David A. Kooby, MD, FACS



Dr. Kooby specializes in laparoscopic and open surgical treatment of liver, bile ducts, pancreas, stomach, and colon cancers. He also has expertise in tumors of the spleen, adrenal glands, and retroperitoneum.

Titles and Roles

Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Emory Chief of Surgery, Northern Arc
Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital and Emory Johns Creek Hospital
Vice Chief of Staff
Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
Director of Surgical Oncology
Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
Surgical Oncologist
Adrenal Cancer
Colorectal Cancer
Esophageal Cancer
Gallbladder Cancer
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor
Liver Cancer
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Pancreatic Cancer
Stomach Cancer
Research Program
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics


David A. Kooby, MD, FACS, began practicing with Emory Healthcare in 2003. A board certified surgical oncologist, Dr. Kooby is a pioneer in minimally invasive and robotic pancreatic and hepatobiliary surgery.

Dr. Kooby teaches national courses on laparoscopic resection of the liver, pancreas, and colon, and is frequently invited to speak at national and international conferences. He serves on several national committees, including the task force for staging of hepatobiliary and pancreatic malignancies for the American Joint Committee on Cancer's Cancer Staging Manual. He also currently serves on the hepatobiliary and pancreatic working group committee for the Society of Surgical Oncology, the video-based education committee for the American College of Surgeons, and is a member of the executive council, finance, and development committees for the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association. He also serves on the committee charged with updating the American Board of Surgery certifying exam.


Dr. Kooby received his MD at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical College in Brooklyn, New York. He completed his surgical residency at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, where he won numerous teaching awards; and he completed both research and clinical fellowships at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York, NY.


Dr. Kooby focuses on multi-center, collaborative clinical outcomes research pertaining to gastrointestinal malignancies. He co-founded an active multi-institutional consortium for studying pancreatic tumors and pancreatic surgery, with Emory taking the lead on several high-impact studies. He also collaborates across Emory schools to analyze data from the National Cancer Data Base (NCDB).


Dr. Kooby is an associate editor for the Journal of Surgical Oncology and serves on the editorial board of Annals of Surgical Oncology. He has published numerous journal articles and book chapters and the text A Clinician’s Guide to Nuclear Oncology.

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Dr. Kooby was recipient of the 2004 Cancer Scholar Stipend from the Georgia Cancer Coalition, was named as an Honored Clinical Professor by the Emory University School of Medicine Class of 2007, and was inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society at Emory in 2008 and received the Ann and Paul Hastings Scholar for Excellence in Surgical Oncology and Patient Care from Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. He has been consistently listed annually as one of Atlanta's "Top Doctors" by Atlanta Magazine.

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