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David Kooby, MD

 
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Titles Associate Professor, Surgical Oncology
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Biography Dr. David Kooby specializes in laparoscopic and open surgical treatment of liver, bile ducts, pancreas, stomach and colon tumors/cancers. He also has expertise with tumors and diseases of the spleen, adrenal glands, and retroperitoneum. He has taught many national courses on laparoscopic resection of the liver, pancreas, and colon, and is frequently invited to speak at national conferences. He has recently pioneered new techniques of robotic pancreatic surgery.

He was recruited by Emory in 2003, and is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery in the Division of Surgical Oncology. He is a receipient of a Cancer Scholar Stipend from the Georgia Cancer Coalition in 2004, was named as an Honored Clinical Professor by the Emory University School of Medicine Class of 2007, and inducted into the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society at Emory in 2008. He serves on several national committees including the task force for staging of hepatobiliary malignancies for the American Joint Committee on Cancer’s Cancer Staging Manual. He currently chairs the Clinical Affairs Committee for the Society of Surgical Oncology, and is a member of the research and education committee for the American Hepato-Pancreato-Biliary Association.

He 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.

He is involved in multicenter clinical research and is an international leader in minimally invasive pancreatic surgery.
Clinical Specialties Dr Kooby's clinical specialties include laparoscopic and open surgical treatment of liver, bile ducts, pancreas, stomach and colon tumors/cancers. He also has expertise with tumors and diseases of the spleen, adrenal glands, and retroperitoneum.
Research Focus Dr. Kooby's areas of research interest include experimental therapeutics of cancers of the liver, pancreas and stomach, clinical trials of gastrointestinal malignancies, and methods of reducing blood product transfusion in patients undergoing surgery for cancer. He has also participated in national research studies in rare liver tumors and liver surgery with the goal of defining treatment algorithms. Dr. Kooby authored and conducted an important and widely cited national study on the efficacy of laparoscopic pancreatectomy. The study included data from 2002-2006 and concluded that performing this minimally invasive operation offered patients shorter hospital stays and fewer complications.
Education He received his MD at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical College, Brooklyn, NY, in 1994; completed his surgical residency at Vanderbilt University, where he won numerous teaching awards; and he completed both research and clinical fellowships at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY.
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Memberships Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics Research Program

Dr. Kooby is a member of the following organizations:
American College of Surgeons;
Americas Hepatopancreaticobiliary Association;
Society of Surgical Oncology;
Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract;
Southern Surgical Association;
Southeastern Surgical Society
Awards Student Curriculum Teaching Award, Vanderbilt University, June 2001;
Joseph and Bonnie Graves Award For Excellence in Clinical Teaching, June 2001; Georgia Cancer Coalition Scholar 2004; Honored Clinical Professor by the Emory University School of Medicine Class of 2007; Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society at Emory in 2008.
Cancers Treated Adrenal Cancer, Colorectal Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, GIST, Liver Cancer, Neuroendocrine Tumors, Pancreatic Cancer

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