Loretta Erhunmwunsee, M.D.

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery

Loretta Erhunmwunsee, M.D.

  • Thoracic Surgery
  • Lung Cancer
  • Esophageal Cancer
  • Thymoma
  • Minimally Invasive Surgery
  • Robotic Surgery

Loretta Erhunmwunsee, M.D. is an assistant professor in City of Hope's division of thoracic surgery. Dr. Erhunmwunsee graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Emory University in Atlanta, GA and received her medical doctorate from Harvard Medical School in Boston, graduating magna cum laude.  She continued her post-graduate training at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, NC, completing a general surgery internship, followed by a residency in general surgery, after which she served as chief resident from 2011 – 2012.  This was followed by a residency in cardiothoracic surgery, also at Duke.

Board-certified in surgery, Dr. Erhunmwunsee has been the recipient of numerous honors and awards including the World Congress on Lung Cancer Young Investigator’s Award in 2009. She was chosen as an NIH/NMA Academic Career in Medicine Fellow in 2015, and was chosen as a Feagin Leadership Scholar from Duke University in 2014.  Dr. Erhunmwunsee is also the recipient of the Peter C. Pairolero Scholarship Award which she received in 2015 from the General Thoracic Surgical Club. She sees patients with lung, esophageal and mediastinal tumors. Her research focuses on eliminating health inequity in thoracic oncology patients.

  • Lung Cancer and Thoracic Oncology


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  • 2005, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, M.D., Magna Cum Laude
  • 2000, Emory University, Atlanta, GA, B.A. Chemistry & Music


  • 2012 - 2015, Cardiothoracic Surgery Resident, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • 2011 - 2012, Chief Resident in General Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • 2006 - 2011, General Surgery Resident, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • 2005 - 2006, General Surgery Intern, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC


  • 2005 - 2006, General Surgery Intern, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC
  • 2013 - American Board of Surgery

Erhunmwunsee L, Lu Y, Luo X, et al. (2008) Basal cells in lung cancer.Journal of the American College of Surgeons 2008; 207:3, S30.

Erhunmwunsee L and D’Amico TA. (2008) Detection of occult N2 disease

with molecular techniques. Thorac Surg Clin. 2008 Nov; 18(4): 339-347. 

Erhunmwunsee L, Stinnett S, Harpole D. (2009) Socioeconomic status predicts outcomes from NSCLC. J Thor Oncol 2009; 4:9, S310-311.

Erhunmwunsee L and D’Amico TA. (2009) Surgical Management of Pulmonary Metastases. Ann Thorac Surg. 2009 Dec; 88(6): 2052-60.

Erhunmwunsee L and Onaitis MW. (2009) Smoking Cessation and the success of lung cancer surgery. Curr Oncol Rep. 2009 Jul; 11(4): 269-74.

Diesen D, Erhunmwunsee L, Bennett, K et al. (2011) Effectiveness of Laparoscopic Computer Simulator versus Usage of Box-Trainer for Endoscopic Surgery Training of Novices. J Surg Educ. 2011 Jul-Aug; 68(4):282-9.

Erhunmwunsee L, Joshi MB, Conlon DH, Harpole, DH. (2012) Neighborhood-level socioeconomic determinants impact outcomes in non-small cell lung cancer patients in the southeastern United States. Cancer. 2012 Oct 15; 118(20):5117-23.

Erhunmwunsee L, Englum BR, Onaitis MW, D’Amico TA and Berry MF. (2014) Impact of Pre-treatment Imaging on Survival of Esophagectomy after Induction Therapy for Esophageal Cancer: Who Should be Given the Benefit of Doubt? Ann Surg Oncol 2014 Sep 19; Epub ahead of print.

Hanna J, Erhunmwunsee L, Berry MF, D’Amico TA and Onaitis MW (2014) The Prognostic Importance of the Number of Dissected Lymph Nodes After Induction Chemoradiation for Esophageal Cancer.  Ann Thorac Surg 2014 Nov 20; Epub ahead of print.

Erhunmwunsee L and Tong BC. Preoperative Evaluation and Indications for Pulmonary Metastasectomy. Thoracic Surgical Clinics. In Submission

Erhunmwunsee L, Flanagan R, Jaquiss RD, Lodge AJ. Atrial Rhabdomyoma Resection with Extra Cellular Matrix Reconstruction of the Right Atrial Free Wall in an Infant. World Journal of Pediatrics and Congenital Heart Surgery. Accepted.

Waldron NH, Dallas T, Erhunmwunsee L, Wang T, Berry MF, Welsby I.  Prevention of perioperative myocardial infarction using Eptifibatide (Integrillin) bridging in thoracic surgery patients. In submission.


Book Chapters

Erhunmwunsee L and Clark-Pickett L. (2007) Laparoscopic inguinal herniorrhaphy. In: Pappas TN, Pryor AD, Harnisch MC, eds. Atlas of Laparoscopic Surgery. 3rd ed. Philadelphia, PA: Current Medicine Group, 19-30.

Erhunmwunsee L and Shapiro M. (2008) Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy. In: Jacobs, DO, editor. Procedures Consult. Amsterdam: Elsevier Inc., 2008.

Erhunmwunsee L and Lagoo S. (2009) Urgent work-up for upper gastrointestinal bleeding. In: Pappas TN, Pryor AD, Branch MS, eds. Gastrointestinal Bleeding: A Practical Approach to Diagnosis and Management. 1st Ed. New York, NY: Springer, 13-23.

Erhunmwunsee L and D’Amico TA. (2010) Surgical Management of Pulmonary Metastases. In:  Czito B, Willett C, editors. Rectal Cancer: International Perspectives on Multimodality Management. New York: Humana Press, 2010:123-130.           

Erhunmwunsee L, Pryor A.  (2014) Benign Gallbladder Disease: Choledocholithiasis and Cholangitis. In: Blazer T, Kuo P, Pappas TN, Clary BM eds. Contemporary Surgical Management of Liver, Biliary Tract, and Pancreatic Disease. Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Co., 2014: 311-322.

Erhunmwunsee L and D’Amico TA. (2015) Pulmonary Metastases: The Role of Surgical Resection. In: Grippi M, Elias J, Fishman J, Kotloff R, Pack A, Senior R, eds. Fishman Pulmonary Diseases and Disorders.  5th edition. New York: McGraw Hill Education, 2015.

Erhunmwunsee L and Onaitis MW. (2015) Staging of Esophageal Cancer In: Shield’s General Thoracic Surgery. Philadelphia: Wolters Kluwer, 2015. In Submission


  • 2013-Present, Candidate Member, Women in Thoracic Surgery
  • 2012-Present, Candidate Member, Society of Thoracic Surgery
  • 2008-2010,Charter Member, National Coalition of 100 Black Women
  • 2007-2008, American College of Surgeons Resident and Associate Society
  • 1996, Woodruff Scholarship, Emory University Full Merit-based Scholarship
  • 1999, Phi Beta Kappa
  • 2003, Sarnoff Endowment for Cardiovascular Science Research Fellowship
  • 2003, Harvard Aesculapian Club Inductee
  • 2005, Co-Moderator, Harvard Medical School Class of 2005 Graduation Day
  • 2009, World Congress on Lung Cancer Young Investigator’s Award
  • 2014, AATS Graham Foundation Intuitive Surgical Fellowship
  • 2014, NIH/NMA Academic Career in Medicine Fellow
  • 2014, Feagin Leadership Scholar, Duke University Medical Center
  • 2014, Leaders in Medicine Concentration, Duke University Medical Center
  • 2015, Peter C. Pairolero Scholar – General Thoracic Surgical Club