Faculty Profile

Cletus Arciero, MD

Cletus A. Arciero, MD

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

Program Director, Breast Oncology Fellowship, Department of Surgery, Emory

Associate Director for Surgery & Interim Director, Glenn Family Breast Center, Winship Cancer Institute

National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers Representative, Emory Johns Creek Hospital

Colonel (retired), United States Army

Email: cletus.arciero@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2015


Dr. Arciero recently retired as a Colonel from the United States Army, having served for 25 years. Among the numerous medals he received was the Legion of Merit for a career marked by exemplary service. His positions in the field included chief of surgery of both the 31st and the 256th Combat Support Hospitals in Iraq, and chief of surgery of the 452nd Combat Support Hospital in Kuwait in support of combat operations in Afghanistan.

He has served as chief of surgical oncology, chief of general surgery, and program director of the general surgery residency at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center in Fort Gordon, GA. He was also the center's Cancer Liaison Physician of the American Cancer Society Commission on Cancer from 2006-2015.

At Emory, Dr. Arciero's primary clinical locations are Emory University Hospital and Emory Johns Creek Hospital, where he focuses on breast surgery. His academic roles include being the program director of the Emory Breast Oncology Fellowship.

In 2017, Dr. Arciero was appointed Winship Cancer Institute's principal investigator in the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN), the world's largest cancer research collaboration for big data. ORIEN's extensive database allows scientists to analyze and share findings in the development of precision medicine. Along with 14 other top cancer centers around the country, Winship is contributing donated tissue and clinical data for research from consented patients. The research will help investigators better understand cancer at the molecular level, with the goal of developing more targeted cancer treatments.


View Dr. Arcieros's publications in PubMed.


  • Emory Johns Creek Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Grady Memorial Hospital

  • The Emory Clinic


  • MD, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Bethesda, MD, 1998

  • General Surgery Internship and Residency, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC, 1998-2004

  • Research Fellowship, Windber Research Institute, Clinical Breast Care Project, Windber, PA, 2001-2002

  • Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, 2004-2006

Honors and Awards

  • Kuwaiti Liberation Medal, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, 1991

  • Southwest Asia Service Medal with Two Bronze Stars, 1991

  • National Defense Service Ribbon with Bronze Star

  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Service Medal

  • Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster

  • Army Commendation Medal with Six Oak Leaf Clusters

  • Bailey K. Ashford Clinical Research Award, National Capital Consortium, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, 2004

  • General Graves B. Erskine Resident Award, National Capital Consortium, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, 2004

  • Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, 2004, 2009

  • Iraq Campaign Medal with Two Bronze Stars, 2007, 2011

  • "A" Proficiency Designator, awarded by the Surgeon General of the Army for exceptional professional ability in the field of surgery, 2014

  • Legion of Merit, 2015

  • William L. Moore, Jr., Award for Teaching Excellence, 2015

  • Emory Medicine Professional Leadership Enrichment and Development Program, 2017

  • Atlanta's Top Doctors, Atlanta Magazine, 2017, 2018, 2019

Current Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Surgical Oncology

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • Society of Surgical Oncology: Fellow, Continuing Medical Education Committee, Breast Program Directors Subcommittee

  • American Society of Breast Surgeons: Continuing Medical Education Committee, Selected Readings Subcommittee

  • Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology

  • Georgia Surgical Society

  • Southeastern Surgical Society

Clinical Interests

  • Breast cancer

Research Interests

  • Racial disparities in the surgical management of breast cancer

  • The application of surgery in the setting of metastatic disease

  • Neoadjuvant therapy in the management of advanced breast cancer