Mark J. Koruda, MD

 Mark J. Koruda, MD, a Yale University graduate, was appointed Chief of Gastrointestinal Surgery in July 1988Dr. Koruda worked with Dr. Charles Herbst, now emeritus professor,  to incorporate increasingly specialized gastrointestinal procedures into the division's program, including those for morbid obesity, complex hepatobiliary and pancreatic disease, Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, rectal prolapse, and sphincter-preserving treatment of rectal carcinoma.  In addition, with research interests in parenteral feeding and in the luminal effects of foodstuffs, he offered expertise in the nutrition-related aspects of surgical care.


A major contribution of GI Surgery Division was the introduction of laparoscopic techniques for gastrointestinal surgery to UNC Hospitals.  In May 1990, Drs. Herbst and Koruda performed UNC Hospitals's first laparoscopic cholecystectomy.  They went on to serve as preceptors to the General Surgery faculty and residents, provide consultation on laparoscopic surgery for surgeons throughout the state, and maintain a computerized data base for all laparoscopic General Surgery procedures performed at UNC Hospitals.


Dr. Koruda's research interests have included studies of the role of the intestine in nutrition and in the response to injury, and mechanisms of intra-abdominal adhesion formation in collaboration with Albert J. Banes, PhD, and Helen Bellar, a medical student in the Medical Scholars program.  Dr. Koruda also recieved extramural funding from several industrie sponsors seeking to develop optimal nutritional support for surgical patients. 


Today, Dr. Koruda is Professor of Surgery; as Program Director for the General Surgery residency at UNC, Vice-Chair for Department of Surgery, and Chief for the Division of Gastrointestinal Surgery, he leads a six surgeon group which serves patients from across the state by treating benign and malignant disease through variety of advanced gastrointestinal and minimally invasive procedures in the areas of colorectal, hepatobiliary, gastroesophageal, weight loss, and hernia surgery.  In 2007, Dr. Mark J. Koruda was honored with the Roscoe B. G. Cowper Distinguished Professor of Surgery.

Reference: Kagarise, MJ, Thomas, Colin CG. LEGENDS AND LEGACIES - A Look Inside Four Decades of Surgery at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Surgery, Chapel Hill, NC. February 1997.