Dr. Eric Kuncir, UCI Health general surgeon and specialist in trauma and critical care surgery

Eric J. Kuncir, MD


Trauma Surgery, Surgical Critical Care, General Surgery

Clinical Interests

Emergency and acute care surgery, Thyroid disorders, Trauma surgery, Trauma systems

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  • American Board of Surgery, Surgery
  • American Board of Surgery, Surgical Critical Care [Surgery]
  • English
Medical School
Hahnemann University
Naval Medical Center OaklandGeneral Surgery
University of California, Davis - East BayGeneral Surgery
University of Southern CaliforniaTrauma & Surgical Critical Care
Professional Positions
  • Professor — Division of Trauma, Critical Care, Acute Care & Burn Surgery, Department of Surgery, UC Irvine School of Medicine
  • Member — American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma (COT), 2014 to present
  • Member — American College of Surgeons COT Verification Review Committee
  • Member — American College of Surgeons COT Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS) Subcommittee
  • National Faculty Member — American College of Surgeons Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma (ASSET)
Awards and Recognition
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal
  • Meritorious Service Medal (three)
  • Joint Service Commendation Medal
  • Navy Commendation Medal (two)
  • Navy Achievement Medal (two)
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • Certificate of Appreciation — White House Medical Unit
  • Medal of Honor — American Association for the Surgery of Trauma
More Information

Dr. Eric J. Kuncir is a general surgeon who specializes in trauma and surgical critical care. His focus is on clinical education and research.

Kuncir, a native of Southern California, completed medical school at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA, and an internship in general surgery at the Naval Hospital Oakland, in Oakland, CA. After a tour as senior medical officer for the 3rd Force Service Support Group, Okinawa, with the U.S. Marines, he completed a general surgical residency at UC Davis-East Bay, followed by a tour of duty as a career Navy surgeon on an aircraft carrier and at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton.

Kuncir subsequently completed fellowship training in trauma and surgical critical care at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and served at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego as director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit, then as the surgeon for the Combat Casualty Care Program and head of the Emergency Surgery Service until his retirement in 2014.

Kuncir's numerous deployments included service as Navy Medical Liaison to Ukraine; Officer in Charge of the Expeditionary Medical Facility, Republic of Georgia; Surgeon for Pacific Partnership 2008 on the U.S. Naval Hospital Ship Mercy, Trauma Director and Chief of Surgery at the Kandahar NATO Role 3 Hospital in Afghanistan, and as the U.S. Central Command Joint Theater Trauma Director for Afghanistan and Iraq. He served as chairman of the U.S. Navy Committee on Trauma and trauma consultant to the Pacific Fleet Surgeon.

Kuncir worked part-time as an assistant then associate clinical professor at UC San Diego School of Medicine's trauma division before transitioning to the UC Irvine School of Medicine in 2012 and joining the Irvine faculty full-time in 2014. He is a frequent director for the American College of Surgeons' Advanced Trauma Life Support Provider and Instructor courses and the Advanced Surgical Skills for Exposure in Trauma course.


UC Irvine Medical Center
101 The City Drive South
Orange, CA 92868
Phone: 714-456-8008