Faculty Profile

Mehul Raval, MD, MS

Mehul V. Raval, MD, MS

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

Director of Research, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University SOM

Director, Center for Clinical Outcomes Research & Public Health (CORPH), Pediatric Research Alliance of Emory, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Georgia Institute of Technology

Telephone:

404.785.8787 (appointments)

404.785.0781 (administrative)

Email: mehulvraval@emory.edu

Certification: General Surgery, Pediatric Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2014

Biography

Dr. Raval received his MD from Wake Forest University School of Medicine in 2005 and a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation from Northwestern University Graduate School in 2012. During medical school he completed a one-year Doris Duke Clinical Research fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He did his general surgery residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University from 2005-2012 and served as a clinical scholar in residence at the Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care of the American College of Surgeons from 2008-2010. His clinical fellowship in pediatric surgery was completed at Nationwide Children's Hospital of Ohio State University in 2014.

In his position as director of research for the Emory Division of Pediatric Surgery, Dr. Raval serves as a mentor to medical students, residents, and students from the Rollins School of Public Health. Several of his mentees have made local, regional, and national presentations and received awards for their health services research. As the director of the Center for Clinical Outcomes Research & Public Health (CORPH) of the Pediatric Research Alliance of Emory, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, and the Georgia Institute of Technology, Dr. Raval focuses on building collaboration surrounding health services research within the partner institutions.

Dr. Raval's personal research interests span quality improvement efforts for children undergoing surgery to econometrics and health policy studies. He serves as principal investigator on a $1.1M R01 grant from the Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality to study the value of children's surgical care using payment data at children's hospitals as compared to non-children's hospitals for frequently performed surgical procedures. Dr. Raval's work is designed to inform and encourage pricing transparency and cultivation of a high quality, value-centric healthcare system for all children in the U.S.

Publications

View Dr. Raval's publications in PubMed.

Affiliations

  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite

  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Grady Memorial Hospital

Education

  • MD, Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Class of 2005

  • General Surgery Residency, Northwestern University McGaw Medical Center, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, 2005-2012

  • Master of Science in Clinical Investigation, Northwestern University Graduate School, Chicago, 2008-2010

  • Clinical Scholar in Residence, Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care, American College of Surgeons, 2008-2010

  • Pediatric Surgery Clinical Fellowship, Nationwide Children's Hospital, The Ohio State University, Columbus, OH, 2012-2014

Honors and Awards

  • Rosenkrantz Research Award, Section on Surgery of the American Academy of Pediatrics, 2014

  • Best Poster Award, American Academy of Pediatris (AAP) Council on Quality Improvement & Patient Safety (COQIPS), 2014

  • Nationwide Children's Hospital Surgical Resident of the Year, 2014

  • Goldberg Family Charitable Trust Travel Award, 2009 and 2012

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2011 and 2012

  • Kanavel Surgical Scholar Award, Department of Surgery, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, 2011

  • M. Judah Folkman Memorial Award, Association of Pediatric Surgery Training Program Directors, American Pediatric Surgery Association, 2010

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American Medical Association

  • American Pediatric Surgical Association

  • American College of Surgeons: National Cancer Data Base (NCDB) Pediatric Research Group

  • American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Association of Academic Surgeons: Outcomes Research Committee

  • Pediatric Health Information Services (PHIS) Surgical Research

  • Pediatric Surgery Research Collaborative

  • Surgical Outcomes Club

  • International Pediatric Endosurgery Group

Clinical Interests

  • Endocrine surgery (thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal)

  • Minimally invasive surgery (laparoscopic/thoracoscopic)

  • Robotic-assisted laparoscopic surgery

  • Single site laparoscopic surgery

  • Neonatal surgery

  • Surgical correction of congenital anomalies/prenatal consultation

  • Hepatobiliary surgery

  • Colorectal surgery

  • Endoscopy

  • Thoracic surgery

  • Gastrointestinal surgery

  • Trauma surgery

  • Surgical oncology/tumors

  • Hirschsprung's disease

  • Pectus excavatum/carinatum

Research Interests

  • Improving outcomes in children's surgical care and limiting costs

  • Patient safety

  • Performance of retrospective data review as well as coordination of randomized trials

  • Long-term quality of life improvement assessments

  • Regional collaborative quality improvement efforts

  • Quality measure indicator development

  • Fiscal transparency and cost-effectiveness