- Residency - University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (1992-1996), Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
- Medical School - University of Oklahoma College of Medicine (1988-1992)
Jean de Leon, M.D.
- Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Complex Wound Care Treatments
- Wound Care
Jean M. de Leon, M.D., is a Professor in UT Southwestern Medical Center’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation and the Medical Director of the Wound Care & Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Clinic. She specializes in treating complex, chronic, and difficult-to-heal wounds.
Board certified in physical medicine and rehabilitation, Dr. de Leon earned her medical degree at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine and completed her residency at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.
A UT Southwestern faculty member since 2012, Dr. de Leon has particular and rare expertise in using negative pressure wound therapy for the management of large, complex abdominal wounds with enterocutaneous fistulas. She has developed her own innovative techniques for the management of such wounds and teaches those techniques across the country and internationally.
When she’s not providing direct, hands-on care for patients, she serves as a wound care consultant on several national expert panels aimed at assessing and improving quality and safety measures on wound management, pressure ulcers, rehabilitation, and long-term acute care.
Dr. de Leon has authored numerous articles in peer-reviewed medical and scientific publications and is involved in a variety of professional organizations, including the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care and the Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.
For sharing her expertise in crises, she’s been honored with a Hero Award for work in Haiti as well as a Volunteer-in-Medicine Award for work with charity medicine programs.
Meet Dr. de Leon
Wound Care Specialist
Jean M. de Leon, M.D., is devoted to providing comprehensive care to treat all types of wounds – including those that are complex, chronic, and difficult-to-heal. She is committed to offering patients personalized care, with a focus on their long-term recovery. Dr. de Leon’s expertise includes offering the full spectrum of wound care treatment options, such as advanced topical therapies and modalities such as negative pressure, platelet-rich plasma, and bioengineered skin substitutes.
“Many of the patients I see have chronic wounds that they’ve struggled to live with for months, sometimes years, because they don’t know that they could be getting better – or that they could be getting better quicker,” Dr. de Leon says.
“These are people who’ve gotten used to packing wounds every morning, wrapping their legs or putting paper towels in their shoes because of chronic draining wounds. They’re doing their best to adjust, but, meanwhile, their quality of life is suffering, and it doesn’t get better until they can find somebody to help. That’s where we come in.”
Dr. de Leon is a board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation physician. She evaluates and manages surgical and nonsurgical wounds, including diabetic foot ulcers, pressure ulcers, traumatic wounds, venous stasis ulcers, arterial ulcers, open amputations, and complex abdominal wounds with fistulas, among many others.
For patients with complex medical histories such as organ transplantation, cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and connective tissue disorders, even a simple wound can become complicated to treat because their medical regimen often inhibits or slows healing. As a result, Dr. de Leon evaluates each patient’s needs and the underlying causes of the wound to offer treatment options that take into consideration the overall health needs that may impact how a particular wound will heal.
“The spinal cord injury and brain injury populations also have unique physiology and barriers that may keep them from getting care,” Dr. de Leon notes. “Our comprehensive clinic is outfitted with equipment to allow patients in wheelchairs to be transferred to exam beds, receive referrals for pressure mapping of seating systems, nutritional counseling, and customized recommendations for specialty support surfaces, assistive devices, and therapy to assist in their overall healing.”
Dr. de Leon serves on several national expert panels developing quality initiatives and legislation to improve patient care. A major focus of her work is staff and patient education on wound healing techniques, as well as research on clinical outcomes and cost-effectiveness of new and advanced wound healing technologies. She has published in several journals and lectures on wound care nationally and internationally.
Negative Pressure Wound Therapy in Chronic Wounds by Diane Krasner
Smith A, Whittington K, Frykberg R, de Leon J (2012)
- Negative Pressure Wound Therapy in Chronic Wounds by Diane Krasner
Wound-healing outcomes using standardized assessment and care in clinical practice.
Bolton L, McNees P, van Rijswijk L, de Leon J, Lyder C, Kobza L, Edman K, Scheurich A, Shannon R, Toth M Journal of wound, ostomy, and continence nursing : official publication of The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society / WOCN 2004 Mar-Apr 31 2 65-71
Guidelines for managing pressure ulcers with negative pressure wound therapy.
Gupta S, Baharestani M, Baranoski S, de Leon J, Engel SJ, Mendez-Eastman S, Niezgoda JA, Pompeo MQ Advances in skin & wound care 2004 Nov-Dec 17 Suppl 2 1-16
Negative pressure wound therapy in pressure ulcer management.
de Leon J Ostomy/wound management 2005 Feb 51 2A Suppl 3S-8S
Consensus Statement: A Practical Guide for Managing Pressure Ulcers with Negative Pressure Wound Therapy Utilizing Vacuum-Assisted Closure - Understanding the Treatment Algorithm
Baharestani M, de Leon J, Mendez-Eastman S, Powell G, et al Advances in Skin and Wound Care 2008 21
Health Economic Implications for Wound Care and Limb Preservation
Driver Vickie R, de Leon Jean M Journal of Managed Care Medicine 2008 11
Optimizing the Clinical and Cost Effectiveness of Early Intervention of VAC Therapy
Baharestani M, Driver V, de Leon J, Gabriel A, et al WOUNDS and Ostomy/Wound Management 2008
Real World Data Collection in the Practice of Wound Care
de Leon J Acute Care Perspectives 2009 2 18 20-22
Cost-effectiveness of negative pressure wound therapy for postsurgical patients in long-term acute care.
de Leon JM, Barnes S, Nagel M, Fudge M, Lucius A, Garcia B Advances in skin & wound care 2009 Mar 22 3 122-7
A clinical review of infected wound treatment with Vacuum Assisted Closure (V.A.C.) therapy: experience and case series.
Gabriel A, Shores J, Bernstein B, de Leon J, Kamepalli R, Wolvos T, Baharestani MM, Gupta S International wound journal 2009 Oct 6 Suppl 2 1-25
The Clinical Relevance of Treating Chronic Wounds with an Enhanced Near-Physiological Concentration of Platelet-Rich Plasma Gel.
de Leon JM, Driver VR, Fylling CP, Carter MJ, Anderson C, Wilson J, Dougherty RM, Fuston D, Trigilia D, Valenski V, Rappl LM Advances in skin & wound care 2011 Aug 24 8 357-68
Analysis of run-in and treatment data in a wound outcomes registry: clinical impact of topical platelet-rich plasma gel on healing trajectory.
Carter MJ, Fylling CP, Li WW, de Leon J, Driver VR, Serena TE, Wilson J International wound journal 2011 Dec 8 6 638-50
Novel techniques using negative pressure wound therapy for the management of wounds with enterocutaneous fistulas in a long-term acute care facility.
de Leon JM Journal of wound, ostomy, and continence nursing : official publication of The Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society / WOCN 2013 Sep-Oct 40 5 481-8
- Wound-healing outcomes using standardized assessment and care in clinical practice.
- Complex Wound Care Treatments
- Wound Care