Faculty Profile

Elizabeth Hechenbleikner, MD

Elizabeth M. Hechenbleikner, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of General and GI Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Director, Emory Bariatric Center, Emory University Hospital Midtown






American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member



Dr. Hechenbleikner received her MD degree from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in 2009. Her postgraduate training included a general surgery residency at Georgetown University Hospital (2009-2011, 2014-2017); a surgical research fellowship at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, during which she conducted studies related to colon cancer (2011-2014); a resident scholarship in patient safety and quality, also at Johns Hopkins (2013-2014); and a laparoscopic and advanced gastrointestinal surgery fellowship at Mount Sinai Hospital (2017-2018).

During her residency at Georgetown University Hospital, she assisted in the development and implementation of an auditing tool to evaluate adherence to surgical time-out and debriefing processes in the operating room across surgical specialties.

Dr. Hechenbleikner's primary clinical site is Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM), where she focuses on acute care surgery and bariatric surgery. She was named director of the Emory Bariatric Center at EUHM in 2020.


View Dr. Hechenbleikner's publications in PubMed.


  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Emory University Hospital

  • The Emory Clinic


  • MD, University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Class of 2009

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

  • Research Fellowship, Department of Surgery, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 2011-2014

  • Resident Scholars Training Program in Patient Safety and Quality, Armstrong Institute, Johns Hopkins, 2013-2014

  • General Surgery Residency, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, 2014-2017

  • Laparoscopic and Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgery Fellowship, Mount Sinai Hospital, 2017-2018

Honors and Awards

  • Marie J. Simonian Award for Excellence in Clinical Research, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, 2013, 2016

  • First Place, Resident Research Forum and Paper Competition (Commission on Cancer Category), American College of Surgeons' Maryland Chapter Annual Meeting, 2012

Current Organizational Memberships

  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

  • Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract

Clinical Interests

  • Acute care surgery

  • Laparoscopic surgery

  • Colorectal surgery

  • Bariatric surgery

  • Foregut surgery

Research Interests

  • Patient satisfaction and outcomes in minimally invasive and bariatric surgery