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Dai H. Chung, M.D., is a Professor in the Department of Surgery and the Chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in pediatric surgery.

Dr. Chung earned his medical degree at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Texas, where he also completed an internship and a residency in surgery. He received advanced training through a fellowship in pediatric surgery at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center/University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, as well as through research fellowships with the National Institutes of Health at Shriners Burns Hospital and the University of Texas Medical Branch.

Certified by the American Board of Surgery in pediatric surgery, he joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2018.

Dr. Chung is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Academy of Pediatrics, Section of Surgery. He currently serves as President of the Society of University Surgeons Foundation and Director of the American Board of Surgery. He is Chairman of the American Board of Surgery’s Maintenance of Certification Examination Committee and is on the editorial board of several publications, including JAMA Surgery, Children, and Cancer Research Frontiers. In addition, he is a member of the Association of American Medical Colleges, the Pediatric Trauma Society, and the Society of Clinical Surgery, among many other organizations.

Dr. Chung has published more than 130 academic articles and contributed to dozens of books. He is also a sought-after speaker and has delivered scores of presentations around the world.

In 2017, he earned the Society of University Surgeons Travel Award to travel to the Surgical Research Society of South Africa.

Education

Medical School
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (1988)
Research Fellowship
Shriners Hospital for Children - Galveston (1992), T3
Residency
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (1994), Surgery
Fellowship
Children's Hospital Medical Center (1996), Pediatric Surgery
Research Fellowship
University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston (1999), T3
Graduate School
Brandeis University (2019)

Research Interest

  • Neuroendocrine Regulation of Neuroblastoma

Publications

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Mutations in BMPR2 are not present in patients with pulmonary hypertension associated with congenital diaphragmatic hernia.
Chiu JS, Ma L, Wynn J, Krishnan U, Rosenzweig EB, Aspelund G, Arkovitz M, Warner BW, Lim FY, Mychaliska GB, Azarow K, Cusick RA, Chung DH, Chung WK J. Pediatr. Surg. 2017 Nov 52 11 1747-1750
ML327 induces apoptosis and sensitizes Ewing sarcoma cells to TNF-related apoptosis-inducing ligand.
Rellinger EJ, Padmanabhan C, Qiao J, Appert A, Waterson AG, Lindsley CW, Beauchamp RD, Chung DH Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 2017 09 491 2 463-468
A multiyear assessment of a hospital-school program to promote teen motor vehicle safety.
Unni P, Estrada CM, Chung DH, Riley EB, Worsley-Hynd L, Stinson N J Trauma Acute Care Surg 2017 Aug 83 2 289-295
FX11 inhibits aerobic glycolysis and growth of neuroblastoma cells.
Rellinger EJ, Craig BT, Alvarez AL, Dusek HL, Kim KW, Qiao J, Chung DH Surgery 2017 03 161 3 747-752
Understanding the Operative Experience of the Practicing Pediatric Surgeon: Implications for Training and Maintaining Competency.
Abdullah F, Salazar JH, Gause CD, Gadepalli S, Biester TW, Azarow KS, Brandt ML, Chung DH, Lund DP, Rescorla FJ, Waldhausen JH, Tracy TF, Fallat ME, Klein MD, Lewis FR, Hirschl RB JAMA Surg 2016 08 151 8 735-41
Laparoscopic Nissen fundoplication in infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome.
Craig BT, Rellinger EJ, Mettler BA, Watkins S, Donahue BS, Chung DH J. Pediatr. Surg. 2016 Jan 51 1 76-80
Standardizing ICU management of pediatric traumatic brain injury is associated with improved outcomes at discharge.
O'Lynnger TM, Shannon CN, Le TM, Greeno A, Chung D, Lamb FS, Wellons JC J Neurosurg Pediatr 2016 Jan 17 1 19-26
Non-fecalith-induced appendicitis: etiology, imaging, and pathology.
Swischuk LE, Chung DH, Hawkins HK, Jadhav SP, Radhakrishnan R Emerg Radiol 2015 Dec 22 6 643-9
Diagnostic utility of PHOX2B in primary and treated neuroblastoma and in neuroblastoma metastatic to the bone marrow.
Hata JL, Correa H, Krishnan C, Esbenshade AJ, Black JO, Chung DH, Mobley BC Arch. Pathol. Lab. Med. 2015 Apr 139 4 543-6
Enhanced autophagy blocks angiogenesis via degradation of gastrin-releasing peptide in neuroblastoma cells.
Kim KW, Paul P, Qiao J, Lee S, Chung DH Autophagy 2013 Oct 9 10 1579-90

