Cletus A. Arciero, MD, FACS


Titles and Roles

Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Associate Director for Surgery, Glenn Family Breast Center
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Program Director, Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Emory University School of Medicine
Surgical Oncologist
Breast Cancer
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control


Cletus A. Arciero, MD, FACS, is a Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology of the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Arciero is a breast surgeon for the Surgical Oncology Division within Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, practicing at both Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Emory University Hospital. Dr. Arciero serves as the Program Director of the Emory Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program.

A decorated U.S. Army Colonel, Dr. Arciero joined Emory after serving as Chief of General Surgery and Surgical Oncology, as well as the General Surgery Residency Program Director, at Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia. He also served as Chief of Surgery in Kuwait with the 452nd Combat Support Hospital, and twice in Iraq with the 31st Combat Support Hospital and 256th Combat Support Hospital, respectively. He recently completed nine years as an American Cancer Society Commission on Cancer Liaison Physician.

Dr. Arciero is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and of the Society of Surgical Oncologist. He holds professional memberships with the American Society of Breast Surgeons and the United States Military Cancer Institute. In 2017, he was selected to the Emory Medicine Professional Leadership Enrichment and Development Program.


Dr. Arciero received his MD degree from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine. His postgraduate medical training included a residency in Surgery at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, a research fellowship at the Windber Research Institute, and a Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the Fox Chase Cancer Center.


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Dr. Arciero serves as an ad hoc reviewer for Annals of Surgery and Annals of Surgical Oncology, as well as a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Surgical Oncology. He has been published in a number of peer-reviewed publications including, among others, American Journal of Surgery and Cancer.

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Dr. Arciero's military awards and honors include:

  • Kuwaiti Liberation Medal - Saudi Arabia and Kuwait
  • Southwest Asia Service Medal with 2 Bronze Stars
  • National Defense Service Ribbon with Bronze Star
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and Service Medal
  • Iraq Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Stars
  • Army Achievement Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Army Commendation Medal with 7 Oak Leaf Clusters
  • Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
  • Legion of Merit

He has also received the following medical awards:

  • Bailey K Ashford Clinical Research Award for outstanding resident research, National Capital Consortium / Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • General Graves B Erskin Resident Award for outstanding graduating resident, National Capital Consortium / Walter Reed Army Medical Center
  • "A" Proficiency Designator awarded by the Surgeon General of the Army for exceptional professional ability in the field of surgery
  • William L. Moore Jr., Award for Teaching Excellence

He has been consistently listed annually as one of Atlanta's "Top Doctors" by Atlanta Magazine since 2017.

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