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Donn Spight M.D., F.A.C.S., F.A.S.M.B.S.

    • Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Bariatric Surgery School of Medicine

Dr. Donn Spight, Associate Professor, is a minimally invasive foregut and bariatric surgeon. He is actively involved in surgery resident training and has served as the VirtuOHSU Medical Director since 2007. In addition to his residency program involvement, he serves as Chair of the Medical Student Committee for the Society of Black Academic Surgeons.


  • M.D., Northwestern University Medical School, Chicago Illinois 1999
  • Residency:

    • General Surgery, University of Cincinnati, Ohio, 1999-2006
  • Fellowship:

    • Minimally Invasive Surgery, Oregon Health & Sciences University, Portland, OR., 2007
  • Certifications:

    • Oregon State Board of Medical Examiners
    • American Board of Surgery, 2008

Honors and awards

  • David W.E. Baird Award, Excellence in Teaching: Junior Faculty, OHSU School of Medicine, 2013

Memberships and associations

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow
  • Society of Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons
  • Society of Black Academic Surgeons
  • Society of Surgeons of the Alimentary Tract
  • Mackenzie Society


  • "Realistic distractions and interruptions that impair simulated surgical performance by novice surgeons" JAMA Surgery November 2012
  • "Psychiatric illness delays diagnosis of esophageal cancer" Diseases of the Esophagus August 2008
  • "What is the future of training in surgery? Needs assessment of national stakeholders" Surgery (United States)  2014
  • "The A2A receptor mediates an endogenous regulatory pathway of cytokine expression in THP-1 cells" Journal of Leukocyte Biology November 1 2002
  • "Heat shock inhibition of lipopolysaccharide-mediated tumor necrosis factor expression is associated with nuclear induction of MKP-1 and inhibition of mitogen-activated protein kinase activation" Critical Care Medicine November 2004
  • "Simultaneous surgical management of achalasia and morbid obesity" Obesity Surgery April 2007
  • "Predictors of technical skill acquisition among resident trainees in a laparoscopic skills education program" World Journal of Surgery September 2008
  • "Immunoregulatory effects of regulated, lung-targeted expression of IL-10 in vivo" American Journal of Physiology - Renal Fluid and Electrolyte Physiology February 2005
  • "Nucleotide sequence and transcriptional analysis of the celD β-glucanase gene from Ruminococcus flavefaciens FD-1" Canadian Journal of Microbiology  1995
  • "Revisional bariatric surgery for failed restrictive procedures" Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases September 2008
  • "Granulocyte-macrophage-colony-stimulating factor-dependent peritoneal macrophage responses determine survival in experimentally induced peritonitis and sepsis in mice" Shock October 2008
  • "Crisis Management Simulation" Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology January 1 2018
  • "PGY-specific benchmarks improve resident performance on Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery tasks" American Journal of Surgery January 1 2018
  • "Impact of Preoperative Weight Loss on Postoperative Weight Loss after Sleeve Gastrectomy" Bariatric Surgical Patient Care June 1 2018
  • "Risk factors for early postoperative complications after bariatric surgery" Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research August 1 2018
  • "Resident autonomy in the operating room" American Journal of Surgery February 1 2019
  • "Factors influencing amount of guidance in the operating room during laparoscopic cases" American Journal of Surgery May 1 2019
  • "Weight loss and co-morbidity resolution between different races and ethnicities after gastric bypass" Surgery for Obesity and Related Diseases January 1 2019

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