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Kemp Kernstine, M.D.

Dr. Kernstine
Dallas, TX

Dr. Kemp Kernstine

Chief, Division of Thoracic Surgery

Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Care Center

UT Southwestern Medical Center
2201 Inwood Road, 3rd Floor, Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75390
(214) 645-8300

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Duke University

Duke University - 1982

University of Minnesota and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School


Dr. Kemp Kernstine brings nearly three decades of experience to his patients at the University of Texas Southwestern’s Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center in Dallas, Texas. He currently heads the medical center’s Division of Thoracic Surgery, where he specializes in the surgical evaluation and treatment of lung cancer, esophageal cancer, mesothelioma and thymic cancers.

Educational Background

Dr. Kernstine received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He went on to complete an internship and general surgery residency training at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he also completed his PhD. He specialized in heart and lung surgery as a general thoracic track resident at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Dr. Kernstine is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery.

Professional Highlights

Dr. Kernstine’s work focuses on the surgical treatment of chest diseases, including mesothelioma and other asbestos-related diseases. He is especially interested in minimally invasive and robotic surgery procedures, a relatively new set of surgical techniques that reduces risk and recovery time for patients. Other areas of interest for Dr. Kernstine include the treatment of benign esophageal disease such as esophageal masses, achalasia, hiatal hernia and gastro-esophageal reflux disease.

Dr. Kernstine’s achievements with benign and malignant chest diseases have been recognized both in the United States and internationally. He has published numerous articles and books on chest surgery and lung and esophageal cancer, including Lung Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Diagnosis and Management, which he co-authored with Karen Reckamp.

Before coming to the University of Texas, Dr. Kernstine taught and treated patients at the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center and Beckman Research Institute in Duarte, California, the University of Iowa College of Medicine, and the West Roxbury Veterans Administration Hospital in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.

Dr. Kernstine has consistently been named on Castle Connolly’s list of “America’s Top Doctors” since 2005, and in 2003 he was named “Thoracic Alumnus of the Year” by his alma mater, Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Early in his career, he won a Willem J. Kolff Young Investigator’s Award for research on artificially implantable organs.

Additional Work

Dr. Kernstine’s numerous professional memberships include the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Thoracic Society, the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncologists, the Western Thoracic Society and the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgeons.

Relevant Publications

Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery in Lung Cancer Resection: A Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review of Controlled Trials.

Cheng C, Downey RJ, Kernstine K, Stanbridge R, Shennib H, Wolf R, Ohtsuka T, Schmid R, Waller D, Fernando H, Yim A, Martin J. , Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery. , 2007; (2):261-292

A practical guide of the southwest oncology group to measure malignant pleural mesothelioma tumors by RECIST and modified RECIST criteria.

Tsao AS, Garland L, Redman M, Kernstine K, Gandara D, Marom EM. , Journal of Thoracic Oncology 2011 , 2011; (6 (3)):598-601

High-resolution mapping of DNA methylation in lung cancer with tiling microarrays.

Rauch TA, Zhong X, Wu X, Wang M, Kernstine KH, Wang Z, Riggs AD, Pfeifer. , Proc Natl Acad Sci , 2008; (150 (1)):252-7

Author: Linda Molinari

Editor in Chief, Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Linda Molinari

Reviewer: Annette Charlevois

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Annette Charlevois


UT Southwestern Medical Center — Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery

UT Southwestern Medical Center — Dr. Kemp Kernstine

“Lung Cancer: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Diagnosis and Management”

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