Leadership

Dedicated to upholding the mission of Winship Cancer Institute, the leadership team oversees the ground breaking research and the world renowned patient care at Winship.

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Suresh S. Ramalingam, MD, FACP, FASCO

Executive Director
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

As Executive Director, Dr. Ramalingam leads the growth and development of cancer research, clinical care, and education at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

Adam Marcus, PhD

Deputy Director
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

As Deputy Director, Dr. Marcus leads the integration of the research, clinical, and educational components within Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

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Lawrence Boise, PhD

Lawrence Boise, PhD

Associate Director for Education and Training
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Boise leads and coordinates research education, training, and mentorship activities at the cancer center as well as cultivates additional cancer-specific educational opportunities across the spectrum of learners.

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Bassel El-Rayes, MD

Bassel El-Rayes, MD

Associate Director for Clinical Research
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. El-Rayes is the chief clinical research scientist responsible for coordinating and providing high-level direction to the clinical cancer research programs and clinical cancer trials across the Emory campuses.

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Theresa W. Gillespie, PhD, MA, BSN, FAAN

Theresa W. Gillespie, PhD, MA, BSN, FAAN

Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Gillespie provides vision and oversight for Winship’s community-facing activities through its Community Outreach and Engagement program.

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Charise Gleason, MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP

Charise Gleason, MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP

Advance Practice Provider Chief
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Ms. Gleason leads the Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners for Winship across Emory Healthcare overseeing clinical practice, quality, safety, education, and the APP fellowship.

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Douglas K. Graham, MD, PhD

Douglas K. Graham, MD, PhD

Chief and William G. Woods, M.D. Chair
Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center

Dr. Graham leads the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children's Healthcare of Atlanta.

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Kimberly F. Kerstann, PhD

Kimberly F. Kerstann, PhD

Chief Administrative Officer
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

As a member of the Winship senior leadership team, Dr. Kerstann oversees Winship's administrative, business, and clinical research operations.

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Gregory B. Lesinski, PhD, MPH

Gregory B. Lesinski, PhD, MPH

Associate Director for Basic Research
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Lesinski provides oversight and direction for the development and growth of Winship's basic scientific activities across the cancer center’s four research programs.

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Sagar Lonial, MD, FACP

Sagar Lonial, MD, FACP

Chief Medical Officer
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Internationally recognized as a leading authority in multiple myeloma treatment and research, Dr. Lonial collaborates with leadership as Chief Medical Officer to coordinate and enhance clinical services and patient care throughout Winship.

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Charles A. Staley, MD

Charles A. Staley, MD

Chief Quality Officer
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Staley leads the surgical oncology team and as Chief Quality Officer works collaboratively with leadership on tracking and improving patient services and satisfaction as well as focusing on cancer outcomes at Winship.

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Lana K. Uhrig, PhD, MBA, RN

Lana K. Uhrig, PhD, MBA, RN

Chief Nursing Officer and Vice President of Cancer Nursing
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Uhrig leads the ambulatory oncology nursing teams for Winship across Emory Healthcare and oversees clinical quality, safety, outcomes, education, and oncology nursing research.

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