The Journey of Dr. Cheng

Say Goodbye to Compression Garments after Dr. Cheng’s Lymphedema Microsurgery

Ming-Huei Cheng MD

Winner of the Godina Travel Fellow of American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery award, Ming-Huei Cheng MD, MBA, FACS, is a board-certified plastic surgeon specialized in reconstructive microsurgery. He finished a combined microsurgical and research fellowship at Department of Plastic Surgery, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas in 1999. He is a member of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery since 2003, a fellow of the American College of Surgeons since 2009, an international member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons since 2012 and became an Adjunct Professor of the Department of Plastic Surgery at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA in 2017.

Dr. Cheng is listed among the most sought-after surgeons in the reconstructive microsurgery field. He has performed more than 2,000 microsurgical cases including head and neck reconstructions, and breast reconstructions, extremity reconstructions, extracranial-intracranial arterial bypasses, lymphovenous anastomosis and vascularized lymph node flap transfers. With nearly 400 surgical operations, Dr. Cheng holds the world record for successfully treating the greatest number of lymphedema patients using vascularized lymph node transfers. His innovative and unique surgical methods have gained him global recognition and praise, attracting innumerable surgical medical scholars and patients alike from as close as Korea, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore, and as far as North and South America, the Middle East and Europe.

Dr. Cheng has received numerous honors and awards locally and Internationally internationally including: 2017 Best Chart Records, Best Papers, National Science Council Researcher Awards, and Outstanding Alumni at Chung Shan Medical University and Chang Gung University in Taiwan and William A. Zamboni Visiting Professor of the American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery in the U.S. He has been invited to more than 20 medical centers and schools as a visiting professor in the United States and Europe to train other physicians since 2006. He has authored 30 book chapters, 190 peer-reviewed papers, and edited the lymphedema textbook (Principles and Practice of Lymphedema Surgery).

Dr. Cheng held various leading administrative and academic positions over his career. He was the former President and Vice President at Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan. He currently is the Professor of Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and Chief of Center for Tissue Engineering at this hospital. He is the founder and President of the Asian Society for Breast Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery since 2015, and is the Member-At-Large of the World Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery since 2017. He is an Editorial Board Member of the following trade magazines: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Annals of Surgical Oncology, Microsurgery, Annals of Plastic Surgery, Taiwan Society of Plastic Surgery, International Journal of Head and Neck Science and Journal of Surgical Oncology.

Academic Achievements

Dr. Cheng’s peer-reviewed research papers of upper limb lymphedema, “Vascularized groin lymph node transfer using the wrist as a recipient site for management of postmastectomy upper extremity lymphedema”, “Vascularized groin lymph node flap transfer for postmastectomy upper limb lymphedema: The anatomy, mechanism and outcomes”, “The mechanism of vascularized lymph node transfer for lymphedema – Natural lymphatico-Venous Drainage” were all published in the leading journal of plastic surgery, Journal of Plastic Reconstructive Surgery.

The article “A Novel Approach to the Treatment of Lower Extremity Lymphedema by Transferring a Vascularized Submental Lymph Node Flap to the Ankle” by Dr. Cheng was published in another leading journal of gynecology, “Gynecologic Oncology” in 2012.

Dr. Cheng has been recently invited to contribute chapters to six different medical books, including “Perforator Flaps: Anatomy, Technique, and Clinical Applications 2E” edited by Drs. Blondeel, Morris, Hallock, and Neligan as well as “Operative Microsurgery: Upper and Lower Extremities” edited by Boyd and Jones.

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