Greetings from Dr. Jahnavi K. Srinivasan

Dr. Jahnavi Srinivasan

Dr. Jahnavi Srinivasan (left)

Emory's surgical education program values a strong balance between mentored learning and supervised independence. We recognize that residents are trained physicians whose primary responsibility is to mature into skilled surgeons through clinical experience and directed learning. Our goal is to produce surgeons with the confidence required to transition to autonomous practice safely upon graduation.

Given Emory's geographic location and the fact that there are no other major academic medical centers in the surrounding area, Emory and its affiliates have the distinct privilege of being a referral center for some of the most complex patients in the country. Residents also benefit from exposure to the diversity of Atlanta's population by rotating through six different clinical sites, all within minutes of one another. Time is spent at Children's Hospital of Atlanta, the largest pediatric healthcare system in the nation; Grady Memorial Hospital, one of the busiest trauma centers and public hospitals in the country; the Atlanta VA Healthcare System; Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, one of the few hospitals in the world to receive Magnet Recognition for Nursing Excellence; and of course, both of Emory University's campuses.

The Department of Surgery is composed of world-renowned faculty that are approachable, supportive, and view resident education as a primary focus of their endeavors. We have leveraged the strength of our faculty and the multitude of clinical sites to ensure that our residents continue to have a broad experience in routine, complex, and subspecialty surgical cases. We recognize and embrace the importance of technology and simulation and integrate this into our curriculum, which includes robust exposure to minimally invasive and robotic surgery. In recent years we have expanded clinical rotations to include elective options for PGY-3s, 4s, and 5s, offering opportunities to add to their standard experience in areas such as plastic surgery, cardiac surgery, pediatric surgery, minimally invasive surgery, rural surgery, and transplantation.

While not mandatory, an advanced degree or traditional benchtop research is accessible to any interested resident. Active labs are maintained in critical care medicine, immunology and transplantation, surgical oncology, vascular surgery, cardiothoracic surgery, and diabetes. Residents are encouraged to stay at Emory, but are also allowed to select a research program at any lab in the country. Clinical research in such areas as health services and surgical quality improvement, pediatric surgery, global surgery, and outcomes analysis and clinical investigation in surgical oncology is also available.

In recent years, residents have pursued advanced degrees in public health, combined MPH/MBAs, and masters in clinical research. Research is funded by the Elkin Fellowship, named after our founding chairman, and by departmental T32s and other sources. The collaborative research efforts of the residents, PhDs, post docs and their mentors contributed to the Emory Department of Surgery placing in the top 20 of all departments of surgery nationwide in annual NIH funding beginning in FY2008, and its regular placement in the top 10 each year since FY2015.

As a result of these broad opportunities and experiences in both the clinical and research realm, Emory residents graduate with an outstanding reputation from one of the most well-respected training programs in the country. Our residents continue to obtain the most prestigious surgical fellowships available, in recent years going to the University of California at San Francisco, MD Anderson, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Massachusetts General Hospital, Moffitt Cancer Center, Vanderbilt University, University of Wisconsin, University of Florida, and New York Hospital, amongst others. Of course, many choose to stay at Emory for several of the esteemed fellowships available here, while others choose traditional, private practice opportunities.

We believe that Emory is the finest training program in the country with the most comprehensive clinical exposure of any surgical department in the nation. We recognize that each trainee is an individual, and believe that the variety and breadth of clinical, research, and other educational programs available at Emory allows residents to tailor their education in order to optimize their Emory experience as the foundation of their future careers.


Jahnavi K. Srinivasan, MD
Program Director, General Surgery Residency Program, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine