Our Surgical Oncologists – Emory University Hospital Midtown

The team of surgical oncologists at Atlanta’s Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM)provides treatment for a wide range of complex malignancies, including breast, gastric, liver, bile duct, pancreatic, colorectal and skin, as well as sarcomas. Our surgical oncologists are located on the 9th floor of the Medical Office Tower at EUHM, where they see patients in need of surgical treatment options for cancer and other conditions. Our surgical oncologists are part of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University team, the only cancer center in Georgia designated by the National Cancer Institute. Based on our high volume and excellent outcomes, our surgical oncology clinics are recognized as a Surgical Center of Excellence by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia.

Our surgical oncology team is a premier provider of inpatient and outpatient treatment for:

• Anal cancer
• Biliary tumors
• Breast cancer
• Colon cancer
• Gallbladder tumors
• Gastric cancer
• Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GISTs)
• Inflammatory bowel disease Crohn’s and ulcerative colitis)
• Liver tumors (primary and metastatic)
• Melanoma
• Pancreatic cancer
• Pancreatic cysts
• Rectal cancer
• Retroperitoneal tumors
• Skin cancer
• Soft-tissue sarcomas

Surgical oncology patients have access to state-of-the-art diagnostic tools and the latest and most effective surgical treatments and surgical procedures for cancer, such as:

• Minimally invasive gastrointestinal surgery
• Advanced robotic surgery of the GI tract
• Laparoscopic pancreatectomy
• Ablation of liver tumors
• Oncoplastic breast-conserving surgery
• Sentinel lymph node biopsy

Our Surgical Oncology Team

Kenneth Cardona, MD

Kenneth Cardona, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
Winship Cancer Institute
Emory University Hospital Midtown

Dr. Cardona joined the faculty of the Division of Surgical Oncology and the Winship Cancer Institute at EUHM in 2012. He joined Emory University School of Medicine after completing his fellowship in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Cardona specializes in complex gastrointestinal oncology with expertise in the surgical management of gastric, liver (primary and metastatic), bile duct, pancreas and colorectal tumors with a particular interest in the use of minimally-invasive (laparoscopic) techniques in the management of such diseases. Dr. Cardona works in close collaboration with medical and radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists and interventional radiologists to develop an individualized, multidisciplinary management strategy for each patient.

Clinical interests: Tumors of the stomach, liver (primary and metastatic), bile duct, and pancreas, as well as pancreas cysts, gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST), and sarcomas.

Monica Rizzo, MD

Monica Rizzo, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
Winship Cancer Institute
Emory University Hospital Midtown

Dr. Rizzo joined the Division of Surgical Oncology at Emory Midtown in 2005 after completing her surgical oncology fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine. She started her general surgery residency at Washington University in St. Louis and completed it at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Rizzo completed a productive research fellowship in thoracic surgery at Washington University in St. Louis and a thoracic surgery residency at Turin University in Turin, Italy. 

As a Cancer Liaison Physician at EUHM, Dr. Rizzo is actively involved in quality measures initiatives to assure excellence in cancer care. In 2010, Dr. Rizzo led the application and obtained the National Accreditation for Breast Cancer Program for EUHM.

Clinical Interests: Breast cancer, melanoma and skin cancer, soft tissue sarcoma

Maria C. Russell, MD

Maria C. Russell, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
Winship Cancer Institute

After attending medical school at the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Dr. Russell completed her residency in general surgery at Emory University School of Medicine.  Upon completion of her surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center, she returned to the Emory University Division of Surgical Oncology and the Winship Cancer Institute as a faculty member.  Dr. Russell has a particular interest in treating complex gastrointestinal malignancies (stomach, liver, biliary tract, pancreas, small bowel and colorectal) and melanoma. She promotes the multidisciplinary management of complex cancers in partnership with medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists, pathologists and radiologists to ensure comprehensive care for the oncology patient. 

Clinical Interests: Cancers of the stomach, liver, biliary tract, pancreas, small bowel, colon/rectum and skin/melanoma

Patrick Sullivan, MD

Patrick Sullivan, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
Colon and rectal surgery
Division of Surgical Oncology
Winship Cancer Institute
Emory University Hospital Midtown

Dr. Sullivan attended medical school at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, after which he completed his residency in general surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. He completed a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.  As a specialist in colorectal surgery, Dr. Sullivan has a particular interest in Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) programs, which aim to minimize the metabolic stress of surgery through the use of minimally invasive techniques, avoidance of opioids, early feedings and early ambulation.

Clinical Interests: Colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, polyposis syndromes, benign colorectal disease