History of Winship

Since 1937, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University continues to prevent, treat, and cure cancer across Georgia and the Southeast.

The staff of the new Winship Phase I Clinical Trials Unit starts treating patients. The facility triples the size of the original unit and expands access to phase I trials for patients. >>Learn more.

Winship receives a prestigious Lung Cancer SPORE grant from the National Cancer Institute that allows cancer researchers to develop new approaches for lung cancer patients and improve outcomes. >>Learn more.

Winship receives a grant to advance research in cancer immunotherapies and move them quickly from the laboratory into clinical trials and approved treatments. >>Learn more.

Winship and Emory University Hospital Midtown held a groundbreaking ceremony on November 12 for a new building designed to change the way cancer care is delivered to patients while aligned with the latest developments in cancer research at Winship. >>Learn more.



  • The Robert W. Woodruff Foundation donates $400 million to Emory University. The transformational gift will be used to build a new Winship Cancer Institute Tower in Midtown Atlanta and a new Health Sciences Research Building on Emory's campus. >> Learn more.
  • Winship treats its first patients with new FDA-approved CAR T-cell therapies.
  • The Emory Proton Therapy Center officially opens and treats its first patient. >> Learn more.

  • Staff and services were expanded at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Emory John's Creek Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown. >>Learn more.
  • A record number of grants and grant applications were received.
  • More patients enrolled on clinical trials than any other year.

  • Winship selected as Lead Academic Participating Site for National Cancer Institute (NCI) National Clinical Trials Network. >>Learn more
  • US News & World Report ranked cancer care at Emory University Hospital through Winship as the 24th best in the country. >>Learn more
  • Nursing excellence was honored with the prestigious Magnet recognition at Emory Saint Joseph’s and Emory University Hospital.

  • Winship receives NCI designation renewal.
  • Winship is first in the U.S. to test new brain tumor drug.

  • Changed official name to Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

  • National Cancer Institute selects the Emory University and Georgia Tech joint research program as one of seven National Centers of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence.

  • Winship opens new, 280,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility.

  • The center changes its name to Winship Cancer Institute.

  • The clinic is named Winship Cancer Center and begins coordinating cancer research and treatment for Emory, Crawford Long (now Emory University Hospital Midtown), Grady Hospitals and the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

  • First bone marrow transplant performed at Emory by Dr. Elliott Winton, an associate professor of hematology and medical oncology at Winship.

  • The National Cancer Act passes in Congress and the “War on Cancer” begins.

  • The Winship Cancer Clinic relocates into the Emory Clinic.

  • US Surgeon General Luther Terry issues the first report on smoking and health. The findings link cigarette smoking to lung cancer and other diseases.
  • Dr. Elliott Scarborough publicly declares he is convinced that smoking cigarettes causes lung cancer.

  • Dr. Elliott Scarborough named to the National Advisory Cancer Council, a group of experts who advise federal agencies on policy issues, now known as the National Advisory Cancer Board.

  • The first chemotherapy drug to treat cancer is discovered.

  • In its first year, the Winship clinic treats 168 patients.

  • Dr. Elliott Scarborough becomes the clinic's first doctor and director.

  • The Robert Winship Memorial Clinic is founded at Emory University with a gift from Robert Woodruff. Woodruff, the president of Coca-Cola, had lost his mother to cancer that year. The clinic is named in honor of Mr. Woodruff's maternal grandfather, Robert Winship.
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