Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine.
Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine


Brian J. Dunkin M.D., F.A.C.S.


Brian Dunkin M.D., F.A.C.S.

Brian J. Dunkin M.D., F.A.C.S.

Associate Member
The Methodist Hospital Research Institute
Head, Section of Endoscopic Surgery, Department of Surgery
Medical Director, Methodist Institute for Technology, Innovation and Education (MITIE)
The Methodist Hospital

Phone: 713-441-6382
Fax: 713-790-2992
E-mail: bjdunkin@houstonmethodist.org


B.S.   Boston University, Boston, MA (Engineering)
M.D.   University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, NV

Postdoctoral Training

General Surgery Internship, George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
General Surgery Residency, George Washington University Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
Research Fellowship, VA Medical Center, Washington, D.C.
Surgical Endoscopy and Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery Fellowship, Mt. Sinai Medical Center and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH



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 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.

Major Areas of Research

Surgery, endoscopic surgery, laparoendoscopic surgery

Recent Publications

Dunkin BJ, Vargo JJ. Measuring procedural competence in endoscopy: what do the numbers really tell us? Gastrointest Endosc. 2008 Dec;68(6):1063-5.

Silverman E, Dunkin BJ, Todd SR, Turner K, Fahy BN, Sukumaran A, Hagberg C, Bass B. Nonsurgical airway management training for surgeons. J Surg Educ. 2008 Mar-Apr;65(2):101-8.

Bittner JG 4th, Marks JM, Dunkin BJ, Richards WO, Onders RP, Mellinger JD. Resident training in flexible gastrointestinal endoscopy: a review of current issues and options. J Surg Educ. 2007 Nov-Dec;64(6):399-409. Review.

Kramer RE, Azuaje RE, Martinez JM, Dunkin BJ. The double-wire technique as an aid to selective cannulation of the common bile duct during pediatric endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2007 Oct;45(4):438-42.

Training Committee of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, Vargo JJ, Ahmad AS, Aslanian HR, Buscaglia JM, Das AM, Desilets DJ, Dunkin BJ, Inkster M, Jamidar PA, Kowalski TE, Marks JM, McHenry L Jr, Mishra G, Petrini JL, Pfau PR, Savides TJ. Training in patient monitoring and sedation and analgesia. Gastrointest Endosc. 2007 Jul;66(1):7-10.