Dr. Gurunian received his medical degree from Marmara University School of Medicine, Istanbul, 1991 and completed his plastic surgery residency at the same university in 1997. Dr. Gurunian then continued his training in the U.S.A. and completed a 1-year Microsurgery Fellowship, Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio, 2000-2001. He further trained for one year in Innsbruck, Austria, at the department of Plastic Surgery, specializing in breast reconstruction and reconstructive microsurgery. Dr. Gurunian received his PhD completing Doctorate in Anatomy, Istanbul 2003.
Dr. Gurunian became the chief plastic surgeon at Denver Medical Center, University of Colorado Health Sciences in 2006. His focus and interest were breast reconstruction and head and neck reconstruction.
In 2014, Dr. Gurunian appointed as staff physician at the department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio. He was one of the transplant surgeons performing the first total face transplant in the U.S.A (3rd face transplant at Cleveland Clinic), May 4-5, (2017).
In 2021, Dr. Gurunian appointed as the chief of Plastic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi. He continues to have Medical Staff reappointment and privileges at the Cleveland Clinic Main Campus. In Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, he pioneered breast reconstruction and lymphatic surgery introducing this niche service to UAE for the first time.
Dr. Gurunian is an American board and European board-certified plastic surgeon and a professor of Plastic Surgery at Cleveland Clinic Lerner college of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Gurunian has practiced in Europe, in the USA, and in the middle East and has vast experience in plastic surgery, especially in the field of breast surgery, breast reconstruction, reconstructive microsurgery and vascularized tissue allotransplantation.
Throughout his career, Dr. Gurunian has performed over 12,000 operations. He has published over 150 articles in peer reviewed scientific journals and is the lead editor of two plastic surgery books. On multiple occasions, he has been invited to national and international meetings as a lecturer and panelist.