Maria C. Russell, MD


Dr. Russell treats tumors of the liver, biliary tract, pancreas, spleen and gallbladder, metastatic tumors to the liver, tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, neuroendocrine tumors, melanoma and metastatic melanoma.

Titles and Roles

Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Wadley R. Glenn Chair of Surgery for Academic Programs
Emory University School of Medicine
Chief Quality Officer
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Surgical Grand Rounds Co-Director, Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Surgical Oncologist
Appendix Cancer
Colorectal Cancer
Esophageal Cancer
Gallbladder Cancer
Liver Cancer
Neuroendocrine Tumors
Pancreatic Cancer
Stomach Cancer
Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC)


Maria C. Russell, MD, is professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology of the Department of Surgery at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Russell serves as Chief Quality Officer for Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, working collaboratively with leadership on tracking and improving patient services and satisfaction as well as focusing on cancer outcomes.

As a surgical oncologist, Dr. Russell's passion is working with gastroenterologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists and pathologists to develop individual treatment plans for each of her patients. Her clinical practice focuses on complex gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary malignancies, as well as melanoma and sarcoma. Additionally, she is an expert in Hyperthermic Intraperitoneal Chemotherapy (HIPEC) for advanced stage malignancies.

Dr. Russell is an active member of the Multidisciplinary Tumor Boards at Emory, as well as the co-chair and chair of the Tumor Boards at Winship Cancer Institute at Emory Midtown and Grady Memorial Hospital. She also serves as the Cancer Liaison Physician for the Commission on Cancer at Grady.


Dr. Russell earned her Medical Degree from the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University. She returned home to Atlanta to complete her General Surgery Residency at Emory, with the addition of a two-year research sabbatical in the Transplant Immunology Lab. She then completed her Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.


Dr. Russell's research interests include disparities research on the presentation, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of patients with gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary malignancies. She is the primary investigator in a multi-institutional collaboration for Safety Net Hospitals focusing on the underserved population and is the Co-Chair for the Patient Experience Project as part of the Americas Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.


Dr. Russell has extensive publications and presentations on a national level. Additionally, she serves on the editorial boards for both the Annals of Surgical Oncology and the Journal of Surgical Oncology.

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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, the J.D. Martin Surgical Resident Award and Douglas Murray Professionalism Award from the Emory University School of Medicine Department of Surgery, and the Dean's Teaching Award from the Emory University School of Medicine.

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