Jenna G. Cusic, MD

Dr. Jenna Cusic is thrilled to return to the Midwest and her prior home of Milwaukee, joining Illume where she practices plastic, reconstructive, and aesthetic surgery of the face, body, breast, and hand.

Dr. Cusic was raised in North Dakota and completed her undergraduate education at the University of North Dakota, earning the distinction of Summa Cum Laude.  She graduated medical school from the University of North Dakota School of Medicine as the youngest in her class, receiving a multitude of honors, scholarships, and awards for scholastic achievement and research.  Dr. Cusic then completed a six-year integrated plastic surgery residency training program at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  Subsequently, her surgical training was further elevated through two surgical fellowships.  She completed a distinguished one-year ASAPS (American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery) endorsed aesthetic surgery fellowship under expert Dr. Kiya Movassaghi in Oregon, as well as an esteemed one-year hand surgery fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX.

Dr. Cusic was first captivated by plastic surgery during middle school, which quickly transformed into her lifelong passion.  She personally understands the impact that plastic and reconstructive surgery can impart on an individual. At a young age she underwent repair of an eyelid ptosis (drooping).  After surgery she no longer had to “create the appearance of me every day, I was me.”

Dr. Cusic’s goal is to understand each patient’s desire in relation to their physical concern, and create a tailored plan to help facilitate the expression or restoration of their inside beauty through their outward function and appearance.

“I look forward to the privilege of being a part of your journey.”

Great customer service and facility was beautiful ! Their services were very detailed on my consultation appointment. The doctor and assistance answered all my questions and more! Plastic surgeon Jenna Cusic is amazing! Very sweet and helped me with everything I needed! Wasn’t what the doctor wanted it was what I wanted and how she can help me achieve my goals!! I’m very pleased with there services! - Melissa H

Dr. Cusic was the BEST! Very detailed and took all precautions very seriously. Very compassionate bedside manner. She was as excited and happy with the surgery success for our son as we were. Her beautiful work has brought so much peace and happiness within him, and I love seeing that radiate through to the smile on his face, glow in his eyes and how relaxed he carries himself. - Nancy S.


More information about
Jenna G. Cusic, MD

Aesthetic Surgery Fellowship

  • Movassaghi Plastic Surgery and Ziba Medical Spa | Eugene, OR  | 2019 – 2020

Hand Surgery Fellowship

  • Baylor College of Medicine |   Houston, TX  |  2018 – 2019


  • Medical College of Wisconsin  |  Integrated Plastic Surgery | Milwaukee, WI |  2012 – 2018

Medical School

  • University of North Dakota School of Medicine  and Health Sciences (UNDSMHS) | Degree: M.D.| Grand Forks, ND  | 2008 – 2012


  • University of North Dakota (UND) / B.S.: Interdisciplinary Studies – Health Sciences / Grand Forks, ND / 2004 – 2008


  • ASSH/AFSH Annual Meeting Scholarship, 2018 (36th Adrian E. Flatt Resident and Fellows Conference and 73rd Annual Meeting of  the ASSH)


  • Best Research Paper: “Effects of Calcitonin-containing Media on Calcium Concentration in Injured Peripheral Nerves of Rats” MCW Department of Plastic Surgery, Resident Research Day, 2018

Medical School

  • Axel and Agnes Kongslie Memorial Scholarship Endowment Award, 2012, (senior student who has shown excellence in the field of medical research)
  • Dr. James Kelleher Award presented by the Department of Microbiology and Immunology, 2010 (overall academic achievement in Year 1 and 2)
  • Ray F. Duggan Scholarship Trust Fund for scholastic achievement, 2009-2010, 2010-2011, 2011-2012 (rank-based)
  • Basic Science Honors: Blocks V, VI
  • Clinical Honors Year 3/4: Surgery, Medicine/ICU, Research Elective, ER, Radiology, General Surgery, Orthopedic, Surgery Hand Surgery (MCW), Plastic Surgery (UTSW)
  • 2020: “Prepectoral Implant-based Breast Reconstruction with Poly-4-Hydroxybutyrate for Pocket Control and without the use of ADM” under Dr. Movassaghi, Movassaghi Plastic Surgery Aesthetic Fellowship
  • 2019: “Heterotopic Ossification after Distal Biceps Repair: Lessons Learned from Referrals and a Selected Review of the Literature” under Dr. Mehlhoff, Baylor College of Medicine
  • 2019: “Anatomy of the central slip insertion” under Dr. Netscher with Jenny Lee Nguyen, Baylor College of Medicine
  • 2018: “Volar pad re-suspension” under Dr. Hani Matloub and Dr. Anne Argenta, MCW Department of Plastic Surgery
  • 2017: “Near Infrared Light Effect on Nerve Regeneration” under Dr. Hani Matloub, MCW Department of Plastic Surgery
  • 2016: “Calcitonin and Calcitonin Receptor Expression after Peripheral Nerve Injury” under Dr. Ji-Geng Yan, MCW Department of Plastic Surgery
  • 2013: “Spindle Cell Lipoma of the Neck: Review of the Literature and Case Report” under Dr. Hani Matloub and Dr. James Sanger, MCW Department of Plastic Surgery
  • 2012: “Management of Closed Degloving Injuries: Review of the Literature and A burn Center’s Experience” under Dr. William Mohr, Regions Hospital Burn Center, Minnesota
  • 2011: “Association between Travel Distance and Type of Post-Mastectomy Breast Reconstruction.” under James Beal, Ph.D., Sahmoun, Ph.D., UNDSMHS
  • 2006: “Personality Styles” under Vikki McCleary, Ph.D., UNDSMHS
  • 2020: Movassaghi K, Cusic J. Chapter 1. Shaping the Breast: Optimizing outcomes in breast augmentation. In: Movassaghi K. Shaping the Breast. (pending)
  • 2019: Netscher D, Kuhlman-Wood K, Cusic J. Chapter 79. Tenolysis following Injury and Repair of Digital Flexor Tendons. In: Wiesel S. Operative Techniques in Orthopedic Surgery, 3rd Ed. (pending)
  • 2019: Nguyen JL, Cusic JG, Netscher DT. Anatomy of the central slip insertion. (pending)
  • 2019: Gehring M, Yang K, Cusic J, Ramamurthi A, Matloub H, Argenta A. A Novel Surgical Technique for Resuspension of Digit Pulp Tissue After Degloving Injuries. PRS Global Open, 2019; 7:e2600; doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000002600
  • 2017: Cusic J, Venditto C, Matloub H, Nemiroff, P. Chapter 28. Hyperbaric Oxygen in Skin Grafts and Flaps. In: Whelan H, Kindwall E. Hyperbaric Medicine Practice. 4th Ed. Best Pusblishing Company. 2017: 812-833
  • 2016: Cusic J, Hettinger P. Chapter 90. Infiltration and Extravasation Injuries. In: Lin S, Hijjawi J. Pearls of Wisdom Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Boards Review. 3rd Ed. McGraw-Hill Education. 2016: 841-849
  • 2016: Dzwierzynski W, O’Connor E, Cusic J. Chapter 77. Ear Reconstruction. In: Lin S, Hijjawi J. Pearls of Wisdom Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Boards Review. 3rd Ed. McGraw-Hill Education. 2016: 743-750
  • 2015: Machol J, Cusic J, O’Connor E, et al.  Spindle Cell Lipoma of the Neck: Review of the Literature and Case Report.  Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Global Open. 2015; 3(11): e550; doi: 10.1097/GOX.0000000000000405
  • 2009: Wu M., Audet A., Cusic J, et al. Broad DNA Repair Responses in Neural Injury are Associated with Activation of the IL-6 Pathway in Cholesterol-fed Rabbits. Journal of Neurochemistry, 2009; 111(4):1011-1021


  • 2019: “Heterotopic Ossification after distal biceps repair: Lessons Learned from Referrals and a Selected Review of the Literature.” Research Day
  • 2018: Hand Surgery Conference Presentation “Compartment Syndrome”
  • 2018: Hand Surgery Conference Presentation “Upper Extremity Burns”


  • 2018: Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds “Lower Body Contouring”
  • 2017: Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds “Mastopexy”
  • 2016: Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds “Cleft Nasoplasty”
  • 2016: Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds “Peripheral Nerve Injury”
  • 2015: Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds “Infiltration/Extravasation Injuries”
  • 2014: Plastic Surgery Grand Rounds “Hand Embryology, Anatomy, and Application to Common Clinical Problems”

Medical School

  • 2010: Grand Rounds “Diagnosing a Dorsal “Dolor” Dilemma: 70 yo Male with Acute Back Pain”
  • American Society of Plastic Surgeons Candidate Member
  • American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery Candidate for Membership
  • American Society for Surgery of the Hand Candidate Member
  • American Association for Hand Surgery Candidate Member
  • Wisconsin Medial Society Member