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.