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

Biography

Dr. Russell completed her general surgery residency at Emory University as well as a two-year research fellowship in the Emory Transplant Immunology Lab. Upon completion of her surgical oncology fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, she returned to the Emory Department of Surgery as a faculty member in 2012.

Her clinical practice focuses on complex gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary malignancies, melanoma, and sarcoma. She is also an expert in hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemoperfusion (HIPEC), which delivers highly concentrated, heated chemotherapy directly to the abdomen, allowing for higher doses of chemotherapy than systemic chemotherapy delivery.

Dr. Russell works with gastroenterologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, and pathologists to develop individual treatment plans for her patients. She is an active member of the multidisciplinary tumor boards at Emory, and is the co-chair and chair of the tumor boards at Emory University Hospital at Midtown and Grady Memorial Hospital. She was appointed chair of the Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons (GSACS) Commission on Cancer (CoC) in 2020, and has served as the CoC's Cancer Liaison Physician at Grady Memorial Hospital since 2014.

Affiliations

  • Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • The Emory Clinic

  • Grady Memorial Hospital

Education

  • 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

  • Emory School of Medicine 2020 Dean's Teaching Award

  • Richard Amerson Chief Resident Teaching Award, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine, 2020

  • 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

  • Chair, Commission on Cancer, Georgia Society of the American College of Surgeons

  • Americas Hepato-Pancreatico-Biliary Association: Co-Chair, Patient Experience Project/Task Force

  • Society of Surgical Oncology

  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group: Surgery Committee, GI Working Group Committee, Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy Subcommittee

  • 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

  • Appendix cancer

  • Cholangiocarcinoma

  • Colorectal cancer

  • Esophageal cancer

  • Gallbladder cancer

  • Gastric cancer

  • Hepatocellular carcinoma

  • Melanoma

  • Neuroendocrine cancer

  • Pancreas cancer

  • Sarcoma

Research Interests

  • Disparities research on the presentation, diagnosis, treatment, and outcomes of patients with gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary malignancies