Faculty Profiles

Michael Halkos

Michael E. Halkos, MD, MSc

Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Chief, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory SOM

Scientific Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Center for Clinical Research (CCR), Department of Surgery, Emory SOM

Co-Director, Robotic Cardiac Surgery Fellowship, Emory SOM


(404) 686-2513

Email: mhalkos@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2009


Dr. Halkos is a highly experienced and productive academic cardiac surgeon-scientist with expertise in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, particularly robotic-assisted coronary artery bypass surgery and robotic mitral valve surgery, hybrid coronary revascularization, and hybrid atrial fibrillation ablation. Over 50% of his clinical practice focuses on minimally invasive approaches for cardiac surgical operations.

At Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Dr. Halkos and Douglas Murphy, MD, helm one of the largest and most successful robotic cardiac surgical programs in the world. He is also one of the highest volume surgeons in performing robotic coronary bypass procedures and is an international leader with his cardiology colleagues in hybrid coronary revascularization.

Dr. Halkos currently directs the Cardiothoracic Center for Clinical Research, which has served as the national and international PI site for several FDA investigational device exemption trials and has enrolled patients into numerous multicenter clinical trials in cardiac and thoracic surgery. He was the Department of Surgery's first faculty member to receive an NHLBI K-23 Award, and currently serves as principal investigator for multiple industry- and NIH-sponsored trials. In 2018, he was inducted into the Emory MilliPub Club, which recognizes Emory faculty who have published one or more individual papers that have each garnered more than 1,000 citations.


View Dr. Halkos' publications in PubMed.


  • Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Emory University Hospital

  • Grady Memorial Hospital


  • MD, Emory University School of Medicine, Class of 1999

  • Junior Resident in General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, 1999-2002

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Research Fellowship, Carlyle Fraser Heart Center, Emory, 2002-2004

  • Senior Resident in General Surgery, Emory, 2004-2006

  • Administrative Chief Resident-General Surgery, Emory, 2005-2006

  • Resident in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, 2006-2009

  • Administrative Chief Resident in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory, 2008-2009

  • Master of Science in Clinical Research, Laney Graduate School at Emory University, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • Atlanta's Top Doctors, Atlanta Magazine, 2019

  • 2018 Inductee, Emory MilliPub Club (recognizes current Emory faculty who have published one or more individual papers that have each garnered more than 1,000 citations; such a paper is commonly considered a "citation classic" and represents high impact scholarship), paper: "Inhibition of myocardial injury by ischemic post-conditioning during reperfusion: Comparison with ischemic preconditioning."

  • Intuitive Surgical Investigator Award, Graham Foundation of the American Association for Thoracic Surgery, 2016

  • 2015 Woodruff Leadership Academy, Emory University

  • First Place Award for Best Paper/Presentation (Senior Author), Robert Emery Young Investigator Award Competition, International Society of Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery, "The accuracy of transit time flow measurement in predicting graft patency after coronary artery bypass grafting," 2013

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • American College of Cardiology, Fellow

  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery

  • 21st Century Cardiothoracic Surgical Society

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Network (CTSNet)

  • International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgeons

  • Joint Council on Thoracic Surgery Education

  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons

  • Society of University Surgeons

  • Southern Thoracic Surgical Association

  • Thoracic Surgery Residents Association

  • Thoracic Surgery Directors Association

Current Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Robotic Surgery

  • Editorial Board, Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery

Clinical Specialties

  • Robotic mitral valve surgery

  • Robotic-assisted CABG

  • Mitral valve repair

  • Hybrid coronary revascularization

  • Valve surgery

  • Hybrid atrial fibrillation ablation

Research Interests

  • High-impact clinical and translational research in cardiothoracic surgery

  • Reducing the incidence of postoperative stroke after coronary artery bypass surgery

  • Evaluating hybrid coronary revascularization for patients with multivessel coronary disease