• 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

Elizabeth Hechenbleikner, MD

Dr. Elizabeth M. HechenbleiknerDr. Hechenbleikner's primary clinical site is Emory University Hospital Midtown, where she focuses on acute care surgery and bariatric surgery.

She received her MD degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 2009. Her postgraduate training included a general surgery residency at Georgetown University Hospital, a surgical research fellowship and a resident scholarship in patient safety and quality at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, and a laparoscopic and advanced gastrointestinal surgery fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital.

Dr. Hechenbleikner's research focuses on patient satisfaction and outcomes in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery.

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Dominic Papandria, MD

Dr. Dominic Papandria Dr. Papandria is an acute and critical care surgeon at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

He joined Emory Surgery after completing his pediatric minimally invasive surgery fellowship at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus, OH. During the fellowship, he served as a faculty member for Nationwide Children's minimally invasive surgical skills laboratory at several national and international pediatric surgery meetings, and was a clinical assistant professor at at Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Among his research interests is surgical care in low-income countries.

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Top Surgery News

Congratulations to our Platinum Providers

Emory surgical teamThe Emory Physician Platinum Providers for FY18 received "Rate Your Provider (0-10)" patient satisfaction results that placed within the top 10% nationwide for their respective specialty, as well as a minimum of 60 returned Press Ganey Patient Satisfaction surveys.

Emory Surgery’s Platinum Providers were Jeffrey Miller, Douglas Murphy (CT Surgery), John Galloway, Snehal Patel, Neil Saunders, Joe Sharma (General and GI Surgery), Grant Carlson, Felmont Eaves, Foad Nahai (Plastic Surgery), Maria Russell (Surgical Oncology), and Michael Clark (Vascular Surgery).


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"Lab Land" Coverage of Andrew Adams and David Mathews Study Team's Find That Blocking CD122 Might Improve Kidney Transplant Outcomes

Seth Force and David Kooby Hold Live Web Broadcast on Esophageal Cancer

Douglas Murphy Featured on FOX 5 Medical Segment Performing Life Saving Robotic Surgery

Shelly Abramowicz and Steven Goudy to Study Bone Regeneration Techniques for Treating Maxillary Defects

CSAT's Surgical Anatomy of the Lung Now Available

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Trainee Spotlights

Guillermo Escobar, Richard Meena, William Jordan.Vascular surgery resident Richard Meena, MD, received the Robert B. Smith, III, MD, Resident Award from Georgia Vascular Foundation. He is shown here with Guillermo Escobar, MD, and William Jordan, MD.

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Crystal Koerner, MDCrystal Koerner, MD, won the General Surgery Resident Abstract Competition at the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Surgeons' Annual Meeting for a study that focused on assessing the association of Enhanced Recovery after Surgery protocols (ERAS) with the incidence and severity of acute kidney injury in patients undergoing elective colorectal surgery.

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Xiaoying Lou, MDXiaoying Lou, MD, will use a Georgia CTSA TL-1 Award to begin determining the optimal timing of surgical intervention for uncomplicated, or chronic, type B aortic dissection (TBAD) by examining differences between acute and chronic aortic dissection flaps.

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