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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 The Royal Free and University College Medical School, London

01/01/2015 - 12/31/2016
Fellowship in Plastic Surgery at University of Berne/Switzerland

10/05/2011 - 12/31/2014
Residency in Plastic Surgery at The Royal Free and University College Medical School, London

01/10/2008 - 05/04/2011
Residency in Surgery at London Hospital

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

08/01/2006 - 07/31/2007
Internship in 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

Bustos VP, Escandón JM, Santamaría E, Ciudad P, Forte AJ, Hernandez-Alejandro R, Leckenby JI, Langstein HN, Manrique OJ. "Abdominal Wall Vascularized Composite Allotransplantation: A Scoping Review." Journal of reconstructive microsurgery. 2021 Dec 14; Epub 2021 Dec 14.

Leckenby JI, Vögelin E. "Reply: A retrospective case series reporting the outcomes of Avance nerve allografts in the treatment of peripheral nerve injuries." Plastic and reconstructive surgery.. 2020 Nov 5; Epub 2020 Nov 05.

Lese I, Leclère FM, Gayanayake T, Taddeo A, Leckenby JI, Banz Y, Constantinescu MA, Vögelin E, Olariu R. "Regional Lymphatic Inclusion in Orthotopic Hindlimb Transplantation: Establishment and Assessment of Feasibility in a Rodent Model." . 2020 Sep 0; 6(9):e592. Epub 2020 Aug 12.

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