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Remembering George Skardasis

George Skardasis, MD

We are saddened to report that Emory vascular surgeon George M. Skardasis, MD, passed away on January 4, 2021, from complications of pulmonary fibrosis.

Dr. Skardasis opened the first vascular laboratory in the Atlanta metro area at Crawford Long Hospital, now Emory University Hospital Midtown, and served as its medical director for 40 years. He was also chief of the section of vascular surgery at the hospital until 2010, mentoring many residents and fellows along the way. He continued to perform procedures and treat patients at Emory Hospital Midtown until the age of 84.

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Faculty Spotlights

Octav Cristea, MD

Octav Cristea, MD

Dr. Cristea's clinical practice focuses on kidney and pancreas transplantation, with a special interest in urologic issues in the transplant population.

He received his MD degree from the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University in Ontario, Canada, after which he completed his urology residency at the University of Ottawa. He joined our faculty after completing his fellowship in abdominal transplant surgery at the Emory Transplant Center in 2020.

His recent research has explored increasing the number of organs available for transplantation by utilizing kidneys from donors with small renal masses.

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Katherine Ross-Driscoll, PhD, MPH

Katherine Ross-Driscoll, PhD, MPH

Dr. Katie Ross-Driscoll is a member of the Emory Transplant Health Services and Outcomes Research Program of the Department of Surgery, as well as the Health Services Research Center at Emory.

She received her MPH and PhD, both in epidemiology, at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

Her primary research focuses on the influence that access to care and quality of care has on racial, socioeconomic, and geographic disparities in outcomes among patients with end-stage liver disease (ESLD). She is also interested in the social determinants of health and spatial analysis.

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Trainee Spotlights

Kanika Kalra

Kanika Kalra, MD, Emory cardiothoracic surgery fellow, was recognized at the American Heart Association's 2020 Scientific Sessions with the Council on Cardiovascular Surgery and Anesthesia (CVSA) Resident Prize. Dr. Kalra's abstract compared the efficacy of the current gold standard annular repair for correcting ischemic mitral regurgitation to a newer sub-annular repair.

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This detailed overview of the Emory general surgery residency was produced by PGY-3 Emma Crichton, MD, with the assistance of various other residents.


This introduction to the Emory plastic surgery residency was created by the team of faculty member William Knaus, MD, and PGY-6 Ryan Burke, MD.