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' clinical specialties include minimally invasive pediatric surgery (MIS, laparoscopic), surgical care of inflammatory bowel disease, and pediatric endocrine surgery. He has served as the medical director of quality for surgical services at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) at Egleston since 2009.

Dr. Heiss was chief of surgery at CHOA at Egleston from 1997-2000, and president of the hospital's medical staff from 2003-2004. He was vice chair of education of the Department of Surgery of the Emory School of Medicine from 2006-2009. He is a current member of the Board of Directors of the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and past chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics Surgical Section.

Dr. Heiss' academic interests include the development of innovative methods for applying Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) principles to all aspects of pediatric surgery, as well as training other pediatric surgeons in how to do the same; establishing hospital programs that promote physician wellness and safety and enact rapid response strategies for physicians and surgeons affected by moral distress, burn out, and second victim syndrome; designing continuing medical education programs for pediatric surgeons to limit variation in the delivery of surgical care (VIC); and quality and outcomes research at the regional and national level.

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

  • Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics: Board of Directors

  • 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