Dr. Joy L. McCaffrey

Dr. McCaffrey was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan. She received a BS in biology and graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Michigan. She then attended Wayne State University School of Medicine on a full academic scholarship and graduated in the top 5% percent of her class, including induction into the Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society. She completed her general surgery residency at Emory University in 2006, followed by a fellowship in colon and rectal surgery at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI in 2007. After completion of fellowship she joined Oakland Colon and Rectal Associates in Royal Oak, MI where she practiced until 2009.

Dr. McCaffrey was recruited to join Piedmont Colorectal Associates in 2009, and she was happy to return to Atlanta. She has been a member of the Piedmont Atlanta Hospital staff since 2009 and Piedmont Henry Hospital since 2015. She is also the primary colon and rectal surgeon at The Shepherd Center, a world-renowned rehabilitation center for catastrophic spinal cord and brain injuries. She is board certified in colon and rectal surgery, as well as general surgery. She is a Fellow of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She was named one of Atlanta’s Top Doctors by Atlanta Magazine for 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023, and 2024.

Dr. McCaffrey performs treatment for a wide range of colorectal issues. One of her main interests is in robotic surgery for benign and malignant diseases of the colon and rectum. She has performed the highest volume of robotic colorectal surgery at Piedmont Atlanta Hospital, successfully completing more than 800 robotic surgeries since 2013. She serves on the robotic steering committee for Piedmont Atlanta Hospital.  She also enjoys performing screening and diagnostic colonoscopies, as well as a variety of office-based and surgical procedures for anorectal issues.

In her free time, Dr. McCaffrey enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling the world, experiencing new cultures, and collecting stamps in her passport. She regularly attends live music events, hosts dinner parties, and runs road races ranging from 5k’s to half marathons.

Dr. Joy L. McCaffrey

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Medical School
Wayne State University

Emory University Medical Center

Emory University Medical Center

William Beaumont Hospital

Board Certification
Colon & Rectal Surgery; General Surgery