Christy M. Dunst, MD, FACS

(503) 281-0561
Areas of Focus: 
Barrett's Esophagus and Esophageal Cancer
Endoscopic Resection and Ablation of Esophageal Cancer
Esophageal Motility Disorders & Achalasia
Esophagectomy (Vagal Sparing, En Bloc & Minimally Invasive)
Gastric Cancer
Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)
Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery of the esophagus and stomach

About Me

Often there are many treatment options for patients with diseases of the esophagus. I prioritize patient education because I believe that the better you understand your individual medical problem, the better I can take care of you. My philosophy is to work with you as a team to determine which treatment option is best for you, and then provide you with superior surgical care in the least invasive way possible.

- Christy M. Dunst, MD, FACS

Dr. Dunst graduated from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She later completed her internship and residency at Hennepin County Medical Center. Dr. Dunst completed a fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center and later completed another fellowship in Thoracic Foregut and Esophageal Surgery at the University of Southern California. She is a member of several organizations, including the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the Association of Women Surgeons. She focuses on Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Barrett's Esophagus, Esophageal Cancer, and other minimally invasive surgical needs at The Oregon Clinic - Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery (GMIS).

Dr. Dunst is one of only two physicians in Oregon implanting LINX devices to control Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD). Learn more about LINX at:

Education & Honors

Board Certified: 
General Surgery
Education & Training: 
  • B.A., Molecular & Cellular Developmental Biology, Psychology, University of Colorado, 1993
  • M.D., University of Colorado, Denver, CO, 1998
  • General Surgery Internship & Residency, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, 1998-2004
  • Fellowship, Critical Care, Hennepin County Medical Center, 2002
  • Fellowship, Thoracic Foregut/Esophageal Surgery, University of Southern California, 2004-2006
  • Portland Monthly Magazine, "Top Doctors," 2011
  • Portland Monthly Magazine, "Top Doctors," 2012
  • Portland Monthly Magazine, "Top Doctors," 2014
  • Swanstrom, Lee L., Dunst, Christy M., "Antireflux Surgery"
Other Activities: 
  • 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