Faculty Profile

Matthew Clifton, MD

Matthew S. Clifton, MD

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

Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Emory

Program Director, Pediatric Surgery Residency, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory

Surgical Director for ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation), Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

Telephone: 404.785.8787 (appointments), 404.785.0781 (administrative)

Email: mclifto@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery, Certificate of Special Competence in Pediatric Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2010

Biography

Dr. Clifton completed his general surgery training at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also did two years of basic science and clinical research in the Fetal Treatment Center. He has interests in surgical oncology, complex hepatobiliary surgery, and clinical outcomes research. He is currently co-PI of a study evaluating the accuracy of MRI guided laparoscopic pull-through for imperforate anus, and the surgeon of record for an investigation of the infusion of liver cell suspension in children with urea cycle disorders.

Dr. Clifton is the institutional surgical representative at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for the Childhood Liver Disease and Research Education Network (ChiLDREN), which studies biliary atresia as well as a host of other childhood liver pathologies, and co-chair of the Continuing Medical Education Committee for the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group (IPEG).

Affiliations

  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and Scottish Rite hospitals

  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Grady Memorial Hospital

Education

  • MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Class of 2001

  • General Surgery Internship and Junior Residency, University of California, San Francisco, 2001-2004

  • Research Fellowship, Fetal Treatment Center, Department of Surgery, Center for Neurobiology of Digestive Diseases, Department of Surgery, University of California, 2004-2006

  • General Surgery Senior and Chief Residency, University of California, 2006-2008

  • Pediatric Surgery Fellowship, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory, 2008-2010

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • American Academy of Pediatrics, Section on Surgery, Fellow

  • American Pediatric Surgical Association

  • Children's Hospital's Neonatal Database (CHND), VACTERL Committee

  • Childhood Liver Disease and Research Education Network (ChiLDREN), Institutional Surgeon Representative at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

  • International Pediatric Endosurgery Group, Co-Chair, Continuing Medical Education Committee

  • Children's Oncology Group

Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Pediatric Editorial Board, International Editor, Journal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques, Part B Videoscopy

Honors and Awards

  • Pediatric Surgery Teacher of the Year, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, 2012, 2014, 2015

  • Fred H. and Esther E. Nusz Resident Achievement Award, University of California, San Francisco, 2008

  • Azakie-Chesson Compassion Award, University of California, San Francisco, 2008

  • Junior Residents Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, 2011

Clinical Interests

  • Minimally invasive (laparoscopic/thoracoscopic) surgery

  • Single site laparoscopic surgery

  • Neonatal surgery

  • Hepatobiliary surgery

  • Colorectal surgery

  • Endoscopy

  • Thoracic surgery

  • Gastrointestinal surgery

  • Trauma surgery

  • Surgical oncology/tumors

  • Patent ductus arteriosus ligation

  • Prenatal consultation

  • Hirschsprung's disease

  • Pectus excavatum/carinatum

Research Interests

  • Pediatric minimally invasive surgical techniques

  • Hepatobiliary disease
  • Abdominal wall defects/gastroschisis

  • Urea cycle disorders

  • Surgical device innovation/design