Faculty Profile

Cathy L. Graham, MD

Cathy L. Graham, MD

Faculty Title

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Clinical Title

Director of Breast Surgery, Glenn Family Breast Center of Winship Cancer Institute at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

Telephone: 404.778.3307

Email: cathy.graham@emory.edu

Certifications: American Board of Surgery, American Society of Breast Surgeons (Breast Ultrasound Certification, Stereotactic Biopsy Certification), Hidden Scar Breast Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2017


Dr. Graham received her MD degree from Emory University School of Medicine in 1986, and completed her surgical residency at the University of Cincinnati in 1994. She has been a faculty member in the departments of surgery, medicine-oncology, and anatomy at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, and served as medical director of the breast health programs at St. John Medical Center, Westlake, and Southwest General Health Center, Middleburg Heights, both also in Ohio. Most recently she held positions at Georgia's Wellstar Kennestone Hospital, Northside Cherokee Hospital, and Marietta Surgery Center.

Dr. Graham's clinical interests include benign and malignant breast disease, percutaneous lumpectomy, breast cancer risk assessment, and risk modification. She has extensive experience in breast conservation surgery, oncoplastic surgery, and mastectomy, including nipple-sparing mastectomy, partial breast brachytherapy, and intra-operative radiation therapy. She also holds special certification in breast ultrasound, ultrasound guided biopsy, stereotactic biopsy, and hidden scar breast surgery.


  • Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Emory Johns Creek Hospital

  • Emory Clinic


  • MD, Emory University School of Medicine, Class of 1986

  • General Surgery Internship and Residency, University of Cincinnati, 1986-1994

Current Organizational Memberships

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons

  • American Society of Breast Surgeons

  • American College of Physician Executives

Clinical Interests

  • Breast cancer surgery

  • Minimally invasive lumpectomy

  • Benign breast problems

  • Breast ultrasound

  • Ultrasound guided biopsy

  • Stereotactic biopsy

  • Oncoplastic breast surgery

  • Hidden scar breast surgery

  • Breast cancer risk assessment and modification

Research Interests

  • Minimally invasive breast cancer therapies

  • Aids to oncoplastic breast surgery

  • High risk breast lesions

  • The patient experience

  • Collaboration in healthcare systems