Dr. Gabram Named New Surgeon-in-Chief of Grady Memorial Hospital

October 2011

Sheryl Gabram, MD, MBA, FACS, a renowned breast surgical oncologist and professor of surgery at Emory University's Winship Cancer Institute and the School of Medicine's Department of Surgery, adds another distinguished title to her professional honors: Surgeon-in-Chief at Grady Memorial Hospital. 

"We are thrilled that Dr. Gabram has accepted this important role," says Dr. Christian Larsen, chairman of the Department of Surgery. "She brings a wealth of diverse training experiences, a track record of commitment to underserved inner city populations, and vitality to this appointment."

Since joining Emory's faculty in 2005, Dr. Gabram has led numerous initiatives focused on decreasing disparities for breast cancer, established a high profile breast surgical oncology fellowship, and directed the highly successful Avon Comprehensive Breast Center at Grady — a program that has secured over $10 million in funding from the Avon Foundation. In 2009 Dr. Gabram was appointed to Deputy Director of the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence (GCCE) at Grady and was instrumental in earning the coveted accreditation by the American Cancer Society Commission on Cancer in 2010.

Board certified by the American Board of Surgery, Dr. Gabram earned her medical degree at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C., completed her residency at the Washington Hospital Center where she was inspired to pursue training in trauma and critical care. After completing a fellowship at Hartford Hospital, Dr. Gabram served as assistant director of trauma at the University of Connecticut for eight years. She also holds a Masters of Business Administration from that institution. Prior to Emory Dr. Gabram was professor of surgery and vice chairman of education and program director of the general surgery residency at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, Illinois.

Named one of America's Top Doctors for nine consecutive years and one of America's Top Cancer Doctors for seven consecutive years, Dr. Gabram has authored over 75 peer reviewed journal publications and has received the Arthur G. Michel, MD Award for Excellence in Breast Care from the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization.

"Over the past two decades," says Dr. Gabram, "I have witnessed the transformation of Grady Surgery, which has resulted in a nationally recognized trauma, burn, critical care, and emergency surgery program with accompanying training fellowships. It is an honor to be selected to lead a program with such a strong foundation. My intent is to build on our strengths while developing and expanding the programs in vascular, cardiac, minimally invasive, oncologic, and plastic surgery in the years to come. I look forward to working with this team of superb surgeons to fulfill the surgical missions of both Grady and Emory."

Dr. Gabram succeeds David Feliciano, MD, FACS, professor of surgery at Emory School of Medicine, who has served as Surgeon-in-Chief at Grady Memorial Hospital since 1994. A master surgeon and luminary in the fields of vascular and abdominal trauma and surgical critical care, Dr. Feliciano's teaching impact is unrivaled. He co-edited the 1st edition of Shock in 1987, which became an essential textbook in the field currently in its 6th edition; co-edited the 1st edition of Acute Care Surgery: Principles and Practice in 2007; and is on the editorial boards of such high profile journals as The American Surgeon.