Jon Ver Halen
Associate Professor of Surgery

Texas A&M University School of Medicine


  • University of California, Los Angeles   6/1997
    Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, Bachelor of Arts in English
  • Harvard Medical School, Medical Doctor    6/2002
  • University of Washington, Resident in General Surgery   6/2002 - 6/2005
  • University of Washington, Resident in Plastic Surgery     6/2005 - 6/2008
  • M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Fellow in Microvascular Surgery     6/2008 - 6/2009
  • University of Tennessee, Certificate in Clinical Research    6/2011 - 6/2012




Research Interest

  • Wound Care
  • Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery
  • Surgical Oncology
  • Hand Surgery


Professional Activities:

  • M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Clinical Specialist in Plastic Surgery           6/2008 - 6/2009
  • Assistant Professor, University of Tennessee Department of Plastic Surgery 7/2009 – 7/2013
  • Adjunct Clinical Faculty Member, St. Jude’s Children Research Hospital      7/2009 – 6/2015
  • Research Faculty Member, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center                      7/2013 – 6/2015
  • Chair, Department of Plastic Surgery, Baptist Memorial Hospital                  2/2013 – 6/2015
  • Program Director, Baptist Medical Group Plastic Surgery Fellowship            2/2013 – 6/2015
  • Faculty, Department of Surgery, Baylor Scott and White Healthcare             6/2015 – present
  • Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Texas A&M University School of Medicine  6/2015 – present
  • Program Director, Microvascular Surgery Fellowship, Texas A&M SOM      6/2015 – present
  • Associate Program Director, Plastic Surgery Residency, Texas A&M SOM   6/2015 – present

Teaching activities:

  • Teaching Assistant, Chemistry 153A (Introductory Biochemistry), UCLA          9/1993 – 6/1995
  • Teaching Assistant, English 234 (Herman Mellville), UCLA        9/1996 – 6/1997
  • Teaching Assistant, Core Biochemistry, Harvard Medical School   9/2000 – 6/2001
  • Teaching Assistant, Respiratory Pathophysiology, Harvard Medical School  9/2000 – 6/2001
  • Instructor, Basic Suturing Skills, UW General Surgery Residency   9/2003 – 6/2005
  • Instructor, Basic Flaps and Grafts, UW General Surgery Residency    9/2006 – 6/2007
  • Course Director, Plastic Surgery Elective Rotation, UT School of Medicine  9/2009 – 6/2013
  • Associate Program Director, UT Plastic Surgery Residency    9/2010 – 6/2013
  • Program Director, UT Microvascular Surgery Fellowship    6/2011 – 6/2013
  • Course Director, Basic Suturing Skills, Christian Brothers University Physician Asst  2/2013 – 6/2015
  • Preceptor, Plastic Surgery Elective Rotation, CBU Physician Assistant Program  2/2013 – 6/2015
  • Program Director, Baptist Cancer Center Plastic Surgery Fellowship      2/2013 – 6/2015



