Biography & Education


"Often there are many treatment options for patients with diseases of the esophagus. I prioritize patient education because I believe that the better you understand your individual medical problem, the better I can take care of you. My philosophy is to work with you as a team to determine which treatment option is best for you, and then provide you with superior surgical care in the least invasive way possible."

Dr. Dunst graduated from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. She later completed her internship and residency at Hennepin County Medical Center. Dr. Dunst completed a fellowship at Hennepin County Medical Center and later completed another fellowship in Thoracic Foregut and Esophageal Surgery at the University of Southern California. She is a member of several organizations, including the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, the American College of Surgeons, and the Association of Women Surgeons. She focuses on Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Barrett's Esophagus, Esophageal Cancer, and other minimally invasive surgical needs at The Oregon Clinic - Gastrointestinal and Minimally Invasive Surgery (GMIS).

Dr. Dunst is one of only five physicians in Oregon implanting LINX devices to control Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD).  

Areas of expertise

Barrett's Esophagus and Esophageal Cancer, Endoscopic Resection and Ablation of Esophageal Cancer, Esophageal Motility Disorders & Achalasia, Esophagectomy (Vagal Sparing, En Bloc & Minimally Invasive), Gastric Cancer, Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Minimally Invasive and Robotic Surgery of the esophagus and stomach

  • B.A., Molecular & Cellular Developmental Biology, Psychology, University of Colorado, 1993
  • M.D., University of Colorado, Denver, CO, 1998
  • General Surgery Internship & Residency, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis, MN, 1998-2004
  • Fellowship, Critical Care, Hennepin County Medical Center, 2002
  • Fellowship, Thoracic Foregut/Esophageal Surgery, University of Southern California, 2004-2006
  • English

Care Locations

The Oregon Clinic-Gastrointestinal & Minimally Invasive Surgery
4805 NE Glisan St.
Suite 6N60
Portland , OR 97213
The Oregon Clinic-Gastrointestinal & Minimally Invasive Surgery at St. Vincent
9155 SW Barnes Rd.
Suite 436
Portland , OR 97225
Fax 503-416-7377