Faculty Profile

Tom Dodson, MD

Thomas F. Dodson, MD

Professor of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery and Endovascular therapy, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine




General Surgery, Vascular Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member



Prior to enrolling in Emory's vascular surgery fellowship in 1987, Dr. Dodson was an assistant professor of surgery and coordinator of the third-year surgical clerkship at Harvard Medical School and associate director of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at New England Deaconess Hospital. Upon completing his fellowship and joining our faculty, Dr. Dodson continued his involvement in surgical education.

Dr. Dodson was appointed associate program director of the general surgery residency in 1991 and full director in 1997, a position he held until June 2011. His Department of Surgery leadership positions also included serving as vice chairman for education from 1996-2015, associate chairman from 2006-2015, and chief of the Emory division of vascular surgery and endovascular therapy from 2010-2015.

Dr. Dodson has received numerous teaching and best doctor awards, served as president of the Georgia Surgical Society, and was a member of the Education Task Force of the American College of Surgeons.


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  • Emory University Hospital

  • The Emory Clinic

  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

  • Grady Memorial Hospital


  • MD, University of Alabama School of Medicine, Class of 1973

  • Residency in General Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, completed 1979

  • Research Fellow in Surgical Oncology, The Peter Bent Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, 1983-1984

  • Fellowship in Vascular Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, 1987-1988

Honors and Awards

  • J.R. Amerson Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, Emory, 2010

  • Listed in Best Doctors in America, 2010-2011, 2009-2010, 2007-2008, 2005-2006, 2003-2004

  • Selected for Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, 2006

  • J.R. Amerson Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, Emory, 1999

  • Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching, Vascular Surgery Section, Department of Surgery, Emory, 1997

  • Boylston Society Teacher of the Year Award, Harvard Medical School, 1987

  • Teacher of the Year, Selected by the Surgical Residency Council, University of Massachusetts Medical Center, 1985

Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • American Medical Association

  • Association for Surgical Education

  • International Society for Cardiovascular Surgery

  • Southern Association for Vascular Surgery

  • Southern Surgical Association

  • Georgia Surgical Society

  • Atlanta Vascular Society

  • Atlanta Surgical Association

Clinical Interests

  • Peripheral vascular disease of the upper and lower extremities

  • Vascular disease of the mesenteric vessels

  • Thoracoabdominal aneurysms

  • Abdominal aortic aneurysms including endovascular repair

  • Carotid artery disease

  • Pediatric vascular diseases and anomalies

Research Interests

  • Problems in vascular surgery

  • General surgery education issues