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Jon-Paul Pepper, MD
Assistant Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery
CHP 204M 1540 Alcazar Street Health Sciences Campus Los Angeles
+1 323 442 5790


Dr. Pepper specializes in reconstructive surgery of the face, in particular the restoration of movement to the paralyzed face. He has published many detailed descriptions of facial plastic surgery, including the reconstruction of the face after skin cancer removal, facelift techniques, and rhinoplasty techniques, among others.

He completed both his residency and fellowship at the University of Michigan, and was honored to receive the top board score in the nation on the American Board of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery examination in 2013. For this accomplishment, he was given the Jack R. Anderson Award for Scholastic Achievement.

His research seeks to harness the power of skin-derived stem cells to improve the treatment of facial paralysis. He is also exploring the role of novel electrical stimulation protocols in speeding recovery after facial nerve injury. He has conducted award-winning research at Stanford, Harvard, Michigan and the National Institutes of Health, and has several active research grants that support his work. Dr. Pepper’s goal is to bring together his experience and expertise on his patient’s behalf, and to do so in a caring and understandable manner.


Anderson Prize

University of California, Irvine: Alpha Omega Alpha

Anderson Prize


Wang TV, Delaney S, Pepper JP. Current state of stem cell-mediated therapies for facial nerve injury. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2016 Aug; 24(4):285-93. View in: PubMed

Pepper JP, Baker SR. Transcutaneous lower blepharoplasty with fat transposition. Clin Plast Surg. 2015 Jan; 42(1):57-62. View in: PubMed

Gallagher KK, Spector ME, Pepper JP, McKean EL, Marentette LJ, McHugh JB. Esthesioneuroblastoma: updating histologic grading as it relates to prognosis. Ann Otol Rhinol Laryngol. 2014 May; 123(5):353-8. View in: PubMed

Pepper JP, Baker SR. Local flaps: cheek and lip reconstruction. JAMA Facial Plast Surg. 2013 Sep-Oct; 15(5):374-82. View in: PubMed

Pepper JP, Moyer JS. Upper blepharoplasty: the aesthetic ideal. Clin Plast Surg. 2013 Jan; 40(1):133-8. View in: PubMed

Sepehr A, Mathew PJ, Pepper JP, Karimi K, Devcic Z, Karam AM. The Persian woman's face: a photogrammetric analysis. Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2012 Jun; 36(3):687-91. View in: PubMed

Pepper JP, Asaria J, Kim JC, Baker SR, Moyer JS. Patient assessment of psychosocial dysfunction following nasal reconstruction. Plast Reconstr Surg. 2012 Feb; 129(2):430-7. View in: PubMed

Pepper JP, Hecht SL, Gebarski SS, Lin EM, Sullivan SE, Marentette LJ. Olfactory groove meningioma: discussion of clinical presentation and surgical outcomes following excision via the subcranial approach. Laryngoscope. 2011 Nov; 121(11):2282-9. View in: PubMed

Pepper JP, Kupfer RA, McHugh JB, Hogikyan ND. Histopathologic findings and clinical manifestations in a patient with dysphonia and vocal fold involvement by systemic sclerosis. Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2011 Aug; 137(8):816-9. View in: PubMed

Pepper JP, Baker SR. The cephalic tuck procedure. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2011 May-Jun; 13(3):213. View in: PubMed

Pepper JP, Baker SR. The autospreader flap in reduction rhinoplasty. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2011 May-Jun; 13(3):172. View in: PubMed

Pepper JP, Lin EM, Sullivan SE, Marentette LJ. Perioperative lumbar drain placement: an independent predictor of tension pneumocephalus and intracranial complications following anterior skull base surgery. Laryngoscope. 2011 Mar; 121(3):468-73. View in: PubMed

Garg R, Schalch P, Pepper JP, Nguyen QA. Osteomyelitis of the hard palate secondary to actinomycosis: a case report. Ear Nose Throat J. 2011 Mar; 90(3):E11-2. View in: PubMed

Pepper JP, Baker SR. SMAS flap rhytidectomy. Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2011 Mar-Apr; 13(2):108. View in: PubMed

Pepper JP, McKeever P, Gebarski S, Spector M, Thompson BG, Arts HA. Angioleiomyoma of the internal auditory canal: clinical and radiographic features. Otol Neurotol. 2010 Dec; 31(9):1451-4. View in: PubMed

Asaria J, Pepper JP, Baker SR. Key issues in nasal reconstruction. Curr Opin Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2010 Aug; 18(4):278-82. View in: PubMed

Pepper JP, Wadhwa AK, Tsai F, Shibuya T, Wong BJ. Cavernous carotid injury during functional endoscopic sinus surgery: case presentations and guidelines for optimal management. Am J Rhinol. 2007 Jan-Feb; 21(1):105-9. View in: PubMed

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