Faculty Profile

Dr. Sheryl Gabram

Sheryl G.A. Gabram, MD, MBA

Chief, Division of Emory Surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital

Surgeon-in-Chief, Grady Memorial Hospital

Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Deputy Director, Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady Memorial Hospital

Director, AVON Comprehensive Breast Center, Grady Health System

Telephone: 404.251.8914

Email: sgabram@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2005


Dr. Gabram is an expert in the surgical treatment of breast cancer and management of patients at high risk for breast cancer. She has been regularly recognized by Castle Connolly, Atlanta Magazine, and Women's Health as a top doctor. In 2005, she was recruited by Dr. Otis Brawley to lead the AVON Comprehensive Breast Center of the Grady Health System. In 2009, she became the principal investigator of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University's AVON Foundation Grant, a role in which she is working to decrease disparities in breast cancer care through community education outreach and by providing access to high quality care for all breast cancer patients in the Grady Health System. She was also appointed deputy director of the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady that same year. As of October 2011, she is chief of the Division of Emory Surgery at Grady as well as the hospital's surgeon-in-chief. Her current research activities are focused on improving care for patients at the Avon Breast Center at Grady through such measures as addressing the rehabilitation needs of breast cancer patients, participating in a study of on-line decision-making tool for newly diagnosed breast cancer patients, and measuring the impact of various quality metrics/algorithms on patient care at Grady.


View Dr. Gabram's publications in PubMed.


  • Emory Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

  • Grady Memorial Hospital


  • MD, Class of 1982, Georgetown University School of Medicine

  • General Surgery Internship and Residency, Washington Hospital Center, Washington, DC, 1982-1987

  • Fellowship in Trauma/Surgical Critical Care, Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT, 1987-1988

  • Masters of Business Administration, University of Connecticut Executive MBA Program, Farmington, CT, 1994-1996

Honors and Awards

  • Trailblazer Award, 2018 Healthcare Heroes, Grady Memorial Hospital, Grady Health Foundation

  • Top Doctors, Atlanta Magazine, 2007, 2009-2014

  • America's Top Doctors, Castle Connolly, 2003-2014

  • America's Top Cancer Doctors, Castle Connolly, 2005-2014

  • Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar, 2007-2012

  • Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award, 2011
  • Health-Care Heroes Community Outreach Award, Atlanta Business Chronicle, 2010

  • YWCA, Academy of Women Achievers (Atlanta), 2010

  • Women's Health Magazine: Top Oncologists in the South, 2008

  • Woodruff Leadership Academy, Emory University, 2008

  • MD News Publication: Featured Physician, April 2008

  • Arthur G. Michel MD Award for Excellence in Breast Care, Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization, 2004

  • Top Doctors, Chicago Magazine, 2004

  • Top "Breakthrough" Doctors for 2003 (featured article), Chicago Magazine

  • Gould Award for Excellence in Surgical Training, Washington Hospital Center, 1987

  • Upjohn Award for Excellence in Surgical Training, Washington Hospital Center, 1984

  • Emergency Medical Achievement Award, Washington Hospital Center, 1983

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

  • Society of Surgical Oncology

  • American Society of Breast Surgeons

  • Central Surgical Association

  • New England Surgical Society

Clinical Interests

  • Surgery (Board certified since 1988)

  • Surgical oncology (breast cancer/tumors, sentinel node biopsy breast)

Current Research Interests

  • Dr. Gabram serves as principal investigator on the Winship Cancer Center's AVON Foundation grant, and in this role is focusing on decreasing disparities of breast cancer care through a community education outreach program and providing access to high quality care for breast cancer patients in the Grady Health System.

  • Dr. Gabram is co-principal investigator on the Merck Foundation Award: Alliance to Advance Patient-Centered Cancer Care: Jan. 1st, 2017-Dec. 30th, 2021. Awarded to Grady Health Foundation in 2016.