Faculty Profile

I. Raul Badell, MD

I. Raul Badell, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Telephone: 404-727-8461

Email ibadell@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2015


Dr. Badell received his MD from Baylor College of Medicine in 2006, after which he came to Emory for his general surgery residency and abdominal organ transplantation fellowship, which he completed in June 2015. Within this period of clinical training, he completed a pre-doctoral research fellowship in pathology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and a post-doctoral research fellowship in transplant immunology at the Emory Transplant Center under the direction of Dr. Christian Larsen. During his clinical fellowship he re-engaged with the Emory Transplant Center’s research enterprise and focused on basic immunology and clinical trial investigations. His clinical practice consists primarily of kidney/pancreas transplantation. His research interests involve basic transplant immunology and clinical investigations aimed at optimizing the use of belatacept in kidney transplant recipients.


View Dr. Badell's publications in PubMed.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

  • The Emory Clinic


  • MD, Baylor College of Medicine, 2001-2006

  • Clinical & Research Fellowship in Pathology, University of Rochester School of Medicine, 2003-2004

  • General Surgery Residency, Emory University School of Medicine, 2006-2008, 2010-2013

  • Research Fellowship in Transplant Immunology, Emory Transplant Center, 2008-2010

  • Abdominal Organ Transplantation Fellowship, Emory Transplant Center, 2013-2015

Honors and Awards

  • Phi Beta Kappa, 1999

  • High Honor Graduate, University of Texas at Austin, 2001

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2005

  • Honor Graduate, Baylor College of Medicine, 2006

  • ABSITE Performance Award, 2008, 2011-2013

  • AST/ASTS Young Investigator Award, American Transplant Congress, 2009, 2010

  • TTS Travel Award, Joint Meeting of IPITA-IXA, 2009

  • Fellowship in Transplantation Grant, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, 2013

  • Emory University Research Committee Award, 2016

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons

  • American Society of Transplantation

Clinical Interests

  • Kidney/pancreas transplantation

Research Interests

  • Transplant immunology

  • Clinical optimization of belatacept in kidney transplant recipients