Kevin E. Behrns, M.D.

Kevin E. Behrns, M.D.

Professor of Surgery
Dean of Saint Louis University School of Medicine
Vice President of Medical Affairs


General Surgery Division
Department of Surgery
Saint Louis University Medical Center

8th Floor Desloge Towers 
3635 Vista on Grand Boulevard 
Saint Louis University Hospital
St. Louis, MO 63110

Contact Information:
Academic Office

SLUCare West Pavilion
3655 Vista Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63110
(314) 577-6131


In January 2017, Dr. Kevin E. Behrns assumed the role of Vice President for Medical Affairs and Dean of the School of Medicine at Saint Louis University. He is a summa cum laude graduate from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. He attended the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency training at the Mayo Clinic in 1995. He was an assistant and associate professor at the University of North Carolina from 1995-2005. From July 2005 until June 2009, Dr. Behrns served as chief of the division of general surgery, vice chairman and, in July 2009, was appointed the Edward R. Woodward Professor and Chairman of the University of Florida Dept. of Surgery until October 2016.

Dr. Behrns’s clinical interests are focused on benign and malignant pancreatic and biliary diseases. He is a co-investigator on NIH-funded projects that study chronic liver injury, ischemia/reperfusion injury to the liver, mitochondrial dysfunction and hepatocyte autophagy related to liver injury. He is a previous recipient of a National Cancer Institute Ruth Kirchstein Award for postdoctoral research training.

While at the University of Florida Health (UF Health), Dr. Behrns was on the UF Health Board of Directors, and he served as the chairman of the UF Health Board Quality Committee and the UF College of Medicine Compensation Committee. Dr. Behrns was an officer in the UF Florida Physicians Practice Plan, the Surgical Director of Perioperative Services and the UF Health Capital Allocation Committee.

Dr. Behrns is currently serving a six-year term on the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and the American Board of Plastic Surgery as the ABS representative. He is the vice president of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract and serves on their board of trustees. In addition, he recently completed his term on the Executive Committee of the American College of Surgeons Board of Governors. Dr. Behrns also holds officer positions within the Halsted Society and the Southeastern Surgical Congress.

He is co-editor of Surgery and past editor-in-chief of the “Yearbook of Surgery.” He is an editorial board member of the Journal of the American College of Surgeons, HPB, American Journal of Surgery, and Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.

University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, May 1983 Physical Education


Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN
Medical Doctor, May 1988

Mayo Graduate School of Medicine
General Surgery Resident, 1988-1990, 1993-1995
Clinical Investigator, Department of Surgery, 1991-1992

Active Society Memberships:

American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
American Board of Plastic Surgery
Director, 2013-2017
Bylaws and Publications Committee
Credentials and Requrirements Committee
Ethics Committee
American Board of Surgery
Director, 2011-2017
Qualifying Examination Committee, 2007-present
Chair, 2014-present
Credentials Committee, 2013-present
Gastrointestinal Surgery Advisory Council, 2014-present
American College of Surgeons Fellow
Web Portal GI Surgery Community Editor
Committee on Applicants, 2009-2012
American College of Surgeons Board of Governors, 2009-2015
Executive Committee Board of Governors, 2014-2016
Member Services Pillar
Chair, 2014-present
Committee on Socioeconomic Issues
Surgical Volunteerism & Humanitarian Award Workgroup
Chair, 2013-2014
American College of Surgeons, Florida Chapter
Executive Council, 2009-present
American Gastroenterologic Association
American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
Publications committee, 2005
Membership committee, 2006
Co-chair Publications committee, 2007-2008
American Surgical Association
Halsted Society
Secretary-Treasurer Elect, 2014
Secretary-Treasurer, 2015-2017
International Society of Surgery (ISS), 2016-present
Pancreas Club
Program Committee, 2004
The Priestley Society
Councilor, 2004-2007
Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
Ad Hoc Abstract Review, 1999-2000
Program Committee, 2001-2003
Publications Committee, 2008-present
Nominating Committee, 2009
Board of Trustees, 2004-2010
Advanced GI Training Task Force
Intersocietal Committee on Advanced GI Surgery Training, 2016-present
Vice President, 2016-2017
Society of Surgical Chairs
Society of University Surgeons
Southeastern Surgical Congress
First Vice President
CME Committee
Council Member
Finance Committee
Southern Surgical Association
Local Arrangements Chair, 2010
2nd Vice President, 2011
Surgeons Travel Club
President, 2014
Surgical Biology Club II
Woodward Society

Grants Funded:
NIH/NIDDK: Autophagy in Liver Injury
7/1/14-8/31/19 (PI: Kim) $321,331 (current year funding)

UF Cancer & Aging Grant: Mitochondrial dysfunction by chemotherapy agents in aged livers
1/2/1 –12/31/16 (Co-PI: J-S Kim) $60,000 (current year funding)