Dr. Kernstine is Chair of Thoracic Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. He specializes in minimally invasive and robotic surgery, and has become one of the highest volume robotic thoracic surgeons in the country. He is board certified in surgery and thoracic surgery and is considered a specialist in the treatment of mesothelioma.
Dr. Kernstine received a bachelors of science and a medical degree from Duke University, as well as a PhD from the University of Minnesota. He completed a surgical residency at the University of Minnesota, as well as residencies in thoracic surgery and cardiac surgery from Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He also completed research fellowships in oncology and cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Minnesota and West Roxbury Veterans’ Affairs Medical Center, respectively.
Dr. Kernstine has been named one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly since 2008, and one of America’s Top Doctors for Cancer since 2005. He is a member of numerous professional societies including the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Thoracic Society, and the Society of Surgical Oncologists.