Kenneth Cardona, MD, FACS


Titles and Roles

Patricia R. Reynolds Professor in Sarcoma
Emory University School of Medicine
Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Associate Chief Medical Officer
Winship Cancer Institute at Emory Midtown
Interim Chief of Surgery
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Sarcoma Disease Team Lead
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Surgical Oncologist
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor
Research Program
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics


Kenneth Cardona, MD, FACS, is a board-certified surgeon and surgical oncologist who joined the Emory University faculty in 2012 after completing a Fellowship in Surgical Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Cardona has a clinical interest and expertise in the management of retroperitoneal/abdominal sarcomas as well as soft tissue sarcomas of the trunk and limbs. As a leader and active member of the Winship Sarcoma Disease Team, he collaborates with soft tissue pathologists, medical and radiation oncologists, and interventional radiologists with expertise in the treatment of sarcomas to develop individualized treatment plans for each patient.

Dr. Cardona leads national research efforts in the study of sarcoma as the Chair of the National Cancer Institute’s ECOG-ACRIN Sarcoma Committee. He is the Principal Investigator of various sarcoma clinical trials and collaborates with sarcoma clinicians from around the country on sarcoma research projects. Internationally, he is an active member of the multi-institutional TransAtlantic Retroperitoneal Sarcoma Working Group and Desmoid Working Group.

Dr. Cardona serves as Associate Chief Medical Officer for Winship Cancer Institute at Emory Midtown. In this role, he helps direct clinical operations related to oncologic services at the facility and related clinics. 


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 outcomes investigations in patients with soft tissue sarcomas of the trunk, extremity or retroperitoneum. He is an active member of the TransAtlantic Retroperitoneal Sarcoma Working Group, a collaborative that involves sarcoma experts from over 40 centers across the world, he has been involved in numerous publications focusing on guidelines for management and treatment of patients with primary and recurrent retroperitoneal sarcomas.


Dr. Cardona has numerous publications in peer-reviewed journals and is on the editorial board of the soft tissue sarcoma section of various high-impact journals including Annals of Surgical OncologyJournal of Surgical Oncology and Oncology.

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Dr. Cardona has received numerous awards including the Young Scientist Award from the Immune Tolerance Network, the Award of Academic Excellence, and the Douglas Murray Academic Professionalism Award from the Department of Surgery of Emory University School of Medicine. Additionally, he has been consistently listed in Atlanta Magazine's annual "Top Doctors" issue. since 2016.

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