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Dr. Maria C. Russell

Dr. Maria C. Russell, MD, FACS

Dr. Maria C. Russell is an Associate Professor in the Division of Surgical Oncology. She earned her Medical Doctor Degree from East Carolina University. She returned home to Atlanta to complete her General Surgery Residency at Emory, as well as a two-year research sabbatical in Transplant Immunology. Dr. Russell completed her Surgical Oncology Fellowship at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. She was thrilled to return to Emory/Grady as an attending surgeon.
Dr. Russell’s passion is working with a multidisciplinary team to provide excellent outcomes for her patients. Her clinical practice focuses on tumors of the liver, bile duct, pancreas, stomach, small intestine, colon and rectum, melanoma and sarcoma. She serves as Chair of Tumor Boards at Emory Midtown and Grady. She also serves on the Cancer Committee and as the Cancer Liaison Physician for the Commission on Cancer at Grady.
Dr. Russell’s research interests include disparities research on the presentation, diagnosis, treatment and outcomes of patients with gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary malignancies. She has extensive publications and presentations on a national level. 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. Additionally, she serves on the editorial boards for both the Annals of Surgical Oncology and the Journal of Surgical Oncology.
Special Clinical Interests:
• Appendix Cancer
• Gastric Cancer
• Esophageal Cancer
• Hepatocellular Cancer
• Cholangiocarcinoma
• Gallbladder Cancer
• Pancreas Cancer
• Colorectal Cancer
• Neuroendocrine Cancer
• Melanoma
• Sarcoma


  • Surgery

Board Certifications

  • ABMS Surgery


  • MS Anderson Cancer Center


  • Emory

Education & Training

  • Medical School: The Brody School of Medicine @ East Carolina University
  • Residency: Emory University School of Medicine

Honors & Awards

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

Douglas Murray Professionalism Award from the Emory University School of Medicine Department of Surgery