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Jeffrey M. Kenkel, M.D., FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon located in Dallas, Texas. He is the holder of the Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is the Director of the Clinical Center for Cosmetic Laser Treatment, Medical Director for the Department of Plastic Surgery, and the Residency Program Director. His clinical practice is located at the Outpatient Building on the UT Southwestern Medical Center Campus. 


Dr. Kenkel is Past-President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the leading professional organization of plastic surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and specialize in cosmetic plastic surgery. In addition, he is Past-President of the Dallas Society of Plastic Surgery and also serves as a director of the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Kenkel is Editor of Selected Readings in Plastic Surgery and Associate Editor of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. He remains actively involved in the education of plastic surgeons around the country, speaking about nonsurgical options for rejuvenation, surgery following massive weight loss, and aesthetic plastic surgery. He has authored more than 140 peer-reviewed publications and numerous book chapters and co-authored a book on ultrasound-assisted liposuction. His research focuses primarily on laser and light-based devices and their tissue interaction, as well as safety surrounding body-contouring procedures. He is in the process of developing a noninvasive imaging center to help assess the aging process and the effect of devices on aging. His clinical practice focuses on nonsurgical and surgical aesthetic procedures of the face, breast, and body. 

He performs a wide array of both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.  

  • Facelift/Necklift
  • Mommy Makeover
  • Browlift
  • Eyelift (Blepharoplasty)
  • Nose (Rhinoplasty)
  • Chemical Peels
  • Laser Resurfacing
  • Cosmetic Breast Surgery
  • Liposuction 
  • Abdominoplasty 
  • Body Contouring After Major Weight Loss
  • Cosmetic Injectables
  • Ultherapy
  • CoolSculpting


Dr. Kenkel was born and raised in the Washington, D.C., area before moving to Dallas more than 20 years ago. He is married to his wife, Suzanne, and they have enjoyed raising their son and daughter, Matthew and Ashley. His outside interests include golf, hockey, CrossFit, music, and nutrition. The Kenkels are avid animal lovers. They have rescued several dogs around the DFW area and volunteer as a family at the DFW Humane Society. Dr. Kenkel has been a Team Physician for the Dallas Stars since 1996. 


Medical School
Georgetown University Medical Center School of Medicine (1989)
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (1990), General Surgery
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (1994), General Surgery
UT Southwestern Medical Center (1996), Plastic Surgery

Research Interest

  • A Critical Assessment of the Accuracy and Effectiveness of the BTC 2000 in Objective Measurements of the Skin
  • An assessment of efficacy of a novel cellulite treatment device
  • An evaluation of the effectiveness of a low level laser system on improving glycemic control
  • Clinical Assessment of the performance of a Fractional CO2 Laser System intended for the treatment of perioral rhytides and wrinkles
  • Impact of Surgical Checklist on Morbidity and Mortality at UTSW
  • Improving quality of the dermis with fat and its components
  • Noninvasive Objective Facial Analysis
  • Quality Outcomes in plastic surgery ? a retrospective review of 5 years of plastic surgery at UTSW


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Vertical Abdominoplasty Technique and the Impact of Preoperative Comorbidities on Outcomes
Haley Bunting, MD, MS, Karen B Lu, MD, Zhiguo Shang, PhD, Jeffrey Kenkel, MD Aesthetic Surgery Journal Open Forum 2021 Jan Volume 3 Issue 1
The Effects of Aesthetic Lasers on Three Study Materials Used for Ocular Protection
Christine E Wamsley, BA, John E Hoopman, CMLSO, Jeffrey M Kenkel, MD Aesthetic Surgery Journal 2020 Nov
Safety Guidelines Concerning the Use of Protective Eyewear and Gauze During Laser Procedures.
Wamsley CE, Hoopman J, Kenkel JM, Aesthet Surg J 2020 Aug
Trends and Challenges of Telehealth in an Academic Institution: The Unforeseen Benefits of the COVID-19 Global Pandemic.
Wamsley CE, Kramer A, Kenkel JM, Amirlak B, Aesthet Surg J 2020 Jul
An Alternative Treatment of Pseudogynecomastia in Male Patients After Massive Weight Loss.
Hardy KL, Stark R, Small KH, Kenkel JM Aesth Surg J Open Forum 2020 Jun Volume 2 Issue 2
Commentary on: Cell-Free Fat Extract Increases Dermal Thickness by Enhancing Angiogenesis and Extracellular Matrix Production in Nude Mice.
Akgul Y, Kenkel JM, Aesthet Surg J 2020 Feb
Social Media: A Necessary Evil?
Devitt S, Kenkel JM, Aesthet Surg J 2019 Dec

Honors & Awards

  • Clinician of the Year -Department of Plastic Surgery
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors
  • Clinician of the Year -Department of Plastic Surgery
  • America’s Top Plastic Surgeons
  • ASAPS Jerome R. Klingbell Award for Dedication to Teaching
  • Best Doctors in America
  • Best Doctors in Dallas
  • Fritz Barton Jr., Teaching Award
  • Top 1% of physicians by U.S. News & World Report
  • Who’s Who in America
  • America’s Top Plastic Surgeons
  • Best Doctors U.S. News & World Report
  • America’s Top Doctors
  • D Magazine Best Doctors in Dallas
  • The Ted Lockwood Award for Excellence in Body Contouring
  • Who’s Who in America
  • America’s Top Plastic Surgeons
  • D Magazine Best Doctors in Dallas
  • Best Doctors in America
  • D Magazine Best Doctors in Dallas
  • Holder of the Rod J. Rohrich, M.D. Distinguished Professorship in Wound Healing and Plastic Surgery
  • Texas Super Doctors
  • Outstanding Mentoring for Plastic Surgery Research at UT Southwestern
  • Plastic Surgery Resident's Excellence in Teaching Award
    Presented by Department of Plastic Surgery (1996)
  • Plastic Surgery Resident's Excellence in Teaching Award
  • Chief Resident Teaching Award
    Presented by fellow residents for outstanding resident education (1994)
  • Student Teaching Award
    Presented by Medical School Class of 1993 (1993)
  • The Marie J. Simonian Award for Outstanding Resident Clinical Presentation
  • Outstanding Service as a Resident at the District of Columbia General Hospital
  • Alpha Omega Alpha

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS), Fellow (2005-2017)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS), Fellow (2000-2017)
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) (2000-2017)
  • American Society for Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) (2005-2009)
  • American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) (2005-2017)
  • American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery (AACPS), Associate Member (1998-2017)
  • Dallas County Medical Society (DCMS)
  • Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons(DSPS) (2004)
  • Texas Medical Association (TMA)
  • Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons (TSPS)