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Dr. Jonathan Cheng is Professor of Plastic Surgery, and Chief of Pediatric Hand, Peripheral Nerve, and Microvascular Surgery.  He is a native of Houston, Texas. At Rice University, he obtained a bachelor's degree in Chemical Physics and a minor in Art History. He received his MD degree from Baylor College of Medicine, and completed clinical training in Plastic Surgery at Medical College of Wisconsin, and hand, microvascular, and peripheral nerve surgery at Washington University in St. Louis. Dr. Cheng completed the Stephen Kroll Memorial Scholarship, where he trained with pioneers in perforator flap and breast reconstructive microsurgery at University Hospital Gent.

Dr. Cheng treats adults and children at UT Southwestern Medical Center and Children's Medical Center. He specializes in Plastic Surgery, with subspecialty expertise in hand surgery, peripheral nerve reconstruction, and microvascular surgery.  Complex limb reconstruction, including care of amputees, is his clinical and research focus.

Dr. Cheng performs basic and translational research in long gap nerve regeneration and nerve-machine interface. He has received competitive funding from public and private organizations. He is passionate about finding innovative scientific solutions for his patients' unmet clinical needs.


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
  • Facial reanimation
  • Nerve regeneration
  • Nerve-machine interface
  • Pediatric hand surgery
  • Tissue engineering


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Dynamic peripheral nerve stimulation can produce cortical activation similar to punctate mechanical stimuli.
Tanner J, Keefer E, Cheng J, Helms Tillery S, Front Hum Neurosci 2023 17 1083307
Artificial Intelligence Enables Real-Time and Intuitive Control of Prostheses via Nerve Interface.
Luu DK, Nguyen AT, Jiang M, Drealan MW, Xu J, Wu T, Tam WK, Zhao W, Lim BZH, Overstreet CK, Zhao Q, Cheng J, Keefer EW, Yang Z, IEEE Trans Biomed Eng 2022 10 69 10 3051-3063


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Honors & Awards

  • Chair, UT System Faculty Advisory Council
    University of Texas System (2017-2018)
  • 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
    Department of Plastic Surgery (2012)
  • 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 Association of Plastic Surgeons (2020)
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (2014)
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand (2011)
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (2017)
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (2012)
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council (2011)