Dr. John Fung

General Surgery
Chicago, IL
41 years experience male

Locations

UChicago Medicine

Chicago, IL

Address

5841 Maryland Avenue, Room J517, Chicago, IL, United States
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My office hours

Thursday: 8:00am - 4:00pm
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Fax

7737022126

Insurances accepted

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About

Bio

John J. Fung, M.D., Ph.D. Is Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago and Director of the Transplanta Institute. Prior to this, he served as the Chairman of the Digestive Disease Institute at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation and is the former Chief of the Division of Transplant Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh. With over 30 years of involvement in kidney, liver, pancreas, islet, and intestinal transplantation, he is also an accomplished immunologist. With over 1,000 peer reviewed manuscripts, he is a leading authority in organ transplantation.

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General Surgery

Hepatology

Doctor Q&A

884 Answers
20 Agrees
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Weight and smoking: There are many known and unknown factors for the risk of breast cancer - these include genetic factors, gender, age, age when menstrual cycles started... Read More
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A 24-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Depends: The liver is a very vigorous organ, it has the reparative properties to regenerate after injury. But it depends on the nature of the injury and the c... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Usually supportive: Treatment of viral hepatitis depends on the virus. For hepatitis a, treatment is generally supportive with IV fluids. For hepatitis b, acute infecti... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Depends: The decision to use a mechanical or biologic valve depends on many factors, such as age, medical conditions, childbearing expectations and preference.... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Should resolve: Side effects of the hepatitis A vaccine usually are mild. Soreness at the site of injection is common. Less commonly, recipients may complain of heada... Read More
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A 50-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: there will still be some residual swelling and scar tissue in the area of the hernia repair, as well as potentially some injury to the nerve in the ar... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Possible-see MD: Low ceruloplasmin levels can be associated with an inherited liver disorder called Wilson's Disease. This can lead to liver failure associated with t... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Not likely: Cold sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus (HSV). There are two types of herpes simplex virus: HSV-1 and HSV-2. Both virus types can cause sore... Read More
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A 33-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
See your MD: This could be a variety of things, including an infection, hormonal imbalance, immune disorder, etc., but if your skin is truly yellow, you may have h... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Unknown risk: Cerebral venous sinus thrombosis is the presence of a blood clot in the veins that drain blood from the brain. There are many conditions that can pre... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Many causes: Hepatosplenomegaly is the simultaneous enlargement of both the liver (hepatomegaly) and the spleen (splenomegaly). There are many causes for this, inc... Read More
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A 16-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Get an X-ray: The type of injury you describe may lead to fracture of the wrist, called a Colles fracture. It involves the radius and ulna at the wrist joint and m... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: Bepanthen contains the skin pro-vitamin B5 (dexpanthenol) and the Bepanthen Ointment is formulated according to the needs of delicate infant skin, for... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
It : It sounds as if your sister developed a post-operative complication after her colon surgery with a leak that resulted in sepsis, or systemic infection... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
No clear answer: It is unclear what you mean by "cleansing the liver" - the liver receives blood from the intestines and from the heart and is responsible for many fun... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
You : You will need to see a gastroenterologist, who specializes in treatment of intestinal disorders, to help determine the cause and treatment of your inf... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
A : A hernia in the abdominal wall can occur at a number of sites, the most common being the umbilicus (belly button) or in the groin. The lump you refer... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Unfortunately : Unfortunately the description of your symptoms does not allow me to provide a very educated suggestion as to the cause of your problems. In particular... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Depends on type: Cutaneous fistulas are tracts that drain fluid to the skin - the starting point defines their chacteristic. Enteric fistulas come from the bowel, usu... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
I : I assume you had your blood drawn from the bend in the elbow, known as the antecubital space. The biceps tendon inserts into the forearm bone, the r... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Lipodissolve : Lipodissolve is a form of mesotherapy which has been touted as a less invasive alternative to liposuction. A number of therapies utilizing a similar ... Read More
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A 17-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
First : First of all, not all skin infections are staphlococcal, not all staphlococcal infections are mrsa. Mrsa is short for methicillin-resistant staphyloc... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
There : There are two issues here to consider, one the effect of smoking on recovery from surgery and the other the effect of the drug, marijuana itself. Mari... Read More
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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
PSC is progressive: You do not state whether your sclerosing cholangitis (sc) is primary or secondary, primary sc is an autoimmune disorder where the bile ducts become in... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Pepto-Bismol : Pepto-bismol is one preparation of Bismuth Subsalicylate and is used to treat occasional upset stomach, heartburn, and nausea. It is also used to trea... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
I : I do not believe any physician reviewing this comment will be able to appreciate the condition of this patient going into surgery to assess the risk f... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Depends: There are 2 approaches to complications from uc or crohn's disease - either open or laparoscopic surgery. The approach depends on the urgency, nature... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Definition provided: Alcohol is absorbed from the intestines and broken down in the liver. Some of the byproducts are toxic to the liver and at high enough levels, can le... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
