Dr. Sheryl Gabram-Mendola

  Sheryl Gabram-Mendola
Sheryl G.A. Gabram-Mendola, MD MBA FACS


Dr. Gabram-Mendola is professor of surgery at Emory University School of Medicine, a Breast Surgical Oncologist at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Deputy Director of the Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady, Director of the AVON Comprehensive Breast Center at Grady Georgia Cancer Coalition, Distinguished Cancer Scholar and Program Director for the SSO Fellowship, and Surgeon-in-Chief at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Area of Specialty: Breast Surgical Oncology

In 2005, Dr. Gabram-Mendola was recruited by Dr. Otis Brawley to lead the AVON Comprehensive Breast Center where she became the principal investigator on the AVON Grant in 2009. In September 2009 Dr. Gabram-Mendola was appointed to Deputy Director of Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady. Then in October 2011 the doctor was named Surgeon-in-Chief at Grady Memorial Hospital.

Dr. Gabram-Mendola’s current research focuses on decreasing disparities for breast cancer patients. She serves as the medical liaison for the AVON community outreach and navigation program and is responsible for clinical access to high quality care for patients seen in the AVON Comprehensive Breast Center at Grady. From a predictive health perspective, she collaborates with researchers from Georgia Tech on the examination of breath biomarkers in exhaled specimens as a potential tool for breast cancer disease detection and monitoring. To date Dr. Gabram-Mendola has authored over 65 peer reviewed journal publications.

Dr. Gabram is the recipient of numerous awards and honors. She has been named by the patient resource guide Castle Connolly as one of America’s Top Doctors for seven consecutive years and American’s Top Cancer Doctors for five consecutive years. She has received the Arthur G. Michel, MD Award for Excellence in Breast Care from the Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization and was selected as one of Atlanta Magazine’s Top Doctors in 2007 and 2009. In the November 2008 Women’s Health magazine she was named one of 5 top oncologists for women in the South. Additionally, she is a member of several prestigious professional societies including a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons, the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American Society of Breast Surgeons.

Personal Statement:

As I transitioned from Loyola University in Chicago, I wanted to really make a difference for women with breast cancer especially underserved women and decrease the survival disparities gap when comparing African American women to White women.

I felt it was important to be a part of the Emory at Grady medical team as it is an opportunity to make a difference for women who otherwise do not have the means for excellent medical care. Since the AVON Center opened doors at Grady in 2003 we have:

  • Increased mammography from 10,500 to over 16,500 studies.
  • Treated 1000 women newly diagnosed with breast cancer.
  • Through our navigation program, demonstrated a doubling of early stage cancer and decreased stage IV early on in the program
  • Improved adherence to all modalities of care (medical, surgical and radiation oncology treatment) from 75 % in 2005-2006 to over 90% in 2008.
  • Introduced breast clinical trials in 2007 and accrued 18% of breast patients on either clinical or correlative trials.
  • Implemented a Society of Surgical oncology breast fellowship funded through the AVON foundation. This individual participates in clinical activities at Grady and conducts research studies/projects to determine how we can continue to improve care for our patients.

My commitment to providing expert medical care is renewed when I see in my patients’ eyes every week that we are here for them and making a difference.


More on Dr. Gabram-Mendola

Grady Impact: Breast Cancer
Feature with slide show

Emory Professor of Surgery Named New Surgeon-in-Chief of Grady Memorial Hospital
Press Release, 10/31/2011

Avon Breast Center at Grady Memorial Hospital Earns National Accreditation
Press Release, 3/22/2010

Avon Foundation Awards Emory Winship and Grady $750,000
Press Release, 9/23/2009

Outreach for Earlier Screenings
Emory Health Sciences Community Book 2009

Dogs Detecting Cancer? It's in the Breath, Experts Say
ABC World News

Breath Analysis as a Method for Breast Cancer Detection
ABC News OnCall+ Breast Cancer Center

Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence
Grady Health System