Dr. Nicholas Leonardi comes to the Plastic Surgery Group after completing his Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis.   

After graduating from Houston High School in Germantown, he returned to the Midwest where he was raised for his undergraduate, medical school, and general surgery training prior to returning to Memphis in order to be closer to family and friends. Dr. Leonardi dual-majored in undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he earned Bachelor of Science degrees in Zoology as well as History of Science, Medicine, & Technology.   

During his time in Madison, he was a founding member of the UW Waterski Team, on which he was a former record holder and won National Collegiate Team of the Year honors.  He was also elected the Great Plains Conference Delegate for the Midwest Collegiate Waterski Association.   After his undergraduate studies, he secured an Associate Research Specialist position investigating gene pathways in prostate cancer development with the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics prior to attending medical school at the Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine.   

During medical school, Dr. Leonardi received the Illinois Health Education Consortium Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion Program Scholarship in which he developed strong skills in cultural competency and medical Spanish proficiency.  He subsequently completed a five-year residency in General Surgery at the University of Illinois Metropolitan Group Hospitals where he was Administrative Chief Resident and was awarded the Vijay Maker, MD Award for Academic Excellence in General Surgery in addition to numerous other accolades.  

Along the way, Dr. Leonardi has enjoyed volunteerism with United Cerebral Palsy of the Mid-South and his work with the Wisconsin Early Autism Project.  He met his wonderfully supportive wife, Amy, and had two beautiful children, Cooper and Lilly, with whom he enjoys spending time.  

Dr. Leonardi is board-certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He continues his commitment to lifelong learning and contribution to the field of Plastic Surgery with his involvement in institutional review board approved clinical research.  He takes an interest in all aspects of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery in both the pediatric and adult population, but has a particular focus in hair restoration and cosmetic breast and body contouring.

Curriculum Vitae


Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine
Downers Grove, IL
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine 2003-2007

University of Wisconsin- Madison
Madison, WI
Bachelor of Science in Zoology 1998-2002
Bachelor of Science in History of Science, Medicine, and Technology 1998-2002

Postgraduate Training

University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, TN

Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Resident 2012 – 2015

University of Illinois Metropolitan Group Hospitals
Chicago, IL

Administrative Chief Resident 2007 – 2012


The Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis
Plastic Surgeon 2015 – present

University of Wisconsin Dept. of Surgery/Division of Urology Madison, WI
Associate Research Specialist 2002 – 2003

Faculty Appointments

Assistant Professor of Plastic Surgery at University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center
Memphis, TN

2015– Present

Board Certification, Licensure, and Memberships

American Board of Plastic Surgery, 2016-present

American Board of Surgery, 2013-present

Tennessee medical license, 2015-present

Illinois medical license, 2010-present

American Society of Plastic Surgeons, 2012-present

Memphis and Shelby County Medical Society, 2015-present

Tennessee Medical Association, 2015-present

Publications and Presentations

“Illicit Cosmetic Silicone Injection: A Recent Reiteration of History.”
Leonardi NR, Compoginis JM, Luce EA. Annals of Plastic Surgery. 2016 Oct;77(4):485-90.

University of Tennessee Health Sciences Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds- “Defects of the Perineum and Pelvic Floor”, 2015

“Illicit Cosmetic Silicone Injection: History Repeating Itself.” Vanderbilt Thuss Lecture and Annual Meeting of the J.B. Lynch Society and Tennessee Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 2014

University of Tennessee Health Sciences Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds- “Fingertip Injuries”, 2013

“Postoperative acute appendicitis after laparoscopic gastric band placement.”
Leonardi NR, Lutfi RE. Surgery of Obesity and Related Diseases. 2012 Jul-Aug;8(4):e49-51.

Certifications and Conferences

Plastic Surgery: The Meeting (American Society of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting), 2015, 2016

Hair Transplant 360 Workshop (Comprehensive Hair Transplant Course and FUE Hands-on Cadaver Workshop), St. Louis University, 2015

American Association of Plastic Surgeons Annual Meeting, 2015

15th International Course on Perforator Flaps (New York University School of Medicine) 2013

Basic Maxillofacial Principles and Techniques, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (Northwestern University) 2012

American Academy of Cosmetic Surgery Annual Meeting, 2012

Trained in facial fillers, neurotoxins, non-surgical submental fat treatment (Kybella), and injectables for hand rejuvenation

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