Dr. Leonardi was born and raised in the Midwest, though he is also a Memphian, having graduated from Houston High School in Germantown. He returned to his roots for undergraduate and medical school, as well as medical school and general surgical training, before heading back this way for Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery training at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center in Memphis. Once he completed this training, Dr. Leonardi decided to remain in the Midsouth to be closer to his friends and family. He’s still a lifelong Cubs fan, though!
Dr. Leonardi holds Bachelor of Science degrees in both Zoology and History of Science, Medicine, and Technology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. During his time in Madison, he helped found the UW Waterski Team, and was a former record holder who won National Collegiate Team of the Year honors. He was also elected the Great Plains Conference Delegate for the Midwest Collegiate Waterski Association.
After Dr. Leonardi completed his undergraduate studies, he was able to secure an Associate Research Specialist position with the University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, where he assisted in investigating gene pathways in prostate cancer development. As a medical student at the Midwestern University Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, he was a recipient of the Illinois Health Education Consortium Spanish Language and Cultural Immersion Program Scholarship. This allowed Dr. Leonardi to develop strong skills in cultural competency and medical Spanish proficiency.
Dr. Leonardi followed up this accomplishment with a five year residency in General Surgery at the University of Illinois Metropolitan Group Hospitals. Here he was Administrative Chief Resident, and was also awarded the Vijay Maker, MD Award for Academic Excellence in General Surgery. Dr. Leonardi is board certified in General Surgery, as well as Plastic Surgery and Reconstruction.
Outside of his education and training, Dr. Leonardi has enjoyed volunteering with United Cerebral Palsy of the Mid-South and the Wisconsin Early Autism Project. He is married to a wonderfully supportive woman, Amy, and they have two beautiful children together. Cooper and Lily are 10 and 5, and they keep Dr. Leonardi young — and on his toes! In his spare time, he loves neighborhood walks with his dog, cooking out when the weather permits, and spending time with his family.
Dr. Leonardi does not have a specific focus within the field, but rather takes an interest in all aspects of reconstructive and aesthetic surgery in both the pediatric and adult population. He believes this is beneficial to his patients, as he is able to continue to hone his skills in multiple areas of Plastic Surgery and Reconstruction. He also continues his commitment to lifelong learning by remaining involved in institutional review board approved clinical research.
Here at Plastic Surgery Group of Memphis, we believe that a practice is only as strong as its providers. Dr. Leonardi is a fantastic addition to our team, and we are so excited to welcome him!