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Jonathan I. Leckenby, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.

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Dr. Leckenby was educated at Eton College, Windsor UK and completed his undergraduate bachelor's degree in basic medical science and advanced human anatomy at King's College, London. After studying at St. Georges Hospital Medical School, University of London he graduated in 2006 and completed his junior surgical training in London. Dr. Leckenby began his specialist training in plastic surgery at the Royal Free Hospital, London in 2011 under the guidance of Professor Adriaan Grobbelaar where he was introduced to the highly specialized area of facial palsy surgery and developed a passion for learning the skills required to treat this challenging patient population. Dr. Leckenby secured funding to study the process of nerve regeneration formally and worked in Professor Jeff Lichtman's lab at Harvard University as a Visiting Scholar, collecting data for his PhD postdoctoral thesis.

Dr. Leckenby pursued a further two years of sub-specialist training in facial palsy surgery and complex reconstructive microsurgery at Inselspital University Hospital of Bern, Switzerland. As part of the research team, he secured a Department of Defense grant to analyze the role the lymphatic system plays in vascularized composite allotransplantation in an effort to minimize immunosuppression requirements in face transplantation and was awarded the Swiss National Research Prize in 2016.

In 2017, having passed his European plastic surgery board examinations (EBOPRAS), Dr. Leckenby returned to London to complete a senior microsurgery fellowship concentrating on the treatment of facial paralysis. Under the mentorship of Professor Grobbelaar, he worked to publish on the topic widely and has helped pioneer a new technique for the reanimation of the paralyzed eye by transplanting one of the thinnest muscles in the body, the platysma. Dr. Leckenby joined the University of Rochester in May 2018 to establish a laboratory investigating peripheral and spinal nerve regeneration with three-dimensional electron microscopy. Ultimately, the aim is to take the lessons learned in the laboratory and translate the results into better outcomes for our patients; truly taking science from the bench to the bedside.


Post-doctoral Training & Residency

02/01/2017 - 03/17/2018
Fellowship in Microsurgery at Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine (England)

01/01/2015 - 12/31/2016
Fellowship in Plastic Surgery at Universitat Bern (Switzerland)

10/05/2011 - 12/31/2014
Residency in Plastic Surgery at Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine (England)

01/10/2008 - 05/04/2011
Residency in Surgery (General Surgery) at The London Hospital (England)

08/01/2007 - 08/31/2008
Internship in Surgery (General Surgery) at Health Education England (West Midlands)

08/01/2006 - 07/31/2007
Internship in Surgery (General Surgery) at Health Education England (West Midlands)

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2019 - 2020
Pilot Project of the CMSR P30 Center Grant
Sponsor: Center for Musculoskeletal Research
Location: URMC

2016 - 2016
Sponsor: Swiss Society of Plastic Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery

Aesthetic Prize
Sponsor: British Association of Plastic Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surg

Martin Kelly Prize
Sponsor: The Royal Society of Medicine, UK
Location: RSM, London, UK

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Journal Articles

Milek D, Echternacht SR, LaGuardia J, LaBarge D, Turpin L, Grobbelaar A, Leckenby JI. "Evaluation of peripheral nerve regeneration in Murphy Roths Large mouse strain following transection injury." Regenerative medicine.. 2022 Oct 18; Epub 2022 Oct 18.

Milek D, Reed LT, Echternacht SR, Shanmugarajah K, Cetrulo CL, Lellouch AG, Langstein HN, Leckenby JI. "A Systematic Review of the Reported Complications Related to Facial and Upper Extremity Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation." The Journal of surgical research.. 2022 Sep 23; 281:164-175. Epub 2022 Sep 23.

Lese I, Constantinescu MA, Leckenby JI, Zubler C, Alberts I, Hunger RE, Wartenberg J, Olariu R. "Transcutaneous sentinel lymph node detection in cutaneous melanoma with indocyanine green and near-infrared fluorescence: A diagnostic sensitivity study." Medicine.. 2022 Sep 9; 101(36):e30424.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Hemi-Facial Paralysis
Book Title: 'Oxford Case Histories in Plastic Surgery
Author List: Leckenby, JI. Grobbelaar, AO.
Published By: Oxford University Press 2016

Chapter Title: Bilateral Facial Paralysis
Book Title: Oxford Case Histories in Plastic Surgery
Author List: Leckenby, JI. Grobbelaar, AO.
Published By: Oxford University Press 2016

Chapter Title: Facial Reanimation
Book Title: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Author List: Leckenby, JI. Grobbelaar, AO
Published By: Wiley Publishers 2015