Meet Dr. Jonathan Cheng

Jonathan Cheng, M.D., is Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He is trained in aesthetic and reconstructive procedures and is a board-certified plastic surgeon and hand surgeon. His commitment to patients – both adults and children – is providing quality, innovative care.

He has advanced training in hand, peripheral nerve, and microvascular surgery. He treats a broad spectrum of hand and wrist disorders, such as fractures, arthritis, trigger finger, Dupuytren’s contracture, and carpal tunnel syndrome. He also specializes in evaluating and treating peripheral nerve disorders, including cubital tunnel syndrome and tarsal tunnel syndrome, brachial plexus injury, facial paralysis, and peroneal neuropathy. Dr. Cheng is one of the few doctors in the country trained to perform migraine surgery. He is a contributing member of UT Southwestern’s hand transplant team.

I don’t believe in using a cookie-cutter approach. For every patient, I take into consideration what their goals are, so I can help to find the right solutions for them.” 

He is skilled in surgical and nonsurgical facial rejuvenation techniques, abdominoplasty, rhinoplasty, and other cosmetic surgery procedures. For facial rejuvenation, Dr. Cheng advocates a graded approach. Many of his patients typically start with skin care, topical treatment, lasers, and peels before moving to more invasive alternatives.

UT Southwestern Plastic Surgery is highly recognized for its expertise in breast reconstruction. Dr. Cheng is among a small number of surgeons in North Texas performing SGAP and PAP flap procedures after breast cancer treatment.  

Plastic surgery is founded on the principles of comprehensive anatomical understanding and meticulous surgical technique, Dr. Cheng says. With this level of expertise, plastic surgeons are trained to work on all areas of the body, from head to toe. 

“The same skill set that allows me to perform complex brachial plexus repair, facial nerve reconstruction, and microsurgical breast reconstruction, makes it possible for me to perform aesthetic surgery procedures throughout the body with high standards of quality and safety,” says Dr. Cheng.

Dr. Cheng has numerous ongoing research projects, one of which is part of a Defense Department initiative to develop nerve interfaces for amputees with robotic arms.  Another project investigates new techniques to reconstruct injured nerves.

Jonathan Cheng, M.D., plastic surgeon, discusses peripheral nerve surgery as an option for treating carpal tunnel syndrome.

When patients come under my care, I try to keep in mind that it is an intrusion on their normal, everyday lives. There’s the inconvenience of being in pain, or being away from work and family. A 20-minute clinic visit for us equates to half a day’s work time for them. I really try to be considerate of their time,” he says.

In addition to seeing patients at UT Southwestern, he is an active member of the Fogelson Plastic Surgery and Craniofacial Center at Children’s Medical Center

Clinical Interests/Specialties

Facial Rejuvenation

  • Cosmetic facial surgery
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Otoplasty and earlobe repair
  • Nonsurgical facial rejuvenation
  • Botox
  • Dermal fillers
  • Fat injections
  • Lip augmentation
  • Scar revisions        

Body Contouring

  • Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
  • Panniculectomy
  • Body lift
  • Brachioplasty (arm lift)
  • Liposuction
  • Mommy makeovers

Breast Surgery

  • Breast reconstruction after breast cancer
  • Breast augmentation
  • Breast lift
  • Breast reduction
  • Gynecomastia (male breast reduction)    


  • Facial reconstruction
  • Adult reconstruction
  • Pediatric reconstruction


  • Adult and pediatric hand surgery
  • Hand reconstruction
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Distal radius fractures
  • Finger osteomyelitis
  • Flexor tendon repair techniques
  • Glomus tumors
  • Dupuytren’s contracture
  • De Quervain's tenosynovitis
  • Degenerative diseases
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Ganglion cysts
  • Hand and upper extremity fractures
  • Arthritis
  • Trigger finger
  • Golfer’s and tennis elbow
  • Re-attachment of amputated fingers and hands 

Peripheral Nerve

  • Nerve reconstruction
  • Nerve decompression
  • Nerve compression injuries of the arms and legs
  • Brachial plexus injury
  • Peroneal neuropathy
  • Migraine management using Botox and surgical decompression

Abdominal Wall

  • Abdominal wall reconstruction
  • Abdominal wall repair

Facial Reanimation