HPV : Hpv or human papilloma virus is a family of related viruses that infect humans but cause different problems. Some hpv types can cause genital warts, ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
In : In order to lose weight, your caloric intake must be less than your energy expenditure. To calculate your energy expenditure and your basal metabolic... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Rarer - more serious: A hernia is a defect in the abdominal wall allowing contents within the abdomen to protrude. The most common hernias are inguinal (lower abdomen aro... Read More
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A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Possible UTI: Given you gender and age, this may be a urinary tract infection (uti). The back pain may represent more serious infection called pyelonephritis, wher... Read More
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A 49-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Whether : Whether this can be done in the office setting using a local anesthesia depends on location, the certainty of diagnosis, the skill of the surgeon, the... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
The : The anal glands or anal sacs are small glands found near the anus and normally function to lubricate the anal canal to facilitate defecation. This li... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Breakdown in mucosa: Ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disease that is characterized by ulcers, or open sores in the lining (mucosa) of the large intestine. The main sym... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Acute inflammation: The appendix is connected to the large intestine - appendicitis is when the appendix opening is blocked, causing increased pressure and then pain, usu... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Not much: Walking is not going to help and in fact may make it bigger. Heat will also not be effective if the seroma is large. Aspirating a seroma is generall... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Not very good: In stage iv, gallbladder cancer has spread to nearby lymph nodes and/or to organs far away from the gallbladder. Since chemotherapy is not very effec... Read More
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A 58-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Could be blood clot: You should see your surgeon asap to rule out the possibility that this could be a post-operative deep vein thrombosis (dvt). The common signs and sym... Read More
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A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Adenomas: During colonoscopy, one cannot tell whether a polyp is benign, pre-cancerous (adenomas) or malignant - so polyps are removed for pathology. When smal... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
All : All surgery has the potential for causing complications, including death. However one must weigh the risks of having surgery with the risks of not ha... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Although : Although you do not provide information as to your overall health and other conditions you may have, it sounds as if you are experiencing post-operati... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
There : There are a number of hepatitis b virus (hbv) markers that are used to determine whether one is actively infected, latently infected, immune, or vacci... Read More
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A 49-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
The : The liver makes bile, the substance that makes the stool brown. The bile comes out from the liver through bile ducts. Normally the bile goes into the ... Read More
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A female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Blepharoplasty, : Blepharoplasty, also known as eyelid surgery, is usually done as an outpatient procedure. Most often it is done with a local anesthetic with intraven... Read More
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A 38-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Yes: Piles, or hemorrhoids, are swollen and inflamed veins in your anus and lower rectum and result from straining during bowel movements or pressure durin... Read More
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A 27-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Probably not: Hiatal hernia is a bulging of part of the stomach through the esophageal hiatus into the chest. The incidence increases with age; up to 60% of individ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
See your physician: While your symptoms are non-specific and can be caused by changes in diet, stress, age and benign causes, given your age, it would be worthwhile seein... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Generally yes: Taking a multivitamin in a patient with liver disease is generally safe, if the dose does not exceed the daily recommended allowance (dwa) and should ... Read More
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A 40-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 41 years experience
Possible menopause: Menopause occurs in women during their 40s or early 50s, and it signals the end of the fertile phase of a woman's life. There armany signs including: ... Read More
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Testimonials
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Thank you notes
Nov 18, 2013
I give Dr Fung my highest endorsement. He is clearly a brilliant physician. Despite an incredibly busy career he continues to take time out to answer patient questions on Healthtap. His level of kno...Read More
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Dec 16, 2012
Dr. Fung is the most outstanding and remarkable doctor and surgeon in the WORLD. He is incredibly gifted and skilled. In 2005, I was headed to hospice in my hometown due to a very large tumor on my li...Read More
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Dec 16, 2012
My mother has history of cholangitis. 10 years after surgery due to changes noted to her CT scan, she required medical follow up. I searched the web for top liver surgeons and came across Dr Fung. A...Read More
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This made me feel good. Thanks! I did not find what i was looking for. However, i really like the way how you explain your thoughts on this. If this were my cocnern, i would find this really helpful.
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This was very helpful. Thanks! will stop for 2 months and retest.I am also on Testosterone Therapy (but had GGT a little high before Therapy) so I don't want to mess with my liver!
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This was very helpful. Thanks! White wbc has been in the 13000 for over a year. I'm not sure the size of the anxillary nodes. All nodes were located by ultrasound.

Education & Training

Medical/Graduate school

Johns Hopkins University
Graduated 1975MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1980MD

Medical/Graduate school

University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine, IL
Graduated 1982MD

Residency

Strong Memorial Hospital University of Rochester

Awards

Worldwide Impact in Transplantation, Transplantation Society/Roche
Distinguished Service Award, International Liver Transplantation Society
Scientific Award, Chinese American Medical Society

Affiliations

American Surgical Association
International Liver Transplantation Society
The Transplantation Society
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