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Kemp Howard Kernstine Sr., MD $$

Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center

Languages Spoken:
UT Southwestern Pediatric Group


Kemp Kernstine, M.D., Ph.D., is a cardiothoracic surgeon at Children’s Health℠ who specializes in minimally invasive and robotic surgery. He is credited with performing several of the first robotic chest procedures and techniques.

Dr. Kernstine completed his undergraduate and medical studies at Duke University. His internship and general surgery residency training were at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, where he also completed his doctorate. He pursued further training in heart and lung surgery at The Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, as a general thoracic track resident.

Board-certified in surgery and thoracic surgery, Dr. Kernstine has numerous professional affiliations that include the American Medical Association, the American College of Surgeons, the American College of Chest Physicians, the American Thoracic Society, the American Association of Thoracic Surgeons, the Society of Thoracic Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncologists, the Western Thoracic Society and the International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgeons. He has served in numerous leadership roles in many of these societies.

Dr. Kernstine has been named one of America’s Top Doctors by Castle Connolly every year since 2008 and one of America’s Top Doctors for Cancer since 2005. He made Pasadena Magazine’s Top Docs list in 2007-2010 and D Magazine's Top Doctors list since 2012.

Education and Training

Medical School
Duke University School of Medicine (1982)
Brigham & Women's Hospital (1994), Cardiothoracic Surgery
Brigham & Women's Hospital (1993), Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Minnesota at Minneapolis (1990), General Surgery
University of Minnesota at Minneapolis (1985), General Surgery
V A Medical Center - West Roxbury (1995), Cardiothoracic Surgery
University of Minnesota at Minneapolis (1988), Research
Graduate School
Univ of MN at Minneapolis School of Medicine (1996)
Board Certification
American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Departments and Programs

Cardiothoracic Surgery