Don Batisky, MD

Executive Director, PreHealth Mentoring Office / Professor of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Nephrology, Emory University School of Medicine

Office: B Jones Building 204



  • MD, Medicine, Medical College of Ohio, Toledo, OH
  • BA (magna cum laude), Hiram College, Hiram, OH


Dr. Don Batisky is the Executive Director of the PreHealth Mentoring Office in the College of Arts & Sciences. He received his Bachelor of Arts (magna cum laude) from Hiram College in Hiram, Ohio and his Doctor of Medicine from the Medical College of Ohio in Toledo. He maintains membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. After completing a residency in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital/The Ohio State University, he pursued a fellowship in Pediatric Nephrology at LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center/University of Tennessee, Memphis.

He is a board-certified pediatric nephrologist and the director of the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Hypertension Program. In addition to seeing patients in the hospital and the outpatient clinic, he does clinical research in the areas of hypertension and kidney disease in children, and he is involved in a number of educational activities ranging from service to the pre-medical community at Emory to teaching Emory medical students as a small group advisor in the Osler Society, as well as the mentoring activities of the Department of Pediatrics. He came to Emory in 2009 with over a decade of experience of service on medical school admissions committees, and he has served as associate dean for admissions at two different medical schools. He received the Leonard B. Tow Humanism in Medicine Award and was inducted into the Gold Humanism Honor Society in 2005. He also collaborates with a pastoral theologian in the study of hope in children with chronic disease. They have presented their work in a number of venues and have developed a website, The Children’s Hope Initiative, to highlight research on pediatric hope and to promote the skills and practices that nurture hope among children.