Meet the Team

Dr. Matthew Clifton

Matthew S. Clifton, MD
– Associate Professor of Surgery and Interim Chief, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University SOM
– Program Director, Pediatric Surgery Residency & Clinical Research Fellowship, 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. He completed his pediatric surgery fellowship at Emory and stayed on as faculty. He has interests in surgical oncology, complex hepatobiliary surgery, and clinical outcomes research. Dr. Clifton is co-PI of a study evaluating the accuracy of MRI guided laparoscopic pull-through for imperforate anus, the surgeon of record for an investigation of the infusion of liver cell suspension in children with urea cycle disorders, and 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. Mark Wulkan

Mark. L. Wulkan, 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
– Surgeon-in-Chief, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Dr. Wulkan joined the faculty in July 1998 after finishing his adult general surgery training at the University of Miami, a critical care fellowship at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh/UPMC, and a pediatric surgery fellowship at Children's Hospital of Alabama/UAB. He is a pioneer in pediatric advanced minimally invasive surgery with a strong interest in neonatal and thoracic lesions. One of his primary research priorities is the development of a new procedure for GERD in infants, and he is conducting a prospective trial investigating a modified reflux procedure called cardiaplication that involves minimal dissection on the left side of the stomach.

Dr. Kurt Heiss

Kurt F. Heiss, 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
– Medical Director of Quality, Surgical Services, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Dr. Heiss completed his adult general surgery training at the University of Michigan, followed by a pediatric surgery fellowship at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. Board certified in surgery and pediatric surgery, Dr. Heiss has particular interests in inflammatory bowel disease and endocrine surgery. An Emory faculty member since 1991, he served as chief of surgery of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston from 1997-2000 and was vice chair of education of the Department of Surgery from 2006-2009. Dr. Heiss is active in quality and outcomes research at the regional and national level.

Dr. Megan Durham

Megan M. Durham, 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

Dr. Durham did her general surgery training and pediatric surgery fellowship at Emory, as well as three years of transplant immunology research with highly regarded transplant surgeon and immunologist Dr. Christian Larsen. As part of Dr. Larsen's research team, she studied the development of immune tolerance using costimulation blockade in a murine and primate transplant model. At Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, Dr. Durham has created a policy for hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC), spearheaded the development of a multidisciplinary colorectal program, and is the surgical lead for the inpatient and outpatient intestinal failure program.

Dr. Mehul Raval

Mehul V. Raval, MD, MS
– 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
– Director of Research, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University SOM

During medical school at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Dr. Raval completed a one-year Doris Duke Clinical Research fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He did his general surgery residency at McGaw Medical Center of Northwestern University from 2005-2012, and served as a clinical scholar in residence at the Division of Research and Optimal Patient Care of the American College of Surgeons from 2008-2010. After completing his clinical fellowship in pediatric surgery at Nationwide Children's Hospital of Ohio State University in 2014, he joined Emory Surgery. As director of research for the Emory Division of Pediatric Surgery, Dr. Raval is a mentor to medical students, residents, and students from the Rollins School of Public Health. His own research efforts span quality improvement for children undergoing surgery to econometrics and health policy studies.

Dr. Matthew Santore

Matthew T. Santore, 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

During his general surgery residency at the University of Pennsylvania from 2005-2012, Dr. Santore did a two-year research fellowship studying in utero stem cell transplantation in Dr. Alan Flake's lab at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The fellowship was funded by a 2008 American College of Surgeons Resident Research Scholarship. Dr. Santore joined the Emory faculty in 2014 after completing his pediatric surgery fellowship at Emory.

Dr. Jonathan A. Meisel

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

Dr. Meisel completed his pediatric surgery fellowship at Cohen Children's Medical Center/North Shore Long Island Jewish Hospital, New Hyde Park, NY. He received his MD at the University of Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences and did his general surgery residency at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center. His 2007-2009 post-doctoral research fellowship was done in Dr. Judah Folkman and Dr. Mark Puder's lab in the division of vascular biology of the Department of Pediatric Surgery, Boston Children's Hospital, where he studied parenteral nutrition-associated liver disease, the benefits of omega-3 fatty acids, and murine models of tissue regeneration.

Dr. Sheethal P. Reddy

Sheethal P. Reddy, PhD
– Assistant Professor, Division of Pediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
– Psychologist, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, Strong4Life

Dr. Reddy's specialties include adult and pediatric bariatric evaluations and behavior modification related to obesity, chronic disease, and parent-child feeding practices. As a psychologist at the Strong4Life Program of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, she evaluates and treats childhood obesity using a multispecialty and evidence-based approach. She was the first psychologist to be hired by the Department of Surgery, and works closely with Dr. Mark Wulkan and other Emory pediatric surgeons on clinical and research projects.

Dr. Stephanie M. Walsh

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

Dr. Walsh is the medical director of child wellness at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta, she helps to lead the program's efforts in preventing and treating childhood obesity. She currently leads the Health4Life Clinic team at Children's, a multispecialty program that works with patients and families to treat obesity, promote a physically active lifestyle, and encourage healthy eating and behavior change. Dr. Walsh collaborates with Emory's pediatric surgeons on surgical weight loss treatment for adolescent obesity and associated research.

Dr. Paul Parker

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

Dr. Parker trained at the University of Rochester and St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia. He is involved in all aspects of traditional general pediatric surgery, and has been using minimally invasive surgical techniques since 1991. He has been an active participant in the fellowship training program since its inception.

Dr. Amina Bhatia

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

Dr. Bhatia completed her general surgery training at the University of New Mexico and her research fellowship at Children's Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. She initiated her pediatric surgery fellowship in Australia and completed it at Emory. She has an MS in clinical outcomes research from Emory's Rollins School of Public Health. She is the institutional representative for the multicenter NEST trial and is conducting translational research on cytokine levels in neonatal illness.

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