John Fung, MD

John Fung, MD, PhD

General Surgery Cleveland, OH

Chairman, Digestive Disease Institute Cleveland Clinic

Office Address

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  • 9500 Euclid Ave
    Cleveland, OH 44195
    Phone: (216) 444-3776
    Fax: (216) 444-2153


  • I am currently the Chairman of the Digestive Disease Institute at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and was the former Chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. I have been involved in clinical kidney, liver, pancreas, islet, and intestinal transplantation, as well as research in immunology for over 30 years. I received his B.A. from the Johns Hopkins University in 1975, followed by a Ph.D. in Immunology in 1980 and M.D. in 1982 from the University of Chicago. I then completed my surgical residency at the University of Rochester, and a transplant surgery fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, under the guidance of Dr. Thomas Starzl. Between 1987 and 1988, I served as Director of Histocompatibility Testing at the University of Rochester. In 1989, I joined the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh, and held the tenured position as the inaugural Thomas E. Starzl Professor in Surgery. I was recruited to the Cleveland Clinic in 2004 as the Chairman of the Department of General Surgery and also appointed Professor of Surgery at the Lerner College of Medicine at Case Western University. I am currently also the Medical Director of Allogen Laboratory, one of the largest histocompatibility laboratories in the United States.

Dr. Fung's Clinical Specialties & Interests

  • General Surgery: General Surgery, Hepatobiliary, Transplantation
  • Clinical Interests: Liver; hepatobiliary malignanices; end-stage liver disease; immunosuppression

Dr. Fung's Faculty Appointments & Work History

  • ProfessorCleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
    Cleveland, OH
    Chairman, Department of Surgery (2010 - present)
  • Medical DirectorAllogen Laboratory
  • ChairmanDigestive Disease Institute, Cleveland Clinic
    Cleveland, OH
    Chairman, Department of General Surgery (2004-2010); Director, Transplant Center (2004-present); Chairman, Department of Hepato-pancreato-biliary and Transplant Surgery (2008-2010); Chairman, Department of Surgery Education Institute (2008-2010)
  • Adjunct ProfessorUniversity of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Assistant Professor (1989-1991); Instructor (1988); Associate Professor (1991-1998); Professor of Surgery (1998-2004)
  • ChiefThomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute University of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Associate Director for Research and Clinical Services (1992-2004); Director of Transplantation Research (1989-2004), Inaugural Holder of the Thomas E. Starzl Professorship in Transplantation Surgery (2000-2004)
  • DirectorStrong Memorial Hospital University of Rochester
    Rochester, NY

Dr. Fung's Education & Medical Training

  • University of Pittsburgh Medical CenterUniversity of Pittsburgh Medical CenterFellowship
  • University of RochesterUniversity of RochesterResidency, General Surgery
  • University of RochesterUniversity of RochesterInternship, General Surgery
  • U of Chicago, Pritzker Sch of MedUniversity of Chicago Pritzker School of MedicineMedical School, MD
  • University of ChicagoUniversity of ChicagoOther Training, PhD, Immunology
  • Johns Hopkins UniversityJohns Hopkins UniversityOther Training, BA, Biology

Dr. Fung's Certifications & Licensure

  • FL State Medical LicenseFL State Medical License2013 - 2018
  • OH State Medical LicenseOH State Medical License2004 - 2015
  • InactiveInactivePA,1984 - 2005
  • InactiveInactiveNY,1983 - 1988
  • American Board of SurgeryAmerican Board of SurgerySurgery, 1989

Dr. Fung's Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • Centers for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesMeaningful Use Stage 1 CertificationCenters for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 2011
  • TTS-Roche Award for Worldwide Impact in Transplantation2010
  • ILTS Distinguished Service Award 2009
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Dr. Fung's Publications & Presentations

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Journal Articles

  • Clinical experience with FK506 [Editorial].Starzl TE, Abu-Elmagd K, Fung JJ, Todo S, Tzakis AG, McCauley J, Demetris AJ, La Press Medicale September:1967-1973
  • Clinical intestinal transplantation: new perspectives and immunologic considerations.Abu-Elmagd K, Reyes J, Todo S, Rao A, Lee R, Irish W, Furukawa H, Bueno J, McMichael J, Fawzy AT, Murase N, Demetris J, Rakela J, Fung JJ, Starzl TE, J Am Coll Surg 186(5):512-525
  • Reconstruction of an abnormal hepatic vein in a donor liver.Felekouras ES, Tsamandas AC, Papalampros EL, Pikoulis EA, Leppaniemi AK, Fung JJ, Transplantation 65(9):1265-1266
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Books/Book Chapters

  • Transplantation and Clinical Immunology, Vol. 22.Chapter: An overview on clinical organ transplantation under FK506Page 135 - 143
    Alessiani M, Jain A, Abu-Elmagd K, Todo S, Fung JJ, Starzl TE
    Editors: Touraine JL, et al.Excerpta Medica, New York, NY
  • Textbook of Critical Care.Chapter: Intensive care of liver transplant recipientsPage 1945 - 1957
    Kramer DJ, Mazariegos GV, Fung JJ
    Editors: Grenvik A, Ayres SM, Holbrook PR, Shoemaker WC..B. Saunders Company
  • Ontogeny of clonal responses and mechanisms in dominant idiotype expression in the BALB/c response to phosphorylcholine.
    Fung JJ
    Editors: .University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
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  • In vitro xenoreactivity: Evidence for T-helper 2(Th2) predominance.Ildstad ST, Wren SM, Wang SC, Thai NL, Hoffman RA, Fung JJ, Simmons RL, XIV International Congress of the Transplantation Society, Paris, France
  • Reversal of proten-losing enteropathy after liver transplantation in a child with idiopathic familial neonatal hepatitis.Alkhouri N, Hupertz V, Eghtesad B, Fung J, Carter-kent C, Radhakrishnan K, Pediatric Transplantation. Vol 13, Suppl 1, Abstract # 296
  • Prospective study of recurrent hepatitis C: factors influencing disease severity at one year post-transplantation.Shakil AO, Habib S, Demetris AJ, Rabinovitz M, Saw-Stiffel T, Marcos A, Fung JJ, Hepatology Volume 40, Supplement 1, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, Boston, MA
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Grant Support

  • Tacrolimus VS Cyclosporine  Sirolimus In Liver Transplan
    Tacrolimus VS Cyclosporine Sirolimus In Liver TransplanNational Center For Research Resources
    2000 - 2002
  • Combined Bone Marrow And Organ Transplantation In Humans
    Combined Bone Marrow And Organ Transplantation In HumansNational Institute Of Allergy And Infectious Diseases
    1996 - 2000

Dr. Fung's Professional Memberships

Other Languages

  • Chinese (Mandarin)

Hospital Affiliations

Insurance Accepted

  • Aetna Choice POS II
  • Aetna HMO
  • Anthem Blue Access PPO
  • Anthem Blue Preferred HMO
  • BCBS Alabama PPO
  • BCBS Blue Card PPO
  • BCBS California PPO
  • BCBS Illinois PPO
  • Blue Shield California PPO
  • CIGNA Open Access
  • First Health PPO
  • Great West PPO
  • HealthAmerica HealthAssurance PPO
  • Humana ChoiceCare Network PPO
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio SuperMed Plus
  • Medical Mutual of Ohio SuperMed POS
  • Multiplan PHCS PPO
  • Multiplan PPO
  • United Healthcare - Direct Choice Plus POS
  • United Healthcare - Direct Options PPO

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