Jeffrey Kenkel, M.D.

Jeffrey Kenkel, M.D.

  • Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., Distinguished Professorship in Wound Healing and Plastic Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Face, Breast, and Body
  • Breast Surgery


Jeffrey M. Kenkel, M.D., FACS, is the Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Professor and Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. In addition, he holds the Rod J. Rohrich, M.D., Distinguished Professorship in Wound Healing and Plastic Surgery. He is Director of the Clinical Center for Cosmetic Laser Treatment, Medical Director for the Department of Plastic Surgery, and the department’s Residency Program Director. 

Dr. Kenkel earned his medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine, where he also completed a residency in general surgery. He completed an additional residency in plastic surgery at UT Southwestern. He is certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and is a past member of its board. 

Dr. Kenkel’s research focuses primarily on laser- and light-based devices and their tissue interaction, as well as safety in body-contouring procedures. He is developing a noninvasive imaging center to help assess the aging process and the effect of devices on aging. 

He has authored more than 150 scientific articles and textbook chapters on laser, facial, and body-contouring surgery. He is editor of Selected Readings in Plastic Surgery and associate editor of the Aesthetic Surgery Journal. He remains actively involved in the education of plastic surgeons around the country, speaking on nonsurgical options for rejuvenation, surgery following massive weight loss, and aesthetic plastic surgery.

A past President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery and the Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Kenkel is also a member of the Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Texas Medical Association, the Dallas County Medical Society, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, and the American Association of Plastic Surgeons. 

A D Magazine Best Doctor and Texas Monthly Super Doctor, Dr. Kenkel also has been named as a U.S. News & World Report Best Doctor and one of America's Top Plastic Surgeons, and he appears in the media regularly to comment on plastic surgery issues. His appearances have included Newsweek, Allure, CNN, WFAA, Good Morning America, The New York Times, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and many other media outlets.

Dr. Kenkel has been a team physician for the Dallas Stars since 1996.

Personal Note

Dr. Kenkel was born and raised in the Washington, D.C., area but moved to Dallas nearly 25 years ago. He and his wife, Suzanne, have enjoyed raising their son and daughter, Matthew and Ashley, in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Dr. Kenkel’s outside interests include golf, hockey, CrossFit, wakesurfing, music, and nutrition. The Kenkels are avid animal lovers. They have rescued several dogs in the DFW area and volunteer as a family at the DFW Humane Society. 

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Internationally Recognized Plastic Surgeon

Jeffrey Kenkel, M.D., is an internationally recognized expert in aesthetic plastic surgery. As Chair of the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern, Dr. Kenkel offers his patients the latest innovations in nonsurgical and surgical procedures at the UT Southwestern Plastic Surgery clinics in Dallas and Frisco.

A D Magazine Best Doctor and Texas Monthly Super Doctor, Dr. Kenkel is known for combining new research with refined surgical techniques. “Our goal is always optimal safety, comfort, and results,” he says. 

Unsurpassed Care

Dr. Kenkel says that the best results come from partnership between him and his patient, so he makes accessibility to his patients a top priority. He takes time to understand each patient’s goals and expectations so that he can tailor his recommendations accordingly and answer any questions a patient might have before, during, or after a procedure.

He notes that his surgical expertise is only part of achieving the best possible outcomes. “There also must be a commitment by the patient to embrace a healthy lifestyle,” he says, “including eating right and being physically active each day.” 

Before any procedure, Dr. Kenkel works with each of his patients to create a strategy that will be successful for him or her. “I believe that looking one’s best is just one element of true health,” he says.

As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Kenkel feels one of his main strengths is reviewing the spectrum of available nonsurgical and surgical treatment options with each patient and together determining which options will allow the patient to achieve the desired outcome.

Research for Results

Throughout his career, Dr. Kenkel has been involved in research to develop and test new innovations in plastic surgery. His current research focus is developing laser- and light-based therapies.

Outside his clinical practice, Dr. Kenkel takes great satisfaction in training the next generation of plastic surgeons at UT Southwestern, as well as educating surgeons around the country and the world about new advances and techniques. 

“New technologies give us more treatment options for our patients,” Dr. Kenkel says. “UT Southwestern is on the leading edge of plastic surgery research and innovation, so my patients can count on our knowledge of current trends in plastic surgery and what’s effective and safe – as well as insights into new discoveries.”

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Education & Training
  • Residency - UT Southwestern Medical Center (1994-1996), Plastic Surgery
  • Medical School - Georgetown University Medical Center School of Medicine (1985-1989)
  • Internship - MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (1989-1990), General Surgery
  • Residency - MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (1990-1994), General Surgery
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons (TSPS)
  • Texas Medical Association (TMA)
  • Dallas County Medical Society (DCMS)
  • American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons
  • Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery (AACPS), Associate Member (1998-2017)
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS) (2000-2017), Member (2000-present), President (2011), Board Member (2005 - present), Secretary (2007-2009)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS), Fellow (2000-2017)
  • Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons(DSPS) (2004), Past President
  • American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery (ASLMS) (2005-2017), Member
  • American Society for Education and Research Foundation (ASERF) (2005-2009), Treasurer, (2006-07)
  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS), Fellow (2005-2017)
Honors & Awards
  • Alpha Omega Alpha 1989
  • Outstanding Service as a Resident at the District of Columbia General Hospital 1991
  • The Marie J. Simonian Award for Outstanding Resident Clinical Presentation 1992
  • Student Teaching Award 1993, Presented by Medical School Class of 1993
  • Chief Resident Teaching Award 1994, Presented by fellow residents for outstanding resident education
  • Plastic Surgery Resident's Excellence in Teaching Award 1996
  • Plastic Surgery Resident's Excellence in Teaching Award 1996, Presented by Department of Plastic Surgery
  • Outstanding Mentoring for Plastic Surgery Research at UT Southwestern 2003
  • Texas Super Doctors 2005-2017
  • Holder of the Rod J. Rohrich, M.D. Distinguished Professorship in Wound Healing and Plastic Surgery 2005-2017
  • The Ted Lockwood Award for Excellence in Body Contouring 2009
  • D Magazine Best Doctors in Dallas 2005
  • America’s Top Doctors 2010-2014
  • Best Doctors U.S. News & World Report 2011-2015
  • Who’s Who in America 2009
  • Top 1% of physicians by U.S. News & World Report 2012
  • Fritz Barton Jr., Teaching Award 2012
  • Best Doctors in Dallas 2012-2014
  • Best Doctors in America 2005-2008
  • ASAPS Jerome R. Klingbell Award for Dedication to Teaching 2013
  • America’s Top Plastic Surgeons 2008
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2015-2016
  • Clinician of the Year -Department of Plastic Surgery 2015
Books & Publications
  • Quality Outcomes in plastic surgery ? a retrospective review of 5 years of plastic surgery at UTSW
  • Noninvasive Objective Facial Analysis
  • Improving quality of the dermis with fat and its components
  • Impact of Surgical Checklist on Morbidity and Mortality at UTSW
  • Clinical Assessment of the performance of a Fractional CO2 Laser System intended for the treatment of perioral rhytides and wrinkles
  • An evaluation of the effectiveness of a low level laser system on improving glycemic control
  • An assessment of efficacy of a novel cellulite treatment device
  • A Critical Assessment of the Accuracy and Effectiveness of the BTC 2000 in Objective Measurements of the Skin

Clinical Focus

  • Cosmetic Surgery of the Face, Breast, and Body
  • Breast Surgery
  • Body Contouring
  • Laser & Skin Care
  • Cosmetic Facial Surgery

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