Faculty Profile

John G. Pattaras, MD

John G. Pattaras, MD

Associate Professor of Urology, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine

James C. Kennedy Chair in Prostate Surgery, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Chief of Urology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

Director of Minimally Invasive Surgery, Emory University Hospital

Email: jpattar@emory.edu


American Board of Urology


Dr. Pattaras received his medical degree and did his urology residency at George Washington University School of Medicine. He completed his biotechnology fellowship with a focus on prostate cancer at the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health, and did his endourology and laparoscopy fellowship at St. Louis University Medical Center.

As the director of minimally invasive surgery at Emory University Hospital, Dr. Pattaras initiated Emory Urology's laparoscopic and robotic urologic surgery program, and the service has become the premier laparoscopic and robotics program of its type in Atlanta, serving patients from Georgia, neighboring states, and other countries. The program offers numerous highly specialized minimally invasive surgery procedures, including organ-sparing robotic cancer surgery and complex stone surgery.

Dr. Pattaras' clinical and research interests include minimally invasive cancer and stone surgery, endourology, laparoscopy, and robotic surgery. He has lectured both nationally and internationally, and authored multiple book chapters and scientific journal articles.


View Dr. Pattaras' publications in PubMed.


  • Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

  • Emory University Hospital
  • The Emory Clinic


  • Medical Degree, George Washington University School of Medicine, Class of 1992

  • Surgery Internship
, North Shore University Hospital/Cornell Medical College, 1992-1993

  • Urology Residency

, George Washington University School of Medicine, 1993-1999

  • Biotechnology Research Fellowship
, National Cancer Institute/National Institute of Health, 1994-1995

  • Laparoscopy and Endourology Fellowship, 
Saint Louis University School of Medicine, 1999-2000

Honors and Awards

  • Atlanta Magazine, Top Doctors, 2016, 2017

  • Scholar's Day Research Award, Washington Urologic Society, 1999

  • Scholar's Day Radiology Award, Washington Urologic Society, 1998

  • Student Award, Hellenic Medical Society, 1990 and 1991

  • Award for Scholastic Achievement, Kastorian Society, 1987

Professional Memberships

  • Fellow, American College of Surgeons

  • Atlanta Urologic Society

  • Georgia Urology Society

  • American Urologic Association

Clinical Interests

  • Adrenal masses

  • Enlarged ureter

  • Genitourinary cancers

  • Hydronephrosis

  • Kidney cancer

  • Kidney mass

  • Kidney stones

  • Laparoscopic adrenalectomy

  • Laparoscopic kidney procedures

  • Laparoscopic surgery

  • Laparoscopy

  • Prostate cancer

  • Robotic prostate cancer surgery

  • Renal cancer

  • Robotic kidney surgery

  • Stone disease

  • Stone surgery

  • Testicular cancer

  • Ureteral cancer

  • Vasectomy

Research Interests

  • Minimally invasive cancer and stone surgery

  • Endourology

  • Laparoscopy and robotic surgery

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