David Kooby, MD

David Kooby, MD

Dr. Kooby specializes in laparoscopic and open surgical treatment of liver, bile ducts, pancreas, stomach and colon tumors/cancers. He also has expertise with tumors and diseases of the spleen, adrenal glands and retroperitoneum. He has taught many national courses on laparoscopic resection of the liver, pancreas and colon, and is frequently invited to speak at national conferences. He has recently pioneered new techniques of robotic pancreatic surgery.

He serves on several national committees including the task force for staging of hepatobiliary malignancies for the American Joint Committee on Cancer’s Cancer Staging Manual. He currently chairs the Clinical Affairs Committee for the Society of Surgical Oncology, and is a member of the research and education committee for the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.

Specialties

  • Surgery (Board certified since 2002)
  • Surgical Oncology

Areas of Clinical Interest

  • Adrenal masses
  • Biliary tumors
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Gallbladder surgery
  • Gastrointestinal tumors
  • Laparoscopic surgery
  • Liver cancer
  • Liver surgery
  • Liver tumor
  • Pancreatic surgery
  • Robotic surgery
  • Sarcoma
  • Small intestine surgery
  • Spleen surgery
  • Stomach surgery
  • Tumor

Dr. Kooby's clinical specialties include laparoscopic and open surgical treatment of liver, bile ducts, pancreas, stomach and colon tumors/cancers. He also has expertise with tumors and diseases of the spleen, adrenal glands and retroperitoneum.

Groundbreaking Research and Clinical Trials

Dr. Kooby's areas of research interest include experimental therapeutics of cancers of the liver, pancreas and stomach, clinical trials of gastrointestinal malignancies, and methods of reducing blood product transfusion in patients undergoing surgery for cancer. He has also participated in national research studies in rare liver tumors and liver surgery with the goal of defining treatment algorithms. Dr. Kooby authored and conducted an important and widely cited national study on the efficacy of laparoscopic pancreatectomy. The study included data from 2002-2006 and concluded that performing this minimally invasive operation offered patients shorter hospital stays and fewer complications.

He is an associate editor for the Journal of Surgical Oncology and serves on the editorial board of Annals of Surgical Oncology. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters, and the text: A Clinician’s Guide to Nuclear Oncology. Further, he is involved in multicenter clinical research and is an international leader in minimally invasive pancreatic surgery.

The Road to Emory: Education

Dr. Kooby received his medical degree at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical College, Brooklyn, New York, in 1994; completed his surgical residency at Vanderbilt University, where he won numerous teaching awards; and he completed both research and clinical fellowships at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York. He was recruited by Emory in 2003, and is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology. He is a recipient of a Cancer Scholar Stipend from the Georgia Cancer Coalition in 2004, was named as an Honored Clinical Professor by the Emory University School of Medicine Class of 2007, and inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society at Emory in 2008.