Faculty Profile

Ken Cardona, MD

Kenneth Cardona, MD, FACS

Patricia R. Reynolds Professor in Sarcoma, Emory University School of Medicine

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

Associate Chief of Surgery, Emory University Hospital Midtown

Leader, Sarcoma Working Group, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Co-Chair, Gastrointestinal Oncology Working Group, Emory University Hospital Midtown

Telephone: 404.686.3203

Email: ken.cardona@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2012


Dr. Kenneth Cardona joined the Emory University faculty in 2012 after completing a fellowship in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He has a clinical interest and expertise in the management of retroperitoneal/abdominal sarcomas; soft tissue sarcomas of the trunk and limbs; and gastric, liver, pancreas, and neuroendocrine malignancies.

As the leader of the Sarcoma Working Group at Winship Cancer Institute, Dr. Cardona collaborates with soft tissue pathologists, medical and radiation oncologists, and interventional radiologists with experience in the treatment of sarcomas to develop individualized treatment plans for each patient. He is also Co-Chair of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Working Group at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

Dr. Cardona leads national research efforts in the study of sarcoma as the Chair of the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group as well as the principal investigator of the United States Sarcoma Collaborative. Internationally, he is an active member of the multi-institutional TransAtlantic Retroperitoneal Sarcoma Working Group and Desmoid Working Group. Additionally, he is on the editorial board of the soft tissue sarcoma section of Annals of Surgical Oncology, Journal of Surgical Oncology, and Oncology.


  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

  • Emory University Hospital

  • The Emory Clinic


  • MD, Ponce School of Medicine, MD received 2002

  • General Surgery Internship and Residency, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, 2002-2004

  • Fellowship in Transplant Immunology, Emory Transplant Center, 2004-2007

  • General Surgery Residency, Department of Surgery, Emory University, 2007-2010
  • Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 2010-2012

Honors and Awards

  • Top Doctors, Atlanta Magazine, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020

  • Douglas Murray Academic Professionalism Award, Department of Surgery, Emory University, 2009

  • Award of Academic Excellence, Department of Surgery, Emory University, 2008

  • Young Scientist Award, Immune Tolerance Network, 2006

  • Young Investigator Award, World Transplant Congress, 2006, 2007

  • Young Investigator Award, International Pancreas & Islet Transplantation Association, 2005

  • Luis F. Sala, MD, Distinguished Graduate Award, 2002

Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board, Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Section, Annals of Surgical Oncology

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Surgical Oncology

  • Editorial Board, Oncology

Current Organizational Memberships

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons

  • Inaugural Chair, Sarcoma Working Group, ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group

  • Chair, Medical Advisory Council, National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation

  • Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons   

  • Georgia Surgical Society 

  • Society of Surgical Oncology

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

  • Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association

  • European Society of Medical Oncology

Clinical Interests

  • Retroperitoneal sarcomas

  • Soft tissue sarcomas of the trunk and extremity

  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST)

  • Neuroendocrine/carcinoid tumors

  • Gastroesophageal tumors

  • Primary and metastatic tumors of the liver

  • Tumors of the pancreas

Research Interests

  • Clinical and translational investigations in the management of soft tissue sarcomas

  • Quality outcomes research in the management of soft tissue sarcomas

  • Clinical investigations in outcomes of complex GI malignancies