Faculty Profiles

A. L. Jackson Slappy, MD

A. L. Jackson Slappy, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of General and GI Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Associate Chief of Surgery, Chief of General Surgery, Atlanta VA Medical Center






American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member



Prior to joining the Emory Department of Surgery, Dr. Slappy was affiliated with Emory Johns Creek Hospital, where he chaired the Education and Cancer committees, was involved with establishing the hospital's Breast Cancer Center, and participated in implementing updated peer review processes and protocols for blood product-use. From 2005-2008, Dr. Slappy held several appointments at the Naval Hospital, Charleston, SC, including Chief of the Medical Staff; Chair, Executive Committee of the Medical Staff; Department Head, General Surgery; and Officer in Charge of the Shipboard Surgical Team.

At the Atlanta VA Medical Center, one of the largest VA hospitals in the Southeast, Dr. Slappy is part of a general surgery section that offers surgical oncology, advanced laparoscopic, and endocrine procedures. In his role as associate chief of surgery at the facility, he helps to lead a surgical service line made up of 11 different subspecialties, including cardiac surgery and neurosurgery. He also chairs the informatics interest group that is responsible for forming and maintaining numerous data analytics projects within the medical center and the Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN).

On the main campus of Emory University, Dr. Slappy is a faculty attending at Emory University Hospital's Acute and Critical Care Surgery service (ACCS). The service was implemented in 2010 as a quality improvement effort for the hospital's emergency department (ED), as well as a new rotation opportunity for general surgery residents of the Emory University School of Medicine. The establishment of the ACCS has provided the ED with a revolving surgical staff of on-site faculty attendings assisted by resident teams.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Atlanta VA Medical Center

  • Grady Memorial Hospital

  • The Emory Clinic


  • MD, Emory University School of Medicine, 2000

  • General Surgery Internship and Residency, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, Jacksonville, FL, 2000-2005

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons: Fellow

  • American College of Physician Executives

  • Southeast Surgical Congress: Fellow, Continuing Education Committee

Clinical Interests

  • Advanced laparoscopy/endoscopy

  • Acute care surgery

Research Interests

  • Utilization of lean process design and implementation

  • Optimization of healthcare delivery systems and information exchange

  • Application of computers and networking in medical systems management

  • Research data collection and analysis

  • Access of medical records and imaging