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

Oral Antibiotics Are Effective for the Treatment of Hand Osteomyelitis in Children.
Kargel JS, Sammer DM, Pezeshk RA, Cheng J Hand (N Y) 2018 Aug 1558944718788666
Multiple Tumors on the Extremities: Answer.
Ukoha UT, Vandergriff T, Cheng J, Glass DA Am J Dermatopathol 2018 Aug 40 8 624-625
Asymmetric Sensory-Motor Regeneration of Transected Peripheral Nerves Using Molecular Guidance Cues.
Anand S, Desai V, Alsmadi N, Kanneganti A, Nguyen DH, Tran M, Patil L, Vasudevan S, Xu C, Hong Y, Cheng J, Keefer E, Romero-Ortega MI Sci Rep 2017 Oct 7 1 14323
Defining Temporal Hairline Landmarks.
Nagarkar PA, Cheng J Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 2017 May 139 5 1172e-1174e
Multiple Tumors on the Extremities.
Ukoha UT, Vandergriff T, Cheng J, Glass DA Am J Dermatopathol 2017 Apr
Clinical Impact of Magnetic Resonance Neurography in Patients with Brachial Plexus Neuropathies.
Fisher S, Wadhwa V, Manthuruthil C, Cheng J, Chhabra A Br J Radiol 2016 Aug 20160503
An implantable, designed-for-human-use peripheral nerve stimulation and recording system for advanced prosthetics.
Lachapelle JR, Bjune CK, Kindle AL, Czarnecki A, Burns JR, Grainger JE, Segura CA, Nugent BD, Sriram TS, Parks PD, Keefer E, Cheng J Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc 2016 08 2016 1794-1797
Magnetic resonance neurography in the management of peripheral trigeminal neuropathy: experience in a tertiary care centre.
Cox B, Zuniga JR, Panchal N, Cheng J, Chhabra A Eur Radiol 2016 Jan
Peripheral neuropathy: surgical approaches simplified for the imagers.
Kao DS, Cheng J Semin Musculoskelet Radiol 2015 Apr 19 2 121-9
An Association between Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Migraine Headaches-National Health Interview Survey, 2010.
Law HZ, Amirlak B, Cheng J, Sammer DM Plast Reconstr Surg Glob Open 2015 Mar 3 3 e333


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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)