Faculty Profile

Paul J. Chai, MD

Paul J. Chai, MD

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

Chief, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Co-Chief, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Heart Center

Email: paul.jubeong.chai@emory.edu

Phone: 404.785.6330

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

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2019


Dr. Paul Chai possesses substantial expertise in complex neonatal surgery and minimally invasive cardiac surgery. He comes to Emory and Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston from the Department of Surgery at Columbia University, where he directed the pediatric heart transplantation service and the mechanical assist device program and was associate program director of the cardiothoracic surgery residency. He also directed congenital and pediatric cardiac surgery at the David Komansky Center for Children's Health of Weill-Cornell Medical Center.

Dr. Chai's primary specialties include complex neonatal heart surgery, aortic valve surgery (including the Ross procedure and valve-sparing root replacements in both pediatric and adult patients), and heart transplantation. Dr. Chai often continues to care for patients he treated as children as they grow into adulthood.


View Dr. Chai's publications in PubMed.


  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

  • Emory University Hospital


  • MD, Duke University School of Medicine, Class of 1994

  • General Surgery Internship and PGY-2 Residency, Duke University School of Medicine, 1994-1996

  • Research Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Duke University/Duke University Medical Center, 1996-1998

  • PGY-3, PGY-4, Chief Residency, Duke University/Duke University Medical Center, 1998-2001

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Fellowship, Duke University/Duke University Medical Center, 2001-2003

  • Pediatric Cardiac Surgery Fellowship, University of Michigan/Mott Children’s Hospital, 2003-2004

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery

  • The Society of Thoracic Surgeons

  • Congenital Heart Surgeons Society

  • Southern Thoracic Surgical Association

  • World Society for Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery

  • European Association for Cardio-Thoracic Surgery

  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons

Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board, The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery

Special Interests

  • Pediatric cardiothoracic surgery

  • Congenital heart disease

  • Heart transplant

  • Aortic surgery

  • Neonatal and infant cardiac surgery