Faculty Profiles

Juan Sarmiento, MD

Juan M. Sarmiento, MD

W. Dean Warren Distinguished Chair of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

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

Director, Hepatopancreatic Biliary Surgery, Emory University Hospital

Telephone: 404.778.3994, 404.778.3712

Email: jsarmie@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2003


Originally from Colombia, Dr. Sarmiento came to the U.S. in 1995 for further surgical training at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, where he joined the faculty once his training was completed.

Dr. Sarmiento's innovative treatments include a minimally-invasive approach to liver surgery (the only one in the state and one of very few in the country) and laparoscopic surgery of the pancreas. With Dr. Edward Lin, Dr. Sarmiento developed unique techniques for laparoscopic-assisted formal liver resections, such as the performance of laparoscopic hepatectomy through incisions that are much smaller than those of a standard open procedure.

Dr. Sarmiento and his team are conducting clinical research related to several aspects of hepatopancreatic biliary surgery, including the coagulation consequences of major liver resection, the endocrine implications of partial pancreatic resection in nondiabetic patients, and simplified clinical pathways for complex pancreatic resections like the Whipple procedure. In July 2020, achieved the major milestone of performing his 1000th Whipple surgery at Emory.


View Dr. Sarmiento's publications in PubMed.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • The Emory Clinic

  • Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University


  • MD received 1987, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia

  • General Surgery Residency, Universidad del Valle, Cali, Colombia, 1987-1993, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 1996-2000

  • GI Surgical Scholar (Hepatopancreatobiliary Surgery), Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 2000-2002

Prior Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Mayo Medical School, Rochester, MN, 2002-2003

  • Senior Associate Consultant, Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, 2002-2003

Honors and Awards

  • A. Hamblin Letton Lecture Keynote Speaker, 2017 Southeastern Surgical Congress Annual Meeting

  • Distinguished Poster: Laparoscopic Resection of the Liver, SAGES 2005 Annual Meeting

  • History of Medicine Fellowship, Southern Surgical Association, December 2005

  • Surgical Fellow Teacher of the Year, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, June 2001

  • Karee D. Nygaard Award, Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Sciences Research, Department of Surgery, Mayo Graduate School of Medicine, 1999

Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • Surgical Society of the Alimentary Tract

  • Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

  • Association for Academic Surgery

  • Atlanta Surgical Society

  • Southeastern Surgical Society

  • Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association

  • Pancreas Club

  • Mayo Clinic Alumni Association: Past President

  • American Medical Association

  • Priestly Surgical Society

  • Minnesota Medical Association

  • Georgia Surgical Society
  • Zumbro Valley Medical Society

  • Sociedad Colombiana de Cirugía

  • Associación Colombiana de Nutrición Cliníca

Clinical and Research Interests

  • Surgical treatment of metastatic liver disease

  • Primary hepatic tumors

  • Gallbladder cancer

  • Cholangiocarcinoma

  • Pancreatic cancer

  • Reconstruction of the bile duct

  • Surgery of the stomach