Dr. Jonathan Cheng is a native of Houston, Texas. He is a graduate of Rice University, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in Chemical Physics and a minor in Art History. He received his medical doctorate from Baylor College of Medicine, and completed postgraduate training in Plastic Surgery at Medical College of Wisconsin, and hand, microvascular, and peripheral nerve surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Cheng was the recipient of the Kroll Memorial Scholarship, which allowed him to obtain specialized training in perforator flap and breast reconstructive microsurgery at University Hospital Gent.

Dr. Cheng provides skilled and compassionate care for adults and children at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Medical Center in Dallas. He specializes in Plastic Surgery, with subspecialty expertise in hand surgery, peripheral nerve reconstruction, and microvascular surgery. His practice encompasses the entire spectrum of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

Dr. Cheng performs basic science research in nerve regeneration and nerve-machine interfaces. He has received competitive funding from federal research agencies. His research is focused on developing widely applicable solutions for real-world clinical problems.


Medical School
Baylor College of Medicine (2000)
Medical College of Wisconsin (2006), Plastic Surgery
Barnes Jewish Hospital (2007), Plastic Surgery/hand and Microsurgery

Research Interest

  • Adult hand surgery
  • Brachial plexus reconstruction
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Facial reanimation
  • Lymphatic reconstruction after breast cancer
  • Nerve regeneration
  • Nerve-machine interface
  • Pediatric hand surgery
  • Tissue engineering


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Peripheral neuropathy: surgical approaches simplified for the imagers.
Kao DS, Cheng J Semin Musculoskelet Radiol 2015 Apr 19 2 121-9
Chronic sensory-motor activity in behaving animals using regenerative multi-electrode interfaces.
Desai VH, Anand S, Tran M, Kanneganti A, Vasudevan S, Seifert JL, Cheng J, Keefer EW, Romero-Ortega MI Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 2014 Aug 2014 1973-6
Detergent-free decellularized nerve grafts for long-gap peripheral nerve reconstruction.
Vasudevan S, Huang J, Botterman B, Matloub HS, Keefer E, Cheng J Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 2014 2 8 e201
A rat model for long-gap peripheral nerve reconstruction.
Vasudevan S, Yan JG, Zhang LL, Matloub HS, Cheng JJ Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 2013 Oct 132 4 871-6
Evaluation of the scratch collapse test in peroneal nerve compression.
Gillenwater J, Cheng J, Mackinnon SE Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 2011 Oct 128 4
Discussion: Lymphaticovenular bypass for lymphedema management in breast cancer patients: a prospective study.
Cheng J Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 2010 Sep 126 3
Intraneural perineurioma of the radial nerve in a child.
Cortes W, Cheng J, Matloub HS J Hand Surg Am 2005 Jul 30 4
Topographic mapping of the superior transverse scapular ligament: a cadaver study to facilitate suprascapular nerve decompression.
Weinfeld AB, Cheng J, Nath RK, Basaran I, Yuksel E, Rose JE Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 2002 Sep 110 3
The effects of increased gravity and microgravity on cardiac morphology.
Goldstein MA, Cheng J, Schroeter JP Aviat Space Environ Med 1998 Jun 69 6 Suppl


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Honors & Awards

  • Chair, UT System Faculty Advisory Council
  • President, Faculty Senate
    UT Southwestern Medical Center (2014-2015)
  • Chief of Hand, Peripheral Nerve, and Microvascular Surgery
    Division of Plastic Surgery, Children's Medical Center, Dallas (2013)
  • Co-Director of Microsurgery Fellowship
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons
  • Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery
    Board Certified Hand Surgeon (2010)
  • Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery
    Board Certified Plastic Surgeon (2010)
  • Faculty Senator
    UT Southwestern Medical Center (2010-2015)
  • Young Leader, American Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Stephen Kroll Memorial Scholarship
    International competitively-selected scholarship in perforator flap microsurgery. (2007)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (2017)
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (2014)
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (2012)
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand (2011)
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council (2011)