Pediatric Surgery Research

Faculty research interests in the Division of Pediatric Surgery of the Emory University School of Medicine include gastroesophageal reflux, quality and safety, advanced laparoscopic procedures in infants and children, liver disease, pediatric oncology, and bariatric procedures for adolescents.


Dr. Matthew Clifton

Matthew Clifton, MD

Dr. Clifton's research involves pediatric hepatobiliary disease and the application of clinical research to improve pediatric healthcare. He is the institutional surgical representative at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta for the Childhood Liver Disease and Research Education Network (ChiLDREN), which studies biliary atresia as well as a host of other childhood liver pathologies.

Dr. Stephanie Walsh

Stephanie Walsh, MD

Dr. Walsh is a co-investigator on several projects, including an evaluation of the benefits of support groups for bariatric adolescents, a prospective study of a camp-based program that promotes positive behavior change among overweight youth, an analysis of the effects of weight loss on resting metabolic rate in adolescents, and a study of the impact of weight loss on arterial health in morbidly obese adolescents.

Dr. Mark Wulkan

Mark Wulkan, MD

In his research, Dr. Wulkan focuses on pediatric surgery outcomes and innovative therapies. His current projects include a prospective trial of adjustable gastric banding in obese adolescents, and development of a modified reflux procedure called cardiaplication to treat gastroesophageal reflux disease in infants. He is also engaged in multiple retrospective studies with other pediatric surgery faculty.