Maria C. Russell, MD

Titles and Roles

Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Surgical Grand Rounds Co-Director, Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Surgical Oncologist
Appendix Cancer
Colorectal Cancer
Esophageal Cancer
Gallbladder Cancer
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumor
Liver Cancer
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Pancreatic Cancer
Stomach Cancer


Maria C. Russell, MD, is Associate Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology of the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Russell is certified by the American Board of Surgery and started practicing with Emory Healthcare in 2012. She collaborates with several multidisciplinary teams at Winship Cancer Institute and Emory University Hospital Midtown to develop specialized plans for patients with complex gastrointestinal malignancies, hepatopancreatobiliary tumors and melanoma.

Dr. Russell is an expert in the performance of hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemoperfusion (HIPEC), an innovative cancer treatment that delivers highly concentrated, heated chemotherapy directly to the abdomen, which allows for higher doses of chemotherapy than systemic chemotherapy delivery.


Dr. Russell earned her medical degree at Brody School of Medicine of East Carolina University. She completed her general surgery residency at Emory University as well as a research fellowship in the Transplant Immunology Lab under the mentorship of Dr. Chris Larsen. Throughout her residency and fellowship training she received a variety of clinical and research awards, presented at national meetings, and co-authored numerous publications. She completed an additional surgical oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas.


Dr. Russell's research interests include the clinical investigation and outcomes analysis of patients with malignancies of the stomach, liver, pancreas, small intestine, and neuroendocrine tumors and examining effects of multimodality treatment in complex gastrointestinal malignancies including stomach, liver, bile duct, pancreas and intestinal tumors. She is also interested in clinical and translational research involving tumors of the skin and soft tissue.


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Dr. Russell has received numerous accolades including the Clinical Excellence Award from MD Anderson Cancer Center, the ASCO Conquer Cancer Foundation Merit Award, the Young Investigator Award from the American Transplant Congress, and the J.D. Martin Surgical Resident Award and Douglas Murray Professionalism Award from the Emory University School of Medicine Department of Surgery.

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