Kenneth Cardona, MD, FACS



Dr. Cardona is a leader and active member of both the Gastrointestinal Oncology and Sarcoma Workgroups at Emory University Hospital Midtown and collaborates with medical and radiation oncologists, gastroenterologists, and interventional radiologists to develop an individualized, multidisciplinary treatment plan for each patient.

Titles and Roles

Assistant Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Director of Core Curriculum, General Surgery Residency
Emory University School of Medicine
Co-Chair Gastrointestinal Oncology Working Group
Emory University Hospital Midtown
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.

Dr. Cardona is a member of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Society of Clinical Oncology, the American Hepato-Pancreato-Billiary Association, and Alpha Omega Alpha Honorary Medical Society. 


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. in 2016, he was listed as one of Atlanta Magazine's "Top Doctors."

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