Faculty Profile

Mark Wulkan, MD

Mark L. Wulkan, MD

(Primary) Professor of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery , Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

(Secondary) Professor of Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, Emory SOM

(Clinical) Director, Minimally Invasive Surgery Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

(Clinical) Surgical Director, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston

(Clinical) Surgeon in Chief, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Telephone: 404.785.8787 (appointments), 404.785.0781 (administrative)

Email: mwulkan@emory.edu

Certification: General Surgery, Added Qualifications in Critical Care, Certificate of Special Competency in Pediatric Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 1998


Dr. Wulkan was recruited in 1998 to expand the application and scope of minimally invasive surgery in the Division of Pediatric Surgery and to direct pediatric laparoscopy at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston (CHOA). He had gained extensive minimally invasive surgery experience during his general surgery residency at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, after which he trained with Dr. Keith Georgeson—one of the pioneers of pediatric minimally invasive surgery—during his pediatric surgery residency at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. After initiating the Minimally Invasive Surgery Center at CHOA in 2003, Dr. Wulkan oversaw its growth into one of the most high-volume pediatric minimally invasive programs in the country.

Dr. Wulkan performed CHOA's first lap-band procedure to treat adolescent obesity in 2007, was one of the first surgeons in Georgia to perform single-site incision surgery on pediatric patients for routine surgeries in 2009, and performed the first laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy for adolescent obesity to be done in the Southeast in 2010.

From 2010-2017, Dr. Wulkan was chief of the Division of Pediatric Surgery. His achievements during this period included implementing the World Health Organization's' Surgery Safety Checklist in all of the operating rooms at CHOA, and chairing the Pediatric Surgery Practice Variation Committee, which reduced cost and decreased variation in the care of appendicitis across the CHOA system.


View Dr. Wulkan's publications in PubMed.


  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston & Scottish Rite

  • Children's Healthcare of Atlanta at the Hughes Spalding Campus, Grady Memorial Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown


  • MD, Emory University School of Medicine, Class of 1989

  • General Surgery Residency, University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Hospital Medical Center, Miami, FL, 1989-1994

  • Pediatric Surgery Critical Care Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh/Pittsburgh Children's Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA, 1994-1995

  • Pediatric Surgery Research Fellowship, University of Alabama/The Children's Hospital of Alabama, Birmingham, AL, 1995-1996

  • Pediatric Surgery Residency, University of Alabama/The Children's Hospital of Alabama, 1996-1998

Current Editorships

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Laparoendoscopic and Advanced Surgical Techniques

  • Editor, Videoscopy Part B (Pediatrics)

Honors and Awards

  • Top Doctors, Atlanta Magazine, 2009-2018

  • Best Doctors, Castle Connolly, 2011-2013

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons: Fellow

  • Southeastern Surgical Congress

  • Society of Critical Care Medicine

  • Southern Medical Association

  • Georgia Surgical Society

  • Jackson Surgical Society

  • International Pediatric Endosurgery Group: President; Executive Committee; Program Committee; Emerging Technology Committee; Information Technology Taskforce

  • Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons: Pediatric Committee; Bariatric Committee

  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Alternate Surgical Section Liaison

  • Organization of Children's Hospital Surgeon-in-Chiefs: Outcomes and Quality Committee

  • Atlanta Surgical Association

  • Association of Academic Surgeons

  • American Pediatric Surgical Association: Vice-Chair, Incidence Monitoring Committee; Informatics Committee

Clinical Interests

  • Adolescent bariatric surgery

  • Appendectomy

  • Biliary tumors

  • Circumcision

  • Colorectal surgery

  • Critical care medicine

  • Endoscopy

  • Esophageal stenosis/strictures

  • Esophagus

  • Gallbladder disease

  • Gallbladder surgery

  • Gastroesophageal reflux

  • Gastrointestinal surgery

  • Gastrointestinal tumors

  • Hernia

  • Hiatal hernia

  • Laparoscopic anti-reflux surgery

  • Laparoscopy with lasers

  • Laparoscopy-gallbladder, hernia, ulcer

  • Liver biopsy

  • Liver cancer

  • Liver surgery

  • Lobectomy

  • Pancreatic surgery

  • Renal cancer

  • Small intestine surgery

  • Telemedicine

  • Thoracic surgery

  • Thyroid surgery

  • Tracheal surgery

  • Trauma

Research Interests

  • Pediatric surgery outcomes

  • Innovative therapies

  • Adjustable gastric banding in obese adolescents

  • Development of a new procedure for gastroesophageal reflux disease in infants