Breast Reconstruction (breast augmentation, breast lifts, breast reduction), Breast Surgery, Cosmetic/Aesthetic Surgery (facelift, necklift, browlift, eyelid surgery), Derma Filler Injection, Derma Fillers, Eyebrow Lifts , Eyelid Surgery, General Head & Neck Surgery, General Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Liposuction, Lower Extremity Reconstruction, Microvascular Surgery, Reconstruction of Facial Skin Cancer Defects, Reconstructive surgery of the head and neck, Rhinoplasty, Scar Revision, Skin Lesion Ear, Skin Lesion Eyelid, Skin Lesion Lip, Skin Lesion Nose, Skin Resurfacing.


Peer-Reviewed Publications:

For a full bibliography, please visit Dr. James Rough’s PubMed Listing.


Awards and Recognition:

  • UCLA Plastic Surgery Resident Research Award
  • Academic Commendation for achievement of 99th percentile on the ABSITE examination
  • Resident Teaching Award, University of Arizona Medical Center
  • Temple University School of Medicine Incentive Scholarship Award
  • John Franklin Huber Award for achievement of the highest grade in Gross Anatomy, Temple University School of Medicine
  • PBS Documentary recognition for organizing/implementing a Spanish/English Interpreter program at Temple University Medical Center
  • Outstanding Community Service Award Temple University School of Medicine




  • University of California, Los Angeles, CA      07/2014-06/2015                      Microsurgery Fellowship


  • University of California, Los Angeles, CA      07/2011-06/2014                      Plastic Surgery Resident
  • University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ                 07/2004-06/2011                      General Surgery Resident

Medical Education (Doctor of Medicine):

  • Temple University School of Medicine           08/2000-04/2004                     Doctor of Medicine
    Philadelphia, PA


What Patients have said about Dr. Rough:

-Alexis in Tucson, AZ | Nov 25, 2016

“Dr. Rough was the only plastic surgeon that made me feel like the patient came first. All The other doctors I had a consultation with didn’t make me feel as comfortable and as safe as Dr Rough. I got a breast augmentation from him and went from a 34a to a 32DD. The results were amazing, and the recovery was safe and easy thanks to my awesome doctor, I even had his personal number in case i needed him for emergencies any time of the day. I recommend to everyone!:)”


-G.T. in Tucson, AZ | Mar 11, 2016

“Dr. Rough,
…M. and I also wish to personally thank you for the time you have taken with me, your professionalism, and most of all, the way you have made a change in my life.”

-D.C. in Tucson, AZ | Feb 22, 2017

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-D.D. in Tucson, AZ | April 7, 2017


-T.Y. in Tucson, AZ | Aug 2016

LY Thank you Note

-T.K. in Tucson, AZ | Sep 2016

TK thank you