Faculty Profile

E. Dean McKenzie, MD

E. Dean McKenzie, MD

Faculty Titles

Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Chief, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Clinical Title

Chief, Pediatric Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery, Sibley Heart Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Telephone: 404.785.6330

Email: emmett.dean.mckenzie@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2017


Dr. Emmett Dean McKenzie received his MD degree from Baylor College of Medicine and completed his general surgery residency at the University of Louisville. After finishing his cardiothoracic surgery residency at the University of Florida College of Medicine in 1998, he joined the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor as a faculty member, advancing through Baylor's academic and clinical ranks until joining the Emory University School of Medicine and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta in 2017. During his Baylor tenure, Dr. McKenzie was surgical director of the heart transplant program at Texas Children's Hospital from 2001-2007, and surgical director of Texas Children's lung transplant program from 2002-2007. He now serves as the chief of pediatric cardiothoracic surgery for Emory's division of cardiothoracic surgery, and chief of the pediatric congenital cardiothoracic surgery service at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.


View Dr. McKenzie's publications in PubMed.


  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

  • Emory University Hospital


  • MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Class of 1991

  • General Surgery Internship and Residency, University of Louisville, 1991-1996

  • Cardiothoracic Residency, University of Florida College of Medicine, 1996-1998

Honors and Awards

  • Fulbright & Jaworski LLP, Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching and Evaluation, Baylor College of Medicine, 2014

  • William L. Brohm Award for Outstanding Performance by a Surgical Resident, University of Louisville, 1996

  • J. David Richardson Award for Clinical Excellence, University of Louisville, 1994

Current Organizational Memberships

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons

  • Congenital Heart Surgeons Society

  • Southern Thoracic Surgical Association

  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons

  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation

  • Southern Surgical Association

  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery

  • Hiram C. Polk, MD, Surgical Society

  • American Academy of Pediatrics

Special Interests

  • Pediatric cardiothoracic surgery

  • Congenital heart surgery (pediatric, adult)

  • Aortic surgery

  • Thoracic aneurysm

  • Atrial fibrillation ablation therapy

  • Heart transplant

  • Mitral stenosis

  • Mitral valve prolapse

  • Mechanical circulatory support

  • Ventricular assist devices

  • Tracheal reconstruction