Allan Pickens, MD


Titles and Roles

Professor, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Director of Thoracic Oncology
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Program Director, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Cardiothoracic Surgeon
Esophageal Cancer
Lung Cancer
Research Program
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics


Allan Pickens, MD, is a Professor of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. Board certified in both general surgery and cardiothoracic surgery, Dr. Pickens specializes in treating lung and esophageal cancer, as well as, in performing lung transplantation, minimally invasive thoracoscopic and robotic thoracic surgery.

After completing surgical training and prior to joining Emory, Dr. Pickens was a faculty member at the University of Michigan from 2005-2009.

Dr. Pickens is a member of the Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics research program at Winship Cancer Institute. He also holds memberships with American College of Chest Physicians, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, European Association for Cardiothoracic Surgery and Society of Thoracic Surgeons.


Dr. Pickens earned his Medical Degree from University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, AL in 1995. Dr. Pickens did general surgery residency at the University of Alabama, where he also did 2 years of basic science research studying the molecular biology of cancer. In 2004, he completed cardiothoracic surgery residency at the University of Michigan. Afterwards, he did a Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Fellowship at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, CA and an Esophageal Cancer Fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI.


Dr. Pickens' research interests include clinical and translational lung cancer research, and minimally invasive surgical technology.


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Dr. Pickens is a recipient of the following awards:

  • Atlanta Magazine "Top Doctors," 2016-2020, 2022
  • Cardiothoracic Surgery - University of Michigan Clinical Innovation Fund Recipient for Minimally Invasive Pulmonary Resections, 2005
  • UAB Department of Surgery Resident Research Award, 1999
  • General Surgery - Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract Resident Research Award, 1998
  • Medical School - Dean's Scholarship

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