Faculty Profile

Dr. Ankit Patel

Ankit Patel, MD

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

Chief of Surgery, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

Director, Robotic Surgical Education, General Surgery Residency






American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member



Beginning with the pursuit of his BS in chemistry, Emory has been Dr. Patel's academic base. He joined our faculty after completing his endosurgery fellowship under the mentorship of Dr. Edward Lin and Dr. Scott Davis, whom he joined as part of the bariatric surgery team at the Emory Bariatric Center located at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Dr. Patel is interested in integrating GI surgery with technology and robotics, reviewing outcomes for combined paraesophageal hernia repair with sleeve gastrectomy in obese patients, developing quality metrics for robotic surgery, and continuing to enhance the robotic surgery training curriculum he assisted in building for Emory general surgery residents.

He was the lead editor of SAGES Manual of Robotic Surgery, published by Springer in 2017, the society's first comprehensive text on robotic surgery training, credentialing, instrumentation, procedural platforms, and multispecialty applications.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

  • Atlanta VA Medical Center

  • The Emory Clinic


  • MD, Emory University School of Medicine, Class of 2006

  • General Surgery Residency, University Emory University School of Medicine, 2006-2012

  • Endosurgery Fellowship, Emory Endosurgery Unit, 2012-2013

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • Georgia Chapter of American College of Surgeons

  • American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery

  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons: Robotics Task Force; Robotic Research Grant Review Committee; Publications Committee; Flexible Endoscopy Committee

  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract

  • Southeastern Surgical Congress

  • Georgia Association of Physicians of Indian Heritage

Editorial Boards

  • Surgical Laparoscopy Endoscopy & Percutaneous Techniques

Clinical Interests

  • Appendectomy 

  • Bariatric surgery

  • Endoscopy

  • Gallbladder surgery

  • Gastric bypass

  • Gastroesophageal reflux surgery

  • Gastrointestinal surgery

  • Hernia surgery

  • Hiatal hernia

  • Laparoscopic surgery

  • Obesity

  • Robotic surgery

  • Sleeve gastrectomy

  • Small intestine surgery

  • Stomach surgery

Research Interests

  • Integration of GI surgery with technology and robotics

  • Optimization of EMR powerplans to standardize patient care

  • Development of bariatric/foregut patient care and pathway manual for residents

  • Developing and implementing quality metrics for robotic surgery

  • Creating surgical teaching videos for residents and medical students

  • Reviewing outcomes for combined paraesophageal hernia repair with sleeve gastrectomy in obese patients

  • Robotic surgery education