Jon-Paul Pepper

Assistant Professor
Jon-Paul Pepper, MD

Areas of treatment:

Facial Paralysis
Nasal Reconstruction
Facial rejuvenation
Facial reconstruction


  • Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery


  • Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


  • English
  • Spanish

Jon-Paul Pepper, MD

Assistant Professor

Practicing location:

  • USC Healthcare Center 4

About this doctor:

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.


BS, Neuroscience, Brown University, 1999
MD, University of California, Irvine School of Medicine, 2007


University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI, 2007-2008


University of Michigan Hospital, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, 2008 - 2012


University of Michigan Hospital, Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, 2012-2013

Professional society memberships:

American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery


2013 Anderson Prize
Alpha Omega Alpha, University of California, Irvine