Faculty Profile

Maria Russell, MD

Maria C. Russell, MD

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

Surgical Grand Rounds Co-Director, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Telephone: 404.686.3203

Email: maria.c.russell@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2012


Dr. Russell completed her general surgery residency at Emory University as well as a research fellowship in the Transplant Immunology Lab under the mentorship of Dr. Chris Larsen. Throughout her residency and fellowship training she received a variety of clinical and research awards, presented at national meetings, and co-authored numerous publications. After completion of her surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center, she returned to the Department of Surgery as a faculty member with a specific focus on complex gastrointestinal malignancies and melanoma.


  • Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • The Emory Clinic

  • Grady Memorial Hospital


  • MD, Class of 2003, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

  • General Surgery Internship and Residency, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, 2003-2006

  • Research Fellowship in Transplant Immunology, Emory Transplant Center, 2006-2008

  • General Surgery Residency, Department of Surgery, Emory University, 2008-2010
  • Surgical Oncology Fellowship, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2010-2012

Honors and Awards

  • Clinical Excellence Award, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2012

  • ASCO Conquer Cancer Foundation Merit Award, ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, San Francisco, CA, 2012

  • Douglas Murray Professionalism Award, Department of Surgery, Emory University, 2010

  • Member, ACGME Site Visit Resident Committee, Department of Surgery, Emory University, 2008

  • Young Investigator Award, American Transplant Congress, 2008

  • First Place, Basic Science Section, Department of Surgery Research Symposium, Emory University, 2008

  • J. D. Martin Surgical Resident Award, Department of Surgery, Emory University, 2006

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons

  • American Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association

  • Society of Surgical Oncology

  • The Eastern Surgical Society

  • Alpha Omega Alpha

Clinical Interests

  • Tumors of the liver and biliary tract

  • Tumors of the pancreas

  • Tumors of the gallbladder

  • Metastatic tumors to the liver (colon, rectal, neuroendocrine, etc.)

  • Tumors of the gastrointestinal tract (stomach, duodenum, small intestine, colon, rectum)

  • Neuroendocrine tumors

  • Tumors of the spleen

  • Melanoma and metastatic melanoma

Research Interests

  • Clinical investigation and outcomes analysis of patients with malignancies of the stomach, liver, pancreas, small intestine, and neuroendocrine tumors

  • Examining effects of multimodality treatment in complex gastrointestinal malignancies including stomach, liver, bile duct, pancreas, and intestinal tumors

  • Clinical and translational research involving tumors of the skin and soft tissue