Faculty Profile

Kurt Heiss, MD

Kurt F. Heiss, MD

Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine

Medical Director of Quality, Surgical Services, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Telephone: 404.785.8787 (appointments), 404.785.0781 (administrative)

Email: kurt.heiss@choa.org

Certification: General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 1991

Biography

Board certified in surgery and pediatric surgery, Dr. Heiss' specialties include inflammatory bowel disease and endocrine surgery. He served as chief of surgery of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) at Egleston from 1997-2000, president of the medical staff at CHOA Egleston from 2003-2004, and vice chair of education of the Department of Surgery of the Emory University School of Medicine from 2006-2009. He has served as the medical director of quality for surgical services at CHOA since 2009.

Dr. Heiss' academic interests include the development of innovative methods for surgical residents to learn the fundamentals of surgery, refining problem-solving techniques in the operating room, the design of continuing medical education programs for pediatric surgeons that standardize care and limit variation in treatment approaches, and quality and outcomes research at the regional and national level. Dr. Heiss is the chair-elect of the American Academy of Pediatrics Surgical Section.

Affiliations

  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Grady Memorial Hospital

Education

  • MD, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, Class of 1983

  • General Surgery and Surgical Critical Care Residencies, University of Michigan, 1983-1989

  • Fellowship, Pediatric Surgery, The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, 1989-1991

Honors and Awards

  • Junior Residents Award for Teaching, Department of Surgery, Emory University, 2008

  • Pediatric Surgery "Teacher of the Year," Emory, 2006

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons: Fellow

  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Fellow

  • American Pediatric Surgical Association: Education Committee

  • Pediatric Oncology Group

Clinical Interests

Clinical Interests

  • Neonatal surgery

  • Laparoscopic and thoracoscopic surgery

  • Thoracic surgery

  • Hirschprung's disease

  • Inflammatory bowel disease

  • Surgical education

  • Quality improvement in surgical services

Research Interests

  • Development of innovative methods for surgical residents to learn the fundamentals of surgery

  • Refining problem-solving techniques in the operating room

  • The design of continuing medical education programs for pediatric surgeons that standardize care and limit variation in treatment approaches

  • Quality and outcomes research at the regional and national level