Dr. Jon Ver Halen

The Founder

Dr. Jon Ver Halen is a distinguished plastic surgeon practicing in Dallas, Texas. He graduated summa cum laude from UCLA in 1997 with dual bachelor’s degrees in biochemistry and English. Dr. Ver Halen went on to earn his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 2002.

After completing his general surgery residency at the University of Washington, Dr. Ver Halen finished his plastic surgery residency training back at the University of Washington in 2008. He then completed an advanced fellowship in microvascular surgery at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Throughout his illustrious career, Dr. Ver Halen has held faculty appointments at leading medical institutions including the University of Tennessee, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Vanderbilt University, and Texas A&M University.

Dr. Ver Halen is recognized internationally for his surgical expertise and research accomplishments. He has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and received numerous honors and awards, including the Patient’s Choice Award and Excellence in Teaching Award.

In addition to his thriving surgical practice, Dr. Ver Halen is committed to training the next generation of physicians. The scholarship established in his name reflects his dedication to supporting students who exhibit compassion, academic excellence, and a drive to advance the field of medicine.

Outside of work, Dr. Ver Halen is an active volunteer and philanthropist. He serves on the boards of several nonprofits and donates his time and surgical skills to patients in need. Dr. Ver Halen lives in Dallas with his wife and two children.


Professional Credentials

Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry, University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) – 1997
  • Bachelor of Arts in English, UCLA – 1997
  • Medical Doctor, Harvard Medical School – 2002
  • General Surgery Residency, University of Washington – 2002-2005
  • Plastic Surgery Residency, University of Washington – 2005-2008
  • Microvascular Surgery Fellowship, MD Anderson Cancer Center – 2008-2009
  • Clinical Research Certificate, University of Tennessee – 2010-2011

Professional Experience

  • Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery, University of Tennessee – 2009-2013
  • Associate Program Director, Plastic Surgery Residency, University of Tennessee
  • Staff Plastic Surgeon, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • Chair of Plastic Surgery, Baptist Medical Group – 2013-2015
  • Program Director, Baptist Medical Group Plastic Surgery Fellowship
  • Associate Professor of Surgery, Texas A&M University – 2015-2017
  • Fellowship Program Director, Texas A&M University
  • Private Practice Plastic Surgeon, Ver Halen Aesthetics and Plastic Surgery – 2017-Present

Thank you for your interest in this scholarship honoring an exceptional physician. To apply or learn more, please visit the apply page.

The Dr. Jon Ver Halen Scholarship supports students who embody the values that define Dr. Ver Halen’s career – academic excellence, compassion, service, and commitment to advancing the field of medicine.

We wish you the best in your educational and professional pursuits as you follow in Dr. Ver Halen’s footsteps to become our next generation of dedicated medical providers.


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