Michael Halkos, MD

Michael Halkos, MD

Dr. Halkos is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine. Since joining the Emory faculty in 2009, he has become one of the busiest robotic heart surgeons in the Southeast, performing more than 150 robotic-assisted coronary artery bypass procedures in less than two years. He performs these procedures for patients with single vessel coronary artery disease or as part of a hybrid revascularization procedure for patients with multiple blockages, which takes advantage of the benefits of both surgery and interventional cardiology. In addition to minimally invasive coronary artery bypass procedures, his other areas of interest include minimally-invasive valve surgery.


  • Cardiothoracic Surgery
  • Surgery (Board certified since 2006)

Areas of Expertise

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Robotic surgery
  • Valve repair/replacement

Groundbreaking Research and Clinical Trials

Additional academic achievements include a recent grant award from the NIH for investigating strategies to reduce the incidence of postoperative stroke after coronary artery bypass surgery. He has published over 50 manuscripts, book chapters and invited reviews on adult cardiac surgery. He is active in the NIH-sponsored Cardiothoracic Surgical Network and the Hybrid Observational NIH-sponsored trial. He also serves on numerous national and regional committees.

The Road to Emory: Education

Dr. Halkos joined the Emory faculty in 2009. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1993 and finished medical school at Emory University in 1999. He stayed at Emory University for both his general surgery residency and cardiothoracic surgical training. He spent two years in the Carlyle Fraser Cardiothoracic Research Laboratory during his general surgery residency.

Major or Recent Publications

  • Hybrid coronary revascularization versus off-pump coronary artery bypass for the treatment of left main coronary stenosis.
    Halkos ME, Rab ST, Vassiliades TA, Morris DC, Douglas JS, Kilgo PD, Liberman HA, Guyton RA, Thourani VH, Puskas JD.
    Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Dec;92(6):2155-60.
  • Hybrid coronary revascularization versus off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting for the treatment of multivessel coronary artery disease.
    Halkos ME, Vassiliades TA, Douglas JS, Morris DC, Rab ST, Liberman HA, Samady H, Kilgo PD, Guyton RA, Puskas JD.
    Ann Thorac Surg. 2011 Nov;92(5):1695-701; discussion 1701-2.
  • Hybrid coronary revascularization for the treatment of left main coronary stenosis: A feasibility study.
    Rab ST, Douglas JS Jr, Lyons E, Puskas JD, Bansal D, Halkos ME, Guyton RA, Vassiliades TA.
    Catheter Cardiovasc Interv. 2011 Sep 27. doi: 10.1002/ccd.23312.


  • American Medical Association