Jessica Ching

Jessica Ching, MD, FAAP

Assistant Professor


About Jessica Ching

Jessica A. Ching, MD, is an assistant professor in the division of plastic and reconstructive surgery at the UF College of Medicine.

Dr. Ching is the co-director of the University of Florida Craniofacial Center and leads a specialized velopharyngeal incompetence practice that evaluates children with speech problems caused when the velopharynx, located in the back of the mouth, does not work normally. She also works closely with Dr. Lance Governale, UF’s Chief of Pediatric Neurosurgery, to provide individualized care for patients with craniosynostosis.

Dr. Ching earned her medical degree from the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. She completed her plastic surgery residency at the University of South Florida and a craniofacial fellowship at The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto. 

Dr. Ching is trained in all aspects of plastic surgery, reconstructive and aesthetic. Her clinical focus will be general pediatric plastic surgery, cranial vault surgery, orthognathic surgery, cleft surgery and facial reconstruction. Her research interests are in craniosynostosis and psychosocial disabilities, as well as facial trauma.

She has authored several book chapters and articles in peer-reviewed medical journals, and she has presented her work at various professional conferences. She is also an invited expert for an international consensus panel on facial trauma in war and austere conditions.

Teaching Profile

Courses Taught
MDC7600 Surgery Clerkship
MDT7600 Elect Top/Surgery
MDT7090 Elective Topics

Clinical Profile

  • Surgery
  • Plastic Surgery
Areas of Interest
  • Cleft lip and palate
  • Cleft lip and palate repair
  • Corneal Neurotization
  • Craniosynostosis
  • Craniosynostosis repair
  • Facelift
  • Facial paralysis
  • Head and face reconstruction
  • Microtia
  • Pierre Robin sequence
  • Ptosis – infants and children
  • Rhinoplasty
  • Treacher Collins syndrome
  • Velopharyngeal Insufficiency


Pediatric craniosynostosis computed tomography: an institutional experience in reducing radiation dose while maintaining diagnostic image quality.
Pediatric radiology. 52(1):85-96 [DOI] 10.1007/s00247-021-05205-6. [PMID] 34731286.
Successful Microsurgical Scalp Replantation Utilizing Loupe Magnification.
The Journal of craniofacial surgery. 33(1):e46-e47 [DOI] 10.1097/SCS.0000000000007897. [PMID] 34967529.
Analgesic Efficacy of Intraoperative Nerve Blocks for Primary Palatoplasty.
The Journal of craniofacial surgery. 32(2):594-596 [DOI] 10.1097/SCS.0000000000006829. [PMID] 33704988.
Craniosynostosis Surgery for Increased Intracranial Pressure.
The Journal of craniofacial surgery. [DOI] 10.1097/SCS.0000000000008357. [PMID] 34732671.
The use of a noninvasive positive pressure system to facilitate tracheal intubation in a difficult pediatric airway: a case report.
Brazilian journal of anesthesiology (Elsevier). [DOI] 10.1016/j.bjane.2021.03.012. [PMID] 33887337.
Aging of the Adult Bony Orbit.
The Journal of craniofacial surgery. 31(4):1082-1085 [DOI] 10.1097/SCS.0000000000006311. [PMID] 32149982.
Markedly Elevated Intracranial Pressure Treated With Cranial Vault Expansion, Instead of CSF Shunting, in a Child With Hurler-Scheie Syndrome and Multiple Suture Craniosynostosis.
The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. 56(3):395-399 [DOI] 10.1177/1055665618777906. [PMID] 29791186.
Sleepy Preteen After Upper Airway Surgery.
Journal of clinical sleep medicine : JCSM : official publication of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. 15(2):359-361 [DOI] 10.5664/jcsm.7648. [PMID] 30736886.
A Simple Mandibular Distraction Protocol to Avoid Tracheostomy in Patients With Pierre Robin Sequence.
The Cleft palate-craniofacial journal : official publication of the American Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Association. 54(2):210-215 [DOI] 10.1597/14-211. [PMID] 26068388.
The impact of neoadjuvant hedgehog inhibitor therapy on the surgical treatment of extensive basal cell carcinoma.
Annals of plastic surgery. 74 Suppl 4:S193-7 [DOI] 10.1097/SAP.0000000000000452. [PMID] 25695449.
Estrogen treatment of acetic acid burns to the vagina, cervix, and perineum: a case report and review of the literature.
Journal of burn care & research : official publication of the American Burn Association. 35(5):e368-71 [DOI] 10.1097/BCR.0000000000000051. [PMID] 25144814.
Pure Orbital Floor Blow-in Fracture.
Eplasty. 13 [PMID] 23573345.
Levamisole-induced necrosis of skin, soft tissue, and bone: case report and review of literature.
Journal of burn care & research : official publication of the American Burn Association. 33(1):e1-5 [DOI] 10.1097/BCR.0b013e318233fc64. [PMID] 22051802.
The Bikini Inset: a reliable method for postradiation breast reconstruction with transverse rectus abdominis myocutaneous and free abdominal tissue transfer.
Annals of plastic surgery. 68(5):420-4 [DOI] 10.1097/SAP.0b013e31823cd892. [PMID] 22531394.
A simple device to teach tube thoracostomy.
The Journal of trauma. 70(6):1564-7 [DOI] 10.1097/TA.0b013e318213f5bc. [PMID] 21817995.


Feb 2022 ACTIVE
Summary of Patients Treated with the Curvilinear Distractor at University of Florida: A Retrospective Chart Review
Role: Principal Investigator


Fellowship – Craniofacial Surgery
2016 · Hospital for Sick Children – University of Toronto
Residency – Plastic Surgery
2015 · University of South Florida
Medical Degree
2009 · University of Texas
Bachelor of Science
2004 · Baylor University

Contact Details

Business Mailing:
PO Box 100138