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John Kunstman

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Oncology)

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John Kunstman, MD, MHS, FACS

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John W. Kunstman, MD, MHS is a board-certified surgeon specializing in care of patients with cancers or benign diseases of the pancreas, liver, bile ducts, stomach, and intestines. He received an undergraduate degree (with honors) from the University of Wisconsin and also attended medical school at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. Dr. Kunstman completed residency training in general surgery at Yale-New Haven Hospital as well as a fellowship in complex general surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. He also holds a master's degree from Yale University.

Dr. Kunstman has a special interest in treatment of patients with cystic diseases of the pancreas. He maintains an active research program at Yale examining the development of such cystic lesions as well as the genetics of associated pancreatic cancers. He also conducts clinical research seeking to improve the outcomes of those patients undergoing pancreatic surgery.

Dr. Kunstman served as chief resident for education during his general surgical training. He has received numerous awards throughout his career recognizing his contributions to research and teaching, as well as excellence in clinical care, including the Samuel Harvey Award for Outstanding Performance as a Chief Resident and Resident of the Year Award for Research in the Basic Sciences. He is a member of numerous professional societies including the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American College of Surgeons.

Education & Training

  • Fellow
    Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (2018)
  • Resident
    Yale University (2015)
  • MHS
    Yale University School of Medicine (2015)
  • Intern
    Yale University (2010)
  • MD
    University of Wisconsin Medical School (2009)
  • BSc (Hon)
    University of Wisconsin - Madison, Bacteriology (2005)

Honors & Recognition

Samuel Harvey Award for Outstanding Performance as a Chief Resident2016
Dennis Wasson Award for Outstanding Performance in Surgical Residency2016
Resident of the Year Award for Research in the Basic Sciences2013
Ira S. Goldenberg Award for Outstanding Performance as A First Year Resident2010

Professional Service

Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary AssociationProgram Committee2019 - Present

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