About Winship

Seeing over 17,000 new patients a year, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is Georgia's only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and serves as the coordinating center for cancer research, education and care throughout Emory University.

Winship Cancer Institute serves cancer patients throughout Georgia, the Southeast and beyond, by working tirelessly to prevent, treat, and cure cancer.

Using a multidisciplinary team approach, the leadership at Winship Cancer Institute is committed to providing comprehensive programs to treat the whole patient.

Patients know Winship by the excellent care they receive. The fuel that drives this outstanding care is the exhaustive research by top clinicians and researchers from around the world who join forces within Winship. Their discoveries in cancer cell biology, genetics, drugs, radiation, surgery, and other therapies are producing the best treatments available today, and laying the groundwork for treatments of the future. To benefit from these investigational advancements in cancer treatment, it is important to seek care from an academic medical center like Winship, first.

In addition to using state-of-the-art approaches to therapy, Winship facilitates cancer prevention, treatment, and survivorship through support groups and integrated complementary therapies.

Winship physicians provide care at:

  • Emory University Hospital
  • Winship Cancer Institute at Emory Midtown
  • Emory Proton Therapy Center
  • Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • Emory Johns Creek Hospital
  • Emory Decatur Hospital
  • Emory Hillandale Hospital
  • Emory at Buford Clinic
  • Grady Memorial Hospital
  • Atlanta VA Medical Center
  • Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Opened in May 2023, the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory Midtown is designed to deliver a unique model of cancer care that places patients at the center of specialized care communities bridging outpatient and inpatient care and integrating groundbreaking research into preventions and treatments.

The Emory Proton Therapy Center is the only proton center in the state of Georgia and it opened in December 2018.

Cancer care at Emory University Hospital through Winship is one of the top-ranked cancer programs in the nation according to U.S. News & World Report. Nurses at Emory University Hospital, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Emory Johns Creek Hospital and The Emory Clinic have earned the prestigious Magnet® recognition for nursing excellence.

Winship investigators conducted over 640 interventional and therapeutic clinical trials and enrolled more than 900 patients in 2023. Winship has the largest unit in Georgia for phase I clinical trials, which are important to introducing new therapies against cancer. Winship works with the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (GeorgiaCore) to partner with community-based physicians to expand availability of cancer clinical trials throughout Georgia. Winship also serves patients through the Winship Cancer Network, a partnership with community hospitals enhancing access to research and treatment.

Winship is one of 30 inaugural U.S. cancer centers selected as a Lead Academic Participating Site for the NCI's National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN). The NCTN serves as the NCI's primary infrastructure to conduct phase II and II clinical trials.

Winship has more than 580 members (Core, Associate and Coalition), representing Emory faculty from 39 departments and four schools, Georgia Tech and partner institutions (as of January 2024). Winship reported $67.4 million in grant research funding, with $28.6 million from the NCI (in April 2023). They collaborate with professionals from around the world and with national and state agencies, including the CDC, American Cancer Society, and Georgia Research Alliance.

Through its Community Outreach and Engagement program, Winship facilitates research and disseminates evidence-based interventions in Georgia with the goal of reducing health disparities and the cancer burden across the state. Winship also provides comprehensive, cancer-focused training and education opportunities across the continuum of learners, starting in middle school and spanning undergraduate, graduate, postdoctoral and career development programs. In 2022, U.S. News & World Report released their list of Best Global Universities for Oncology ranking Emory University 29th in the world.

Decades of Progress

Winship Cancer Institute was founded in 1937, with a generous gift to Emory from Coca-Cola President Robert Winship Woodruff, who named the center after his grandfather as a way of honoring his mother who lost her battle to cancer. His mission was that no one would need to leave Georgia for the best cancer treatment. He envisioned doctors and researchers working together in the same facility, so that scientists would be reminded of the urgency of their work and motivated to bring innovative treatments to patients.

Winship treated 168 patients in its first year of operation; now, Winship sees more than 17,000 new patients every year. As a patient, you will experience integrative, multidisciplinary care that you could not receive elsewhere in the state. The compassion and dedication of the doctors, nurses and supportive care team are unmatched. Through the discoveries made possible by a dedicated team of many of the nation's best physicians and researchers, Winship works toward a future when science triumphs over cancer.

Collaborating across disciplines, we integrate discoveries into transformative prevention, care and education, to provide hope and cures for all.

Winship's values serve as basic tenets of behavior for all faculty and staff and reinforce our commitment to you, our patients.

Courage: Our patients’ exceptional examples of courage inspire our research, our care and our growth as a world-class cancer center.

Compassion: Compassion compels us to do everything humanly possible to reduce the burden that cancer places on our patients.

Collaboration: Winship’s culture of collaboration is built upon trust, communication, and belief in success achieved by working together. We collaborate across disciplines, departments and with external partners in order to achieve a common goal.

Discovery: Winship's enterprising approach to research leads to transformative discoveries. Our faculty, staff, patients, and friends form a strong and vital community committed to pushing the boundaries of imagination and science.

Hope: We work with our patients and their loved ones to establish trust and to communicate a realistic and individualized approach to treatment. In building trust, we gain hope.

Innovation: We value innovation through creativity, discipline, unwavering commitment, and responsibility to our patients. Innovation is realized through the intersection of technology and vision, communication, risk, and belief in the value of our work.

Integrity: We are steadfast in our commitment to Winship patients and their loved ones, to each other, and to our community. We will steward our resources wisely to fulfill our mission.

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is Georgia's first and only Comprehensive Cancer Center designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, placing it in the top tier of cancer centers in the United States—and as the only one in the state of Georgia. What this means to Georgians is improved access to clinical trials and resources available only at designated cancer centers. This designation requires effective collaboration among interdisciplinary teams throughout Emory and other organizations in the Southeast and the United States. These efforts reinforce our commitment to our community and those whom we are privileged to serve.

Winship Cancer Institute is part of Emory’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center, Emory Healthcare and Emory University. Winship offers patients and their family members a vast array of resources in medical oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging, complementary therapies, and social services.

Our faculty is comprised of clinicians and researchers within Emory University School of Medicine, Rollins School of Public Health, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory/Georgia Tech Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Emory College.

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