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John G. Hunter M.D., F.A.C.S.

    • Professor of Surgery School of Medicine
    • Executive Vice President, OHSU
    • Chief Executive Officer OHSU Health System
    • Kenneth A.J. Mackenzie Professor Surgery School of Medicine

John G. Hunter, M.D., F.A.C.S., is executive vice president of OHSU and CEO of the OHSU Health System. Prior to assuming these roles, Dr. Hunter was chief clinical officer for OHSU and served as interim dean for the School of Medicine. 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.

Outside OHSU, Dr. Hunter's service in the surgery profession is extensive. He has served as 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.

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  • M.D., University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1981
  • Residency:

    • General Surgery, University of Utah, 1987
  • Fellowship:

    • Laser and Endoscopic Surgery, University of Utah, 1984
    • Pancreaticobiliary Endoscopic Surgery, University of Western Ontario, Canada, 1988
    • Endoscopic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA, 1988
  • Certifications:

    • American Board of Surgery 1988, recertified 1997, 2006

Memberships and associations

  • American Board of Surgery


  • "Endoscopic ultrasound for the evaluation of Nissen fundoplication integrity" Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques October 2007
  • "The incidence of dysplasia at the first endoscopy in patients with barrett's esophagus" Gastrointestinal Endoscopy  1998
  • "Endoscopic Appraisal of the Gastroesophageal Valve after Antireflux Surgery" American Journal of Gastroenterology February 2004
  • "Multicenter prospective evaluation of laparoscopic antireflux surgery - Preliminary report" Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques November 1993
  • "Lasers in cardiovascular surgery - current status" Western Journal of Medicine  1985
  • "Biologic prosthesis to prevent recurrence after laparoscopic paraesophageal hernia repair" Journal of the American College of Surgeons October 2011
  • "Gastroesophageal reflux disease symptom severity, proton pump inhibitor use, and esophageal carcinogenesis" JAMA Surgery July 2011
  • "Dysphagia after laparoscopic antireflux surgery" Annals of Surgery  1996
  • "Does aspirin or nsaid use influence the success of esophageal dilation in patients with gerd strictures?" Gastrointestinal Endoscopy  1997
  • "Impact of a transfer center on interhospital referrals and transfers to a tertiary care center" Academic Emergency Medicine July 2005
  • "What the impact factor means for surgery journals" World Journal of Surgery August 2006
  • "Lymph Node Harvest During Esophagectomy Is Not Influenced by Use of Neoadjuvant Therapy or Clinical Disease Stage" Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery April 25 2015
  • "Are the favorable outcomes of splenectomy predictable in patients with idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (ITP)?" Surgical Endoscopy and Other Interventional Techniques  2001
  • "The World Journal of Surgery welcomes two new associate editors, Stephen Wigmore and Walter Marti" World Journal of Surgery February 2009
  • "Percutaneous rotational contact biliary lithotripsy" Radiology March 1991
  • "Discussion" Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery October 2008
  • "Damage to the biliary tree as a result of laparoscopic cholecystectomy (paper discussion)" HPB Surgery  2000
  • "Endoscopic methods for palliation of malignant tumors of the gastrointestinal tract" Problems in General Surgery  1990
  • "Surgery without scars" JAMA Surgery September 2007
  • "Accuracy of pathologic examination in detection of complete response after chemoradiation for esophageal cancer" American Journal of Surgery May 2007
  • "Re" World Journal of Surgery February 2011
  • "Laparoscopic floppy nissen fundoplication" American Journal of Surgery February 1999
  • "Tailoring Esophageal Cancer Surgery" Seminars in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery  2012
  • "The effect of antireflux surgery on esophageal carcinogenesis in patients with barrett esophagus" Annals of Surgery July 2007
  • "Laparoscopic Treatment for Diseases of the Gallbladder and Biliary Tree"  October 25 2007
  • "Management of Cricopharyngeal Dysphagia With and Without Zenker's Diverticulum" Thoracic Surgery Clinics November 2011
  • "New approaches to the minimauy invasive treatment of pancreatic cancer" Cancer journal (Sudbury, Mass.)  1998
  • "Realistic distractions and interruptions that impair simulated surgical performance by novice surgeons" JAMA Surgery November 2012
  • "Consensus statement on mandatory registration of clinical trials" Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery March 2007
  • "Efficacy of transoral fundoplication vs omeprazole for treatment of regurgitation in a randomized controlled trial" Gastroenterology February 1 2015

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