Dean's Biography

John G. Hunter, M.D., F.A.C.S., F.R.C.S. (Edin.)

School of Medicine Interim Dean

Board Chair, OHSU Practice Plan
John Hunter, M.D.John G. Hunter, M.D., F.A.C.S., was appointed interim dean for the School of Medicine, effective October 1, 2016. He is also chair of the Board of Directors of the OHSU Practice Plan. From 2001 until he was appointed interim dean, Dr. Hunter served as Mackenzie Professor and Chair of the OHSU Department of Surgery.

A recognized expert in his field, Dr. Hunter also commands a big-picture perspective. He has spent his career pushing the frontiers of medicine, including collaborating with community hospitals around the state to expose OHSU faculty and students to the complexities and rewards of community health care, offer enrichment opportunities to community-based physicians, and expand services for patients. His team's outreach work has become one of several grassroots models for the formal partnerships OHSU is now pursuing.

Dr. Hunter earned his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania. He did his surgical residency at the University of Utah and a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital before returning to Utah in 1988 to launch the university's surgical endoscopy and minimally invasive surgery program. In 1992, he left for Emory University in Atlanta, where he served as chief of gastrointestinal surgery and vice chair of surgery (clinical). In 2001, he came to OHSU as Mackenzie Chair and Chief of Surgery.

Outside OHSU, Dr. Hunter's service in the surgery profession is extensive. He is current chair of the American Board of Surgery – the national certification organization for surgeons. In addition to this leadership role, he is a member of the following associations: American College of Surgeons, American Surgical Association, International Society of Surgery, Pacific Coast Surgical Association, Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, and Society of Clinical Surgeons

His clinical interests include the management of diseases of the esophagus and stomach, and laparoscopic biliary surgery. His research activities concentrate on Barrett's esophagus, esophageal cancer and on improvements in the techniques of minimally invasive surgery. Dr. Hunter speaks and writes widely on these topics in professional journals and books, at surgical society meetings, postgraduate courses and other national and international gatherings of surgeons.