Faculty Profile

David Kooby, MD

David A. Kooby, MD

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

Emory Chief of Surgery, Northern Arc

Vice Chief of Staff, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

Director of Surgical Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

Administrative Office:
Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital 
Harold Harrison Pavilion/Oncology Administrative Suite
5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd., NE, 2nd Floor
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone (678) 843-5837
Fax (678) 843-6881

Clinical Office:
Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
Surgical Oncology/Winship Cancer Center
5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, NE, Suite 150
Atlanta, GA 30342
Phone (404) 778-3805
Fax (404) 778-127

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2003


Dr. Kooby is an international leader in minimally invasive pancreatic and liver surgery. His clinical specialties include laparoscopic and open surgical treatment of liver, bile ducts, pancreas, stomach, and colon tumors/cancers. He also has expertise treating tumors and diseases of the spleen, adrenal glands, and retroperitoneum.

He teaches national courses on laparoscopic resection of the liver, pancreas, and colon; is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences; and serves on several national committees. 

Dr. Kooby's research focuses on multi-center, collaborative clinical outcomes studies involving gastrointestinal malignancies. He co-founded an active multi-institutional consortium for studying pancreatic tumors and pancreatic surgery, with Emory taking the lead on several high-impact studies. He also collaborates across Emory schools to analyze data from the National Cancer Data Base. In addition to publishing numerous journal articles and book chapters, he co-edited the 2015 edition of Gastrointestinal Malignancies: New Innovative Diagnostics and Treatment and co-authored the 2007 edition of A Clinician's Guide to Nuclear Oncology.



View Dr. Kooby's publications on PubMed.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • The Emory Clinic

  • Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

  • Emory Johns Creek Hospital


  • Class of 1994, State University of New York, Downstate Medical College, Brooklyn, New York

  • Junior Assistant Residency, MCP-Hahnemann University, Philadelphia, PA, 1995-1997

  • Research Fellowship, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, 1997-1999

  • Senior and Chief Residency, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, 1999-2001

  • Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, 2001-2003

Honors and Awards

  • National Service Research Award, United States Public Health Service, 1997-1999

  • Joseph and Bonnie Graves Award for Excellence in Clinical Teaching, Department of Surgery, Vanderbilt University, June 2001

  • Vanderbilt University Student Curriculum Resident's Teaching Award, 2001

  • Research Award, The Society of Surgery of the Alimentary Tract, 2003

  • Georgia Cancer Coalition, Cancer Scholar Stipend, 2004

  • Honored Clinical Professor, Emory University School of Medicine, Class of 2007

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society, 2008

  • Ann and Paul Hastings Scholar for Excellence in Surgical Oncology and Patient Care, Winship Cancer Institute, 2012

  • Celebration of Faculty Excellence Award, Emory University School of Medicine, 2014

  • 2015 Woodruff Leadership Academy, Emory University SOM

Current Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Associate Editor, Pancreas Section, Annals of Surgical Oncology

  • Associate Editor, Hepatobiliary and Pancreas, Journal of Surgical Oncology

  • Editorial Board, Annals of Surgery

  • Editorial Board, Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery, Annals of Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgery

  • Editorial Board, Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Sciences

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons: Fellow, Video-based Education Committee, Abstract Review Committee

  • American College of Surgeons Oncology Group

  • American Surgical Association

  • Atlanta Surgical Association

  • Executive Board, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

  • Society of Surgical Oncology: Hepatobiliary Disease Site Working Group

  • Southeastern Surgical Association

  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract

  • Georgia Surgical Association

  • Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association: Executive Council; Finance Committee; Development Committee

  • Southern Surgical Society

Clinical Specialties

  • Adrenal tumors

  • Carcinoid tumors

  • Colon and small bowel cancers

  • Liver tumors (primary, metastatic, and benign)

  • Pancreatic cancers and tumors

  • Sarcomas of the abdomen and retroperitoneum

  • Spleen disorders

  • Stomach and esophagus cancers

  • Tumors and disorders of the biliary tract

Research Focus

  • Multi-center, collaborative clinical outcomes research involving gastrointestinal malignancies

  • Co-founder of an active multi-institutional consortium for studying pancreatic tumors and pancreatic surgery that involves Emory taking the lead on several high-impact studies

  • Collaboration across Emory schools to analyze data from the National Cancer Data Base