Brian J. Dunkin, MD, FACS

John F., Jr. and Carolyn Bookout Chair in Surgical Innovation and Technology, Houston Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation & Education
Professor of Surgery, Institute for Academic Medicine
Full Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist
Weill Cornell Medical College


Dr. Dunkin joined the faculty of the University of Maryland in Baltimore as an Assistant Professor of Surgery in 1997. While there, he was also an attending physician at the VA Medical Center. Dr. Dunkin later accepted an appointment at the University of Miami School of Medicine in Miami, Florida where he would soon be promoted to an Associate Professor. With a particular interest in teaching and mentoring, Dr. Dunkin has a long history in training the next generation of surgeons. He assumed his current positions at Houston Methodist in 2007, and is responsible for the development of education programs at MITIE that use virtual reality simulation, robotics, telepresence, and preclinical models.

Description of Research

Dr. Dunkin's research centers on the development of novel methods and devices for endoscopic surgery, as well as the use of cutting-edge technology in the development of improved training programs for surgeons.

Areas Of Expertise

Surgery Endoscopic surgery Laparoendoscopic surgery
Education & Training

, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
, George Washington University
, University of Nevada, Reno

Characterization of ventral incisional hernia and repair using shear wave elastography
Chaudhry, A, Fernandez-Moure, JS, Shajudeen, PS, Van Eps, JL, Cabrera, FJ, Weiner, BK, Dunkin, BJ, Tasciotti, E & Righetti, R 2017, Journal of Surgical Research, vol 210, pp. 244-252. DOI:

Hands-on 2.0: improving transfer of training via the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Acquisition of Data for Outcomes and Procedure Transfer (ADOPT) program
Dort, J, Trickey, A, Paige, J, Schwarz, E & Dunkin, B 2016, Surgical endoscopy. DOI:

A perverse quality incentive in surgery: implications of reimbursing surgeons less for doing laparoscopic surgery
Fader, AN, Xu, T, Dunkin, BJ & Makary, MA 2016, Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques, vol 30, no. 11, pp. 4665-4667. DOI:

Selection bias: examining the feasibility, utility, and participant receptivity to incorporating simulation into the general surgery residency selection process
Gardner, AK, Steffes, CP, Nepomnayshy, D, Nicholas, C, Widmann, WD, Fitzgibbons, SC, Dunkin, BJ, Jones, DB & Paige, JT 2016, American journal of surgery. DOI:

Project 6 Summit: SAGES telementoring initiative
Schlachta, CM, Nguyen, NT, Ponsky, T & Dunkin, B 2016, Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques, vol 30, no. 9, pp. 3665-3672. DOI:

Image-guided simulation of tissue deformation using a mechanical model on a surgical application
Nguyen, TB, Huang, AY, Fikfak, V, Dunkin, BJ & Garbey, M 2016, Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering, pp. 1-9. DOI:

Pseudoachalasia presenting 20 years after Nissen fundoplication: A case report
Lai, CN, Krishnan, K, Kim, MP, Dunkin, BJ & Gaur, P 2016, Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery, vol 11, no. 1, 96. DOI:

Increased use of surgical energy promotes methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus colonization in rabbits following open ventral hernia mesh repair
Fernandez-Moure, JS, van Eps, JL, Peress, L, Cantu, C, Olsen, RJ, Jenkins, L, Cabrera, FJ, Tasciotti, E, Weiner, BK & Dunkin, BJ 2016, Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques, pp. 1-9. DOI:

Guidelines for privileging and credentialing physicians in gastrointestinal endoscopy
Pearl, J, Fellinger, E, Dunkin, B, Pauli, E, Trus, T, Marks, J, Fanelli, R, Meara, M, Stefanidis, D & Richardson, W 2016, Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques, pp. 1-7. DOI:

Is current surgery resident and GI fellow training adequate to pass FES?
Gardner, AK, Scott, DJ, Willis, RE, van Sickle, K, Truitt, MS, Uecker, J, Brown, KM, Marks, JM & Dunkin, BJ 2016, Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques, pp. 1-7. DOI:

Changing attitudes and improving skills: demonstrating the value of the SAGES flexible endoscopy course for fellows
Gardner, AK, Marks, JM, Pauli, EM, Majumder, A & Dunkin, BJ 2016, Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques, pp. 1-6. DOI:

Simulation-Based Selection of Surgical Trainees: Considerations, Challenges, and Opportunities
Gardner, AK, Ritter, EM, Paige, JT, Ahmed, RA, Fernandez, G & Dunkin, BJ 2016, Journal of the American College of Surgeons. DOI:

Endoscopic Surgical Therapies for Barrett's Esophagus
Dunkin, BJ & Boom, K 2016, . in Barretts Esophagus: Emerging Evidence for Improved Clinical Practice. Elsevier, pp. 177-188. DOI:

Validity evidence for a new portable, lower-cost platform for the fundamentals of endoscopic surgery skills test
Mueller, CL, Kaneva, P, Fried, GM, Mellinger, JD, Marks, JM, Dunkin, BJ, van Sickle, K & Vassiliou, MC 2016, Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques, vol 30, no. 3, pp. 1107-1112. DOI:

The SmartOR: A Distributed Sensor Network to Improve Operating Room (OR) Efficiency
Garbey, M , Dunkin, B , Bass, BL, Joerger, G, Salmon, R, Fikfak, V & Huang, AY 2016, Surgical Endoscopy, vol 30, pp. S257. DOI:

Are General Surgery Residents Accurate Assessors of Their Own Flexible Endoscopy Skills?
Vyasa, P, Willis, RE, Dunkin, BJ & Gardner, AK 2016, Journal of Surgical Education. DOI:

Multi-institutional validation of fundamental inanimate robotic skills tasks
Goh, AC, Aghazadeh, MA, Mercado, MA, Hung, AJ, Pan, MM, Desai, MM, Gill, IS & Dunkin, BJ 2015, Journal of Urology, vol 194, no. 6, pp. 1751-1756. DOI:

A robust and non-obtrusive automatic event tracking system for operating room management to improve patient care
Huang, AY, Joerger, G, Salmon, R, Dunkin, B, Sherman, V, Bass, BL & Garbey, M 2015, Surgical Endoscopy. DOI:

Surgical simulation centers as educational Homes for practicing surgeons
Dunkin, BJ 2015, Surgical Clinics of North America, vol 95, no. 4, pp. 801-812. DOI:

A Smart Trocar for automatic tool recognition in laparoscopic surgery
Toti, G, Garbey, M, Sherman, V, Bass, BL & Dunkin, BJ 2015, Surgical Innovation, vol 22, no. 1, pp. 77-82. DOI: