Faculty Profile

Onkar V. Khullar, MD

Onkar V. Khullar, MD

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

Associate Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Program, Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, Emory University SOM






American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member



Dr. Khullar received his MD degree from Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, in 2006. He completed his general surgery residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in 2013, did a two-year thoracic surgery research fellowship at Brigham and Women's Hospital from 2008-2010, and completed his Emory cardiothoracic surgery fellowship in 2016, after which he joined our faculty. Throughout his training years, Dr. Khullar was interested in improving results and survival in thoracic oncology.

His clinical specialties include video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery, robotic thoracic surgery, and lung and esophageal cancer treatment. In 2018, Dr. Khullar initiated a robotic general thoracic surgery program at Grady Memorial Hospital that has grown to approximately 50-75 cases annually.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Atlanta VA Healthcare System

  • Grady Memorial Hospital

  • Emory Clinic


  • MD, Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, PA, Class of 2006

  • General Surgery Internship, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, 2006-2007

  • General Surgery Residency, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA, 2007-2013

  • Thoracic Surgery Research Fellowship, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, MA, 2008-2010

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency (General Thoracic Track), Emory University School of Medicine, 2013-2016

Honors and Awards

  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery's Graham Foundation Intuitive Surgical Robotics Fellowship, 2015

  • Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education, Fellowship/Grant, 2009

  • American College of Surgeons Excellence in Research Award, 2009

Current Organizational Memberships

  • Society of Thoracic Surgeon

  • Southern Thoracic Surgical Association

  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group

  • Eastern Cardiothoracic Surgery Society

  • American College of Surgeons

  • Thoracic Surgery Outcomes Research Network

Clinical Interests

  • Minimally invasive treatment of thoracic malignancies

  • Lung cancer

  • Esophageal cancer

  • Robotic surgery

Research Interests

  • Minimally invasive techniques in thoracic surgery

  • Outcomes in thoracic surgery

  • Socioeconomic inequalities in thoracic oncology