Cardiothoracic Surgery Faculty

Division Chief

Michael E. Halkos, MD, MSc
– Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Scientific Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Center for Clinical Research (CCR), Department of Surgery, EmoryUniversity SOM
– Co-Director, Robotic Cardiac Surgery Fellowship, Emory University SOM

Dr. Halkos joined the Emory Department of Surgery in 2009 after completing his Emory Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency. He is a highly experienced and productive academic cardiac surgeon-scientist with expertise in minimally invasive cardiac surgery, particularly robotic-assisted coronary artery bypass surgery and robotic mitral valve surgery, hybrid coronary revascularization, and hybrid atrial fibrillation ablation. Over 50% of his clinical practice focuses on minimally invasive approaches for cardiac surgical operations. Along with Douglas Murphy, MD, at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, he helms one of the largest and most successful robotic cardiac surgical programs in the world. He is also one of the highest volume surgeons in performing robotic coronary bypass procedures, and is an international leader with his cardiology colleagues in hybrid coronary revascularization.

Dr. Halkos has demonstrated a passion for Emory's tripartite mission, and has excelled in both education and research in addition to patient care. He currently directs the Cardiothoracic Center for Clinical Research, was the Department of Surgery's first faculty member to receive an NHLBI K-23 Award, received his Master's Degree in Clinical Research in 2012, and currently serves as Principal Investigator for multiple industry- and NIH-sponsored trials. He plays an active leadership role in resident education, and has authored well over 120 publications in peer-reviewed journals and book chapters.


Faculty

Tamer S. Attia, MD, PhD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

John W. Calvert, PhD
– Associate Professor, Cardiothoracic Research Laboratory, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Paul J. Chai, MD
– Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Chief, Pediatric Cardiothoracic Surgery, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
– Co-Chief, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Heart Center

Joshua L. Chan, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Mani A. Daneshmand, MD
– Andrew J. McKelvey Professor
– Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Director, Emory Heart & Lung Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support
– Director, Emory ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) Program

Jacob G. Davtyan, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Medical Director, Cardiothoracic Surgery Service, St. Francis Hospital, Columbus, GA

Woodrow Farrington, II, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Felix G. Fernandez, MD
– Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Chief, Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Atlanta Veterans Administration Medical Center

Seth D. Force, MD
– Kamal A. Mansour Professor in Thoracic Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Chief, General Thoracic Surgery, Emory University Hospital

Kendra J. Grubb, MD, MHA
– Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Surgical Director, Structural Heart and Valve Center, Emory Healthcare

Robert A. Guyton, MD
– Charles Ross Hatcher, Jr., Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Director, Cardiothoracic Research Lab (CTRL), Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory University SOM
– Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory University Hospital Midtown

Jeffrey Javidfar, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Clinical Chief of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Atlanta Veteran's Affairs Healthcare System
– Associate Surgical Director, Emory Adult ECMO Program
– Assistant Surgical Director, Emory McKelvey Lung Transplant Program
– Director of Medical Student Education, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Amalia A. Jonsson, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Kirk R. Kanter, MD
– Professor of Surgery Emeritus, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

William Brent Keeling, MD
– Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery Service, Grady Memorial Hospital

Onkar Khullar, MD
– Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Associate Program Director, Thoracic Surgery Program, Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency, Emory University SOM

Omar M. Lattouf, MD, PhD
– Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Bradley G. Leshnower, MD
– Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Chief of Cardiac Surgery, Emory University Hospital
– Director of Thoracic Aortic Surgery, Emory Healthcare
– Co-Director, Emory Aortic Center

Yuda Liu, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Steven K. Macheers, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Jeffrey S. Miller, MD
– Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Douglas A. Murphy, MD
– Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Section Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
– Medical Director, Surgical Robotics, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

Muralidhar Padala, PhD
– Associate Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Director, Structural Heart Research & Innovation Program, Cardiothoracic Research Laboratories, Carlyle Fraser Heart Center at Emory Midtown
– Graduate Program Faculty, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
– Institute Faculty, Petit Institute of Bioengineering and Bioscience, Georgia Institute of Technology

Gaetano Paone, MD, MHSA
– Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Gustavo Parrilla, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Allan Pickens, MD
– Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Program Director, Traditional Three-Year CT Surgery Residency, Integrated Six-Year CT Surgery Residency, Emory University SOM
– Director, Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery, Emory Healthcare
– Director, Thoracic Oncology, Emory Healthcare

Joshua Rosenblum, MD, PhD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Surgical Director, Adult Congenital Heart Disease, Emory University Hospital

Manu S. Sancheti, MD
– Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Chief, Section of General Thoracic Surgery, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
– Medical Director, Perioperative Services, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
– Director, Robotic Thoracic Surgery, Emory Healthcare

Subhadra Shashidharan, MD
– Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Director of Quality, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA)
– Associate Chief, Pediatric Congenital Heart Surgery, CHOA
– Program Director, Congenital Cardiac Surgery Fellowship, CHOA/Emory

Fawwaz R. Shaw, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

J. David Vega, MD
– Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
– Director, Heart Transplant Program, Emory University Hospital
– Chief, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Atlanta VA Medical Center

Alison F. Ward, MD
– Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

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