Cardiothoracic Surgery Faculty

Division Chief

Michael E. Halkos, MD, MSc
– Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Scientific Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Center for Clinical Research (CCR), Department of Surgery, EmoryUniversity SOM
– Associate Program Director, Integrated Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, Emory University SOM
– Co-Director, Robotic Cardiac Surgery Fellowship, Emory University SOM

Dr. Halkos joined the Emory Department of Surgery in 2009 after completing his Emory Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency. He is a highly experienced and productive academic cardiac surgeon-scientist with expertise in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, particularly robotic-assisted coronary artery bypass surgery and robotic mitral valve surgery, hybrid coronary revascularization, and hybrid atrial fibrillation ablation. Over 50% of his clinical practice focuses on minimally invasive approaches for cardiac surgical operations. Along with Douglas Murphy, MD, at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, he helms one of the largest and most successful robotic cardiac surgical programs in the world. He is also one of the highest volume surgeons in performing robotic coronary bypass procedures, and is an international leader with his cardiology colleagues in hybrid coronary revascularization.

Dr. Halkos has demonstrated a passion for Emory's tripartite mission, and has excelled in both education and research in addition to patient care. He currently directs the Cardiothoracic Center for Clinical Research, was the Department of Surgery's first faculty member to receive an NHLBI K-23 Award, received his Master's Degree in Clinical Research in 2012, and currently serves as Principal Investigator for multiple industry- and NIH-sponsored trials. He plays an active leadership role in resident education, and has authored well over 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.

Faculty

Mazin Al Salihi, MD, PhD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery (MEST), Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Bahaaldin Alsoufi, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

John W. Calvert, PhD
– Assistant Professor, Cardiothoracic Research Laboratory, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Edward P. Chen, MD
– Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Director, Thoracic Aortic Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory University SOM
– Executive Director, Aortic Center, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory University SOM
– Associate Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory University SOM
– Site Director for Resident Education, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

Hakob G. Davtyan, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Medical Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Service, St. Francis Hospital, Columbus, GA

Felix G. Fernandez, MD
– Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Chief, Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center

Seth D. Force, MD
– Professor of Surgery and Andrew J. McKelvey Professor in Lung Transplantation Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Chief, General Thoracic Surgery, Emory University Hospital
– Surgical Director, Adult Lung Transplant Program, Emory University Hospital
– Director, Emory Thoracic Surgery Robotics Program, Emory University Hospital

Robert A. Guyton, MD
– Charles Ross Hatcher, Jr., Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Director, Cardiothoracic Research Lab (CTRL), Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory University SOM
– Program Director, Three Year Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, Emory University School of Medicine
– Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory University Hospital

Jeffrey Javidfar, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Assistant Surgical Director, Lung Transplantation, Emory University Hospital

Kirk R. Kanter, MD
– Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Director, Heart Transplant Program, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

William Brent Keeling, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery Service, Grady Memorial Hospital

Onkar Khullar, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Omar M. Lattouf, MD, PhD
– Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Bradley G. Leshnower, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Associate Program Director, Independent Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, Department of Surgery, Emory University SOM
– Chief Quality Officer, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory University Hospital

Steven K. Macheers, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

E. Dean McKenzie, MD
– Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Chief, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University SOM
– Chief, Pediatric Congenital Cardiothoracic Surgery, Sibley Heart Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Jeffrey S. Miller, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Douglas A. Murphy, MD
– Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Section Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
– Medical Director, Surgical Robotics, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

Duc Q. Nguyen, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Muralidhar Padala, PhD
– Assistant Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Director, Structural Heart Disease Research and Innovation Lab, Department of Surgery, Emory University SOM

Allan Pickens, MD
– Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Director of Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Emory Healthcare
– Director of Thoracic Oncology, Emory University Hospital Midtown

Manu S. Sancheti, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Subhadra Shashidharan, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Chadwick Stouffer, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

J. David Vega, MD
– Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Director, Heart Transplant Program, Emory University Hospital
– Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Atlanta VA Medical Center

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