Faculty Profile

Paul Tso, MD

Paul L. Tso, MD

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

Telephone: 404.727.9942

Email: ptso@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 1999


Dr. Tso earned his MD from the University of Maryland, completed his general surgery residency at Louisiana State University, did his fellowship in traumatology and critical care at the Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, and completed his fellowship in transplantation at Ohio State University.

Dr. Tso's clinical specialties are dual renal transplant, islet transplant, pancreatic transplant, and live donor nephrectomy. His primary research pursuits are developing methods of increasing the donor organ pool and evaluating policies of organ allocation.

In 2017, Dr. Tso and his surgical team performed Emory's first HIV to HIV kidney transplant. The procedure was the first of its kind in Georgia and the first HIV to HIV positive kidney transplant that year.


  • Emory University Hospital


  • MD, University of Maryland-Baltimore, Class of 1984

  • General Surgery Residency, Louisiana State University-New Orleans, 1985-1989

  • Fellowship in Traumatology and Critical Care, Maryland Institute for Emergency Medical Services Systems, 1989-1990

  • Fellowship in Transplantation, Ohio State University, 1993-1995

Honors and Awards

  • Featured Physician for 2017 Doctors' Day, Emory School of Medicine Recognitions Committee

  • Young Surgeon Representative for the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Surgeons, 2004 Leadership Conference

  • Cardiac Surgery Resident of the Year, The Touro Infirmary, New Orleans, LA, 1988

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, University of Maryland at Baltimore, 1983

  • Phi Kappa Phi, 1979, Phi Eta Sigma, 1978, General Honors Program, 1977, Academic Scholarship, 1977, University of Maryland at College Park

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine

  • American Medical Association

  • Georgia Surgical Society

  • LifeLink of Georgia Advisory Board

  • American Society of Transplantation

  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons

  • Atlanta Surgical Association

  • The Vascular Access Society of the Americas

  • The International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis

Clinical Specialties

  • Dual renal transplant

  • Islet transplant

  • Pancreatic transplant

  • Live donor nephrectomy

Research Interests

  • Methods of increasing the donor organ pool

  • Organ allocation, including rationale and implications of any new policies