Faculty Profile

Chris Dente, MD

Christopher J. Dente, MD

Professor of Surgery, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care at Grady Memorial Hospital, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Telephone: 404.251.8915

Email: cdente@emory.edu

Certification: General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2004


Dr. Christopher Dente has been a clinically active general and trauma surgeon and surgical intensivist at Grady Memorial Hospital since joining Emory Surgery in 2004, and rotates regularly on Grady's trauma service and SICU. He is highly dedicated to quality and safety, and currently serves as the medical director for trauma PI of the Georgia Trauma and Surgical Quality Collaborative, and chairs the Trauma Quality Improvement Program Committee at Grady.

Dr. Dente's research focuses on the creation and use of biomarker and clinical data warehouse-based decision support tools. He is the PI of the Emory site of a Department of Defense-funded pilot wound closure study, and the lead site investigator at Grady's trauma center for the multi-center Surgical Critical Care Initiative (SC2i), also sponsored by the DoD. SC2i is translating decision-making tools developed by the DoD for the battlefield to civilian critical care.

From 2004-2018, Dr. Dente held various leadership positions in the two year trauma surgery residency/surgical critical care fellowship. One of his primary achievements was leading the restructuring of the trauma surgery year into an acute care surgery fellowship, which was accredited by the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma in 2017, becoming one of only 20 AAST approved programs in the country at that time and the only one in Georgia.


View Dr. Dente's publications in PubMed.


  • Grady Memorial Hospital


  • MD, Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Class of 1995

  • General Surgery Residency, Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI, 1995-2002

  • Fellowship in Trauma/Surgical Critical Care, Emory University, 2002-2004

Honors and Awards

  • Emory at Grady Innovation Award, Emory at Grady Professional Development Committee, 2020

  • Fellow, Woodruff Leadership Academy, 2014

  • Top Ranking Educator of 81 Eligible Clinicians in Department of Surgery, Emory University, 2014

  • Leadership Development Workshop Scholarship Recipient, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 2009

  • Young Surgeon Representative of the Georgia Chapter of American College of Surgeons, ACS Surgical Leadership Conference, Washington, DC, June 2007

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons: Fellow

  • Georgia Chapter American College of Surgeons: Board of Directors; Chair, Committee on Trauma

  • Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine

  • American Association for the Surgery of Trauma

  • Southeastern Surgical Congress

  • Atlanta Surgical Association

  • Detroit Surgical Association

  • Georgia Surgical Society

Clinical Interests

  • Ultrasound in trauma

  • Abdominal trauma

  • Intra-abdominal colonic trauma

  • Mechanical ventilation

  • Open pelvic fractures

Research Interests

  • The creation and use of biomarker and clinical data warehouse-based clinical decision support tools