Meet Dr. Janis


Jeffrey Janis headshotJeffrey E. Janis, M.D, F.A.C.S.

Jeffrey E. Janis, M.D. is full-time faculty as a Professor and Executive Vice Chairman 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 appointments as a Professor of Neurosurgery, Neurology, and Surgery.  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.

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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 joined the faculty in the Department of Plastic Surgery at The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center where he remained 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 Co-Director of the Wound Healing Fellowship at the same location.

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 of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (ACAPS), and the American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS). He has served on numerous committees, both as a member and Chair, including chairing the ASPS Annual Scientific meeting and the national Curriculum Committee for ASPS and ACAPS. He is currently the President on the Executive Board of ASPS/PSF, and has previously served as President-Elect as well as for 3 years as the Board Vice President of Education, overseeing all education for the largest plastic surgery organization in the world. He has served as a Past President of the American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons on the ACAPS Board of Directors and is the President-Elect of the Board of Directors for the Columbus Medical Association (CMA). He sits on the Executive Committee for the Surgical Pain Congress (SPC) and is a Governor on the Board of Directors of the American Hernia Society (AHS). He also serves on the American College of Surgeons Committee on Resident Education as well as the Advisory Council for Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery.

Upon being recruited to Ohio State, he recently relinquished his roles as President-Elect of the Dallas County Medical Society, the 2nd largest medical society in the country with 7500 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. Most recently, he was awarded “Teacher of the Year’ by the Ohio State University Department of Plastic Surgery in 2017.

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.

He has been an invited Visiting Professor at over 30 major national and international institutions.

He serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery as well as of its sister journal, the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery – Global Open. He also serves as a peer reviewer for 10 scientific journals.

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.

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

To date, he has published 100 peer-reviewed articles, 70 book chapters, and 4 books, with 3 more books and an app pending publication, and has delivered nearly 750 lectures.

Dr. Janis is currently an active member of:

American Association of Plastic Surgeons (AAPS)
American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS)

American College of Surgeons (ACS)
American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons (ACAPS)
American Society Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS)
Ohio Valley Society of Plastic Surgeons (OVSPS)
Columbus Society of Plastic Surgeons (CSPS)
Columbus Medical Association (CMA)
Americas Hernia Society (AHS)
Surgical Pain Consortium (SPC)

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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, already selling thousands of copies across the world.  A Question and Answer companion handbook was released in early 2015.

BooksDr. Janis also has been co-editor of five Supplements to the prestigious Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Journal, the official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.  The first Supplement on Current Concepts in Wound Healing was released in 2006, with updates in 2011 and most recently in 2016.  All three Supplements packed over 300 pages of information, and were co-edited with Dr. Christopher Attinger from Georgetown University.  A Supplement on The Use of Acellular Dermal Matrices in Surgery was released in 2012, co-edited with Dr. Maurice Nahabedian, also from Georgetown University, which addressed scientific evidence around the use of biologic materials in surgery.  A Supplement on Current Concepts in Pain Management in Plastic Surgery, co-edited with Dr. Girish Joshi from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, was released in 2014 addressing this critical topic that spans multiple disciplines.  All Supplements have been designed to address common topics in a multidisciplinary fashion, with experts from around the world writing peer-reviewed scientific articles to provide an up-to-date deep dive into specific topics.


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 daughter.