Jonathan D’Cunha, M.D., Ph.D., is a senior associate consultant in the Department of Surgery at Mayo Clinic, where he specializes in cardiovascular and thoracic surgery. Dr. D’Cunha has over 20 years of experience in his specialty, serving as the Chief of the Division of Lung Transplant/Lung Failure and the Vice Chair of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh before being recruited to Phoenix to join the Mayo Clinic. In Pittsburgh he was a tenured professor and served as the director of the lung transplant and ECMO programs.
Dr. D’Cunha received his medical degree and doctor of philosophy from Medical College of Wisconsin in 1997 as part of the prestigious Medical Scientist Training Program where his thesis work identified a novel interferon-induced cytokine. He completed his general surgery residency and cardiothoracic fellowship at the University of Minnesota. In his time at the University of Minnesota, he was heavily involved in education and developed a course for 4th year medical students as they transition to prepare them for surgical training. This is now branded by the American College of Surgeons and been implemented nationally.
Still active in education, Dr. D’Cunha has mentored dozens of students and has taught at medical schools in Pittsburgh as well as Mayo Clinic Alix School of Medicine. He has led general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery training programs. He has received numerous local and national teaching awards. He is also a funded basic scientist with interest in thoracic oncology and lung transplantation. He is internationally recognized as a leader in thoracic surgery and lung transplantation.
Dr. D’Cunha’s clinical interests include lung cancer, esophageal cancer, thoracic malignancies, lung volume reduction, and anti-reflux surgery. He specializes in minimally invasive approaches to these problems. He is widely known for his expertise in taking care of the patients that are of the highest risk. His interest in lung failure and ECMO has served as a platform to take on the most challenging cases. He takes pride in doing the right operation on the right patient at the right time to achieve the best outcomes and patient experience.
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