Faculty Profile

Keith Delman, MD

Keith A. Delman, MD

Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Associate Chair, Faculty and Clinical Affairs, Department of Surgery, Emory SOM

Interim Surgeon-in-Chief, Grady Memorial Hospital

Carlos Professor of Surgical Anatomy and Technique, Department of Surgery, Emory SOM

Director, Carlos and Davis Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique, Department of Surgery, Emory SOM

Telephone: 404.778.3303


Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2005


Dr. Delman is the Carlos Professor of Surgery, associate chair of faculty and clinical affairs for the Emory Department of Surgery, and director of the Carlos and Davis Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique (CSAT). In addition, he co-chairs the Winship Cancer Institute's Melanoma Working Group/Multi-Disciplinary Tumor Board. As such, he leads the multidisciplinary care of nearly half of all patients diagnosed with melanoma in the state of Georgia each year. Dr. Delman's practice also focuses on treating complex cutaneous oncology, including sarcoma, adnexal tumors of the skin, and merkel cell carcinoma.

In 2009, Dr. Delman and Emory urologist Dr. Viraj Master were the first team in the world to perform minimally invasive inguinofemoral lymphadenectomy for melanoma. Since then, they have taught the procedure to surgeons from around the world.

Dr. Delman's achievements as an educator include serving as program director of the Emory general surgery residency from 2011-2020; assisting in the establishment of the Emory Surgery Global Surgery Program in 2011, one of the first American Board of Surgery-approved international surgical training experiences; spearheading the 2012 renovation of the Department of Surgery's surgical education offices in Emory University Hospital to include such advanced teaching technologies as a dedicated 24 hour simulation lab; and transitioning the Carlos and Davis Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique from its primarily print media platform to a digital, electronic format to disseminate educational materials related to developing knowledge of surgical anatomy.

Dr. Delman is an associate member of the American College of Surgeons' Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, a member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Program Directors in Surgery, and chairs the ACS/APDS/ASE Entering Surgery Resident Prep Curriculum Committee.


View Dr. Delman's publications on PubMed.


  • Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

  • Emory University Hospital

  • The Emory Clinic

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown


  • MD, Class of 1996, Stony Brook School of Medicine, State University of New York, Stony Brook, NY

  • Internship and Junior Residency, Categorical General Surgery Program, Montefiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, 1996-1998

  • Research Fellowship, Hepatobiliary Oncology Laboratory, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, 1998-2000

  • Chief and Senior Residency, Categorical General Surgery Program, Montefiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2000-2003

  • Administrative Chief Resident, Montefiore Medical Center-Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 2002-2003

  • Surgical Oncology Fellowship, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2003-2005

Honors and Awards

  • 2020 Inductee, Emory Millipub Club (honors publishing a paper that garnered more than 1,000 citations)

  • Emory School of Medicine 2020 Mentorship Award

  • Parker J. Palmer Courage to Teach Award, ACGME, 2019

  • Academy of Master Surgeon Educators, American College of Surgeons, 2018

  • J. Richard Amerson Teaching Award, Emory Department of Surgery, 2018

  • Atlanta's Top Doctors, Atlanta Magazine, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

  • Shipley Award for Best Presentation of Best Scientific Paper, Southern Surgical Association, 2013

  • Dean's Teaching Award, Emory University School of Medicine, 2013

  • Woodruff Leadership Academy, Emory University-Woodruff Health Sciences Center, 2010

  • Department of Surgery Resident Teaching Award, Emory, 2008

  • Junior Resident Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, Emory, 2006

  • ACP Recognition Award-MD Anderson Cancer Center Surgical Oncology Fellowship, 2005

  • New York Colon and Rectal Society, Third Prize in Resident Presentation Forum, 2003

Current Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Associate Editor, CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians

  • Section Editor, Melanoma, Annals of Surgical Oncology
  • Editorial Board, Surgical Council on Resident Education (SCORE) Portal

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Surgical Education

  • Ediorial Board, Annals of Surgery

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons: Fellow; Committee on Non-Technical Skills for Surgeons; Committee on Resident Education; Associate Member, Academy of Master Surgeon Educators

  • American College of Surgeons Oncology Group

  • American College of Surgeons-Georgia Chapter

  • American Board of Surgery/Complex Surgical Oncology Board, Consultant-Content Expert, Melanoma

  • American Hepato-Pancreatobiliary Association

  • ACS/APDS/ASE Entering Surgery Resident Prep Curriculum Committee: Chair

  • Co-Chair, Melanoma Working Group/Multi-Disciplinary Tumor Board, Winship Cancer Institute

  • Society of Surgical Oncology: SCORE Liasion Committee, Education Council

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

  • Society of Melanoma Research

  • Georgia Surgical Society

  • Atlanta Surgical Association

  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group

  • Association of Program Directors in Surgery: Board of Directors

  • Association of Academic Surgeons

  • Association of Surgical Education

  • Southern Surgical Association

  • Southeastern Surgical Congress

Clinical Interests

  • Surgical treatment of melanoma and cancers of the skin

  • Sarcoma

  • Colon/rectal cancer

  • Colon cancer

Research Interests

  • Clinical and translational research involving tumors of the skin and soft tissue, with a particular focus on reducing morbidity and unnecessary surgery in patients with melanoma