Eugene J. Cherny, M.D., F.A.C.S., is the director of Heartland Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa.  He studied medicine at Rush Medical College in his hometown of Chicago.  Dr. Cherny has been practicing in Des Moines since 1989 and is Board Certified in Plastic Surgery by the American Board of Plastic Surgery.

Dr. Cherny has been recognized for excellence in Plastic Surgery many times and by many organizations.  He has been awarded three times as one of “Americas Top Surgeons”, by the Consumers Research Council of America.  As one of the few members in Iowa of the prestigious American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, he has been awarded three times the certificate of Advanced Education in Cosmetic Surgery.

Dr. Cherny is a full adjunct professor of surgery at Des Moines University.  The American College of Surgeons has honored Dr. Cherny with a full fellowship.

Dr. Cherny has served his country in the United States Army as an attending surgeon at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C. and in Operation Desert Storm.  He has received the Army Achievement medal and retired as a Major for the United States Army Medical Corps.

Dr. Cherny has served in medical mission trips to Honduras and El Salvador; performing complex pediatric reconstruction in impoverished medically underserved areas.  In 2006 The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has awarded Dr. Cherny, their award for community service.

“All I have achieved is thanks to my patients.  I have the best patients in the world and I care about them and am devoted to them”.

Date / Place of Birth: March 16, 1956 Chicago, Illinois
Premedical Education:
  • Windham College, Putney, Vermont 1973-1977
  • B.A. 1977 Magna Cum Laude in English
Medical School: Rush Medical College, Chicago, IL – M.D.: 1983, with honors in surgery.
Postgraduate Training:
  • Resident in General Surgery Rutgers University, New Jersey, 1983 – 1987
  • Resident in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Rutgers University, New Jersey, 1987-1989
Board Certifications:
  • Certificate of Added Qualifications in Surgery of the Hand, 1993
  • American Board of Plastic Surgery, 1992
  • National Board of Medical Examiners, 1984
Licensure: Iowa 26965, 2/89 (active)
Staff Appointments:
  • Iowa Methodist Medical Center, Des Moines, IA
  • Mercy Hospital Medical Center, Des Moines, IA
  • Surgery Center, Des Moines, IA
  • Iowa Lutheran Hospital, Des Moines, IA
Faculty Appointment: Adjunct Professor of Surgery, Des Moines University, Des Moines,  IA
Professional Associations:
  • American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons, Active Member
  •  American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Active Member
  • FACS, American College of Surgeons, Active Member
  • Fellowship, American College of Surgeons
  •  Certificate of Advanced Education in Cosmetic Surgery, ASAPS
  • Maliniac Fellow, ASPS
CME: Available on Request
  • Major, Medical Corps, US Army Reserve (Retired)
  • Active Duty, Operation Desert Storm
Military Awards:
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Overseas Service Ribbon
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • National Defense Medal

“Dr. Cherny is known for his excellence in Plastic Surgery around the world. His brilliance in the operating room is unfounded in the medical industry. Working with the Doc has been a gift and blessing. If you are even remotely interested in plastic surgery, take control and go talk with him. Trust me it will change your life!”