Meet the Chairman

Dr. Fung appointed to lead the Digestive Disease Institute

After an international search, Cleveland Clinic has named John Fung, MD, PhD, as Chair of the Digestive Disease Institute. Dr. Fung will replace Robert Wyllie, MD, who has served as interim Chair of the institute since March 2010. The previous chair was Victor Fazio, MD, who is currently on staff at Cleveland Clinic.

Ranked No. 2 in the nation for digestive disorders by U.S.News & World Report for the past seven years, the Digestive Disease Institute is one of the largest in the country. It also is the first of its kind to integrate specialists in gastroenterology and hepatology, colorectal surgery, hepato-pancreato-biliary and transplant surgery, general surgery and nutrition.

“Dr. Fung is an internationally renowned and highly respected transplant surgeon who has been part of the Cleveland Clinic team since 2004,” says Delos M. Cosgrove, MD, CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic. “He is an effective leader and will build on the strong history of innovation and world-class care the Digestive Disease Institute provides for our patients.”

In his new capacity, Dr. Fung will oversee more than 350 institute employees. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Fung served as Chairman of the Department of General Surgery at Cleveland Clinic. He is currently a Professor of Surgery at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine.

With more than 25 years experience in kidney, liver, pancreas, islet and intestinal transplantation, he also is an accomplished immunologist. Dr. Fung received degrees from Johns Hopkins University and the University of Chicago. He completed his surgical residency at the University of Rochester, and a transplant surgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, under the guidance of Dr. Thomas Starzl.

“The breadth of expertise among the clinical staff and healthcare providers – along with a long history of innovations in gastrointestinal diseases – makes this appointment as Chair of the Digestive Disease Institute a notable honor for me,” Dr. Fung says. “The commitment of Cleveland Clinic to enhancing the delivery of care while advancing the understanding of digestive disorders and teaching the next generation of trainees goes hand-in-hand with the objectives of the Digestive Disease Institute.”

His principal research interests are in transplantation immunology, immunosuppressive therapies and liver related immunology. He has received funding from the NIH and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, as well as support from industry.

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