Dr. Derek Rapp
Dr. Derek Rapp is a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon with fellowship training in hand and upper extremity surgery. He specializes in reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery, as well as hand surgery. Dr. Rapp is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and is an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS). Dr. Rapp has also attained the Certificate of Added Qualification in Surgery of the Hand.
Dr. Rapp has extensive training in: reconstructive surgery for benign and malignant skin lesions and soft tissue tumors; breast reduction and reconstruction; gynecomastia treatment; Mohs facial reconstruction; facial trauma reconstruction; and body contouring after massive weight loss. He also has had broad training in aesthetic surgery of the face, breasts, and body.
In addition, Dr. Rapp cares for a variety of clinical problems of the hand, including trauma, nerve compression, wrist injuries and fractures, and arthritis.
Raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Dr. Rapp earned his bachelor’s degree in biology (with a minor in chemistry) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he graduated with distinction from the honors program and played rugby for three years. In 2008, he earned his medical degree from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC.
In 2015, Dr. Rapp completed his plastic and reconstructive surgery residency at Michigan State University/Grand Rapids Medical Education Partners. He then completed additional fellowship training in orthopedic hand and upper extremity surgery at the University of Miami, Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami, Florida.
While a resident, Dr. Rapp participated in multiple research projects and invented an antioxidant-based wound treatment which is currently being investigated as a new treatment for full thickness wounds. This project was funded by 2 grants that Dr. Rapp secured.
During residency, Dr. Rapp served as a resident member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons Quality and Performance Improvement Committee for two years. He is currently an active member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a candidate member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and member of the American Medical Association.
Outside of work, Dr. Rapp’s interests include cooking and exercise. Dr. Rapp and his wife have two young children, a girl and a boy.
Dr. Rapp is a skilled and professional plastic surgeon who not only takes his patients medical needs into consideration, but the overall emotional well-being of his patients too. He is a gifted surgeon with a kind and gentle bedside manner. Under my most stressful circumstances, Dr. Rapp took time to truly listen to my concerns, and with confidence and genuine concern for my health, I instantly trusted him completely. I highly recommend Dr. Rapp and his entire staff!! -Lisa B.
Dr. Rapp is a Rock Star! He really cares about his patients. Personal visits to my room everyday I was in the hospital including Saturday and Sunday. Office crew is equally Awesome! I felt more like a long lost friend instead of a patient. Great rating for Great Service! -Randall T.
Great surgeon, great attitude, great staff, great facilities – what more is there to say? -Jeff M.
I was beyond impressed with my experience at this doctor’s office. I was completely blown away by how helpful and kind Dr. Rapp was and how he took his time explaining my procedure step by step. A lot of doctors don’t realize how important it is to a patient. If you are looking for a doctor whose medical knowledge is encyclopedic, and takes the time to be caring even while maintaing a very efficient office, then Dr. Rapp is someone you should consider visiting. -Norma J.
Dr. Rapp has excellent bedside manner. He took extra time with me to make sure I understood what was wrong and what we needed to do to treat my problem. So happy I saw him.
I’m grateful to Dr. Rapp and the staff for their kind and professional service. Thank goodness I listened to him and am getting therapy there. I had no idea I wouldn’t be able to pick up anything when the cast was removed. Rapp showed me where I’d be without it, he was right. The therapists are essential and it’s scary to think where I’d be without them. The whole team and my home exercises will put my hand right. Thanks. -Janice S.
I had a great experience with Dr. Rapp. He was very kind and took the time to explain what needed to be done. I’ve recommended several family members to him.
It’s been a long time since I’ve left a doctors office with all my questions being answered plus more! Highly recommend Dr. Rapp and his Rockwall staff!
Personable and Knowledgable . I went in with a number of concerns with my thumb and fingers; pain, swelling, locking joints, etc. I was basically to the point of not being able to use my right hand much, and that is bad when you are right-handed.Dr. Rapp listened to everyone of the issues and then we discussed the possibilities and the actions/treatments. I/We found that there were a number of individual issues compounded and worked our way through them. Today was my last visit, unless something else pops up, because he has taken care of every one of the issues. I am now able to use my hand like I used to and am 99% pain free! That is saying A LOT!!As for him/his staff personally, they are great! The staff greets you warm and friendly, and listens. Dr. Rapp always greets you with a beautiful smile, a handshake when possible (even left-handed if necessary), and the readiness to listen and get you the help you are seeking. He is very good at communicating your issues and detailing what is involved. You don’t leave with questions!! I have already referred friends and family.
Great Doctor, made feel at ease after surgery. Dr Rapp and his staff went above and beyond throughout the recovery process. – George C.
Dr. Rapp was kind and understanding as was his nurse and office staff. Thank you! -Barbara W.
Dr. Rapp is a highly competent surgeon. After a horrific injury to my finger, Dr. Rapp was able to repair the damage and save my finger. I would recommend him to anyone who is either seeking an elective procedure or someone who has an unfortunate event like I did. Your hands are in good hands with Dr. Rapp. -Jill Z.
Dr. Rapp explained to me what should/ needed to be done and why. Surgery happened immediately without any pain. The procedure and healing process was as I was told simple not scary, and I knew/ know (as I’m in the healing process now) what to expect. Thank you Dr. Rapp.
Dr. Rapp is absolutely the best! He did a double CT release on me. The surgery and post op went flawlessly! Highly recommend!
Dr Rapp was very detailed in his exam and instructions. He has a great manner with his patients. We really appreciate his care.
Having had a badly broken wrist I felt so confident and well taken care of by Dr Rapp and his staff!
Loved it. Thanks for fixing my finger up Dr.Rapp.
I have been working with Dr. Rapp since December 9, 2016 when I was in an accident. I’ve been given the highest quality of care and the healing has been remarkable.
Dr. Rapp took such good care of me when I shattered my wrist. After a bad experience with an orthopedic surgeon, I asked for a referral from Dr. Byrne, who had done a terrific job on a broken finger. Luckily for me, his partner Dr. Rapp works on distal radius fractures. Dr. Rapp’s “bedside” manner is wonderful, and he is an excellent surgeon. I use my hands extensively in my work, and my once useless hand is now at 100%. The rehab staff, the office staff are all top notch. I highly recommend this practice.