Faculty Profile

Eric Knauer, MD

Eric M. Knauer, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of General and GI Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Chief, General Surgery Service, Emory University Hospital Midtown

Email: eric.knauer@emory.edu

Phone: 404.778.3789

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2018


Dr. Knauer received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. His postgraduate training included a general surgery residency at the University of Connecticut and a minimally invasive surgery fellowship at the Baylor College of Medicine. John Sweeney, MD, current chair of the Emory Department of Surgery, was chief of minimally invasive surgery at Baylor during Dr. Knauer's fellowship, and his primary mentor. Dr. Knauer joined Wellstar Cobb Hospital in 2003, and served as vice chair and chair of the Department of Surgery at the facility, as well as medical staff president of the hospital. He has also been a preceptor for Emory nurse practitioner and physician assistant students.


View Dr. Knauer's publications in PubMed.


  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Emory University Hospital

  • The Emory Clinic


  • MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Class of 1997

  • General Surgery Internship, New York University Hospital, 1997-1998

  • General Surgery Residency, University of Connecticut, 1998-2002

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship, Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine, 2002-2003

Honors and Awards

  • Honored as Top Educator, Emory School of Medicine, Educator Appreciation Day 2020

  • Physician of the Month, Wellstar Cobb Hospital, 2015

  • Best Senior Resident Teacher, University of Connecticut, 2001

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons, Fellow

  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons

Special Interests

  • Adrenal masses

  • Appendectomy

  • Bariatric surgery

  • Biliary disease

  • Colon/rectal cancer

  • Robotic surgery

  • Gallbladder surgery

  • Gastroesophageal reflux

  • Gastrointestinal surgery

  • Hemorrhoids

  • Hernia

  • Hiatal hernia

  • Laparoscopic surgery for reflux, gallbladder, hernia, ulcers

  • Lipoma

  • Pilondial cyst

  • Spleen surgery