10705-Dunnington, Gary
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Gary L. Dunnington, MD

Chair, Department of Surgery

Bio

Gary Dunnington, MD, joined the IU School of Medicine faculty in August of 2012 where he is the Jay L. Grosfeld professor and chair for the Department of Surgery. He received his MD degree from IU School of Medicine and completed his surgical training at the University of Arizona. Dr. Dunnington came to IU School of Medicine after 15 years at the University of Southern Illinois where he served as both professor and chair of surgery. Prior to SIU, he was an associate professor of surgery and senior associate dean for academic affairs at the University of Southern California School of Medicine. 

Dr. Dunnington's area of clinical practice is surgical oncology with a focus in breast and endocrine disease. He has developed two multidisciplinary breast centers, first the University of Southern California Norris Breast Center and then The Breast Center at Southern Illinois University where he served as medical director for both. He has served as principle or co-investigator on research projects totaling more than $5.6 million, and has more than 125 peer-reviewed publications. 

Dr. Dunnington has received a total of 19 institutional teaching awards. He was named Outstanding Faculty Teacher of the Year nine times at four institutions, including the 2010 Outstanding Faculty Teacher of the Year award for the SIU School of Medicine and the 2011 Outstanding Faculty Teacher of the Year award at the university level. He also received the AOA Robert Glazer Distinguished Teacher award from the AAMC in 2010. 

Dr. Dunnington is a former president of the Association for Surgical Education and was honored with the 1999 Distinguished Educator award from the organization. He is one of five founding faculty of the ACS Surgeons as Educators course and served as a faculty member for 15 years. He has been a visiting professor of education to departments of surgery in nearly one-half of the medical schools across the United States. 

Titles & Appointments

  • Chair, Department of Surgery
  • Jay L. Grosfeld Professor of Surgery
  • Education
    1980 MD Indiana University
    1976 BS Ball State University
  • Professional Organizations
    American Cancer Society, Sangamon County Unit
    American College of Surgeons
    American Medical Association
    American Surgical Association
    Association for Academic Surgery
    Association for Surgical Education
    Association of Program Directors in Surgery
    Central Surgical Society
    Illinois Surgical Society
    Los Angeles Surgical Society
    Society for the Study of Breast Disease
    Society Internationale de Chirugie
    Society of Surgical Oncology
    Southwestern Surgical Congress
    The Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
    Western Surgical Association
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Surgery - Surgery*
  • Clinical Interests


    Dr. Dunnington's clinical interests include surgical oncology with a focus in breast and endocrine disease.

  • Awards
    Org: University of Arizona College of Medicine
    Desc: Clinical Sciences Educator of the Year
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    Org: University of Arizona College of Medicine
    Desc: Outstanding Clinical Sciences Educator of the Year from the Class of 1987
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    Org: University of Arizona College of Medicine
    Desc: Clinical Sciences Educator of the Year
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    Org: University of Arizona College of Medicine
    Desc: Dean's List for Excellence in Teaching Award
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    Org: University of Arizona College of Medicine
    Desc: Outstanding Clinical Sciences Educator of the Year from the Class of 1988
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    Org: University of Arizona College of Medicine
    Desc: Furrow Award for Excellence in Clinical Science Teaching for Medical Students
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    Org: University of Arizona College of Medicine
    Desc: Dean's List for Excellence in Teaching Award
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    Org: University of Arizona College of Medicine
    Desc: Clinical Sciences Educator of the Year from the Class of 1989
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    Org: University of Arizona College of Medicine
    Desc: AOA CD Christian Award for Excellence in Teaching
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    Org: Creighton University School of Medicine
    Desc: Golden Apple Award
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    Org: University of Southern California
    Desc: AOA Excellence in Teaching Award
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    Org: University of Southern California
    Desc: Kaiser Excellence in Teaching Award
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    Desc: Kaiser Excellence in Teaching Award
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    Org: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
    Desc: Excellence in Teaching Award
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    Org: Association for Surgical Education
    Desc: Distinguished Educator Award
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    Org: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
    Desc: Outstanding Teaching Award from the Class of 2007
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    Org: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
    Desc: University Level Outstanding Teacher Award
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    Org: AAMC
    Desc: Alpha Omega Alpha Robert J. Glazer Distinguished Teacher Award
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    Org: Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
    Desc: Outstanding Teacher of the Year
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