Faculty Profile

Angela Cheng, MD

Angela Cheng, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Associate Director, Glenn Family Breast Center, Winship Cancer Institute






American Board of Surgery, American Board of Plastic Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member



Dr. Cheng received her medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She completed her general surgery residency at the University of Texas-Houston, her plastic surgery residency at the University of Virginia, and her breast and microsurgery fellowship at UT Southwestern.

Dr. Cheng's clinical specialties include breast surgery, breast reconstruction, microsurgery reconstruction, lymphedema surgery, and body contouring. Her primary research area is breast reconstruction, particularly improving access, outcomes, aesthetics, and surgical treatment of lymphedema. She is also interested in developing techniques for reconstructing complex wounds and improving limb salvage.

Dr. Cheng has been involved in a variety of quality improvement projects at Emory and Grady Memorial Hospital, including helping to standardize microsurgical instrument trays across the hospitals, creating microsurgery and hand surgery post-operative order sets at Grady, obtaining new flap monitoring technology, and working with orthopedics to develop the "smash cart" to facilitate care for digit/hand replantation emergencies. She also dedicates many hours to resident training.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Atlanta VA Healthcare System

  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

  • Emory Aesthetic Center

  • Grady Memorial Hospital


  • MD, University of Florida College of Medicine, Class of 2004

  • General Surgery Residency, University of Texas-Houston, 2004-2009

  • Plastic Surgery Residency, University of Virginia, 2009-2011

  • Breast and Microsurgery Fellowship, UT Southwestern, 2011-2012

Current Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Annals of Plastic Surgery: Breast Section Editor

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Reconstructive Microsurgery

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons: Fellow

  • American Society of Reconstructive Microsurgery

  • American Society of Plastic Surgery

  • American Association of Plastic Surgeons

  • American Council of Academic Plastic Surgeons 

  • Georgia Society of Plastic Surgery

  • Jurkiewicz Society

Honors and Awards

  • Brave Heart Award (for selfless contribution to breast cancer patients and community), Annual Glenn Family Breast Cancer Retreat, 2017

  • Jack Culbertson Teacher of the Year Award, Emory Division of Plastic Surgery, 2016-2017

Clinical Interests

  • Breast surgery

  • Breast reconstruction

  • Microsurgery reconstruction

  • Lymphedema surgery

  • Mohs reconstruction

Research Interests

  • Breast reconstruction, particularly improving access, outcomes, aesthetics, and developing surgical treatment of lymphedema

  • Reconstructing complex wounds

  • Limb salvage