A Tribute to Dr. Milton Rowley, the Best Plastic Surgeon in Lubbock

Dr. Milton “Mac” Rowley, founder of Rowley Plastic Surgery in Lubbock, passed away peacefully in the presence of his loved ones on September 12, 2019. Friends and family remembered and celebrated his 79 years of life at St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church on September 20, 2019. Dr. Rowley established Rowley Plastic Surgery in 1974 and was well known in his community as the best plastic surgeon in Lubbock. 

Early Life

Mac was born in Clovis, New Mexico, on November 21,1939. His parents, Richard “Dick” and Bertha Rowley had four boys, and Mac was the second oldest. He graduated from Clovis High School in 1957. After being told he likely would not have the grades for it when he became interested in the medical field, Mac continued to pursue higher education anyway. Little did he know he would go on to become the best plastic surgeon in Lubbock, Texas. 

Education and Training

Mac not only proved he had the grades to chase his dreams in medicine, he outshone his peers as he rose to the top of his class. He went on to earn his undergraduate degree from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. There, he met Ann Patrice Burke and they were married at St. Mary of the Woods Church in Chicago, Illinois on August 10, 1963. Mac was accepted to the Creighton University School of Medicine upon completion of his third year of college and graduated first in his class in 1964.

Life moved quickly for Mac and Ann during his 5 years as a general surgery resident at Creighton University Teaching Hospitals; they welcomed 3 children (Jane, Mike, and Susan) to their family in 4 years. After completing his residency, Mac entered the United States Air Force and spent the next 3 years in Misawa, Japan as a major and general surgeon. Mac then made the choice that would lead him to be the best plastic surgeon in Lubbock. Deciding to pursue a career in plastic surgery, he attended New York University’s Institute for Reconstructive Plastic Surgery for 2 more years of plastic surgery training.

A Distinguished Career

Board-certified in both general and plastic surgery, Dr. Rowley opened his new private practice in Lubbock in 1974. Plastic surgery was a passion for Dr. Rowley as he poured his efforts into helping his patients achieve their cosmetic goals. For over 40 years, he was the best plastic surgeon in Lubbock. Mac worked with his daughter, Dr. Jane Rowley, for 18 of those years. During the course of his career, he had many special achievements and honors. 

  • Founder of the Cleft Lip and Palate Clinic at the Texas Tech School of Medicine
  • Chief of Surgery at Methodist Hospital
  • President of the Lubbock Crosby Garza County Medical Society 
  • Hippocratic Oath award winner
  • Texas Tech University department of surgery clinical faculty member

Seeing Life Through a Special Lense

The best plastic surgeon in Lubbock doesn’t just have technical skill and expertise; a keen eye for the aesthetic is also a must-have quality. Mac had the artist’s touch and it showed in his work as well as in his award-winning photography. It was his lifelong love, and he was known for always taking pictures. He found a spot to designate as a darkroom in every place he lived, even if that meant taking over a laundry room or closet.  

A publication in Dr. Rowley’s home state of New Mexico called The Eastern New Mexico News published an article paying tribute to him. In it, Dr. Jane Rowley says her father “always loved working with his hands,” and even built a wine cellar and some pieces of furniture. She explained why his hobbies and talents gave him an edge as the best plastic surgeon in Lubbock:

“There’s a lot of plastic surgeons (with an artistic bent)… I think that really helps, at least in plastic surgery. It’s really three-dimensional and (requires) special thinking.”

Mac also loved to travel, as many true photographers do, and he saw as much of the world as he could. He visited each of the 7 continents, including Antarctica when he was 70 years old. As the best plastic surgeon in Lubbock, Dr. Milton Rowley was well-respected by his peers, trusted by his patients, and dearly loved by his family. His legacy lives on at Rowley Plastic Surgery in our commitment to high standards, deep expertise, and compassionate patient care.

A Family Practice

Dr. Jane Rowley had the privilege of working many years of her plastic surgery career alongside her father, Dr. Milton Rowley. She has more than twenty years of experience and continues to remain dedicated to the health, safety, and happiness of each of her patients. If you are in search of the best plastic surgeon in Lubbock, look no further than the practice that was founded by family over forty years ago. At Rowley Plastic Surgery, you have always been in good hands.    

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