Faculty Profile

Seth Force

Seth D. Force, MD

Professor of Surgery and Andrew J. McKelvey Professor in Lung Transplantation Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Chief, General Thoracic Surgery, Emory Healthcare

Surgical Director, Adult Lung Transplant Program, Emory University Hospital

Telephone: 404.778.5345

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

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2003


Dr. Force has a national reputation as an outstanding thoracic surgeon whose research focuses on outcomes in lung transplantation and thoracic diseases. As a fellow at Barnes Hospital at Washington University School of Medicine, Dr. Force worked with Dr. Joel Cooper, who is credited with performing the first successful lung transplant. Since becoming the surgical director of Emory's adult lung transplant program in 2003, Dr. Force has improved the service's transplant survival rates by revamping its protocols and procedures. The program's lung transplant volume has also tripled to 30 transplants annually from an average of 10 per year prior to Dr. Force's arrival.


View Dr. Force's publications in PubMed.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown


  • MD, Tulane University School of Medicine, 1990-94

  • General Surgery Residency, 1995-99, Research Fellowship, Surgical Oncology Laboratory, 1997-1999, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania Department of Surgery

  • Thoracic Surgery Fellowship, Washington University School of Medicine, 2001-2003

Honors and Awards

  • Emory Provider Excellence Award, 2017

  • Atlanta's Top Doctors, Atlanta Magazine, 2009, 2011-2018

  • America's Top Surgeons, Consumers' Research Council of America, 2010

  • Thoracic Surgery Teacher of the Year Award, Emory University School of Medicine, 2010

  • Woodruff Leadership Academy, 2008

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • Association for Academic Surgery

  • American College of Chest Physicians, Fellow

  • International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation: Pulmonary Transplant Council

  • Southern Thoracic Surgical Association

  • American College of Surgeons Oncology Group

  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons

  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons

  • American Society of Transplantation

  • International Society for Minimally Invasive Cardiothoracic Surgery

  • American Association of Thoracic Surgeons

Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Cardiothoracic Surgery Network Resident's Editorial Board

  • Editorial Review Board, Frontiers in Surgical Oncology

  • Editorial Board, Annals of Thoracic Surgery

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Visualized Surgery

Clinical Interests

  • Thoracic oncology

  • Reflux surgery

  • Minimally invasive thoracic surgery

  • Lung transplantation

  • Microinvasive hyperhydrosis

Research Interests

  • Outcomes research in lung transplantation and thoracic disease