Faculty Profile

Eric Knauer, MD

Eric M. Knauer, MD

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

Chief, General Surgery Service, Emory University Hospital Midtown

Email: eric.knauer@emory.edu

Phone: 404.778.3789

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2018


Dr. Knauer received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. His postgraduate training included a general surgery residency at the University of Connecticut and a minimally invasive surgery fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine. John Sweeney, MD, chair of the Emory Department of Surgery, was chief of minimally invasive surgery at Baylor during Dr. Knauer's fellowship and his primary mentor.

Dr Knauer Joined Emory in 2018 after 15 years of private practice in Atlanta. He serves as chief of general surgery at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM), where he is also the site director for medical, physician assistant, and nurse practitioner student education. He is very active in resident training, has received several teaching awards, is a member of the department's resident interview committee, wrote the telehealth training policy for residents at EUHM, and is developing a curriculum for laparoscopic common bile duct training.


View Dr. Knauer's publications in PubMed.


  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Emory University Hospital

  • The Emory Clinic


  • MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Class of 1997

  • General Surgery Internship, New York University Hospital, 1997-1998

  • General Surgery Residency, University of Connecticut, 1998-2002

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, 2002-2003

Honors and Awards

  • Junior Residents' 2022 Teaching Award, in recognition of patience, good humor and dedication to resident education

  • Atlanta Magazine's Top Doctors 2022 

  • Press Ganey Platinum Provider of Excellence Award 2021

  • Honored as Top Educator, Emory School of Medicine, Educator Appreciation Day 2020

  • Physician of the Month, Wellstar Cobb Hospital, 2015

  • Best Senior Resident Teacher, University of Connecticut, 2001

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons

Special Interests

  • Adrenal masses

  • Appendectomy

  • Biliary disease

  • Colon/rectal cancer

  • Robotic surgery

  • Gallbladder surgery

  • Gastroesophageal reflux

  • Gastrointestinal surgery

  • Hernia

  • Hiatal hernia

  • Laparoscopic surgery for reflux, gallbladder, hernia, ulcers

  • Lipoma

  • Spleen surgery