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Omar Danner

Omar K. Danner, MD, FACS

Chief of Surgery at Grady for Morehouse

Dr. Omar K. Danner is a Professor of Surgery, and the Chief of Surgery at GMH for the Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) in Atlanta, GA. He is the founder of and Program Director for the renowned Reach One Each One Youth Mentoring and Medical Exposure Program for High School Students. He has been an attending Acute Care Surgeon, Trauma Surgeon & Surgical Critical Care Specialist at GMH for over 10 years.

Dr. Danner received his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine in 1995, and he also completed his General Surgery Residency there in 2001. Dr. Danner completed his advanced fellowship training at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Surgical Critical Care and Trauma in 2002, where he served as an Attending Trauma Surgeon and Surgical Intensivist from 2002 to 2003 at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, MD. He subsequently matriculated to the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center where he completed a fellowship in Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery from 2003 to 2004. He is a certified Lean Six Sigma Black Belt.

He joined the Faculty in the MSM Department of Surgery, as a practicing trauma surgeon, surgical critical care specialist, and minimally invasive surgeon in 2009. Dr. Danner is a diplomat of the American Board of Surgery and is double-board-certified in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He is also a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons (FACS) and member of the American Association for the Surgery of Trauma (AAST).


  • Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care

Board Certifications

  • ABMS Surgery


  • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


  • Morehouse

Education & Training

  • Medical School: University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Internship: The University of Alabama @ Birmingham Medical Center
  • Residency: The University of Alabama @ Birmingham Medical Center

Honors & Awards

Awarded Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification August 2019


“Guns Flowing Out of States With Lax Firearm Legislation; Highlights Need for Federal Approach, Say Surgeons”, Article in General Surgery News; contribution from Dr. Omar K. Danner; December 21, 2018

Jamal Fitts, Carolyn Moore, Thomas Moore Jr, Allan Pickens, L Ray Matthew, Jonathan Nguyen, Kahdi Udobi, K Aviva Bashan-Gilzenrat, Assad Taha, Ed W Childs, and Omar K Danner; “Acute Thoracic Aortic Occlusion with Diffuse Mesenteric Ischemia and Death due to Vertebral Fracture Dislocation after Motorcycle Crash: Case Report and Review of the Literature”; Annals of Surgical Case Reports, Published November 2018

Nguyen, Jonathan; Bramwell, Christian; Sheikh, Maaz; Koerner, Crystal; Tootla, Yasmin; Bashan, Aviva; Danner, Omar K.; Matthews, L. Ray; Taha, Assad; Childs, Ed; Rhee, Peter M.; Morse, Bryan C.; “Celiac Artery Dissection in the Setting of Blunt Abdominal Trauma”; The American Surgeon, Volume 84, Number 8, August 2018, pp. e335-e336(2); Publisher: Southeastern Surgical Congress

L Ray Matthews, Zellie Rainey Orr, Latasha Oaks, Omar K Danner, Kahdi F Udobi, Assad Taha, Jonathan Nguyen1, Kenneth L Wilson, Ronald Hoard, and Ed W Childs; The Role of Dr. Colonel Vance H. Marchbanks in developing an oxygen delivery system: A “Forgotten First” in Aviation and Aerospace; Glob J Medical Clin Case Rep 5(2): 016-018. DOI:, Published June 30, 2018

L. Ray Matthews, “Successful Treatment of Massive Hemothorax with Class IV Shock using Aortography with Transcatheter Embolization of Actively Bleeding Posterior Left Intercostal Arteries after Penetrating Left Chest Trauma: A Case for the Hybrid OR”; International Journal of Surgery Case Reports; April 2018

C. Moore, L.R. Matthews, O.K. Danner, A. Taha, K.A. Bashan-Gilzenrat, J. Nguyen, E.W. Childs, K.F. Udobi; “Black Esophagus and Gastric Volvulus Following Slipped Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Band" (MS#OBSU-D-18-00285R1); Accepted in Obesity Surgery as a Review Article. June 2018

Danner, OK; Primary Prevention of Contact Sports-Related Concussions in Amateur Athletes: A Systematic Review from the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma, Manuscript ID tsaco-2017-000153.R2 April 2018