Faculty Profiles

Edward Chen

Edward P. Chen, MD

Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Director, Thoracic Aortic Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory

Executive Director, Aortic Center, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory

Associate Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Residency, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory

Site Director for Resident Education, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital






American Board of Surgery, American Board of Thoracic Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member:



Dr. Chen is a national and international leader in aortic surgery, is recognized worldwide for his ability to perform highly complex cardiac operations, and is known for his innovative work in circulation management and cerebral protection in aortic arch surgery. He has one of the largest series of complex valve-sparing aortic root surgeries in the country and has published extensively on his experience with these procedures. His surgical specialties also include thoracic aortic procedures and those involving valvular heart disease as well as reoperative cardiac surgery.

Dr. Chen has served as a faculty mentor to over 40 graduates of the Emory cardiothoracic surgery residency program, who have adopted his surgical techniques in aortic surgery and valvular heart disease and introduced them into their own practices located throughout the United States.


  • Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown


  • MD, Duke University, Durham, NC, MD received 1992

  • Internship, General Surgery Residency, University of California, San Francisco, 1992-1994, 1997-2000

  • Research Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Duke University Medical Center, 1994-1997

  • Clinical Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2000-2001, Residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery, 2001-2003, Emory University School of Medicine

  • Fellowship in Aortic Surgery, Department of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, University of Texas, Houston, 2003

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 Woodruff Leadership Academy, Emory University School of Medicine

  • Teacher of the Year in Adult Cardiac Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory University, 2009-2010

  • Geriatric Patient Care Award, The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, 44th Annual Meeting, 2008

  • Outstanding Teacher in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory University, 2007

  • Thoracic Surgery Directors Association Residents Research Award, Society Of Thoracic Surgeons, Chicago, IL, 1997

  • Young Investigator Award, American College Of Chest Physicians, Northbrook, IL, 1996

  • National Research Service Award, National Institutes Of Health, Bethesda, MD, 1996

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • Howard C. Naffziger Surgical Society

  • American College of Cardiology

  • Society of Thoracic Surgeons: Invited Reviewer, Program Committee; Workforce on Thoracic Surgery Resident Issues

  • Southern Thoracic Surgical Association

  • American Association for Thoracic Surgery: Invited Reviewer, Program Committee

Clinical Interests

  • Surgery of the thoracic aorta

  • Valve-sparing aortic root replacement

  • Aortic root surgery

  • Transverse arch, descending, and thoracoabdominal aneuryms

  • Acute and chronic aortic dissection

  • Endovascular repair of thoracic aortic disease

  • High risk cardiac surgery

  • Mitral valve repair

  • Minimally invasive valve surgery

Research Interests

  • Clinical outcomes with selective antegrade cerebral perfusion via right axillary artery cannulation in proximal aortic surgery

  • Clinical outcomes in high risk valve-sparing aortic root replacement

  • Clinical outcomes of stentless aortic valve replacement in low EF patients

  • Gender differences in aortic surgery

  • Effect of statins on clinical outcome in aortic surgery and high risk cardiac surgery

  • Clinical outcomes in reoperative aortic valve surgery

  • Effect of COPD on clinical outcomes in aortic valve surgery

  • Effect of aortic root replacement on clinical outcomes in proximal aortic surgery requiring circulatory arrest

  • Clinical outcomes of aortic root replacement in low EF patients

  • Outcomes research and quality of life comparison in the cardiac surgical population