Jonathan Cheng, M.D.

Jonathan Cheng, M.D.

  • Plastic Surgery
  • Hand Surgery
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery and Brachial Plexus Reconstruction


Jonathan Cheng, M.D., is an Associate Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. Specializing in hand surgery, peripheral nerve reconstruction, and microvascular surgery, he provides care for adults and children at UT Southwestern and Children's Medical Center Dallas. He is Chief of Pediatric Hand, Peripheral Nerve, and Microvascular Surgery at Children’s and Director of UTSW’s Basic and Translational Research Nerve Lab.

Dr. Cheng graduated from Rice University with a degree in chemical physics and a minor in art history. He earned his medical degree at the Baylor College of Medicine and completed a residency in plastic surgery at the Medical College of Wisconsin. He received advanced training in hand, microvascular, and peripheral nerve surgery through a fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital at Washington University Medical Center. As the recipient of the Kroll Memorial Scholarship, he received further specialized training in perforator flap and breast reconstructive microsurgery at University Hospital Gent in Belgium.

Board certified in plastic surgery and hand surgery, he has been in practice since 2007.

Dr. Cheng’s research includes uncovering the science behind nerve injury and repair, which has led to innovative new strategies for reconstructing injured nerves. His neural interfacing project is part of a federal DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) program to provide improved control of robotic hand prostheses for injured military servicemen with upper extremity amputations.

Dr. Cheng has authored several book chapters and research articles, and he has been a guest lecturer at numerous medical and scientific conferences in the U.S., Europe, and Asia.

He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Plastic Surgery, a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, the American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery, and the Plastic Surgery Research Council.

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Meet Dr. Cheng

Jonathan Cheng, M.D., is a board-certified plastic surgeon and hand surgeon at UT Southwestern Medical Center whose practice encompasses the entire spectrum of aesthetic and reconstructive plastic surgery.

Dr. Cheng specializes in hand surgery, peripheral nerve reconstruction, and microvascular surgery, and he’s committed to providing quality, innovative, individualized care to patients of all ages.

“I don’t believe in using a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach,” he says. “For every patient, I take into consideration what his or her individual needs and goals are so I can help find the right solutions.” 

Plastic surgery is founded on the principles of comprehensive anatomical understanding and meticulous surgical technique, Dr. Cheng notes. With this extensive expertise, plastic surgeons are trained to work on all areas of the body, from head to toe. 

“The same skill set that allows me to perform complex brachial plexus repair, facial nerve reconstruction, and microsurgical breast reconstruction makes it possible for me to perform aesthetic surgery procedures with high standards of quality and safety,” Dr. Cheng says. “Reconstructive surgery and aesthetic surgery are two sides of the same coin.”

Because of his focus on technical refinement and anatomical precision, Dr. Cheng has also developed a reputation as a surgical innovator.  He was the first at UT Southwestern to perform superior gluteal artery perforator (SGAP) flap and profunda artery perforator (PAP) flap reconstructions for patients who had a mastectomy for breast cancer.  Also, he brought nerve transfer reconstructions after peripheral nerve injury and neural interfacing procedures for robotic limb control to the institution.

It is very important to Dr. Cheng to respect his patients’ time.

“When patients come under my care, I try to keep in mind that it is an intrusion on their normal, everyday lives. There’s the inconvenience of being in pain or being away from work and family. A 20-minute clinic visit for us equates to half a day’s work time for them. I really try to be considerate of their time,” he says.

Dr. Cheng is fully committed to serving his patients and giving them the time and attention required to address their particular needs, whether simple or complex.

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Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Barnes Jewish Hospital (2006-2007), Plastic Surgery/hand and Microsurgery
  • Residency - Medical College of Wisconsin (2000-2006), Plastic Surgery
  • Medical School - Baylor College of Medicine (1996-2000)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons (2017)
  • Plastic Surgery Research Council (2011)
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand (2011)
  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons (2012)
  • American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery (2014)
Honors & Awards
  • Certificate of Added Qualification in Hand Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery 2010, Board Certified Hand Surgeon
  • Chair, UT System Faculty Advisory Council 2017-2018
  • President, Faculty Senate 2014-2015, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Chief of Hand, Peripheral Nerve, and Microvascular Surgery 2013, Division of Plastic Surgery, Children's Medical Center, Dallas
  • Co-Director of Microsurgery Fellowship 2012
  • Fellow of the American College of Surgeons 2012
  • Stephen Kroll Memorial Scholarship 2007, International competitively-selected scholarship in perforator flap microsurgery.
  • Young Leader, American Society for Surgery of the Hand 2010
  • Faculty Senator 2010-2015, UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Diplomate, American Board of Plastic Surgery 2010, Board Certified Plastic Surgeon
Books & Publications
  • Adult hand surgery
  • Brachial plexus reconstruction
  • Breast reconstruction
  • Carpal tunnel syndrome
  • Lymphatic reconstruction after breast cancer
  • Tissue engineering
  • Pediatric hand surgery
  • Nerve-machine interface
  • Nerve regeneration
  • Facial reanimation

Clinical Focus

  • Hand Surgery
  • Peripheral Nerve Surgery and Brachial Plexus Reconstruction
  • Breast Reconstruction After Cancer
  • Reconstructive Microsurgery including Facial Reanimation
  • Body Contouring
  • Cosmetic Facial Surgery

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