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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Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, FACR

Executive Director
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

An international expert in advanced lung cancer and malignant brain tumors, Dr. Curran has been Executive Director of Winship since 2009.

Fadlo R. Khuri, MD, FACP

Deputy Director
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

A world-renowned lung cancer and head and neck cancer expert, Dr. Khuri is Deputy Director of Winship Cancer Institute and editor-in-chief of the journal Cancer.

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Deborah Watkins Bruner, RN, PhD, FAAN

Deborah Watkins Bruner, RN, PhD, FAAN

Associate Director for Outcomes Research
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Bruner is recognized as an international leader in cancer clinical trials and oncology nursing. Dedicated to improving outcomes for cancer patients, she is recognized for her research in sexuality after cancer therapy.

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Diane G. Cassels, MS, CMPE

Diane G. Cassels, MS, CMPE

Executive Administrator
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Ms. Cassels serves as the non-physician chief operating and financial officer of Winship and is responsible for financial and business activities and administrative services.

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Paul W. Doetsch, PhD

Paul W. Doetsch, PhD

Associate Director for Basic Research
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

As Distinguished Chair of Cancer Research and Associate Director for Basic Research at Winship, Dr. Doetsch provides leadership for more than 150 Winship core members engaged in research.

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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 head of the clinical trials program at the Winship. He also serves as Director of the Winship Gastrointestinal Oncology Program.

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Anand P. Jillella, MD

Anand P. Jillella, MD

Associate Director for Community Outreach
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Jillella is a national leader in bone marrow transplantation and has led the development of a strategy to decrease induction mortality for acute promyelocytic leukemia.

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Kimberly F. Kerstann, PhD

Kimberly F. Kerstann, PhD

Associate Director for Cancer Research Administration
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Kerstann serves as the principal non-faculty administrator responsible for Winship's research activities, with a focus on those related to the Cancer Center Support Grant from the National Cancer Institute.

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Sagar Lonial, MD

Sagar Lonial, MD

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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Dong Moon Shin, MD, FACP

Dong Moon Shin, MD, FACP

Associate Director for Academic Development
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

As a medical oncologist, Dr. Shin is sought after for the treatment of lung cancer, head and neck cancer along with mesothelioma, thymoma and thymic carcinoma.

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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.