Faculty Profile

Maria Russell, MD

Maria C. Russell, MD

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

Surgical Grand Rounds Co-Director, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Telephone: 404.686.3203

Email: maria.c.russell@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2012


Dr. Russell completed her general surgery residency at Emory University as well as a research fellowship in the Transplant Immunology Lab under the mentorship of Dr. Chris Larsen. Throughout her residency and fellowship training she received a variety of clinical and research awards, presented at national meetings, and co-authored numerous publications. Upon completion of her surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center, she returned to the Department of Surgery as a faculty member in 2012 with a specific focus on complex gastrointestinal malignancies and melanoma.

As an attending at Emory University Hospital Midtown, Dr. Russell began offering hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemoperfusion (HIPEC), becoming one of the few surgeons in Georgia to offer the resource-intensive procedure, which delivers highly concentrated, heated chemotherapy directly to the abdomen, allowing for higher doses of chemotherapy than systemic chemotherapy delivery. Dr. Charles Staley performs the procedure at Emory University Hospital, and Dr. Joshua Winer offers it at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.


  • Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • The Emory Clinic

  • Grady Memorial Hospital


  • MD, Class of 2003, Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

  • General Surgery Internship and Residency, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, 2003-2006

  • Research Fellowship in Transplant Immunology, Emory Transplant Center, 2006-2008

  • General Surgery Residency, Department of Surgery, Emory University, 2008-2010
  • Surgical Oncology Fellowship, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2010-2012

Honors and Awards

  • Clinical Excellence Award, MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2012

  • ASCO Conquer Cancer Foundation Merit Award, ASCO Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium, San Francisco, CA, 2012

  • Douglas Murray Professionalism Award, Department of Surgery, Emory University, 2010

  • Member, ACGME Site Visit Resident Committee, Department of Surgery, Emory University, 2008

  • Young Investigator Award, American Transplant Congress, 2008

  • First Place, Basic Science Section, Department of Surgery Research Symposium, Emory University, 2008

  • J. D. Martin Surgical Resident Award, Department of Surgery, Emory University, 2006

Current Organizational Memberships

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons

  • Americas Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association

  • Society of Surgical Oncology

  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group

  • Georgia Surgical Society

  • Alpha Omega Alpha

Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board, Melanoma Section, Annals of Surgical Oncology

  • Editorial Board, Gastric and Upper GI Section, Journal of Surgical Oncology

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Surgery: Open Access

Clinical Interests

  • Tumors of the liver and biliary tract

  • Tumors of the pancreas

  • Tumors of the gallbladder

  • Metastatic tumors to the liver (colon, rectal, neuroendocrine, etc.)

  • Tumors of the gastrointestinal tract (stomach, duodenum, small intestine, colon, rectum)

  • Neuroendocrine tumors

  • Tumors of the spleen

  • Melanoma and metastatic melanoma

Research Interests

  • Clinical investigation and outcomes analysis of patients with malignancies of the stomach, liver, pancreas, small intestine, and neuroendocrine tumors

  • Examining effects of multimodality treatment in complex gastrointestinal malignancies including stomach, liver, bile duct, pancreas, and intestinal tumors

  • Clinical and translational research involving tumors of the skin and soft tissue