Neil F. Jones, M.D.
Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Director, UC Irvine Hand Center

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Dr. Jones CV

 

Clinical Specialty
Dr. Jones clinical practice focuses exclusively on Hand Surgery and Reconstructive Microsurgery.

  • Hand Surgery in adults and children
  • Wrist Surgery
  • Nerve Surgery in the upper limb
  • Reconstructive Microsurgery

Clinical Interests:
Dr. Jones has extensive expertise in:

  • Minimally invasive surgery for Dupuytren's Contracture
  • Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release
  • Revision Carpal Tunnel Surgery
  • Wrist Fractures
  • Nerve Injuries: microsurgical repair and reconstruction
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Degenerative and Rheumatoid Arthritis of the wrist and hand
  • Hand Deformities in Children

He has unparalleled experience in reconstruction of children's hand deformities with microsurgical toe-to-hand transfers and complex microsurgical reconstruction of the forearm, wrist, and hand.

Research Interests
The main emphasis of Dr. Jones basic science research is on Hand Transplantation and Nerve Transplantation and clinical research in microsurgical Toe-to-Hand transfers in children and adults.

He has authored 200 scientific papers and 40 book chapters and has given over 550 presentations at national and international meetings.

Background
Dr. Jones graduated from Trinity College, Oxford University in 1971 and Oxford University Medical School in 1974. He trained in general surgery in England becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. After completing a further residency in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Michigan from 1979-1981, he returned to England for a fellowship in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the Royal London Hospital and St. Bartholomew's Hospital in 1982, followed by a second fellowship in Orthopedic Hand Surgery and Microsurgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston and Harvard Medical School in 1983.

He was appointed Assistant Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh in 1984 and became Associate Professor and Chief of Hand Surgery and Microsurgery in 1989.

Dr. Jones was recruited to become Chief of Hand Surgery at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles and Director of the UCLA Hand Surgery Fellowship in 1993 with a dual appointment as Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in the UCLA School of Medicine.

After 15 years as Professor and Chief of Hand Surgery at UCLA Medical Center, he moved to become Professor and Chief of Hand Surgery at UC Irvine in 2008 and Director of the UC Irvine Fellowship in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery.

Medical Degree
Oxford University, 1974

Residency
General Surgery- Oxford University
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery- University of Michigan

Fellowship
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery:
Royal London Hospital and St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London, England
Orthopedic Hand Surgery and Microsurgery:
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston and Harvard Medical School

Awards
Dr. Jones is recognized nationally and internationally as a hand surgeon and microsurgeon and has been recognized as one of the "Best Doctors in America" for both hand surgery and for microsurgery in every edition since 1992.

He has been a Visiting Professor at more than 35 universities and hospitals, including the Kazanjian lecturer at Harvard University; the Richard Smith lecturer at Massachusetts General Hospital; the Barwick lecturer at Duke University; the Robert Ivy professor at the University of Pennsylvania; the Lawrence Schneider lecturer at Thomas Jefferson University and the Joseph Boyes lecturer at USC.

Dr. Jones has been the keynote speaker for:

  • Canadian Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Taiwan Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Taiwan Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Korean Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Korean Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • British Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Indian Association of Plastic Surgeons
  • Korean Society of Microsurgery
  • Japanese Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
  • Swiss Society for Surgery of the Hand
  • Chinese Microsurgery Society

He has been an associate editor of the Journal of Hand Surgery.
 
Dr. Jones was the President of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery 2008-2009. He is currently the President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand 2015-2016.

  • The Best Doctors in America, Woodward White 1992 - 2016 - cited for hand surgery and microsurgery
  • America’s Top Doctors, Castle Connolly 2016 - hand surgery
  • America’s Top Doctors for 15 years 2000 - 2016, Castle Connolly - hand surgery
  • Best Doctors in Los Angeles 2016 - hand surgery
  • Physician of Excellence Orange County Medical Association 2016 - hand surgery
  • Orange Coast Top Doctors 2016 - hand surgery
  • Super Doctors of Southern California Hall of Fame 2006-2016

Board Certifications
Fellow Royal College of Surgeons
American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand

Latest News...

June 2016
Dr. Jones was an invited speaker at the Federation of European Societies for Surgery of the Hand (FESSH) meeting in Santander, Spain and spoke on “Major hand trauma in children” and “Post-traumatic reconstruction of the thumb and fingers in children.”

April 2016
Dr. Jones was one of the keynote speakers at the European Masters in Microsurgery of the Upper Extremity Course in Florence, Italy and gave presentations on “Toe-to-hand transfers in adults and children,” “Nerve grafting – indications and surgical techniques” and “Congenital anomalies of the hand.”

April 2016
Dr. Jones was the Visiting Professor in the Department of Hand Surgery at the University of Modena, Italy and spoke on “Microsurgical reconstruction of the hand in children” and “Failed carpal tunnel surgery.”

March 2016
Dr. Jones was an invited speaker for the Combined Meeting of the Australian Hand Surgery Society and the American Society for Surgery of the Hand in Sydney, Australia and gave presentations on “Microsurgical reconstruction of the hypoplastic thumb” and “Long-term followup of Pyrocarbon arthroplasty of the thumb carpometacarpal joint.”

2015
Dr. Jones was one of two editors of the major textbook on microsurgery.
Operative Microsurgery. Boyd JB, Jones NF. McGraw Hill Education, New York.

November 2015
Dr. Jones travelled to Cambodia along with six other hand surgeons from Australia and Thailand to provide hand surgery services to children and adults in Phnom Penh. The team taught over 50 surgeons in the first practical course in Cambodia on “Techniques in Hand Surgery.” In addition, Dr. Jones gave presentations to the Cambodian Society for Surgery on “The mangled hand – strategies for evaluation and management” and “Soft tissue coverage of hand and upper limb injuries.”

June 2014
Dr. Jones was an invited speaker for the inaugural Jesse B. Jupiter International Hand Forum in Boston and gave presentations on “Combined injuries,” “Scaphoid non-union” and “Radial tunnel and pronator syndromes.”

May 2014
Dr. Jones was the Keynote Speaker at the Chinese Microsurgery Society forum in Xian, China and spoke on “Indications for reconstruction of congenital hand anomalies with toe-to-hand transfers.”

April 2014
Dr. Jones was one of the Keynote Speakers at the European Federation of Microsurgical Societies meeting in Barcelona, Spain and gave a presentation entitled “Pediatric microsurgery.”

August 2013
Along with 4 other surgeons, Dr. Jones travelled to Cambodia on a mission to reconstruct both hand injuries in adults and children born with hand deformities. He also taught 26 Cambodian surgeons in the first course on microsurgery held in Cambodia at Sihanouk Hospital Center for HOPE in Phnom Penh.

Recent publications include:

  • Jones NF, Machado G. Tendon transfers for reconstruction of radial, median and ulnar nerve injuries – Current surgical techniques. Clinics in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 38: 621, 2011.
  • Jones NF, Ahn HC, Eo SR. Revision surgery for persistent and recurrent carpal tunnel syndrome and for failed carpal tunnel release. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 129: 683-692, 2012.
  • Lee H, Eo SR, Cho S, Jones NF. The surgical release of Dupuytren’s contracture using multiple transverse incisions. Archives of Plastic Surgery 39; 426-430 2012.
  • Jones NF, Jupiter JB, Lalonde DH. Common fractures and dislocations of the hand. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 130: 722-736, 2012.
  • Woodward JF, Heller JB, Jones NF. PyroCarbon implant hemiarthroplasty for trapeziometacarpal arthritis. Techniques in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery 17: 7-12, 2013.
  • Jones NF, Kaplan J. Indications for toe-to-hand transfers for reconstruction of congenital anomalies of the hand. Hand 8: 367-374, 2013.

Recent book chapters include:

  • Hansen S, Jones NF. Silastic MCP and PIP joint arthroplasty. In: Arthritis of the Wrist and Hand. American Society for Surgery of the Hand, 2012.
  • Jones NF. Tendon transfers. In: Converse’s Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Neligan P(Ed). Elsevier, Philadelphia, PA, 2012.
  • Jones NF. “Toe-to-hand transfers for congenital anomalies of the hand.” In: The Art of Microsurgical Hand Reconstruction. Slutsky DJ (Ed). Thieme, New York, 2013.