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John Sweeney, MD

John F. Sweeney, MD

– Professor and W. Dean Warren Distinguished Chair in Surgery
– Interim Chair, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Interim Surgeon-in-Chief, Emory Healthcare
– Chief, Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory
– Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs,
Department of Surgery, Emory
– Chief Quality Officer, Department of Surgery, Emory

Telephone: 404.727.5800


Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2007

Before joining Emory as chief of the division of general and gastrointestinal surgery in September 2007, Dr. Sweeney directed the division of general surgery, the bariatric surgery program, and the Michael E. DeBakey Minimally Invasive Surgery Center of Excellence of the Michael E. DeBakey Department of Surgery, Baylor College of Medicine. Prior to that, he served as chief of surgery at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center and director of minimally invasive surgery at the University of Michigan.

Since becoming chief quality officer for the Emory Department of Surgery in 2008, Dr. Sweeney has helmed its participation in the University Healthcare Consortium Quality and Accountability Program (UHC QAP), American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS/NSQIP), Surgical Care Improvement Project (SCIP), and Best Practices for Better Care (BPBC).

In 2010, Dr. Sweeney and Co-PI James C. Cox, director of the Experimental Economics Center of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, received a three year collaborative award from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)  for "Uptake of Comparative Effectiveness Research: Implications for Discharge Decision." The project is focusing on hospital length of stay and discharge decisions as central factors in the complex interplay between quality of health care delivery and medical costs. The team is experimenting with alternative choices and new applications of information technology designed to increase physicians' effectiveness in identifying when to discharge a patient. Dr. Sweeney and his Emory team are also analyzing general surgery readmissions at Emory University Hospital with the goal of creating a patient readmission profile by identifying risk factors for return to the hospital.

When former chair Dr. Chris Larsen was named dean of the Emory University School of Medicine in January 2013, Dr. Sweeney was appointed interim chair of the Department of Surgery.

Dr. Sweeney's publications in Dr. Sweeney's publications in PubMed


Medical School

General Surgery Internship and Residency

Fellowship/Advanced Training

Honors and Awards

Organizational Memberships

Clinical Interests

Research Interests

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