Dr. Neil Jones is a hand surgeon and microsurgeon at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. He is a Distinguished Professor of Orthopedic Surgery and Distinguished Professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is nationally and internationally renowned for complex hand surgery and microsurgical reconstruction, with a major interest in tendon transfers, nerve repairs, toe-to-hand transfers and microsurgical reconstruction of the upper extremity.
Dr. Jones received his medical degree from Oxford University Medical School and trained in general surgery, neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery in England, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons (FRCS). After completing a residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the University of Michigan, he returned to London, England for a fellowship in plastic and reconstructive surgery at the Royal London Hospital; followed by a second fellowship in orthopedic hand surgery and microsurgery at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. He received his undergraduate degree from Trinity College, Oxford University.
Dr. Jones served as Chief of Hand Surgery at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for 15 years 1993-2008 and Director of the UCLA Hand Surgery-Microsurgery fellowship program.
Prior to returning to UCLA Health, he was Chief of Hand Surgery and Director of the Hand Surgery-Microsurgery fellowship program at the University of California Irvine Medical Center 2008-2018 and Chief of Hand Surgery and Co-Director of the Hand Surgery-Microsurgery fellowship program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center 1986-1993.
He is a consultant in hand surgery and microsurgery at Shriners Hospital for Children Los Angeles and Children’s Hospital of Orange County.
Dr. Jones has authored over 270 refereed journal articles and book chapters related to hand surgery and microsurgery and has given over 700 presentations at national and international conferences; as a visiting professor at universities and hospitals in the United States and around the world; and as the keynote speaker at international hand surgery and microsurgery conferences.
He has edited two books “Microsurgical Reconstruction of the Upper Extremity - Current State of the Art” and “Operative Microsurgery.”
Dr. Jones is passionately involved in global surgery, providing his expertise in hand surgery and microsurgery to children and adults in humanitarian missions to Cambodia, China, India, Jordan, Myanmar, Nepal and Vietnam; and most recently in the Bambinos Gesu children’s hospital in the Vatican.
Dr. Jones was elected President of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand 2015-2016 and President of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery 2008-2009.
Dr. Jones has extensive experience in treating children with congenital hand deformities (birth defects) such as:
- Syndactyly - webbed fingers
- Polydactyly - duplicated thumbs, extra fingers
- Absent thumbs - pollicization
- Absent fingers
- Amniotic band / constriction ring syndrome
- Microsurgical toe-to-hand transfers
Medical Board Certification
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center
UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital
Areas of Focus
- Yoon AP, Jones NF. Interdigitating rectangular flaps and dorsal pentagonal island flap for syndactyly release. Journal of Hand Surgery (Am) 44: 288, 2019.
- Jones NF, Clune J. Thumb amputations in children: Classification and reconstruction by microsurgical toe transfers. Journal of Hand Surgery (Am) 44: 2019.
- Jones NF. Presidential address: "Teaching hands - Pass it on." Journal of Hand Surgery 43: 591, 2018.
- Woodward JF, Heller JB, Jones NF. PyroCarbon implant hemiarthroplasty for trapeziometacarpal arthritis. Techniques in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery 17: 7, 2013.
- Jones NF, Jupiter JB, Lalonde DH. Common fractures and dislocations of the hand. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery 130: 722, 2012.
- 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, 2012.
- 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.
- Shin EK, Jones NF. Minimally invasive technique for release of Dupuytren's contracture: segmental fasciectomy through multiple transverse incisions.
Hand 6: 256, 2011.
- Jones NF, Lister G. Skin and composite flaps.
In: Green's Operative Hand Surgery, 8th edition. Elsevier, Philadelphia, 2022.
- Jones NF. Toe-to-hand transfers for congenital anomalies of the hand. In: Operative Microsurgery. Boyd JB, Jones NF (Eds), McGraw Hill Education, New York 2015.
- Best Doctors in America - cited for hand surgery and microsurgery every year since 1993
- America’s Top Doctors
- Southern California Super Doctors Hall of Fame greater than 15 years
- Los Angeles Magazine Top Doctors
- Southern California Magazine Top Doctors
- Janie S. Benner Memorial Spirit Award, National Scleroderma Foundation 2006.
- Summer L. Koch Award, American Society for Surgery of the Hand 1998. “Basic research most likely to result in a clinical advance in hand surgery.”
- Summer L. Koch Award, American Society for Surgery of the Hand 1997. “Basic research most likely to result in a clinical advance in hand surgery.”
- Summer L. Koch Award, American Society for Surgery of the Hand 1992. “Basic research most likely to result in a clinical advance in hand surgery.”