Message From Dr. Wilder

“I have had the distinct pleasure of practicing plastic surgery in Austin since 1986. It has been an honor and a privilege to have taken care of so many wonderful patients over the past 35 years. Our primary source of referral for many years has been our group of prior patients. While initially starting to feel “old” when I began seeing the children of many of my patients, I have really embraced the scope of my career as I have even begun seeing some of your grandchildren. Needless to say, it has been a wonderful journey, and I consider so many of you more like family than patients. It is with mixed emotions that I have made the difficult decision to retire effective October 31, 2022. 

We established the Austin Plastic Surgery Institute in 2003, gathering a core group of excellent plastic surgeons to offer a broad scope of care, including a state-of-the-art medical skin care clinic with plastic surgeons constantly on site and available. While our member physicians have changed over the past 18 years, I feel confident that I am leaving my patients in very good hands for future needs.”

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A reputation for excellence in plastic surgery

Dr. Wilder is board certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and American Board of Surgery. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University and earned his medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. Recognized as one of the “Best Doctors in America,” Dr. Wilder began his practice in Austin, TX in 1986, and has been active in both the medical and civic community ever since. He has received recognition as a Texas “Super Doctor” annually since 2004 and was listed among Austin Monthly’s “Best Plastic Surgeons.” Dr. Wilder also performs cosmetic surgeries for the face, skin, abdomen, breasts, and body.

Special skills and training

After completing a 5-year general surgery residency at St. Joseph Hospital in Houston, TX, he was named Chief Resident in his final year. Then, he was accepted as one of only two residents per year at the prestigious Cronin, Brauer, & Biggs Clinic at St. Joseph Hospital, which boasts pioneers in the field of plastic and reconstructive surgery, including the inventor of the modern-day breast implant.


  • Cronin, Brauer & Biggs Clinic
    St. Joseph Hospital, 1984-1986
    Houston, TX
  • Plastic Surgery Residency
    St. Joseph Hospital, 1980-1984
    Houston, TX
  • General Surgery Residency
    Chief Resident in General Surgery (1983-1984)
    St. Joseph Hospital, 1979-1980
    Houston, TX
  • Internship
    General Surgery
    Baylor College of Medicine, 1977
    Houston, TX
  • M.D. Degree
    Harvard College, 1974
    Cambridge, MA
    A.B., Magna cum laude in Biology
  • Stuttgart American High School, 1970
    Stuttgart, Germany
    Graduated valedictorian

Giving back A dedication to service.

Dr. Wilder began his career focusing on all aspects of plastic and reconstructive surgery, with a special emphasis on cleft lip and palate surgery.

A founding member of Austin Smiles in 1986, Dr. Wilder continues to travel frequently to underdeveloped countries to perform these operations. His experience in reconstructive surgery, especially breast reconstruction, has given him an added advantage when performing elective aesthetic procedures.

Professional memberships

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Texas Society of Plastic Surgery
  • Austin Society of Plastic Surgeons, Past President
  • International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery
  • Lipoplasty Society
  • American Cleft Palate Craniofacial Association
  • Austin Smiles, Founding Member
  • Central Texas Cleft Lip and Palate Team
  • Travis County Medical Society
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On a personal note…

Dr. Wilder was born in Salzburg, Austria, and he has been married since 1977. He and his wife, Debbie, have raised a daughter and a son, both of whom are in the medical field. When Dr. Wilder is not working, there is nothing he enjoys more than spending time with his family, and pursuing outdoor activities, such as cycling, golf, skiing, hiking, and fishing. His community and civic activity include serving on community boards and serving as an elder at his church.

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