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Michael Halkos

Michael E. Halkos, MD, MSc

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

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

Scientific Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Center for Clinical Research (CCR), Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Associate Program Director, Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, Emory

Co-Director, Robotic Cardiac Surgery Fellowship, Emory


Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital:
Melissa McAlpin
404.778.6617 or 404.778.7200
404.778.6626 (fax)

Emory University Hospital Midtown:
Lynn Gissendanner-Tarleton
404.686-6739 or 404.686.2513
404.686.4959 (f)



American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery

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Dr. Halkos joined the Emory Department of Surgery in 2009 after completing his Emory Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency. He 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. Along with Douglas Murphy, MD, at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, he helms 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 has demonstrated a passion for Emory's tripartite mission, and has excelled in both education and research in addition to patient care. He currently directs the Cardiothoracic Center for Clinical Research, was the Department of Surgery's first faculty member to receive an NHLBI K-23 Award, received his Master's Degree in Clinical Research in 2012, and currently serves as Principal Investigator for multiple industry- and NIH-sponsored trials. He plays an active leadership role in resident education, and has authored well over 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

Dr. Halkos was named Chief of the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory Department of Surgery, in July 2017.


View Dr. Halkos' publications in PubMed.


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