Referred papers

  1. Eid, Ver Halen JP. Comment on “Emerging Paradigms in Perioperative Management for Microsurgical Free Tissue Transfer: Review of the Literature and Evidence-Based Guidelines.” Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Apr 28. [Epub ahead of print]
  2. Jain U, Somerville J, Saha S, Hackett NJ, Ver Halen JP, Antony AK, Samant S. “Oropharyngeal Contamination Predisposes to Complications after Neck Dissection: An Analysis of 9462 Patients.” Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Apr 27. [Epub ahead of print]
  3. Wood J, Ver Halen J, Samant S, Florendo N. “Radiation-induced sarcoma masquerading as osteoradionecrosis: case report and literature review.” J Laryngol Otol. 2015 Mar;129(3):279-82.
  4. Ver Halen JP, Stoikes N, Webb D, Powell B, Voeller G. “Comprehensive analysis of donor-site morbidity in abdominally based free flap reconstruction.” Plast Reconstr Surg. 2015 Jan;135(1):226e-7e.
  5. Grant DW, Mlodinow A, Ver Halen JP, Kim JY. “Catastrophic outcomes in free tissue transfer: A six-year review of the NSQIP database.” Plast Surg Int. 2014;2014:704206.
  6. Mlodinow AS, Khavanin N, Ver Halen JP, Rambachan A, Gutowski KA, Kim JY. “Increased anaesthesia duration increases venous thromboembolism risk in plastic surgery: A 6-year analysis of over 19,000 cases using the NSQIP dataset.” J Plast Surg Hand Surg. 2014 Nov 25:1-7.
  7. Smith A, Peterson D, Samant S, Ver Halen JP. “Pediatric mandibular reconstruction following resection of oral squamous cell carcinoma: A case report.” Am J Otolaryngol. 2014 Nov-Dec;35(6):826-8.
  8. Ver Halen JP, Chen A, Jeffers L, Basu CB, ASPS Young Plastic Surgeons’ Steering Committee. “Young Plastic Surgeons Forum member survey: Part II. Advocacy in plastic surgery: opinions toward the ASPS and PlastyPAC.” Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Aug;134(2):353-60.
  9. Chen A, Ver Halen JP, Basu CB, Khan S, Wang H, Jeffers L, Young Plastic Surgeons Steering Committee. “Young Plastic Surgeons Forum member Survey: Part I. Investing in the future: attitudes toward the Plastic Surgery Foundation.” Plast Recontr Surg. 2014 Aug;134(2):343-50.
  10. Kim BD, Lim S, Wood J, Samant S, Ver Halen JP, Kim JY. “Predictors of adverse events after parotidectomy: A review of 2919 cases.” Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2015 Jan;124(1):35-44.
  11. Qin C, Vaca E, Lovecchio F, Ver Halen JP, Hansen NM, Kim JY. “Differential impact of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus on breast reconstruction outcomes.” Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2014 Jul;146(2):429-38.
  12. Khavanin N, Mlodinow A, Kim JY, Ver Halen JP, Antony AK, Samant S. “Assessing safety and outcomes in outpatient versus inpatient thyroidectomy using the NSQIP: A propensity score matched analysis of 16,370 patients.” Ann Surg Oncol. 2015 Feb;22(2):429-36.
  13. Kim JYS, Khavanin N, Jordan SW, Ver Halen JP, Mlodinow AS, Bethke KP, Khan SA, Hansen NM, Losken A, Fine NA. “Individualized risk of surgical-site infection: An application of the Breast Reconstruction Risk Assessment Score.” Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Sep;134(3):351e-362e.
  14. Soto-Miranda MA, Ver Halen JP. “Description and implementation of an ex vivo simulator kit for developing microsurgery skills.” Annals of Plastic Surgery 2014 June; 72 Suppl 2:S208-12.
  15. Khavanin N, Mlodinow A, Kim JY, Ver Halen JP, Samant S. “Predictors of 30-day readmission after outpatient thyroidectomy: An analysis of the 2011 NSQIP data set.” Am J Otolaryngol. 2014 May-Jun;35(3):332-9.
  16. Kim BD, Ver Halen JP, Lim S, Kim JY. “Predictors of 61 unplanned readmission cases in microvascular free tissue transfer patients: Multi-institutional analysis of 774 patients.” Microsurgery. 2015 Jan;35(1):13-20.
  17. Ver Halen JP, Soto-Miranda MA, Hammond S, Konofaos P, Neel M, Rao B. “Lower extremity reconstruction after limb-sparing sarcoma resection of the proximal tibia in the pediatric population: Case series, with algorithm.” Journal of Plastic Surgery and Hand Surgery 2014 Aug;48(4):238-43.
  18. Konofaos P, Kashyap A, Ver Halen J. “Biomedical approaches to improve bone healing in distraction osteogenesis: a current update and review.” Biomed Tech (Berlin) 2014 June 1; 59(3):177-83.
  19. Saha D, Davila AA, Ver Halen JP, Jain UK, Hansen N, Bethke K, Khan SA, Jeruss J, Fine N, Kim JY. “Post-mastectomy reconstruction: a risk-stratified comparative analysis of outcomes.” The Breast 2013 December; 22(6):1072-80.
  20. Kim BD, Ver Halen JP, Grant DW, Kim JY. “Anesthesia duration as an independent risk factor for postoperative complications in free flap surgery: a review of 1,305 surgical cases.” Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery 2014 May; 30(4):217-26.
  21. Kim BD, Ver Halen JP, Mlodinow AS, Kim JYS. “Intraoperative transfusion of packed red blood cells in microvascular free tissue transfer patients: Assessment of 30-day morbidity using the NSQIP dataset.” J Reconstr Microsurg. 2014 Feb;30(2):103-14.
