• Using minimally invasive surgery, thoracic oncology surgeon Seth Force removes a nodule from a patient's lung so it can be sent to the pathology lab.

  • Our faculty treat a wide array of patients and conditions, often offering procedures that are unavailable elsewhere in the state of Georgia.

  • The Emory Surgery training experience balances mentored learning with supervised independence.

  • Barbara Pettitt, the department's director of medical student education, says, "The students have great clinical experiences with our faculty and residents."

  • Felmont Eaves and Foad Nahai trained at Emory, joined the faculty, left for private practice, and now work and teach together at the Emory Aesthetic Center.

  • Our faculty surgeons are often at the forefront of new surgical methods and technologies, from robotic surgery to implanting fenestrated and branched endovascular grafts.

  • The Emory Electronic ICU digitally links the critical care units at five hospitals for 24/7 patient monitoring by centralized teams of critical care intensivists and nurses.

  • Since the establishment of the Department of Surgery in 1930, it has helped shape the Emory University School of Medicine into one of the nation's top institutions for biomedical education, research, and patient care.

  • For our faculty scientists, the personal connection provided by private donations can be as rewarding as receiving federal grants and industry funding.

  • The Department of Surgery offers various opportunities for acquiring dedicated research time to our residents.

  • Veteran transplant surgeon Paul Tso is devoted to expanding the donor pool for transplants, and he and his clinical trial support team regularly conduct follow-up sessions with trial participants.

Faculty Spotlights

Felix G. Fernandez, MD

Dr. Manu SanchetiIn 2010, Dr. Fernandez established a minimally invasive thoracic surgery program at the Atlanta VA Medical Center and was an essential contributor to Emory Healthcare reaching its 300th lung transplant milestone. His research interests include outcomes in thoracic oncology and quality improvement, and he has received funding from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and the Graham Foundation of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery.

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Rondi B. Gelbard, MD

Dr. Rondi GelbardSince joining Emory Surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital in 2013, Dr. Gelbard has been involved in the creation of policies and interdisciplinary guidelines to standardize practices in the surgical ICU. She was appointed associate medical director of the SICU in 2016, and associate program director of the surgical critical care fellowship in 2017. Dr. Gelbard is also a member of the Grady-based team of the multi-center Surgical Critical Care Initiative, which is translating decision-making tools developed for the battlefield by the Department of Defense to civilian critical care.

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Top Surgery News

Rachel Patzer Named Director of Emory Health Services Research Center

Dr. Rachel PatzerRachel Patzer, PhD, has been named director of the newly inaugurated Health Services Research Center, a cooperative initiative of Emory's Departments of Medicine and Surgery. Dr. Patzer will also receive a joint appointment as associate professor within the two departments.

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Bradley Leshnower and Wei Sun Named Co-Investigators of CTSA Pilot Grant

Shishir Maithel Appointed Co-Chair of ASCO Expert Panel

2018 SSO Young Investigator Award Will Fund Michael Lowe's Study of Potential Therapy to Fight Melanoma

Felmont Eaves' Start-up Receives Annual OTT Award

Winship Clinicians Receive Grant to Improve Patient and Provider Adherence to Breast Cancer Treatments

Emory CT Surgeons Lead Worldwide Training in Cardiac Robotics

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Trainee Spotlights

Dr. Brendan LovasikGeneral surgery resident Brendan Lovasik, MD, has been awarded the 2018 Resident Scientist Scholarship of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons (ASTS). He received the $40,000, one-year grant on the strength of his proposal, "Improving Xenograft Outcomes: Exploring Novel Molecular Targets and Developing Translational Therapies." With assistance from his research mentor Andrew Adams, MD, Dr. Lovasik's study will address obstacles to using xenotransplantation as a mode of kidney transplant in humans.

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Raheel Jajja and Lily Yang

Raheel Jajja, MD, a resident on research sabbatical in the surgical oncology nanomedicine research laboratory of Lily Yang, MD, PhD, has received the 2018 Research Fellowship Grant of Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. The award will fund a study Dr. Jajja is conducting with Dr. Yang of the use of receptor-targeted imaging probes in detecting colon cancer liver metastases in preclinical models.

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