Faculty Profile

Nader N. Massarweh, MD, MPH

Nader N. Massarweh, MD, MPH

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

Chief of Surgery, Atlanta VA Healthcare System

Vice Chair, Veterans Affairs, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine




American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member



Nader Massarweh, MD, MPH, is Chief of Surgery at the Atlanta VA Healthcare System, Vice Chair of Veterans Affairs for the Emory Department of Surgery, and Associate Professor of Surgery for the Emory Division of Surgical Oncology. He received his MD degree at Tulane University. He then attended the University of Washington, where he received his MPH and completed his post-graduate research fellowship and general surgery residency. From 2012-2014, he did a complex general surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Prior to joining the faculty of the Emory Department of Surgery in 2021, Dr. Massarweh held positions at the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery and the Section of Health Services Research at Baylor College of Medicine, was an investigator for the Center for Innovations in Quality, Effectiveness and Safety at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, and a practicing surgical oncologist at the VA Medical Center.

Dr. Massarweh has received funding from the NIH/NCI, the VA's Health Services Research and Development Service (HSR&D), and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) for studies involving health services, health policy, and healthcare quality improvement.


  • Atlanta VA Healthcare System


  • MD, Tulane University School of Medicine, Class of 2005

  • MPH, University of Washington School of Public Health, 2010

  • General Surgery Residency, University of Washington, 2005-2012

  • Postgraduate Research Fellowship, Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE), University of Washington, 2008-2010

  • Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2012-2014

Honors and Awards

  • Norton Rose Fulbright Faculty Excellence Award in Teaching and Evaluation, Baylor College of Medicine, 2021

  • Early Career Faculty Award for Excellence in Patient Care, Baylor College of Medicine, 2017

  • Lotzava Memorial Research Prize, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2014

  • Best Overall Abstract, Academic Surgical Congress, Association for Academic Surgery, 2014

  • Cancer Foundation Merit Award, American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2010

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • American Medical Association

  • Surgical Outcomes Club

  • Association for Academic Surgery

  • Society of Surgical Oncology

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

  • AcademyHealth

  • Association of VA Surgeons

  • Society of University Surgeons

Clinical Interests

  • Primary and secondary liver tumors

  • Cystic and solid pancreatic tumors

  • Biliary tract cancer

  • Colorectal cancer

  • Minimally invasive approaches to the treatment of solid organ malignancies

Research Interests

  • Assessing the impact and effectiveness of national health policy initiatives

  • Evaluation of the reliability and value of national quality measures

  • Improving the timely dissemination of surgical performance data for quality improvement