  22. Mioton LM, Buck DW, Rambachan A, Ver Halen J, Dumanian GA, Kim JYS. “Predictors of readmission after outpatient plastic surgery.” Plast Reconstr Surg. 2014 Jan;133(1):173-80.
  23. Mlodinow AS, Ver Halen JP, Lim S, Nguyen KT, Gaido JA, Kim JY. “Predictors of readmission after breast reconstruction: A multi-institutional anaylsis of 5012 patients.” Ann Plast Surg. 2013 Oct;71(4):335-41.
  24. Konofaos P, Soto-Miranda MA, Ver Halen JP, Fleming JC. “Supratrochlear and supraorbital nerves: An anatomical study and applications in the head and neck area.”  Ophthal Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Sep-Oct;29(5):403-8.
  25. Soto-Miranda MA, Sandoval JA, Rao B, Neel M, Krasin M, Spunt S, Jenkins JJ, Davidoff JJ, Ver Halen JP. “Surgical treatment of pediatric desmoids tumors. A 12-year, single-center experience.” Ann Surg Oncol 2013 Oct;20(11):3384-90.
  26. Mlodinow A, Ver Halen JP, Rambachan A, Gaido J, Kim J. “Anemia is not a predictor of free flap failure: A review of NSQIP data.” Microsurgery. 2013 Sep;33(6):432-8.
  27. Konofaos P, Hammond S, Ver Halen J, Samant S. "Reconstructive techniques in transoral robotic surgery for head and neck cancer: A North American survey."  Plast Reconstr Surg. 2013 Feb;131(2):188e-197e.
  28. Konofaos P, Ver Halen JP.  "Nerve repair by Means of Tubulization: Past, Present, Future." J Reconstr Microsurg. 2013 Mar;29(3):149-64.
  29. Parks J, Kath M, Gabrick K, Ver Halen JP. “Nanotechnology applications in plastic and reconstructive surgery: A review.”  Plast Surg Nurs. 2012 Oct-Dec;32(4):156-64.
  30. Konofaos P, Ver Halen J, Neel M.  “A novel magnetically-activated, fully implantable device for bone transport in long bones.  Description of device, and two cases.”  Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Sep;130(3):418e-22e.
  31. Ver Halen J. “A Prospective Cohort Study of Fibula Free Flap Donor-Site Morbidity in 157 Consecutive Patients.”  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2012 June; 129(6):1007e-1008e.
  32. Samant M, Chang EI, Petrungaro J, Ver Halen JP, Yu P, Skoracki RJ, Chang DW.  “Reconstruction of massive oncologic defects following extremity amputation: a 10-year experience.” Annals of Plastic Surgery, 2012 May; 68(5):467-71.
  33. Ver Halen J, Skoracki R, Yu P, Chang DW. “Reconstruction of massive oncologic defects with free fillet flaps.” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2010 Mar; 125(3):913-22.
  34. Ver Halen J, Yu P. “Reconstruction of extensive groin defects with contralateral anterolateral thigh- vastus lateralis muscle flaps.” Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2010 Mar; 125(3):130e-3e.
  35. Hopper R, VerHalen J, Tepper O, Mehrara B, Detch R, Chang E, Baharestani S, Simon B, Gurtner G.  “Osteoblasts stimulated with pulsed electromagnetic fields increase HUVEC proliferation via a VEGF-independent mechanism.” Bioelectromagnetics April 2009 30:189-197.
  36. Jensen AR, Klein MB, Ver Halen JP, Wright AS, Horvath KD.  “Skin Flaps and Grafts:  A Primer for the National Technical Skills Curriculum Advanced Tissue Handling Module.” Journal of Surgical Education 2008 65:191-9.
  37. Wang H, VerHalen J, Madariaga ML, Xiang S, Wang S, Lan P, Oldenborg P, Sykes M, Yang YG. “Attenuation of Phagocytosis of Xenogeneic Cells by Manipulating CD47.”  Blood 2007 109:836-42.
  38. Movassaghi K, VerHalen J, Ganchi P, Amin-Hanjani S, Mesa J, Yaremchuk MJ. “Cranioplasty with subcutaneously preserved autologous bone grafts.”  Plast Reconstr Surg 2006 117:202-6.
  39. Yang YG, Chen AM, Garrett LJ, Sergio JJ, Theodore P, Awwad M, VerHalen J, Bodine DM, Sachs DH, Sykes M.  "Development and analysis of transgenic mice expressing porcine hematopoietic cytokines:  A model for achieving porcine hematopoietic chimerism across an extensive xenogeneic barrier."  Xenotransplantation 2000 7:58-64.
  40. Lazareff JA, Peacock W, Holly L, Ver Halen J, Wong A, Olmstead C.  “Multiple Shunt Failures: An Analysis of Relevant Factors.”  Child’s Nervous System 1998 Jun; 14(6):271-5.
  41. Non-Refereed Papers
  42. Ver Halen J.  “Entering the modern era of surgical training; or, Learn by doing… Just not on me!!!”  PRSonally Speaking (official blog of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery), Oct 25 2012.
  43. Ver Halen J.  “SPY: Sour Grapes, the Elephant in the Room, and Desire.” PRSonally Speaking (official blog of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery), June 27, 2012.
  44. Ver Halen J.  Comment on “Beyond Working Hours, Part I and II.”  PRSonally Speaking (official blog of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery), June 2012.
  45. Ver Halen JP.  “Microvascular surgery gives patients reconstructive options.”  Physicians Practice, November 2009.
  46. VerHalen J.  “Achievement of porcine hematopoesis in mice without genetic manipulation.”  Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology Thesis for MD Degree, 2002.


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