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Cecilia Ethun, M.D.

  • Surgery - Surgical Oncology
  • Gallbladder/Bile Duct (Cholangiocarcinoma) Cancer
  • Liver Cancer


Cecilia Ethun, M.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center. She specializes in surgical oncology, gallbladder and bile duct cancer (cholangiocarcinoma), and liver cancer, including colorectal liver metastases.

Dr. Ethun earned her medical degree at Baylor College of Medicine. She completed a residency in general surgery at Emory University, where she also earned a Master of Science in clinical research as a Katz Foundation Research Fellow in Surgical Oncology. She gained advanced training in complex general surgical oncology and hepatopancreatobiliary surgery through a fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Certified by the American Board of Surgery, she joined the UT Southwestern faculty in 2022.

Dr. Ethun is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Association for Cancer Research, and the Association for Academic Surgery.

She has delivered numerous presentations, contributed to seven books, and published nearly 100 academic articles related to her areas of expertise.

Education & Training
  • Fellowship - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute (2020-2022), Surgical Oncology
  • Fellowship - Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Institute (2021-2022), Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery
  • Residency - Emory University School of Medicine (2013-2020), General Surgery
  • Research Fellowship - Emory University School of Medicine - Emory Winship Cancer Institute (2015-2017), Surgical Oncology
  • Medical School - Baylor College of Medicine (2009-2013)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Association for Cancer Research
  • American College of Surgeons
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
  • Association for Academic Surgery
  • International Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
  • Society of Surgical Oncology
Honors & Awards
  • Conquer Cancer Foundation Merit Award 2016-2017, American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Chester P. Rochfort Scholarship in Oncology 2016, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory
  • Gold Humanism Honor Society 2013, Baylor College of Medicine
  • Phi Beta Kappa 2008, The University of Texas at Austin
Books & Publications
  • Books
    • Biliary System Embryology, Anatomy, and Physiology in Comprehensive Management of Benign Biliary Stenosis and Injury
      Ethun CG, Maithel SK (2015), New York, Springer
    • Hepatic Resection for Benign and Malignant Disease of the Liver and Biliary Tract in Blumgart’s Surgery of the Liver, Biliary Tract, and Pancreas, 6th Edition
      Ethun CG, Maithel SK (2017), Philadelphia, Elsevier
    • Gallbladder Cancer in SCORE Curriculum
      Ethun CG, Maithel SK (2016)
    • Incidental Liver Masses in Clinical Scenarios in General Surgery, 2nd Edition
      Ethun CG, Maithel SK (2019), Philadelphia, Wolters Kluwer
    • Patient Selection and Technical Considerations in Primary and Metastatic Liver Tumors
      Zheleva V, Ethun CG, Fong Y (2019), New York, Springer
    • Generating a Testable Hypothesis and Underlying Principles of Clinical Trials in Success in Academic Surgery: Clinical Trials, 2nd Edition
      Ethun CG, Maithel SK (2020), New York, Springer
    • Primary Malignant Tumours of the Liver in Companion to Specialist Surgical Practice: Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Surgery, 7th Edition
      Ethun CG, D’Angelica MI (In Publication)

Clinical Focus

  • Gallbladder/Bile Duct (Cholangiocarcinoma) Cancer
  • Liver Cancer
  • Surgical Oncology

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Cecilia Ethun, M.D.

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