Faculty Profile

Charles Staley, MD

Charles A. Staley, MD

Holland M. Ware Professor of Surgery

Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Telephone: 404.778.0210

Email: cstaley@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 1995


Dr. Staley joined the Emory faculty in 1995 after completing his surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. His clinical practice focuses on surgical treatment of stomach, esophageal, appendiceal, colorectal, pancreas, liver cancer, and peritoneal surface malignancies.

His research focuses on translational studies and novel clinical trials in gastrointestinal cancers. He has investigated gene therapy for metastatic colon cancer, radiofrequency ablation with intra-arterial chemotherapy for patients with colorectal liver metastases, and neoadjuvant chemoradiation with the goal of maximizing sphincter preservation in the treatment of rectal cancer. His current investigations include exploring methods of using nanotechnology to diagnose and treat pancreatic and breast cancer with such colleagues as Dr. Lily Yang.

Dr. Staley coordinates national efforts for clinical cancer research as a principle investigator for clinical trials for the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group; as chair of the Vizient UHC Cancer Center Network Steering Committee, which oversees a national network of approximately 125 cancer centers nationally; and as co-principal investigator of the Winship Cancer Institute location of the National Cancer Institute's National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN). The NCTN serves as the NCI's primary infrastructure for conducting phase II and phase III cancer clinical trials.


View Dr. Staley's publications in PubMed.


  • Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

  • Emory University Hospital

  • The Emory Clinic

  • Atlanta VA Healthcare System


  • MD, Class of 1987, Dartmouth Medical School, Hanover, NH

  • General Surgery Residency, University Health Center of Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 1987-1992

  • Surgical Oncology Fellowship, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 1992-1995

Honors and Awards

  • Atlanta's Top Doctors, Atlanta Magazine, 2010-2022

  • Associate Examiner, Surgical Oncology Boards, 2016-Present

  • Richard Amerson Resident Teaching Award, Emory University School of Medicine, 2012

  • Invited Speaker, NIH State of the Science Conference, Colorectal Clinical Trials Planning Meeting, Bethesda, MD, 2011

  • External Auditor, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group, 2009-2011

  • Associate Examiner, American Board of Surgery, 2002, 2007

  • Ad Hoc Member, Grant Review Subcommittee H, National Cancer Institute, 2007

  • Emory University's Distinguished Faculty, 2002-2003

  • Richard Amerson Resident Teaching Award, Emory University School of Medicine, 2002

  • Woodruff Fund Clinical Teaching Award in Surgery, Emory, 2002

  • Ad Hoc Veterans Administration Oncology Grant Reviewer, 1996-1998

  • MD Anderson Clinical Fellows Research Award, 1994-1995

  • Southern Medical Association Research Project Grant, 1994-1995

  • Clinical Fellowship Award, American Cancer Society, 1994-1995

Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board, Oncology

  • Editorial Board & Section Editor of Gastric Cancer, Annals of Surgical Oncology

  • Editorial Board, Cancer

Current Organizational Memberships

  • Georgia Surgical Society: Past President, Council Member

  • American College of Surgeons: Fellow

  • American Board of Surgery: Diplomate, Complex General Surgical Oncology Board

  • Society of Surgical Oncology

  • Southern Surgical Association

  • Eastern Surgical Society

  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group: Chair, Surgical Committee

Clinical Interests

  • Stomach, esophageal, colorectal, pancreas, and liver cancer

  • Adrenal masses

  • Biliary tumors

Research Interests

  • Translational research and novel clinical trials in gastrointestinal cancers, including methods of using nanotechnology to diagnose and treat pancreatic cancer