Faculty Profile

Kendra Grubb, MD

Kendra J. Grubb, MD, MHA

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

Surgical Director, Structural Heart and Valve Center, Emory Healthcare

Email: kendra.janel.grubb@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2018


Dr. Kendra Grubb is the surgical director of the Emory Structural Heart and Valve Center. Prior to joining Emory, Dr. Grubb was the director of minimally invasive cardiac surgery and the surgical director of the heart valve program at the University of Louisville. Dr. Grubb is a champion for women's heart disease, and is dedicated to improving the lives of all patients, both male and female, through innovation and by building collaborative teams to promote a patient-centered approach to the treatment of cardiovascular disease.

Dr. Grubb has led and participated in multiple clinical trials of innovative cardiac surgery technologies, including studies of transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), MitraClip percutaneous therapy, and the GORE® conformable TAG® thoracic endoprosthesis for the primary treatment of aneurysms of the descending thoracic aorta.

Dr. Grubb attended the University of Southern California, where she received her MD degree from the Keck School of Medicine and her Master of Health Administration from the Sol Price School of Public Policy. She completed her general surgery residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2010, her fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville in 2012, and her fellowship in interventional cardiology and transcatheter therapies at New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in 2013.


View Dr. Grubb's publications in PubMed.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

  • The Emory Clinic


  • Master of Health Administration (with Honors), Graduate Certificate in Management of Ambulatory Care Systems, Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, 1999-2001

  • MD, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, Class of 2005

  • General Surgery Residency, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2005-2010

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship (Administrative Chief, 2011-2012), University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 2010-2012

  • Interventional Cardiology and Transcatheter Therapies Fellowship, New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, 2012-2013

Honors and Awards

  • Surgery Resident Teacher Award, Department of Surgery, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2010

  • Thoracic Surgery Directors Association, TSDA Boot Camp Certificate of Achievement, 2010

  • Case Presentation Finalist, Mechanical Circulatory Support in Advanced Heart Failure, Thoratec, 2011

  • Leadership Academy, American Association for Thoracic Surgery, 2014

  • Olga Jonasson Honored Alumnus, University of Illinois, 2015

  • Healthcare Innovations Award, Kentucky Life Sciences Council, MediStar Awards, 2015

  • 2016 Teacher of the Year, Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, University of Louisville

  • Louisville Business First, Forty Under 40, 2016

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American Medical Association

  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons

  • American Heart Association

  • American College of Cardiology

  • Women in Thoracic Surgery

  • 21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgical Society

  • International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery

Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board, Cardiovascular Surgery, Clinics in Surgery

Clinical Interests

  • Valve repair or replacement

  • Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG)

  • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR)

  • Hybrid coronary revascularization

Research Interests

  • Innovative cardiac surgery technologies