Jonathan D’Cunha, MD, PhD

  • Chief, Division of Lung Transplant/Lung Failure
  • Surgical Director, ECMO Program
  • Vice Chair, Research and Education Associate
  • Associate Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency Program
  • Co-Director, Advanced Thoracic Surgery Fellowship Program
  • Professor of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Education & Training

  • Graduate School – Medical College of Wisconsin – PhD
  • Medical School – Medical College of Wisconsin – MD
  • Internship – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis – Surgery
  • Residency – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis – Surgery
  • Fellowship – University of Minnesota, Minneapolis – Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery

Research Grants

NIH Grants:  R21, R44, R43, F32, P41

Representative Publications

  1. D'Cunha J. A first start for lung transplantation? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Dec;156(6):2353-2354. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2018.08.065. Epub 2018 Sep 5. PubMed PMID: 30449585.
  2. Weathington NM, Álvarez D, Sembrat J, Radder J, Cárdenes N, Noda K, Gong Q, Wong H, Kolls J, D'Cunha J, Mallampalli RK, Chen BB, Rojas M. Ex vivo lung perfusion as a human platform for preclinical small molecule testing. JCI Insight. 2018 Oct 4;3(19). pii: 95515. doi: 10.1172/jci.insight.95515. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 30282819; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6237445.
  3. Andrade R, D'Cunha J. Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation for Hyperhidrosis: Ready for Primetime? Semin Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Autumn;30(3):367-368. doi: 10.1053/j.semtcvs.2018.09.008. Epub 2018 Sep 15. PubMed PMID: 30227215.
  4. Sanchez P, D'Cunha J. Sending our lungs to rehab: The future of ex vivo lung perfusion? J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 Aug;156(2):908-909. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2018.04.028. Epub 2018 Apr 16. PubMed PMID: 29807774.
  5. Naik C, Moore C, Pipeling M, D'Cunha J, Ruppert K, Ensor C, Morrell M. Cyclophosphamide for Refractory Acute Cellular Rejection After Lung Transplantation. Transplant Direct. 2018 Apr 26;4(5):e350. doi: 10.1097/TXD.0000000000000790. eCollection 2018 May. PubMed PMID: 29796421; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5959344.
  6. Schaheen LW, D'Cunha J. We are on the slope together. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 May;155(5):2181. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.12.078. PubMed PMID: 29653664.
  7. Shah PR, Boisen ML, Winger DG, Marquez J, Bermudez CA, Bhama JK, Shigemura N, D'Cunha J, Subramaniam K. Corrigendum to 'Extracorporeal Support During Bilateral Sequential Lung Transplantation in Patients with Pulmonary Hypertension: Risk factors and Outcomes' [Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia volume 31/2 (2017) 418-425]. J Cardiothorac Vasc Anesth. 2018 Aug;32(4):2034. doi: 10.1053/j.jvca.2018.02.011. Epub 2018 Mar 19. PubMed PMID: 29567039.
  8. Crespo MM, McCarthy DP, Hopkins PM, Clark SC, Budev M, Bermudez CA, Benden C, Eghtesady P, Lease ED, Leard L, D'Cunha J, Wigfield CH, Cypel M, Diamond JM, Yun JJ, Yarmus L, Machuzak M, Klepetko W, Verleden G, Hoetzenecker K, Dellgren G, Mulligan M. ISHLT Consensus Statement on adult and pediatric airway complications after lung transplantation: Definitions, grading system, and therapeutics. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2018 May;37(5):548-563. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2018.01.1309. Epub 2018 Feb 7. PubMed PMID: 29550149.
  9. Chan PG, Schaheen LW, Chan EG, Cook CC, Luketich JD, D'Cunha J. Technology-Enhanced Simulation Improves Trainee Readiness Transitioning to Cardiothoracic Training. J Surg Educ. 2018 Sep - Oct;75(5):1395-1402. doi: 10.1016/j.jsurg.2018.02.009. Epub 2018 Mar 9. PubMed PMID: 29530444.
  10. Schaheen LW, D'Cunha J. Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation in lung transplantation: No longer a four-letter word. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 May;155(5):2191-2192. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2018.01.029. Epub 2018 Feb 1. PubMed PMID: 29455956.
  11. D'Cunha J. The matrix revisited. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2018 May;155(5):2176. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.12.111. Epub 2018 Jan 6. PubMed PMID: 29409616.
  12. Aboagye JK, Hayanga JWA, Lau BD, Bush EL, Shaffer DL, Hobson DB, Kraus PS, Streiff MB, Haut ER, D'Cunha J. Venous Thromboembolism in Patients Hospitalized for Lung Transplantation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Apr;105(4):1071-1076. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.10.041. Epub 2018 Feb 1. Erratum in: Ann Thorac Surg. 2018 Aug;106(2):642. PubMed PMID: 29394995.
  13. Hess NR, Esper SA, Awori Hayanga JW, Tuft M, Morrell M, D'Cunha J. Patent foramen ovale repair at the time of double lung transplantation: Necessary or not? Clin Transplant. 2018 Jan 19:e13201. doi: 10.1111/ctr.13201. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29349838.
  14. Madhani SP, Frankowski BJ, Ye SH, Burgreen GW, Wagner WR, Kormos R, D'Cunha J, Federspiel WJ. In Vivo 5 Day Animal Studies of a Compact, Wearable Pumping Artificial Lung. ASAIO J. 2017 Dec 11. doi: 10.1097/MAT.0000000000000740. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 29240631; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5995618.
  15. Schaheen LW, D'Cunha J. Invited Commentary. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Oct;104(4):1159-1160. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.07.002. PubMed PMID: 28935299.
  16. Schaheen LW, D'Cunha J. The slippery slope of nonoperative therapy in early-stage lung cancer. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2017 Sep;154(3):1121-1122. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2017.06.009. Epub 2017 Jun 10. PubMed PMID: 28728786.
  17. Hayanga JWA, Shigemura N, Aboagye JK, Ensor C, Dew MA, Hayanga HK, Esper SA, Joubert K, Morrell MR, D'Cunha J. ECMO Support in Lung Transplantation: A Contemporary Analysis of Hospital Charges in the United States. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Sep;104(3):1033-1039. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.04.003. Epub 2017 Jul 6. PubMed PMID: 28688632.
  18. Baumann B, Byers S, Wasserman-Wincko T, Smith L, Hathaway B, Bhama J, Shigemura N, Hayanga JWA, D'Cunha J, Johnson JT. Postoperative Swallowing Assessment After Lung Transplantation. Ann Thorac Surg. 2017 Jul;104(1):308-312. doi: 10.1016/j.athoracsur.2017.01.080. Epub 2017 May 5. PubMed PMID: 28483151.
  19. Noda K, Tane S, Haam SJ, D'Cunha J, Hayanga AJ, Luketich JD, Shigemura N. Targeting Circulating Leukocytes and Pyroptosis During Ex Vivo Lung Perfusion Improves Lung Preservation. Transplantation. 2017 Dec;101(12):2841-2849. doi: 10.1097/TP.0000000000001798. PubMed PMID: 28452921.
  20. Madhani SP, Frankowski BJ, Burgreen GW, Antaki JF, Kormos R, D'Cunha J, Federspiel WJ. In vitro and in vivo evaluation of a novel integrated wearable artificial lung. J Heart Lung Transplant. 2017 Jul;36(7):806-811. doi: 10.1016/j.healun.2017.02.025. Epub 2017 Mar 4. PubMed PMID: 28359655; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5482770.