General and Gastrointestinal Surgery at Emory

One of the country's leading minimally invasive surgery centers

Since the Emory Department of Surgery was established in 1939, it has been a leader in education, research and patient care. Most recently, the Division of General and Gastrointestinal Surgery has helped to develop and refine a range of minimally invasive surgical procedures including surgery of the colon, gallbladder, appendix, stomach and liver. They also provide laparoscopic, endoscopic and open procedures for treating inflammatory bowel, colorectal, endocrine, gallbladder, pancreatic, esophageal, and gastric diseases as well as intra-abdominal infections, hernias and morbid obesity.

What Sets Emory Apart?

Here at Emory, patients receive the best possible care from a team of renowned experts using state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and therapies. Here are just a few examples of what sets Emory apart.

Emory Gastroesophageal Treatment Center

Using laparoscopic, endoscopic or open methods, the Gastroesophageal Center treats esophageal cancer, Barrett's esophagus, paraesophageal hernias and gastroesophageal reflux disease. New innovations for the diagnosis and treatment of reflux and esophageal disease are continually being evaluated and tested. Learn More.

Emory Endosurgery Unit for Minimally Invasive Surgery

The Emory Endosurgery Unit is committed to advancing minimally invasive surgery through education, research and surgical treatment, with a focus on endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery. Learn More.

Emory Bariatric Center

The Emory Bariatric Center is one of the leading programs for treating obesity in the Southeast and is a Level 1 Bariatric Surgery Center of Excellence accredited by the Bariatric Surgery Center Network of the American College of Surgeons. Learn More.

Whipple Procedure for Pancreatic Cancer

Emory surgeons are leading the way towards perfecting the Whipple procedure. This major surgical operation is performed to treat cancers of the head of the pancreas, the distal bile duct, or the duodenum, and also to treat pancreatitis.

Emory's expertise and high volume directly translates into a safer procedure and longer survival. We have developed a clinical pathway to ensure that patients receive best practice care from the moment they enter the hospital. When circumstances allow, our surgeons operate through a relatively small, upper mid-line incision, preserve a large portion of the stomach using the Pylorus-preserving technique, and return patients home seven to eight days after surgery. Learn More.

Research and Clinical Trials

In addition to advancing the technology and methods of laparoscopic and endoscopic surgery, research efforts by division faculty include groundbreaking diabetes and parathyroid disease investigations, the pathophysiology of insulin resistance in the severely obese, the inflammatory response syndrome, and metabolic alterations related to gastrointestinal surgery.