Pediatric Surgery Faculty

Division Chief

Matthew S. Clifton, MD
– Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Chief of Pediatric Surgery, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston and Scottish Rite
– Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University SOM
– Program Director, Pediatric Surgery Residency, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University SOM

Dr. Clifton completed his general surgery training at the University of California, San Francisco, where he also did two years of basic science and clinical research in the Fetal Treatment Center, and completed his pediatric surgery fellowship at Emory. He has interests in surgical oncology, complex hepatobiliary surgery, clinical outcomes research, and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation — he served as surgical director of ECMO at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta from 2011-2019. He is currently co-PI of a study evaluating the accuracy of MRI guided laparoscopic pull-through for imperforate anus, and the surgeon of record for an investigation of the infusion of liver cell suspension in children with urea cycle disorders. Dr. Clifton 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, and is the North American representative of the International Pediatric Endosurgery Group.


Faculty

Samiksha B. Bansal, MD
– Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Amina M. Bhatia, MD
– Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

A. Alfred Chahine, MD
– Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University SOM
– Vice Chair of Education, Department of Surgery, Emory University SOM
– Interim Director, Carlos and Davis Center for Surgical Anatomy and Technique (CSAT), Department of Surgery, Emory University SOM

Megan M. Durham, MD
– Primary Appointment: Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Joint and Secondary Appointment: Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University SOM
– Director, Pediatric Colorectal Clinic, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA)
– Surgical Director, Intestinal Rehabilitation Program, CHOA
– Practice Director, Pediatric Surgical Practice, CHOA Egleston and Scottish Rite
– Surgical Director, Intestinal Rehabilitation Services, CHOA
– Medical Director, Pelvic and Anorectal Care Program, CHOA
– Surgical PI, Children's Oncology Group (COG)  at CHOA

Kurt F. Heiss, MD
– Professor of Surgery Emeritus, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Allison F. Linden, MD, MPH
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Surgical Director for ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation), Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

Jonathan A. Meisel, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University SOM

Paul M. Parker, MD
– Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Barbara J. Pettitt, MD
– Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Director, Medical Student Education, Department of Surgery, Emory University SOM (encompasses Surgical Clerkship [M3] and M4 Programs)

Matthew T. Santore, MD
– Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University SOM
– Medical Director of Surgical Quality, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Alexis D. Smith, MD
– Clinical Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Stephanie M. Walsh, MD, MS
– Dual Appointment: Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
– Medical Director, Child Wellness, Judson Hawk Clinic, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

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