Kelli Bullard Dunn, MD, FACS, FASCRS

“One of the most rewarding aspects of caring for patients with colorectal disease is finding colorectal cancer through early detection when it is treatable and potentially curable,” says Kelli Bullard Dunn, MD, professor of surgery, Section of Colon & Rectal Surgery, and associate director for Clinical Programs at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

A graduate of Stanford University, Dr. Bullard Dunn received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1992 and completed her general surgery residency at the University of California, San Francisco. She then concluded a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the University of Minnesota, later joining the faculty as an assistant professor of surgery in 2001. She accepted a position on the faculty of Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, in 2005 and became the Institute’s chief of Colon and Rectal Surgery in 2009.

Bullard Dunn joined the faculty of the University of Louisville in October 2011. Additionally, she is director of the Colon and Rectal Cancer Multidisciplinary Program at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center.

“The UofL Department of Surgery has garnered a reputation of excellence for surgical care and research. I am delighted to have the opportunity to serve here,” she says.

Bullard Dunn has authored or coauthored book chapters, as well as numerous articles and abstracts. She also serves on the editorial board of "Diseases of the Colon & Rectum." In 2008, she was awarded the Victor W. Fazio MB, MS, Award for Editorial Excellence by editors of the journal.

She is a member/fellow of a number of scientific organizations, including:

  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons
  • The American Surgical Association
  • The Society of Surgical Oncology
  • The Society of University Surgeons.

Bullard Dunn’s areas of expertise include the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal and anal cancers, precancerous conditions, hereditary (familial) malignancies, inflammatory bowel disease, and other benign colorectal conditions.

Her clinical research interests include the study of the growth and progression of colorectal cancer.

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