Christy M. Dunst, MD, FACS
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 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 (tFSIE.org), 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.
Education & Honors
- 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
- Executive Director, The Foundation for Surgical Innovation & Education (FSIE)
- Portland Monthly Magazine, "Top Doctors," 2011, 2012, 2014, 2018
- Swanstrom, Lee L., Dunst, Christy M., "Antireflux Surgery"
- 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
Dr. Dunst is the Executive Director of The Foundation for Surgical Innovation & Education (FSIE), which hosts an immersive 6-week program for students interested in being surgeon. Physcians at The Oregon Clinic mentor students throught this program.
Click here to watch Dr. Christy Dunst speak to KPTV about the program.
- Read the preview of Dr. Dunst's new book on antireflux surgery, written in partnership with The Oregon Clinic's Dr. Lee Swanstrom by clicking here.