James A. Mentz, MD

James chose this residency program after multiple attending surgeons in Houston agreed that the UT McGovern fellows were the best trained technical surgeons they had seen. He trained in general surgery for a year at Baylor before switching into the program.

James A. Mentz, MDUndergraduate: Vanderbilt University

Med school – Baylor College of Medicine


  • Vanderbilt Review Prose Award
  • Margaret Stonewall Wooldrige Hamblet award for Art
  • Lotus Eaters Honor Society


  • Parikh U, Mentz JA, Davis MJ, Abu-Ghname A, Colchado D, Short WD, King A, Buchanan EP, Balaji S. Strategies to Minimize Surgical Scarring: Translation of Lessons Learnt from Bedside to Bench and Back. Advances in Wound Care. 2021 Aug 20(ja).
  • Skochdopole AJ, Mentz JA, Gravina P, Winocour SJ, Reece EM. Maximizing Volume from the Medial Thigh: Introducing the PUG Flap. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 2021 Jul 7:10-97.

PRS Interests – Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery of the Face

Dr. James A. Mentz, MD is a plastic surgery resident at University of Texas-Houston Medical School. He attended Vanderbilt University where he earned an undergraduate degree in Medicine, Health, and Society while developing skills in conceptual art, illustration, and design. He went on to attend medical school at Baylor College of Medicine, where he served as president of the Plastic Surgery Interest Group. During this time, he organized art therapy for the patients at Texas Children’s Hospital.

James is a Houston native and loves the city for its friendly and diverse population, budding art community, and world-leading medical center. In his free time he makes art, studies psychology, and plays tennis with his brothers.