Faculty Profile

Kurt Heiss, MD

Kurt F. Heiss, MD

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

Email: kurt.heiss@choa.org

Certification: General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 1991


Dr. Heiss' clinical specialties include pediatric thyroid surgery, laparoscopic surgery, surgery for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease, surgical education, and quality improvement in surgical services. His academic interests are focused on enhanced recovery after surgery in pediatrics, surgeon wellness and recovery, thyroid surgery in pediatrics, inflammatory bowel disease surgery in pediatrics, and quality and outcomes research at the regional and national level.

Dr. Heiss held several positions at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston during his Emory tenure. He was medical director of quality for surgical services at Children's from 2009-2020, president of the hospital's medical staff from 2003-2004, and chief of surgery from 1997-2000. He was vice chair of education of the Department of Surgery of the Emory School of Medicine from 2006-2009.

His surgical organization memberships included serving on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, and chairing the American Academy of Pediatrics Surgical Section.


  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Grady Memorial Hospital


  • 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

  • Emory SOM Excellence in Patient Care Award 2020, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

  • 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

Clinical Interests

  • Pediatric thyroid surgery

  • Laparoscopic surgery

  • Surgery for pediatric inflammatory bowel disease

  • Surgical education

  • Quality improvement in surgical services

Research Interests

  • Enhanced recovery after surgery in pediatrics

  • Surgeon wellness and recovery

  • Thyroid surgery in pediatrics

  • IBD surgery in pediatrics

  • Quality and outcomes research at the regional and national level