Faculty Profile

Chris Dente, MD

Christopher J. Dente, MD

Professor of Surgery, Trauma/Surgical Critical Care at Grady Memorial Hospital, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Director of Advanced Surgical Course Work, General Surgery Residency, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Telephone: 404.251.8915

Email: cdente@emory.edu

Certification: General Surgery, Surgical Critical Care

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2004


In collaboration with the Department of Transfusion Medicine, Dr. Dente led the four-year process of developing and implementing the massive transfusion protocol now in place at the Level I Marcus Trauma Center of Grady Memorial Hospital. Dr. Dente is the principal investigator of the Emory site of a Department of Defense-funded pilot wound closure study, the focus being the development of a predictive system for wound closure based on the identification of chemical and molecular biomarkers in informed consent-derived tissue and fluid samples that appear to forecast successful closure. He is also the lead site investigator at Grady's trauma center for the multi-center Surgical Critical Care Initiative (SC2i), also sponsored by the DoD. SC2i is translating decision-making tools developed by the DoD for the battlefield to civilian critical care. In the process, the participating civilian centers are sharing any revisions back to the DoD so that it may further refine its battlefield procedures.

Since joining the Emory Surgery faculty at Grady in 2004, Dr. Dente held leadership positions in the two year trauma surgery residency/surgical critical care fellowship. Over time, he led the restructuring of the trauma surgery year into an acute care surgery fellowship, which was accredited by the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma in 2017, and became one of only 20 AAST approved programs in the country at that time and the only one in Georgia. When Dr. Dente stepped down as program director of the fellowship in 2018, the position was assumed by his colleague Dr. Bryan Morse.


View Dr. Dente's publications in PubMed.


  • Grady Memorial Hospital


  • MD, Medical College of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, Class of 1995

  • General Surgery Residency, Wayne State University/Detroit Medical Center, Detroit, MI, 1995-2002

  • Fellowship in Trauma/Surgical Critical Care, Emory University, 2002-2004

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, Woodruff Leadership Academy, 2014

  • Top Ranking Educator of 81 Eligible Clinicians in Department of Surgery, Emory University, 2014

  • Leadership Development Workshop Scholarship Recipient, Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, 2009

  • Young Surgeon Representative of the Georgia Chapter of American College of Surgeons, ACS Surgical Leadership Conference, Washington, DC, June 2007

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons: Fellow

  • Georgia Chapter American College of Surgeons: Board of Directors; Chair, Committee on Trauma

  • Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine

  • American Association for the Surgery of Trauma

  • Southeastern Surgical Congress

  • Atlanta Surgical Association

  • Detroit Surgical Association

  • Georgia Surgical Society

Clinical Interests

  • Ultrasound in trauma

  • Abdominal trauma

  • Intra-abdominal colonic trauma

  • Mechanical ventilation

  • Open pelvic fractures

Research Interests

  • The creation and use of biomarker and clinical data warehouse-based clinical decision support tools