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Kemp Kernstine, MD

Thoracic & Cardiac Surgeon

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Conditions Treated Laryngeal Cancer Lung Cancer Pericardial Mesothelioma Pleural Mesothelioma

  • Bio & Insurance Information

    Specializing in mesothelioma treatment, specifically extrapleural pneumonectomy and pleurectomy/decortication, Dr. Kernstine graduated from Duke University. Dr. Kemp Kernstine studied as a resident in general thoracic track at Harvard Medical School. He was also a general surgery resident at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Kernstine is currently the Chairman of the Division of Thoracic Surgery at the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Care Center and specializes in the treatment of mesothelioma, esophageal and lung cancers. Dr. Kernstine’s focus is on robotic interventions and similar minimally invasive procedures. Dr. Kernstine was a professor and medical doctor at the Beckman Research Institute in Duarte, California, the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center and the University of Iowa College of Medicine.

  • Education & Training


    Duke University



    Duke University - 1982

    Medical School


    University of Minnesota and Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School



    University of Minnesota


  • Board Certifications

    American Board of Surgery

    American Board of Thoracic Surgery - Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery

  • Hospital & Practice

    Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Care Center

    Languages: English/Spanish

    (214) 645-8300

    5323 Harry Hines Boulevard

    Dallas, Texas 75390

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    Huntington Hospital

    Languages: English/Spanish

    (626) 397-5000

    100 W California Blvd

    Pasadena, California 91105

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    Veterans Affairs North Texas Health Care System Dallas

    Languages: English/Spanish

    (214) 742-8387

    4500 S Lancaster Rd

    Dallas, Texas 75216

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  • Publications & Memberships

    Dr. Kemp Kernstine has contributed to 3 publications.

    Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery in Lung Cancer Resection: A Meta-Analysis and Systematic Review of Controlled Trials.

    Cheng D1, Downey RJ, Kernstine K, Stanbridge R, Shennib H, Wolf R, Ohtsuka T, Schmid R, Waller D, Fernando H, Yim A, Martin J.

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    A practical guide of the southwest oncology group to measure malignant pleural mesothelioma tumors by RECIST and modified RECIST criteria.

    Tsao AS1, Garland L, Redman M, Kernstine K, Gandara D, Marom EM.

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    High-resolution mapping of DNA methylation in lung cancer with tiling microarrays.

    Tibor A. Rauch,* Xueyan Zhong,* Xiwei Wu,† Melody Wang,* Kemp H. Kernstine,‡ Zunde Wang,* Arthur D. Riggs,*§ and Gerd P. Pfeifer*§

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    Society of Surgical Oncology

    American Association for Thoracic Surgery

    American College of Chest Physicians

    American College of Surgeons

    American Medical Association

    American Thoracic Society

    Society of Thoracic Surgeons

    Western Thoracic Surgical Association