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Jeffrey M. Kenkel, M.D., F.A.C.S.
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Jeffrey M. Kenkel, M.D., F.A.C.S.



Jeffrey M. Kenkel, M.D., FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon located in Dallas, Texas. He is the holder of the Betty and Warren Woodward Chair in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Professor and Chairman of the Department of Plastic Surgery at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. He is the Director of the Clinical Center for Cosmetic Laser Treatment.  His clinical practice is located at the Outpatient Building on the UT Southwestern Medical Center Campus.  

Dr. Kenkel is Past-President of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), the leading professional organization of plastic surgeons who are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and specialize in cosmetic plastic surgery. In addition, he is Past-President of the Dallas Society of Plastic Surgery. Dr. Kenkel 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 about nonsurgical options for rejuvenation, surgery following massive weight loss, and aesthetic plastic surgery.

Dr. Kenkel has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and numerous book chapters and co-authored a book on ultrasound-assisted liposuction. His research focuses primarily on laser and light-based devices and their tissue interaction, as well as safety surrounding body-contouring procedures. He and the team at UT Southwestern has developed a noninvasive imaging center to help assess the aging process and the effect of devices on aging. His clinical practice focuses on nonsurgical and surgical aesthetic procedures of the face, breast, and body. 

He performs a wide array of both surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures.  

  • Facelift/Necklift  
  • Browlift  
  • Eyelift (Blepharoplasty)  
  • Chemical Peels  
  • Laser Resurfacing 
  • Cosmetic Breast Surgery
  • Liposuction 
  • Abdominoplasty 
  • Mommy Makeover
  • Body Contouring After Major Weight Loss
  • Cosmetic Injectables

Dr. Kenkel was born and raised in the Washington, D.C., area before moving to Dallas more than 20 years ago. He is married to his wife, Suzanne, and they have enjoyed raising their son and daughter, Matthew and Ashley. His outside interests include golf, hockey, CrossFit, music, and nutrition. The Kenkels are avid animal lovers. They have rescued several dogs around the DFW area and volunteer as a family at the DFW Humane Society. Dr. Kenkel has been a Team Physician for the Dallas Stars since 1996.  

HONORS AND AWARDS:                       

  • Clinician of the Year 2015, 2017. UTSW
  • ASAPS Jerome R. Klingbell Award for Dedication to Teaching, 2013
  • America’s Top Doctors 2010, 2011, 2013, 2014
  • Top 1% of physicians by U.S. News & World Report, 2012
  • Best Doctors U.S. News & World Report, 2011,2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Fritz Barton Jr., Teaching Award, UTSW 2012
  • Best Doctors in Dallas 2012, 2013, 2014
  • America’s Top Plastic Surgeons 2008, 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • D Magazine Best Doctors in Dallas, 2005, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Who’s Who in America 2009,12
  • The Ted Lockwood Award for Excellence in Body Contouring, 2009
  • Best Doctors in America 2005-2008, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Texas Super Doctors, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Castle Connolly Top Doctors 2015, 2016
  • Holder of the Rod J. Rohrich, M.D. Distinguished Professorship in Wound Healing and Plastic Surgery, 2005
  • Outstanding Mentoring for Plastic Surgery Research at UT Southwestern, 2003
  • Plastic Surgery Resident’s Excellence in Teaching Award 1996
  • Chief Resident Teaching Award presented by fellow residents for outstanding resident education, 1994
  • Student Teaching Award presented by the Medical School Class of 1993
  • The Marie J. Simonian Award for Outstanding Resident Clinical Presentation, 1992
  • Outstanding Service as a Resident at the District of Columbia General Hospital, 1991
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 1989

Professional Organizations: 

  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS), Fellow (2005-present)
  • American College of Surgeons (ACS), Fellow (2000-present)
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Member (2000-present), President (2011), Board Member (2005 – present), Secretary (2007-2009) 
  • American Society for Education and Research Foundation (ASERF), (2005-2008,2009) Treasurer, (2006-07)
  • American Society for Laser Medicine and Surgery, Inc. (ASLMS), Member (2005-present)
  • Association of Academic Chairmen of Plastic Surgery (AACPS), Associate Member (1998-present)
  • Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons (DSPS), Past President, 2004
  • Dallas County Medical Society (DCMS)
  • Texas Medical Association (TMA)
  • Texas Society of Plastic Surgeons (TSPS)


Authored over 150 scientific articles and textbook chapters on lasers, facial and body contouring surgery. 

Editor, “Selected Readings in Plastic Surgery” SRPS is the most up-to-date teaching tool for plastic surgeons in training and in practice in the United States and thirty-eight foreign countries. 

Associate Editor Aesthetic Surgery Journal

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Hospital Affiliations

  • UT Southwestern Medical Center

Multiple Locations

  • Dallas 1801 Inwood Rd. 5th Fl. Dallas, TX 75390
  • Frisco 5575 Warren Parkway Ste. 318 Frisco, TX 75034