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

Diffusion-weighted imaging and diffusion tensor imaging as adjuncts to conventional MRI for the diagnosis and management of peripheral nerve sheath tumors: current perspectives and future directions.
Mazal AT, Ashikyan O, Cheng J, Le LQ, Chhabra A Eur Radiol 2018 Dec
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


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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

  • 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)