Dr. Jonathan Cheng 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 was awarded the Stephen Kroll Memorial Scholarship, by which he obtained 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 and Plano. 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 and translational research in long gap nerve regeneration and nerve-machine interfaces. He has received competitive funding from federal research agencies. His research is focused on developing 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
  • 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

In-Depth Look at the Anatomical Relationship of the Lesser Occipital Nerve, Great Auricular Nerve, and Spinal Accessory Nerve and Their Implication in Safety of Operations in the Posterior Triangle of the Neck.
Amirlak B, Lu KB, Erickson CR, Sanniec K, Totonchi A, Peled ZM, Cheng JC, Plast Reconstr Surg 2020 09 146 3 509-514
MR neurography of the brachial plexus in adult and pediatric age groups: evolution, recent advances, and future directions.
Mazal AT, Faramarzalian A, Samet JD, Gill K, Cheng J, Chhabra A, Expert Rev Med Devices 2020 Jan


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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)
  • Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons (2018)
  • 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)