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Dr. John Fung

General Surgery
Chicago, IL
40 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

Tuesday: 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

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A 29-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
See ophthalmologist: While the description of your vision is not sufficient to make a diagnosis, whatever the cause is serious enough to warrant immediate attention. This... Read More
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A 30-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Make sure HCV is neg: If it was hepatitis a that cause a bump in your liver tests, five months is more than enough time to resolve the infection, leading to immunity. Howe... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
appendicitis: Appendicolith is a a calcified deposit within the appendix. In the past, appendectomy was recommended for such patients, however more recently, prop... Read More
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A 16-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Musculoskeletal: Not sure of the circumstances leading up to the injury, but given your age, the discomfort is likely due to musculoskeletal strain, i.e. Muscle or ten... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Yes, resume sex: If you have been told that you are clear of hepatitis b, that means that you are not making the virus in your blood and cannot pass it on. After infe... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Doubt ischemic pain: Ischemia is the result of a lack of oxygen, usually due to poor blood flow. Given your age and location, pain in the left rib cage is unlikely to be ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Likely passed stone: If the stone was wedged in the ureter, you would have likely had symptoms of pain on that side. Drinking lots of water would increase urine flow and ... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Yes, likely strain: More than likely, the physical exertion during your dancing resulted in musculoskeletal strain. Assuming that you did not dramatically fall or hit so... Read More
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A 31-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
It can: Epididymitis is inflammation of the epididymis, which is a tube located at the back of the testicles. The tube stores and carries sperm. It is caused ... Read More
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A male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
See hepatologist: If you have hepatic encephalopathy, it would suggest that there is significant liver damage. Since the liver is the source of proteins that allow you... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Viral syndrome - flu: Given your age, it is likely to be just a viral syndrome, possibly the flu. If you have been around others with the flu, you might consider starting ... Read More
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A 28-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
See a hepatologist: Given your history of hepatitis b and c, your liver failure is likely end-stage, meaning that it is not likely you will recover normal liver function.... Read More
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A 58-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Uncommon but possibl: Cirrhosis is scarring of the liver due to persistent injury. The causes of cirrhosis are multiple, including alcohol, obesity, viral hepatitis, autoi... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Please check with MD: The pain during deep breaths is a concern, as this may represent pleuritic (lung) pain from a pulmonary embolism from a blood clot that forms in the l... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Rectal vein: The superior rectal vein, or superior hemorrhoidal vein, connects veins surrounding the rectum to the inferior mesenteric vein. The rectal vein is th... Read More
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A 17-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
No: Irritable bowel syndrome (ibs) is a functional GI disorder, meaning symptoms are caused by changes in how the GI tract works. People with a functional... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Odd question but yes: A third degree burn is a full thickness burn where the entire layer of skin is destroyed. This means that healing requires ingrowth of skin from the ... Read More
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A 60-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Usually not: 700, 000 americans have their gallbladders removed each year. While there may be some side effects after removal, these are generally easily managed.... Read More
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A 46-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Go to ER or other MD: Sounds like you have cellulitis, an infection of the skin - you will likely need antibiotics and should see a physician asap. If you cannot schedule ... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Newer test available: Endotoxin (lipopolysaccharide) are heat-stable breakdown products of gram-negative bacteria as the main constituent of the outer cell membrane. L... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Depends on type: Ulcerative colitis is a chronic disease of the colon while Crohn's disease can affect both the large and small intestine. The lining becomes inflamed... Read More
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A 66-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Minor discomfort: The benefit of any minimally invasive surgery is the small incisions necessary to gain access to the abdominal cavity. Likely the largest incision n... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Depends on location: Kidney stones cause kidney damage in two ways, one by increasing the risk of urinary tract infections and two, by blocking the flow of urine and causi... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Yes: If your manifestation of irritable bowel syndrome is diarrhea, then loperamide, or Imodium, can help control that. Clearly you would not want to take... Read More
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A 25-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Abstain & repeat lab: Elevated liver enzymes simply means inflammation of the liver and is reflected by elevated liver function tests (AST and ALT) - it can be the result o... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Probably CT scan: Clinical and laboratory criteria to assess inflammatory responses (Ranson grade, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II score) and contrast... Read More
