Heart Transplants
Lung Surgery
Minimally Invasive Surgery
Pleural Mesothelioma
Cardiothoracic Surgery

Get to Know Dr. Jonathan D’Cunha

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Jonathan D’Cunha specializes in thoracic oncology, lung transplantation and pleural diseases such as mesothelioma at the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona.

D’Cunha joined the doctors at Mayo Clinic in 2019 as chairman of the Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery after almost a decade at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he was chief of the lung transplantation program.

His expertise is part of the multidisciplinary treatment being used today for pleural mesothelioma cancer, including the aggressive pleurectomy and decortication surgery.

D’Cunha is known for his innovative approach to helping patients with complex diseases. He is a firm believer in the mantra often heard at the Mayo Clinic: “Needs of the patient come first.”

He also handles tracheal tumors, esophageal cancer and mediastinal malignancies. As a professor at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, he provides mentorship to junior faculty, residents and fellows. D’Cunha publishes his research often.

Specialties of Dr. Jonathan D’Cunha

  • Pleurectomy and decortication
  • Lung transplants
  • Heart transplants
  • Esophageal reconstruction
  • Lung volume reduction surgery
  • Tracheal resection
  • Chest wall resection
  • Hyperhidrosis
  • Chylothorax treatment

Dr. Jonathan D’Cunha’s Experience and Medical Education

  • Mayo Clinic
  • University of Pittsburgh Medical Center
  • University of Minnesota (Residency and Fellowship)
  • Medical College of Wisconsin (M.D., Ph.D.)

Awards and Certifications

  • Board certified in thoracic and cardiac surgery
  • Best Doctors in Pittsburgh Award
  • Editorial Board Top Performer, Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
  • Outstanding Teacher, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, University of Pittsburgh
  • Outstanding Medical School Teacher Award, University of Minnesota Medical School

Publications of Dr. Jonathan D’Cunha

  • Al-Adra, D.P. et al. (2021, February). Pretransplant solid organ malignancy and organ transplant candidacy: A consensus expert opinion statement. American Journal of Transplantation.
  • Dutcher, J.S. & D’Cunha, J. (2020, September). Commentary: One nano-step for murinekind, one giant leap for mesothelioma. Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.
  • Schaheen, L. & D’Cunha, J. (2019, December). Re-do lung transplantation: keys to success. Journal of Thoracic Disease.
  • D’Cunha, J. (2019, April). Commentary: Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation transport – The road less traveled (until now). Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery.