Steven Gorbatkin, PhD, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine

Department of Medicine


Dr. Gorbatkin is a nephrologist at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Atlanta and an associate professor of medicine at Emory University. He received a PhD in engineering in 1987 from the University of Illinois Champaign/Urbana and spent nine years as a research scientist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the field of plasma processing of thin material layers for microelectronic applications. He received an MD in 2000 from Emory University and stayed at Emory to train in internal medicine and nephrology as well as to serve as chief resident in internal medicine at Emory University Hospital. He was in private practice for two years prior to joining the VAMC and Emory faculty in 2008.

Dr. Gorbatkin has co-authored publications related to electrolyte abnormalities and ethics, and he has been active in many activities related to education of trainees and colleagues, including serving on American Society of Nephrology panels to review questions used for nephrology education in the United States and abroad. He received the Golden Apple Teaching Award in both 2010 and 2014, was the 2011 recipient of the J. Willis Hurst Internal Medicine Residency Program Kokko Teaching Award, was elected to the Emory Department of Medicine Academy of Medical Educators (AME) in 2013, and served as the 2016 chair of the AME. Dr. Gorbatkin was director of the VAMC Nephrology Clinics from 2013-2016, and he currently serves as assistant chief of medicine for outpatient operations at the Atlanta VAMC.