David Abraham Kooby, MD

Emory Clinic

Director of Surgical Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

Professor of Surgery

Emory Healthcare Network Physician
Surgical Oncology
Surgery (Board certified since 2002)
Areas of Clinical Interest:
adrenal masses
biliary tumors
colon/rectal cancer
colon cancer
esophageal cancer
gallbladder disease
gallbladder surgery
gastrointestinal bleed
gastrointestinal tumors
laparoscopic surgery
liver cancer
liver surgery
liver tumor
pancreatic cancer
pancreatic surgery
radiofrequency ablation
rectal cancer
small intestine surgery
spleen surgery
stomach surgery
Whipple surgery
Office(s) Locations:
Winship Cancer Institute
1365 C Clifton Rd
Atlanta, GA 30322
404 778-3307

Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
5665 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Suite G89
Atlanta, GA 30342
404 778-8377
Year Started Practicing: 2003
Year Started Practicing at Emory: 2003
Organizational Memberships:
American College of Surgeons
American College of Surgeons Oncology Group
American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association
Atlanta Surgical Association
Georgia Surgical Association
H. William Scott Society
Society of Surgical Oncology
Southeastern Surgical Association
Major or Recent Publications:

Adsay N, Basturk O, Altinel D, Khanani F, Weawer D, Kooby DA, Sarmiento J, Staley C. , 2008, “Comparison of standard vs. orange-peeling histologic assessment of pancreaticoduodenectomy specimens”. Modern Pathology,22(1): 107-112.

Deneve J, Pawlik T, Cunningham S, Clary B, Reddy S, Scoggins C, Martin R, D’Angelica M, Staley C, Choti M, Jarnagin, W, Schulick R, Kooby DA., 2009 “Liver cell adenoma: a multicenter analysis of risk factors for rupture and malignancy”. Annals of Surgical Oncology,16(3): 640.

Kooby DA, Gillespie T, Bentrem D, Nakeeb A, Schmidt CM, Merchant N, Parikh A, Robert M, Martin; Scoggins C, Ahmad S, Kim HJ, Park J, Johnston F, Strouch M, Menze A, Rymer J; McClaine R, Strasberg S, Talamonti M, Staley C, McMasters K, Lowy A, Byrd-Sellers J, Wood W, Hawkins W., 2008, “Left-sided pancreatectomy: a multicenter analysis of open and laparoscopic approaches”. Annals of Surgery. September,248(3):438-446.

Kooby DA., 2008, “Laparoscopic pancreatic resection for cancer”. Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy,8(10):1597-609.

Lowe M, Sarmiento J, Adsay N, Chu C, Staley C, Galloway J, Kooby DA. “Important prognostic factors in adenocarcinoma of the ampulla of Vater”. American Surgeon,2009 Sep;75(9):754-60; discussion 761.

Martin R, Scoggins C, Egnatashvili V, Staley C, McMasters K, Kooby DA., 2009, “Arterial and venous resection for locally advanced pancreatic adenocarcinoma: operative and long-term outcomes”. Archives of Surgery,144(2): 154-159.

Merchant N, Rymer J, Koehler E, Ayers G, Castellanos D, Kooby DA, Weber S, MD, Cho C, Schmidt C, Nakeeb A, MD, Matos J, Scoggins C, Martin R, Kim H, Ahmad S, Chu C, McClaine R, MD8, Bednarski B, Staley C, Sharp K, MD, Parikh A. 2008 “Adjuvant Chemoradiation Therapy For Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma: Who Really Benefits?”. Journal of the American College of Surgeons,208(5):829-38; discussion 838-41.

Ocuin L, Sarmiento J, Staley C, Galloway J, Wood W, Kooby DA., 2008 , “Increased morbidity but decreased diabetes mellitus following central pancreatectomy for small neck lesions”. Annals of Surgical Oncology. August,15(8):2096-2103.

Weber S, Cho C, Bentrem D, Nakeeb A, Schmidt C, Merchant N, Parikh A, Martin R, Scoggins C, Ahmad S, Kim H, Hamilton, N, Hawkins W, Kooby D. 2009 “Laparoscopic Left Pancreatectomy: Complication Risk Score Predicts Morbidity and Risk for Pancreatic Fistula”. Annals of Surgical Oncology,Oct;16(10):2825-33.

Yezhelyev M, Master V, Egnatashvili V, Kooby DA. 2008 “Combined Nephrectomy and Major Hepatectomy: Indications, Outcomes, and Recommendations”. Journal of the American College of Surgeons,208(3): 410-418.

Joseph and Bonnie Graves Award
For Excellence in Clinical Teaching, June 2001

Student Curriculum Teaching Award
Vanderbilt University, June 2001
Medical School
SUNY Health Science Center at Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

Hahnemann University Hospital,Philadelphia,PA

Drexel University School of Medicine,Philadelphia, PA

Memorial Sloan - Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY