Neil F. Jones, M.D. Professor of Orthopedic Surgery
Director, UC Irvine Hand Center
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Dr. Jones clinical practice focuses exclusively on Hand Surgery and Reconstructive
Hand Surgery in adults and children
Nerve Surgery in the upper limb
Dr. Jones has extensive expertise in:
Minimally invasive surgery for Dupuytren's Contracture
Endoscopic Carpal Tunnel Release
Revision Carpal Tunnel Surgery
Nerve Injuries: microsurgical repair and reconstruction
Degenerative and Rheumatoid Arthritis of the wrist and
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.
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
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
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
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.
Oxford University, 1974
General Surgery- Oxford University
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery- University of Michigan
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
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
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
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
He is currently the Vice President of the American Society for Surgery
of the Hand.
Fellow Royal College of Surgeons
American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand
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
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
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
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
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:
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,
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,