Faculty Profile

Gaetano Paone, MD

Gaetano Paone, MD, MHSA

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


Certification: American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2019


Dr. Gaetano Paone is a member of the Emory Structural Heart and Valve Center, where he focuses on valve repair and replacement, coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG), transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), and other related, less invasive valve technologies. Dr. Paone earned his MD at New York University School of Medicine, and completed his general surgery residency at New York University Medical Center. After completing his thoracic surgery residency at the University of Illinois Hospitals, he joined the cardiothoracic surgery faculty at Boston University Medical Center. In 1990, he joined Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Dr. Paone also practiced at Crittenton Hospital Medical Center in Rochester, MI, from 2004-2009, and obtained his Masters in Health Service Administration from the University of Michigan School of Public Health in 2006. In 2009, he returned to Henry Ford Hospital, where he served as chief of the Division of Cardiac Surgery for nine years.


  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

  • Atlanta VA Medical Center

  • Grady Memorial Hospital


  • MD, New York University School of Medicine, Class of 1980

  • General Surgery Internship and Residency, New York University Medical Center, 1980-1985

  • Thoracic Surgery Residency, University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System, 1985-1987

  • MHSA, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 2004-2006

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons: Fellow

  • American College of Cardiology

  • Alpha Omega Alpha

  • Roy D. McClure Surgical Society

  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons: Chair, Task Force on Quality Initiatives; Chair, Workforce on Associate Membership

  • Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists: Member and STS Representative, Quality and Safety Leadership Committee

  • National Cardiac Surgery Quality IMPROVE Network: Executive Committee

  • John Alexander Society

  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery

  • European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

  • Catheter based valvular interventions

  • Quality improvement and outcomes analysis

  • Blood conservation and transfusion outcomes