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For Immediate Release

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Gloria O'Connell, 612-863-4801


Allina Health welcomes new physician, Yun Shin Chun, MD, FACS, to Virginia Piper Cancer Institute

MINNEAPOLIS 09/10/2013--Dr. Yun Shin Chun has joined the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute, part of Allina Health, as a staff surgeon and medical director of Hepato-pancreato-biliary (HPB) Programs.

Dr. Chun looks at the camera and smiles Chun will manage patients with malignant and benign tumors of the liver, biliary tract and pancreas as part of the Virginia Piper Cancer Institute HPB multidisciplinary teams.

"I believe surgical care is best provided as part of a team. Our multidisciplinary approach to the care of patients with cancer gives every individual the benefit of a whole team of experts," says Chun.

Her research efforts have included understanding how an individualā€™s response to chemotherapy predicts survival after pancreatic surgery, the link between obesity and cancer, and quality of life after liver resection. Chun comes to the Institute from Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia where she was a staff surgeon and assistant professor.

She did her surgical oncology fellowship training at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, where she was a clinical specialist in the Department of Surgical Oncology and the Department of Critical care. In addition to the surgical oncology fellowship, Chun also completed a research fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and general surgery training at Mayo Clinic.

She is an author of several important papers including the first North American study on two-stage hepatectomy for colorectal metastases, a comprehensive review of the management of benign liver tumors and the work on predicative signals from neoadjuvant chemotherapy in surgical pancreatic cancer patients.

Chun earned her MD from New York Medical College and BA from Harvard University. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is an active member of a number of medical organizations.

About Virginia Piper Cancer InstituteĀ®

Virginia Piper Cancer Institute provides comprehensive care through all aspects of cancer prevention, early detection and treatment to help individuals maintain quality of life and find ways to live with and beyond cancer. The Institute was founded in 1990 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. Clinical experts and experienced caregivers provide oncology care and services across the Allina Health system, and offer expert support to various affiliate locations.

About Allina Health

Allina Health is dedicated to the prevention and treatment of illness and enhancing the greater health of individuals, families and communities throughout Minnesota and western Wisconsin. A not-for-profit health care system, Allina Health cares for patients from beginning to end-of-life through its 90+ clinics, 12 hospitals, 15 pharmacies, specialty care centers and specialty medical services that provide hospice care, oxygen and home medical equipment, and emergency medical transportation services. Learn more at

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