Felix G. Fernandez, MD


Titles and Roles

Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Chief, Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Thoracic Surgeon
Lung Cancer
Esophageal Cancer
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control


Felix G. Fernandez, MD, is Chief in the Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery at Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center where in 2010, he established a minimally invasive thoracic surgery program.

Specializing in thoracic oncology and lung transplantation, Dr. Fernandez is also affiliated with the Emory Transplant Center and was an essential contributor to Emory reaching its 300th lung transplant milestone in September 2010.

In 2017, Dr. Felix Fernandez was selected to the Emory Medicine Professional Leadership Enrichment and Development Program. He is also a member of the Advisory Panel on Assessment of Prevention, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options of the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and serves as chair of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Workforce on National Databases.


Dr. Fernandez earned his MD with Highest Distinction from Wayne State University School of Medicine, did a research fellowship focused on translational transplant immunology at the Department of Surgery of Washington University School of Medicine, and completed both his general surgery residency and cardiothoracic surgery fellowship at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.


Dr. Fernandez's research interests include outcomes in thoracic oncology, quality improvement and transplant immunology.

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Dr. Fernandez has received several awards and grants including:

  • Atlanta Magazine's "Top Doctors", 2020
  • R01 Research Grant, National Institutes of Health, 2014
  • American Association of Thoracic Surgery Resident Travelling Fellowship Grant, 2008

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