• 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.

  • As members of the Emory Transplant Center, faculty surgeons of the Division of Transplantation perform kidney, kidney-pancreas, and liver transplants for adult and pediatric patients.

Faculty Spotlights

Allan Pickens, MD

Dr. Allan PickensDr. Pickens directs the minimally invasive thoracic surgery and thoracic oncology services at Emory University Hospital Midtown. One of his primary specialties is the minimally invasive removal of early stage lung cancers and esophageal cancers using a procedure called video assisted thorascopic surgery (VATS). Dr. Pickens was at the forefront of reducing the incision sizes made in the chest wall for VATS to only one-to-two inches. A tiny camera or endoscope is inserted into one incision to view the lung or esophagus, while the others are used for passing small instruments to perform the surgery or biopsy.

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Monica Rizzo, MD

Dr. Monica RizzoAfter completing her surgical oncology fellowship at Emory in 2005, Dr. Rizzo joined the Emory division of surgical oncology. As an American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Liaison Physician at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM), Dr. Rizzo is actively involved in maintaining quality and excellence in cancer care at the hospital. Dr. Rizzo successfully led the EUHM Breast Center's application for accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers in 2010, and its reaccreditation process in 2013.

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Top Surgery News

I. Raul Badell Receives 2018 ASTS Vanguard Prize

Dr. I. Raul BadellThe American Society of Transplant Surgeons' (ASTS) Vanguard Prize recognizes and honors ASTS junior members for authoring the previous year's best clinical and basic research manuscripts from young investigators. Emory kidney transplant surgeon I. Raul Badell, MD, won the 2018 edition of the award for his paper "Selective CD28 Blockade Results in Superior Inhibition of Donor-Specific T Follicular Helper Cell and Antibody Responses Relative to CTLA4-Ig," which was first published electronically in August 2017 by the American Journal of Transplantation.

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Also in the News:

Hakob Davtyan-Directed St. Francis Hospital Cardiac Services Program Celebrates One-Year Anniversary

Joshua Winer and His Use of HIPEC Featured in the Atlanta Jewish Times

Omar Lattouf Named Medical Director of New Surgical Partnership

David Kooby Provides Robotic Surgery for Pancreatic Cancer at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital (includes video)

Carla Haack Provides Medical Care on Volunteer Trip to Puerto Rico

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Trainee Spotlights

Trainees Lopez-Aguiar, Zaidi, Ludi, and Rajdev

ASCO Merit Award Winners Present at 2018 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium

General surgery resident Alexandra Lopez-Aguiar, MD, and research fellow Mohammad Zaidi, MD, presented their abstracts at the 2018 Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium in San Francisco.

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Resident Presents Study at Panamerican Trauma Society Annual Congress

Erica Ludi, MD, presented "Trauma Surveillance and Epidemiology in Haiti: A Pilot Study" at the 2017 Panamerican Congress of Trauma, Critical Care & Emergency Surgery in Mexico City.

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Priya Rajdev Certified in CCM

General surgery resident Priya Rajdev, MD, successfully passed the American Board of Surgery's Surgical Critical Care Certifying Exam, signifying the completion of a year-long fellowship. Dr. Rajdev has achieved comprehensive knowledge of the CCM aspects of many disciplines, is sanctioned as having the skills necessary to work with the various specialty care teams in the ICU, and is able to apply intensive techniques for support of the critically ill patient.