Faculty Profile

Michael Lowe, MD, MA

Michael Lowe, MD, MA

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

Director, Extramural Studies, General Surgery Residency, Department of Surgery, Emory University

Telephone: 404.778.3303

Email: michael.lowe@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery, Complex General Surgical Oncology

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2016


Dr. Lowe received his MD and graduated cum laude from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He served as administrative chief resident during the final year of his general surgery residency at the Emory Department of Surgery. He joined the Emory faculty after completing a fellowship in complex general surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. Dr. Lowe received several awards during his training years, including the Young Investigator Award of the American Society of Transplant Surgeons in 2011 and 2012.

In 2018, Dr. Lowe received the Society of Surgical Oncology's (SSO) Young Investigator Award for his study, "Evaluation of FcyRIIB as a Novel T cell Inhibitor in Cutaneous Melanoma." The study is concerned with investigating new pathways to enhance the immune system's response to melanoma, and will focus on defining the role of the Fc receptor FcyRIIB in promoting exhaustion in T cell responses to tumor growth, and examination of the benefits of blocking FcyRIIB's ability to alter T cell responses.

His clinical practice and research interests focus on cutaneous malignancies, particularly melanoma and Merkel cell carcinoma. Watch Dr. Lowe discuss aspects of treating melanoma in these educational videos produced by the Winship Cancer Institute: treating a recurrence of melanoma, using surgery to treat melanoma, and the role of the sentinel lymph node in melanoma.


View Dr. Lowe's publications in ResearchGate.


  • Emory University Hospital

  • Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital


  • MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, Class of 2007

  • MA, Liberal Studies, Georgetown University, Washington, DC, 2007

  • General Surgery Internship, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, 2007-2008

  • General Surgery Residency, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, 2008-2014

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Robbins Fellow in Islet Transplantation, Emory Transplant Center, Emory University, Atlanta, 2010-2012

  • Complex General Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Department of Surgery, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, 2014-2016

Honors and Awards

  • Young Investigator Award, Society of Surgical Oncology, 2018

  • Young Investigator Award, American Society of Transplant Surgeons, 2011, 2012

  • Robbins Fellowship in Islet Transplantation, 2011

  • Best Basic Science Presentation, Emory Department of Surgery Research Symposium, 2011

  • J.D. Martin Surgical Resident Award, Emory Department of Surgery, 2010

  • Best Clinical Science Oral Presentation, Georgia Chapter, American College of Surgeons, 2009

  • Alpha Omega Alpha, 2006

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons

  • American Society of Clinical Oncology

  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group: Surgery Committee

  • Society of Surgical Oncology

  • Society for Melanoma Research

  • Association for Academic Surgery

  • Southeastern Surgical Congress

Current Editorships and Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Surgical Research

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Surgical Oncology

Clinical Interests

  • Melanoma

  • Merkel cell carcinoma

  • Cutaneous malignancies

Research Interests

  • Immune profiling of melanoma patients undergoing surgery and systemic therapy

  • Clinical outcomes of melanoma patients with lymph node metastases

  • Minimizing resection margins for melanoma patients

  • Neoadjuvant therapies for patients with advanced resectable melanoma