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.

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Education & Training
  • 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)
Books & Publications

Clinical Focus

  • Complex Wound Care Treatments
  • Wound Care

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Q&A by Dr. de Leon