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Jeff Janis, MD

Jeffrey E. Janis, MD, is fulltime faculty as a Professor in the Department of Plastic Surgery at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. He is also Chief of Plastic Surgery at University Hospital and holds adjunct appointments as a Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology and Surgery. He is the Co-Director of the Center for Abdominal Core Health at The Ohio State University. He operates at Ohio State University Medical Center, Ohio State University East, the James Comprehensive Cancer Center, Gowdy Outpatient Surgery Center, Richard M. Ross Heart Hospital, Riverside Memorial Hospital, Grant Medical Center and Knightsbridge Surgery Center.


Dr. Janis grew up in Columbus, Ohio and completed his undergraduate education at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he graduated magna cum laude from the Olin School of Business with Honors in Management and Marketing. He was also awarded membership into Beta Gamma Sigma, the business honor society. He received his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was inducted into Alpha Omega Alpha, the medical honor society. He was also the recipient of the William D. Holden Award in Surgery, given to the most outstanding student going into a surgical career. He completed his integrated plastic surgery residency at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, Texas where he was twice awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Outstanding Accomplishment in Surgical Education, the Excellence in Teaching Award, as well as Best Research Paper at the 2003 National Senior Resident's Conference. Dr. Janis was then invited to join the faculty in the Department of Plastic Surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where he remained for 9 years, from 2003-2013, appointed to the level of Associate Professor and Program Director for the largest plastic surgery residency training program in the country, and also served as Chief of Plastic Surgery for Parkland Hospital as well as Co-Director of the Wound Healing Fellowship.

Honors and Involvement

Dr. Janis is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) since 2004 (recertified in 2013) and an active member multiple organizations, including the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (ACAPS), American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS) and the American College of Surgeons (ACS). He has served on numerous committees, both as a member and Chair, including chairing the ASPS Annual Scientific meeting for several years and was the co-architect of the national Curriculum Committee for ASPS and ACAPS. He is a Past President of ASPS, and has previously served as President (youngest in the history of the Society) and President-Elect, as well as for three years as the Board Vice President of Education, overseeing all education for the largest plastic surgery organization in the world. He is also a Past President of the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (youngest in the history of the Society) and is the current President of the Board of Directors for the Columbus Medical Association (CMA). He sits on the Executive Committee for the Surgical Pain Congress (SPC), is the President-Elect of the Americas Hernia Society (AHS) and is on the Plastic Surgery RRC for the ACGME. He also serves on the American College of Surgeons Committee on Resident Education as well as the Advisory Council for Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery and was also recently elected to the ACS Board of Governors.

Upon being recruited to Ohio State, he recently relinquished his roles as President-Elect of the Dallas County Medical Society, the second largest medical society in the country with 7,500 members, President-Elect of the Medical Staff/Medical Executive Committee at Parkland Health and Hospital System, with 1400 physicians, Chairman of the OR Committee and Secretary/Treasurer of the Dallas Society of Plastic Surgeons.

Dr. Janis was named "Clinician of the Year" in 2004 from the Department of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern, "Teacher of the Year" in 2008 and 2013 and received Special Achievement Awards in 2007 and 2013 for "Outstanding Contributions and Dedication to Advances in Plastic Surgery Resident Education." He was also recognized with the "Distinguished Physician of the Year Award" by Parkland Health and Hospital System in 2009, where he was Chief of Plastic Surgery and Chief of Wound Care since 2006, as well as received an Excellence Award from Parkland in 2011 and an Outstanding Leadership Award in 2013. He was named as a "Distinguished Teaching Professor" by the University Of Texas Academy Of Health Sciences Education in 2012, and was inducted into the prestigious Southwest Academy of Teachers the same year.

While at the Ohio State University Medical Center, he has been awarded "Teacher of the Year" by the Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery in 2017, and has been named to the "Dean's List" in 2017, 2018 and 2019.

In 2017, he was awarded the "Distinguished Alumni Award" by the Bexley High School Alumni Association, awarded for outstanding accomplishments and meritorious work in their chosen fields of endeavor or on behalf of their communities.

In 2018, he was awarded the "Young at Heart" Award by the Young Plastic Surgeons section of ASPS (awarded to one person per year) for his role in mentorship. The same year he received the Case Western University Distinguished Alumni Award the same year, presented in recognition of an outstanding alumnus whose work has made a significant mark in the field of medicine and whose efforts have brought about distinction for the CWRU School of Medicine.

He was recently appointed as the next Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open. He has served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He was inducted into the Robert H. Ivy League for his service as a peer reviewer with over 800 reviews. He also serves as a peer reviewer for 31 scientific journals. He has been awarded "Top 1% Peer Review Award" by Publons.

He has been repeatedly named to the U.S. News and World Report "Top Doctors," and also has received similar recognition by Best Doctors in America, America's Top Plastic Surgeons, Best Doctors in Dallas, Best Doctors in Columbus and Who's Who in America and the World. He received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award from Marquis Who's Who.

He was also part of the team that performed the first full US face transplant at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.

To date, he has served as a Visiting Professor at 43 major national and international institutions, published over 161 peer-reviewed articles, 104 book chapters and six books, with three more books and an app pending publication, and has delivered over 920 lectures.

Dr. Janis is the Editor of "Essentials of Plastic Surgery" – a worldwide, internationally renowned best-selling handbook of plastic surgery used by countless students, residents, fellows and surgeons. The original edition came out in 2006 with a second edition released in 2014, and the third to be released in the Fall of 2020, already selling thousands of copies across the world.

Dr. Janis is currently an active member of:

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Twitter: @jjanismd

Research Interests

Dr. Janis' current research interests in plastic surgery are predominantly around complex abdominal wall reconstruction (hernia), the treatment of migraine headaches (Botox® and surgical), pain management and resident education, although he has published on numerous other topics, as well.

Dr. Janis lives in Columbus and is married with two sons and a daughter.