Faculty Profiles

Jyotirmay Sharma

Joe Sharma, MD

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

Director, Thyroid and Endocrine Surgery, Emory University Hospital

Chief Quality Officer, Department of Surgery, Emory University SOM

National Surgical Quality Improvement Project (NSQIP) Champion, Emory University Hospital

(Secondary Appointment) Medical Officer, Division of Healthcare Quality and Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Telephone: 404.778.3322

Email: jsharm3@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2006


Dr. Sharma specializes in thyroid and parathyroid surgery, adrenal gland surgery, and pancreatic endocrine tumors. He routinely performs outpatient parathyroidectomies, outpatient thyroidectomies, and adrenalectomies using minimally invasive methods and has published various journal articles on these techniques.

He is very active in the Department of Surgery's quality and safety efforts, particularly as chair of the Wound Infection Group (WIG), which formed with a mandate to reduce surgical site infection (SSIs) at Emory hospitals. SSIs are a common healthcare-associated infection. The multidisciplinary group's agenda involves all aspects of patient care, from preoperative visits and perioperative counseling to intraoperative issues and post-op care. WIG collects outcomes data, feeds it into the ACS NSQIP database, and extracts areas from the results that need improvement. Through its various initiatives, one of which was the "Come Clean: Stop Surgical Infections Before They Start" iPad app for patients, WIG has lowered the incidence of surgical site infections at Emory hospitals. In October 2016, Dr. Sharma was appointed chief quality officer of the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Sharma is also a frequent faculty participant in the Emory Haiti Alliance's summer surgical trips to the Central Plateau region, the poorest and most medically underserved area in all of Haiti.


  • Inpatient: Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Outpatient: The Emory Clinic


  • MD, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Class of 2000

  • General Surgery Residency, Emory University School of Medicine, 2000-2005

  • Endocrine Surgery Fellowship, Emory University School of Medicine, 2005-2006

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons: Fellow, Board of Governors

  • American Association of Endocrine Surgeons

  • American Association of Clinical Endocrinology

  • Society of Surgical Oncology

  • Association of Academic Surgeons: Global Affairs Committee

  • American Board of Surgery: Certifying Exam Committee
  • American Medical Association

  • American Thyroid Association

  • Atlanta Surgical Association
  • Georgia Surgical Society

  • Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), Surveillance Working Group for Centers of Disease Control (CDC)

  • Southeastern Surgical Congress: Fellow, Resident and Medical Student Committee

  • International Association of Endocrine Surgeons

  • Will C. Sealy Surgical Society

Honors and Awards

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society, 2014

  • Best Doctors of America, 2009, 2011

  • Best Clinical Paper, Emory Research Day, April 2006

Clinical Interests

  • Thyroid and parathyroid surgery

  • Adrenal gland surgery

  • Pancreatic endocrine tumors

  • Complex gastrointestinal surgery

  • Hernia repair

Research Interests

  • Evaluating the biologic function of the folate receptor on parathyroid tumors and using folate-bound nuclear ligands for localization

  • Understanding the role and influence of parathyroidectomy in management of cardiovascular disease

  • Developing prospective protocol based thyroid cancer management guidelines and biomarkers for thyroid cancer prognosis