Faculty Profile

Dr. Sheryl Gabram

Sheryl G.A. Gabram-Mendola, MD, MBA

Professor Emerita of Surgery

Ada Lee Correll Chair Emerita of Surgery

Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar




American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member



Dr. Gabram-Mendola is an expert in the surgical treatment of breast cancer and management of patients at high risk for breast cancer. She has also engaged in significant efforts to improve community awareness of the earlier detection of breast cancer in underserved minority women, to meet the rehabilitation needs of breast cancer patients, and to conduct analyses on the impact of various quality metrics and algorithms on patient care at Grady Memorial Hospital.

She was surgeon-in-chief for the Emory Department of Surgery at Grady Memorial Hospital from 2011-2020; director of the Avon Comprehensive Breast Center at Grady, a model program for providing breast health care services to underserved communities, from 2005-2020; and deputy director of the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady (GCEE) from 2009-2020.

Dr. Gabram-Mendola served as principal investigator on Winship Cancer Institute's AVON Foundation grant from 2009 until the program ended nationally in 2018. During this time she was awarded over $6M for the Community Education Outreach Initiative program at Grady, support for key individuals in the initiative, and funding for pilot research studies focused on decreasing the disparities gap.

During her tenure at Grady, Dr. Gabram-Mendola oversaw the expansion of services in the areas of acute care surgery, burns, surgical oncology, cardiothoracic surgery, vascular surgery, oral and maxillofacial surgery, and plastics; doubled the patient volume of the clinical breast program; and introduced new treatment options collaboratively with breast imaging, such as radioactive seed localization and contrast enhanced mammography.


View Dr. Gabram's publications in PubMed.


  • 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

Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

  • Society of Surgical Oncology

  • American Society of Breast Surgeons

  • Central Surgical Association

  • New England Surgical Society

Special Interests

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

  • Increasing community awareness of the earlier detection of breast cancer in underserved minority women

  • Decreasing treatment disparities for underserved minority women diagnosed with breast cancer

  • Meeting the rehabilitation needs of breast cancer patients