Kenneth Cardona, MD, FACS


Titles and Roles

Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Co-Chair Gastrointestinal Oncology Working Group
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Director of Core Curriculum, General Surgery Residency
Emory University School of Medicine
Surgical Oncologist
Colorectal Cancer
Esophageal Cancer
Gallbladder Cancer
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor
Liver Cancer
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Pancreatic Cancer
Stomach Cancer
Research Program
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics


Kenneth Cardona, MD, FACS, joined the Emory University faculty in 2012 after completing a fellowship in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. He has a clinical interest and expertise in the management of gastric, liver, bile duct, pancreas, and neuroendocrine tumors. He also specializes in the treatment of cystic neoplasm of the pancreas. As a leader and active member of both the gastrointestinal oncology and sarcoma care teams at Emory University Hospital Midtown, he collaborates with medical and radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists, and interventional radiologists to develop individualized treatment plans for each patient.

Dr. Cardona is a member of American College of Surgeons, Society of Surgical Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Hepato-Pancreato-Billiary Association, and Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society. As chair of The National Leiomyosarcoma Foundation Medical Advisory Council, he leads the review of research proposals submitted to the foundation, and informs the foundation of new research and treatment developments for dissemination to patients.


Dr. Cardona attended medical school at the Ponce School of Medicine and completed his internship and general surgery residency at Emory University School of Medicine.  Dr. Cardona completed two fellowships, the first in transplant immunology at the Emory Transplant Center and the second in surgical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.


Dr. Cardona's research interests are in clinical and translational investigations of gastric and hepatopancreatobiliary tumors and in addition, is conducting studies focusing on predictors of tumor resectability and outcomes in soft tissue sarcomas.


Dr. Cardona has been published in peer-reviewed journals and is on the editorial board of the bone and soft tissue sarcoma section of Annals of Surgical Oncology, the official journal of the Society of Surgical Oncology.

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Dr. Cardona has received numerous awards including the Luis F. Sala, MD Distinguished Graduate Award, the Young Investigator Award from the World Transplant Congress, the Young Scientist Award from the Immune Tolerance Network, and the Award of Academic Excellence and the Douglas Murray Academic Professionalism Award from the Department of Surgery of Emory University School of Medicine. He was listed as one of Atlanta Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and 2017.

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