Books

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Honors & Awards

  • Society of University Surgeons Travel Award to Surgical Research Society of South Africa, Johannesburg
    (2017)
  • Society of University Surgeons Representative to Surgical Research Society of South Africa, Cape Town
    (2016)
  • Society of University Surgeons Representative to Surgical Research Society of South Africa, Bloemfontein
    (2015)
  • Director, The American Board of Surgery
    (2013-2019)
  • Director, The American Board of Surgery, Pediatric Surgery Board
    (2013-2019)
  • President, Society of University Surgeons Foundation
    (2013-2018)
  • SUS Travel Award to Japan Surgical Society, Tokyo
    (2012)
  • Best Doctor in America
    (2011-2018)
  • Best Doctor in Middle T ennessee
    (2011-2017)
  • SUS Travel Award to European Society of Surgical Research, Geneva
    (2011)
  • SUS Travel Award to Society of Academic & Research Surgery, Dublin
    (2011)
  • Top Doctors in Nashville
    (2011-2017)
  • President, Society of University Surgeons
    (2010)
  • President-Elect, Society of University Surgeons
    (2009)
  • Society of University Surgeons Travel Award to Surgical Research Society of South Africa, Johannesburg
    (2009)
  • Werner Creutzfeldt Lectureship, Inter. Regulatory Peptide Society
    (2009)
  • America’s T op Surgeons
    (2008)
  • NIH Bioengineering, Technology and Surgical Sciences Study Section
    (2008-2012)
  • T exas Super Doctors-Pediatric Surgery
    (2006-2010)
  • Outstanding Teacher, Department of Surgery, UTMB
    (2004)
  • Shipley Award, Southern Surgical Association
    (2004)
  • Outstanding Teacher, Department of Surgery, UTMB
    (2001)
  • Outstanding Teacher, Department of Surgery, UTMB
    (2000)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society
    (1992)
  • Association of American Medical Colleges, Resident Representative
    (1992-1994)
  • Resident’s Prize at the Singleton Surgical Society
    (1992)
  • Resident’s Prize at the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
    (1991)
  • University of Texas at Austin, cum laude
    (1984)
  • Alpha Epsilon Delta Premedical Honor Society, University of Texas at Austin
    (1983)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • H. William Scott Jr., Surgical Society (2017)
  • International Society of Paediatric Surgical Oncology (2015)
  • Pediatric Trauma Society (2014)
  • American Society for Cell Biology (2011)
  • Assoc. of Pediatric Surgery Training Program Directors (2011)
  • Society of Clinical Surgery (honorary) (2011)
  • The Halsted Society (2011)
  • American College of Surgeons, T ennessee Chapter (2010)
  • American Surgical Association (2008)
  • T exas Surgical Society (2007)
  • Southern Surgical Association (2003)
  • Surgery Biology Club (2002)
  • American Association for Cancer Research (2001)
  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Section of Surgery, Fellow (2000)
  • American Gastroenterological Association (2000)
  • American Pediatric Surgical Association (2000)
  • Children’s Oncology Group (2000)
  • Society of University Surgeons (2000)
  • Texas Pediatric Society (2000)
  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow (1999)
  • American College of Surgeons, South Texas Chapter (1999-2009)
  • Association for Academic Surgery (1999)
  • Pediatric Surgery Biology Club (1998)
  • Society of American gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons (1998)
  • American Burn Association (1996)
  • Singleton Surgical Society (1996)
  • Association of American Medical Colleges (1992)