Faculty Profile

Ken Cardona, MD

Kenneth Cardona, MD, FACS

Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Associate Chief of Surgery, Emory University Hospital Midtown

Co-Chair, Gastrointestinal Oncology Working Group, Emory University Hospital Midtown

Telephone: 404.686.3203

Email: ken.cardona@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2012


Dr. Cardona is a leader and active member of both the sarcoma and gastrointestinal oncology workgroups at Emory University Hospital Midtown. He has a particular interest and expertise in the surgical management of retroperitoneal/abdominal sarcomas as well as gastrointestinal stromal tumors and soft tissue sarcomas. In addition, he specializes in complex gastrointestinal oncology, with extensive knowledge in the surgical management of esophageal, gastric, liver (primary and metastatic), and pancreas malignancies. Dr. Cardona works in close collaboration with medical and radiation oncologists, advanced gastroenterologists, and interventional radiologists to develop an individualized, multidisciplinary management strategy for each patient.


  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

  • Emory University Hospital

  • The Emory Clinic


  • MD, Ponce School of Medicine, MD received 2002

  • General Surgery Internship and Residency, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, 2002-2004

  • Fellowship in Transplant Immunology, Emory Transplant Center, 2004-2007

  • General Surgery Residency, Department of Surgery, Emory University, 2007-2010
  • Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 2010-2012

Honors and Awards

  • Top Doctors, Atlanta Magazine, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

  • Douglas Murray Academic Professionalism Award, Department of Surgery, Emory University, 2009

  • Award of Academic Excellence, Department of Surgery, Emory University, 2008

  • Young Scientist Award, Immune Tolerance Network, 2006

  • Young Investigator Award, World Transplant Congress, 2006, 2007

  • Young Investigator Award, International Pancreas & Islet Transplantation Association, 2005

  • Luis F. Sala, MD, Distinguished Graduate Award, 2002

Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board, Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcoma Section, Annals of Surgical Oncology

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons

  • Inaugural Chair, Sarcoma Working Group, ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group

  • Chair, Medical Advisory Council, National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation

  • Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons     

  • Society of Surgical Oncology

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

  • Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association

Clinical Interests

  • Retroperitoneal sarcomas

  • Soft tissue sarcomas of the trunk and extremity

  • Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST)

  • Neuroendocrine/carcinoid tumors

  • Gastroesophageal tumors

  • Primary and metastatic tumors of the liver

  • Tumors of the pancreas

Research Interests

  • Clinical and translational investigations in the management of soft tissue sarcomas

  • Quality outcomes research in the management of soft tissue sarcomas

  • Clinical investigations in outcomes of complex GI malignancies