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Alan Pickens

Allan Pickens, MD

– Assistant 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





American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery

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Dr. Pickens received his medical degree from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, where he also completed his general surgery residency. He did his cardiothoracic surgery residency at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, completed a minimally invasive chest surgery fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, and did an esophageal surgery fellowship at the U-M. From 2005 to 2008, Dr. Pickens was an assistant professor at the U-M, where he initiated and directed the Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Program.

After arriving at Emory, Dr. Pickens was appointed to direct Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery and Thoracic Oncology at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM). His specialties include the minimally invasive removal of early stage lung cancers and esophageal cancers using a procedure called Video Assisted Thorascopic Surgery (VATS). Using VATS, surgeons make several small incisions in the chest wall to remove these cancers. A tiny camera or endoscope is inserted into one incision to view the lung or esophagus, while the others are used for passing small instruments to perform the surgery or biopsy.


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