Onkar V. Khullar, MD, MSc


Titles and Roles

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Thoracic Surgeon
Lung Cancer
Esophageal Cancer
Cardiac Tumors
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control


Onkar V. Khullar, MD, MSc, is an Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery of the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. A board certified thoracic surgeon, Dr. Khullar specializes in thoracic oncology and minimally invasive thoracic surgery. He joined the Emory faculty in 2016.

Dr. Khullar is a member of the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program at Winship Cancer Institute. He holds professional memberships with Thoracic Surgery Residents Association, American College of Surgeons, Society of Thoracic Surgeons and Southern Thoracic Surgical Association. He plays an active role in the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group as the Co-Chair of the Thoracic Surgery Subcommittee and as surgical chair for several national clinical trials.


Dr. Khullar received his MD from Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He completed his Internship and Residency in General Surgery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Massachusetts. He was also a Research Fellow in Thoracic Surgery at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. He completed his Residency in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Thoracic Track at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. He received a Master of Science degree in Clinical Research from Emory University's Laney Graduate School. 


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Dr. Khullar has received the following awards and honors:

  • Finalist, American Association of Thoracic Surgery C. Walton Lillehei Resident Research Competition, 2010
  • Thoracic Surgery Foundation for Research and Education Fellowship/Grant, 2009-2010
  • American College of Surgeons Excellence in Research Award, 2009
  • Finalist, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Department of Surgery Resident Research Competition, 2009
  • Society of Thoracic Surgery Looking to the Future Scholarship, 2009

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