Getting to Know Dr. Jon Ver Halen

Dr. Jon Ver Halen is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon  with Baptist Medical Group  Surgical Oncology. Ver Halen says his practice is focused on cancer reconstruction in adults and kids. He also conducts a lot of research, delivers talks on his work, and serves on several national committees.

Hometown: Los Angeles, Ca.
Family: Married, with family in Southern California, Arizona and Texas. No kids, yet, but we have three dogs and a pot-bellied pig!
Education: Harvard Medical School, graduated in 2002; University of Washington plastic surgery residency, graduated in 2008; MD Anderson Fellow, graduated in 2009; and junior faculty clinical instructor
Fellow of American College of Surgeons, Memphis Medical Society/Tennessee Medical Association, American Society of Plastic Surgeons, American Society for Reconstructive Microsurgery
Specialty: Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

What are some benefits of working with Baptist?
I wanted to work with a top-notch team to develop a regional cancer center and the Baptist institution is behind this effort 100 percent. We can work together to improve cancer care for the entire region.

What do you enjoy doing outside of your job?
Spending time with family and friends. We are also (very) amateur triathletes.

Who or what inspired you to pursue a medical degree?
My father, who always wanted to be a physician.

What is a highlight of your career?
Every day, I get to work with an excellent team of physicians to give adult and pediatric patients with cancer a chance to lead a normal life.

In what cities, states and countries have you worked?
Los Angeles, Boston, Seattle, Houston, Peru, Tanzania, Mount Kilamanjaro, Japan, and now, Memphis!

What would you like your Baptist colleagues to know about you?
I am super excited to work with you!