Faculty Profile

Denise J. Lo, MD

Denise J. Lo, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Telephone: 404.712.8435

Email: denise.lo@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2016


Dr. Denise Lo received her MD from Northwestern University in 2006. She completed her residency in general surgery at Georgetown University Hospital in 2013 and a fellowship in abdominal organ transplantation at Emory University in 2016. Within this clinical training period she also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in transplant immunology at the Emory Transplant Center under the mentorship of former faculty member Dr. Allan Kirk.

Dr. Lo specializes in adult and pediatric liver transplantation and hepatobiliary surgery, and her primary academic interest is translational research in transplant immunology. As co-director of the Emory Transplant Center's liver transplant quality improvement program, she has focused on analyzing the evaluation process for liver transplant, waitlist management, and access to the liver transplant clinic.


View Dr. Lo's publications in PubMed.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta


  • MD, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Class of 2006

  • General Surgery Residency, Georgetown University Hospital, 2006-2009, 2011-2013

  • Research Fellowship in Transplant Immunology, Emory Transplant Center, 2009-2011, 2013-2014

  • Abdominal Organ Transplantation Fellowship, Emory University School of Medicine, 2014-2016

Honors and Awards

  • Empower Award, for service contributions to the Emory Transplant Center, 2019

  • George Marguerite Award for Outstanding Performance in Vascular Surgery, Georgetown University Hospital, 2013

  • Hufnagel Award, Excellence in Basic Science Research, Georgetown University Hospital, 2012

  • Young Investigator Award, American Transplant Congress, 2011, 2012

  • Distinguished Research Fellow, American Society of Transplantation/Canadian Society of Transplantation Joint Symposium, 2011

  • Outstanding Research Award, Genzyme Transplant Fellows Meeting, 2010

  • Barbara Greengoss Memorial Fund Research Grant, Northwestern University School of Medicine, 2003

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons

  • American Society of Transplantation

  • American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases: Education Committee

  • International Liver Transplantation Society

Clinical Interests

  • Adult and pediatric liver transplantation

  • Hepatobiliary surgery

Research Interests

  • Transplant immunology