Carmen Polito, MD, MSc

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Emory University School of Medicine

Phone: 404-616-4891



Dr. Polito is an Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University in the Division of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. She grew up in Charleston, South Carolina and completed her undergraduate training at the College of Charleston. After completing medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina in 2007, she moved to Emory University to train in Internal Medicine from 2007-2010. Thereafter, she served an additional year as Chief Medical Resident at Grady Memorial Hospital. After residency, Dr. Polito completed clinical and research fellowship training at Emory in Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine from 2011-2014. During this time, she worked under Dr. Jon Sevransky and Dr. Craig Coopersmith as an NIH T32 trainee. She earned a Master of Science in Clinical Research degree from Emory Laney Graduate School in 2014 and joined Emory faculty as an Assistant Professor of Medicine in 2015.

Dr. Polito’s research focuses on improving early recognition of sepsis, a life-threatening inflammatory response that can occur as a result of active infection. She is particularly interested in developing systems of care that facilitate sepsis recognition in the prehospital-EMS setting, well before patients reach the hospital. Dr. Polito has built a multidisciplinary research program that engages disciplines across the continuum of care. She is passionate about teaching and actively mentors trainees from medical students to fellows. Clinically, Dr. Polito supervises trainees in the medical intensive care unit and on the pulmonary consultation service at Grady Memorial Hospital, and serves as the director of the Grady pulmonary clinic.