Satheesh Chonat, MD

Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist




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Satheesh Chonat, MD, is a Pediatric Hematologist and Oncologist at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and board-certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology/oncology. He specializes in the care of children and young adults with nonmalignant rare blood disorders by using a variety of clinical and research-based tools. Dr. Chonat is the site investigator for various clinical and translational research projects, focused on rare red blood disorders, such as pyruvate kinase disease, thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura and paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria. The main focus of his laboratory research is to understand the role of complement (immune protein) in various blood disorders through pre-clinical animal models, patient samples and research laboratory-based methods.

Dr. Chonat received his medical degree from Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences in Bangalore, India. He then completed his pediatric residency at Cambridge University Hospitals, England, and trained as a Specialty Training Registrar within the London School of Paediatrics, England. Dr. Chonat continued his education in pediatrics at Michigan State University–Lansing, and as a hematology/oncology clinical and research fellow at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Dr. Chonat is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine. He is committed to medical education as the course organizer for pediatric hematology for third-year medical students. Dr. Chonat additionally lectures fellows, community pediatricians, nurses and other allied professionals on pediatric hematology as part of continuing medical education programs.


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Atlanta, GA 30342
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Atlanta, GA 30342
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Focus of Practice

  • Nonmalignant hematology
  • Immunohematology

Areas of Interest

  • Red blood cell disorders: hemolytic anemia, red blood cell membrane, enzyme disorders
  • Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH), thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP), thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA)
  • Immune hematology: hemolytic anemia, neutropenia, and other cytopenias
  • Hemoglobinopathies: sickle cell disease, hemoglobin disorders
  • Hemoglobinopathies: sickle cell disease, hemoglobin disorders

Professional Affiliations

  • Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society
  • American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  • American Society of Hematology
  • European Haematology Association
  • International Complement Society
  • American Association of Blood Banking

Research Interests

Understanding the role of complement (immune protein) and coagulation proteins in blood disorders and in the innovation of new medications for treating those diseases, exploring the role of endothelial dysfunction in patients with hemolytic uremic syndrome (HUS) and other thrombotic microangiopathies, systematically investigating the effect of hemolytic transfusion reaction in patients with sickle cell disease, studying the rheology (deformations and flow) of RBCs in sickle cell disease and other red blood cell disorders