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A 23-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Phimosis: Phimosis, or preputial stenosis, is a term that usually means any condition where the foreskin of the penis cannot be retracted. Most infants are born... Read More
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A 44-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Depends on the cause: Granulomatous inflammation is a chronic inflammatory response characterised by focal collections of macrophages, epithelioid cells and multinucleated ... Read More
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A 51-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Check lab work: Patients with liver disease and ascites may have several reasons for muscle aches. Protein synthesis is decreased in liver disease and muscle wasting... Read More
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A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Not as a 14 year old: While living donor partial pancreas transplants have been done, primarily at the university of minnesota, you would not be able to donate given your a... Read More
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A 39-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Part of healthy diet: The FDA took issue with claims that Cheerios cereal can lower cholesterol. In a 2009 letter to General Mills, the FDA says that statements made on Che... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Unclear: When the appendix is removed laparoscopically, the base of the appendix is secured, either by a loop tie with suture, or by stapler. Although somewha... Read More
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A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Yes possible: Sexually transmitted diseases (STD) includes a variety of infectious agents that can be passed on from an infected person via various exposure routes.... Read More
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A 20-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Several effects: Splenomegaly is an enlargement of the spleen. The spleen usually lies in the left upper quadrant of the human abdomen. In early stages, mild enlargeme... Read More
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A 41-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Probably not: This is not likely due to testicular engorgement (i.e. "blue balls"), such that ejaculation will lead to reduction in swelling. Instead, this is more... Read More
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A 48-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
See Hepatologist: Your husband has a serious set of medical problems, end-stage liver failure from hepatitis C complicated by portal hypertension from cirrhosis and liv... Read More
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A 61-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Could be fluid: Post-operative seromas, a collection of fluid at the site of an incision, may cause some protrusion under the skin, looking like a hernia. It is poss... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Chemical imbalance : Gallstones are made of cholesterol, bile acids and bilirubin. If there is an imbalance in these, it can predispose to certain types of gallstones. O... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Defined location: The abdominal cavity can be broken down into four quadrants, the division lines are the midline that divides the right from the left and a transverse ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Endoscopic procedure: Peg or percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy allows access to the stomach for tube feedings. It is done in the endoscopy suite, under IV sedation. The... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Ectopic : Ectopic pregnancy is when the fertilized egg implants in an area outside of the uterus, where it normally develops into a fetus. Up to an estimated 2... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
There : There are two forms of birth control that are given by injection. One uses an implantable rod, which is a matchstick-size, flexible rod that is put u... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
The : The symptoms you describe is also known as colic. There are many types of colic - the contraction of any part of your intestinal tract against a bloc... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Appendicitis : Appendicitis is inflammation of the appendix, which is an outpouching from the large intestine. This usually occurs from blockage of the opening of t... Read More
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A member asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
There : There are several possibilities - either that these symptoms are related to the partial hysterectomy and may represent a complication, or that this is... Read More
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A 59-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Hemorrhoids : Hemorrhoids are a common problem, which result from increased pressure in the veins of the anus causing the veins to swell, making them itchy and pain... Read More
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A 42-year-old male asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
You : You may be in good health, but as an asian, the criteria for central obesity is different than for caucasians. For an asian male, a waist greater tha... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Recheck in 6 months: For acute HBV infection, 80% of patients will become immune, the viral infection will resolve. In 20% of patients, the virus will persist, leading to... Read More
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Yes - general rule: Spina bifida is a congenital defect known as a neural tube defect (rate is 3.5 per 10,000 births). There are several risk factors: older age, folic ac... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Possible ear infecte: You may have a middle ear infection, also known as otitis media. This is caused by fluid accumulation behind the eardrum, usually from congestion, wh... Read More
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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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