01. Doctor Overview

Doctor Overview

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 mesothelioma, lung cancer, esophageal cancer and thymic cancers.

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 diseases such as esophageal masses, achalasia, hiatal hernia and gastroesophageal 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.

02. Fast Facts

Doctor Fast Facts

Main Speciality: Thoracic Surgery

Other Interests & Specialties: Mesothelioma, adult general thoracic surgery, minimally invasive thoracic surgery, pediatric, thoracic surgery and thoracic surgical oncology.

Certifications, Awards & Accolades: American Board of Surgery Certification in Surgery, American Board of Surgery Certification in Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery, American Chemical Society Fellow, member of the American Medical Association, member of the American College of Surgeons, Castle Connolly Top Doctor, 2003 Thoracic Alumnus of the Year at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Willem J. Kolff Young Investigator’s Award

Education & Experience:

  • Residency for General Surgery at University of Minnesota at Fairview
  • Fellowship for Thoracic Surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Medical Degree from Duke University School of Medicine
03. Publications


A practical guide of the southwest oncology group to measure malignant pleural mesothelioma tumors by RECIST and modified RECIST criteriaJournal of Thoracic Oncology. March 2011;6(3):598-601. doi: 10.1097/JTO.0b013e318208c83d

The IASLC Mesothelioma Staging Project: Improving Staging of a Rare Disease Through International ParticipationJournal of Thoracic Oncology. December 2016;11(12):2082-2088. doi: 10.1016/j.jtho.2016.09.123

Identification of novel autoantibodies for detection of malignant mesotheliomaPLOS One. August 2013;8(8):e72458. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0072458

Recommendations for uniform definitions of surgical techniques for malignant pleural mesothelioma: a consensus report of the international association for the study of lung cancer international staging committee and the international mesothelioma interest groupJournal of Thoracic Oncology. August 2011;6(8):1304-12. doi: 10.1097/JTO.0b013e3182208e3f

Cooperative group research efforts in thoracic malignancies 2009: a review from the 10th Annual International Lung Cancer CongressClinical Lung Cancer. November 2009;10(6):395-404. doi: 10.3816/CLC.2009.n.075

Cooperative group research efforts in lung cancer 2008: focus on advanced-stage non-small-cell lung cancerClinical Lung Cancer. November 2008;9(6):346-51. doi: 10.3816/CLC.2008.n.050

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