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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, Academic Institute
Full Member, Research Institute
Houston Methodist


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

Clinical Fellowship, The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
Internship, George Washington University
MD, University of Nevada, Reno

Global Laparoscopy Positioning Systems and Methods

Patent Number: US10154882B2, Jan 01 2019

Surgical Procedure Management System

Patent Number: EP2928406B1, Jan 01 2019

Systems and Methods for Medical Procedure Monitoring

Patent Number: US20150374259A1, Jan 01 2019


Simulation training for the endoscopic management of upper gastrointestinal bleeding: a nationwide survey of rural surgeons’ needs and preferences analysis
Purnell, SM, Vargo, DJ, Sarap, M, Nguyen-Lee, JJ, Allen, C & Dunkin, BJ 2020, Surgical Endoscopy.

EAES and SAGES 2018 consensus conference on acute diverticulitis management: evidence-based recommendations for clinical practice
Francis, NK, Sylla, P, Abou-Khalil, M, Arolfo, S, Berler, D, Curtis, NJ, Dolejs, SC, Garfinkle, R, Gorter-Stam, M, Hashimoto, DA, Hassinger, TE, Molenaar, CJL, Pucher, PH, Schuermans, V, Arezzo, A, Agresta, F, Antoniou, SA, Arulampalam, T, Boutros, M, Bouvy, N, Campbell, K, Francone, T, Haggerty, SP, Hedrick, TL, Stefanidis, D, Truitt, MS, Kelly, J, Ket, H, Dunkin, BJ & Pietrabissa, A 2019, Surgical Endoscopy, vol. 33, no. 9, pp. 2726-2741.

ASGE EndoVators Summit: simulators and the future of endoscopic training
Walsh, CM, Cohen, J, Woods, KL, Wang, KK, Andersen, DK, Anderson, MA, Dunkin, BJ, Edmundowicz, SA, Faigel, DO, Law, JK, Marks, JM, Sedlack, RE, Thompson, CC & Vargo, JJ 2019, Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, vol. 90, no. 1, pp. 13-26.

Pursuing Excellence: The Power of Selection Science to Provide Meaningful Data and Enhance Efficiency in Selecting Surgical Trainees
Gardner, AK & Dunkin, BJ 2019, Annals of surgery, vol. 270, no. 1, pp. 188-192.

Reducing the Burden of Fellowship Interviews
Dunkin, BJ & Gardner, AK 2019, JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 321, no. 11, pp. 1106-1107.

Faculty Development for the Operating Room: An Examination of the Effectiveness of an Intraoperative Teaching Course for Surgeons
Gardner, AK, Timberlake, MD & Dunkin, BJ 2019, Annals of surgery, vol. 269, no. 1, pp. 184-190.

If You Build It, Will They Come? Candidate Completion of Preinterview Screening Assessments
Gardner, AK, Cavanaugh, KJ, Willis, RE & Dunkin, BJ 2019, Journal of Surgical Education.

Robotic and per-oral endoscopic myotomy have fewer technical complications compared to laparoscopic Heller myotomy
Ali, AB, Khan, NA, Nguyen, DT, Chihara, R, Chan, EY, Graviss, EA, Dunkin, BJ & Kim, MP 2019, Surgical Endoscopy.

Great Expectations? Future Competency Requirements Among Candidates Entering Surgery Training
Gardner, AK, Cavanaugh, KJ, Willis, RE, Dent, D, Reinhart, H, Williams, M, Truitt, MS, Scott, BG & Dunkin, BJ 2019, Journal of Surgical Education.

Video-based assessment for laparoscopic fundoplication: initial development of a robust tool for operative performance assessment
Ritter, EM, Gardner, AK, Dunkin, BJ, Schultz, L, Pryor, AD & Feldman, L 2019, Surgical Endoscopy.

Global Laparoscopy Positioning Systems and Methods
Garbey, M, Bass, BL & Dunkin, BJ 2019, , Patent No. US10154882B2.

Surgical Procedure Management System
Garbey, M, Bass, BL, Dunkin, BJ, Sherman, V & Toti, G 2019, , Patent No. EP2928406B1.

Systems and Methods for Medical Procedure Monitoring
Garbey, M, Bass, BL, Dunkin, BJ & Huang, A 2019, , Patent No. US20150374259A1.

Proficiency-based preparation significantly improves FES certification performance
Guzzetta, AA, Weis, JJ, Hennessy, SA, Willis, RE, Wilcox, V, Dunkin, BJ, Hogg, DC & Scott, DJ 2018, Surgical Endoscopy, vol. 32, no. 11, pp. 4451-4457.

In reply: How we measure surgical trainee performance matters
Gardner, AK & Dunkin, BJ 2018, JAMA Surgery, vol. 153, no. 9.

A Cyber-physical system to improve the management of a large suite of operating rooms
Joerger, G, Rambourg, J, Gaspard-Boulinc, H, Conversy, S, Bass, BL, Dunkin, BJ & Garbey, M 2018, ACM Transactions on Cyber-Physical Systems, vol. 2, no. 4, 34.

The SAGES Fundamental Use of Surgical Energy program (FUSE): history, development, and purpose
Fuchshuber, P, Schwaitzberg, S, Jones, D, Jones, SB, Feldman, L, Munro, M, Robinson, T, Purcell-Jackson, G, Mikami, D, Madani, A, Brunt, M, Dunkin, BJ, Gugliemi, C, Groah, L, Lim, R, Mischna, J & Voyles, CR 2018, Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques, vol. 32, no. 6, pp. 2583-2602.

SAGES’s advanced GI/MIS fellowship curriculum pilot project
Weis, JJ, Goldblatt, M, Pryor, A, Dunkin, BJ, Brunt, LM, Jones, DB & Scott, DJ 2018, Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques, vol. 32, no. 6, pp. 2613-2619.

A modern framework for transfer of simulation-based training to the operating room for practicing surgeons
Zajac, S & Dunkin, BJ 2018, JAMA Surgery, vol. 153, no. 6, pp. 590-591.

Evaluation of validity evidence for personality, emotional intelligence, and situational judgment tests to identify successful residents
Gardner, AK & Dunkin, BJ 2018, JAMA Surgery, vol. 153, no. 5, pp. 409-415.

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