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“I have devoted my career to diseases of the esophagus and stomach for over 20 years. I strive to provide expert surgery in the least invasive way possible. I also value patient education so we can work together as a team to find a solution that works for you.”

Christy M Dunst, MD FACS is a practicing esophageal surgical specialist with the Center for Advanced Surgery at The Oregon Clinic in Portland, OR. Her practice is 100% dedicated to diseases of the esophagus and stomach including GERD, Barrett’s esophagus, paraesophageal and hiatal hernia repair, motility disorders and cancer. She joined the multispecialty group after completing the Thoracic Foregut Fellowship at University of Southern California in 2006 under Dr. Tom DeMeester. She has been the Program Director for the Providence Portland Medical Center Advanced GI-Foregut Clinical Surgery Fellowship since 2018 and is a board member of the Fellowship Council.

Dr. Dunst graduated from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver Colorado and completed general surgery residency training at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis. She has been the Executive Director of The Foundation for Surgical Innovation and Education (, a non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of surgery through education and invention since 2011.

Dr. Dunst is an active member of several organizations, including the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract. Dr. Dunst also a founding member and active board member of the American Foregut Society. Her area of research focuses on mentoring surgical fellows in all aspects of disorders of the esophagus.

Other Activities

Board Member, American Foregut Society

Member, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES)

Member, The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract (SSAT)

Member, American College of Surgeons (ACS)

Member, American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE)

Member, International Society for Diseases of the Esophagus (ISDE)

Member, Portland Surgical Society


Fellowship, Thoracic Foregut/Esophageal Surgery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 2006

Fellowship, Critical Care, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2002

Internship and Residency, General Surgery, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, 2004

MD, University of Colorado Health Science Center, Denver, CO, 1998

BA, Molecular & Cellular Developmental Biology, Psychology, Biochemistry, University of Colorado, Denver, CO, 1993


General Surgery


Executive Director, The Foundation for Surgical Innovation & Education (FSIE)

Board Member, The Fellowship Council

Program Director, Providence Portland Medical Center Complex GI-Foregut Surgical Fellowship

Editorial Board, Foregut the official Journal of the American Foregut Society and the European Foregut Society


Portland Monthly Magazine, “Top Doctors,” 2011, 2012, 2014, 2018