Oct. 7, 2013

Winship Welcomes Community Outreach Leader

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Anand P. Jillella, MD, joins Emory University today as a Professor in the Division of Hematology and Medical Oncology and the Associate Director of Community Outreach in the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. In his role as Winship Associate Director of Community Outreach, he will lead the efforts of the Winship Cancer Network and expand Winship's role in bringing clinical and population-based cancer research to communities throughout Georgia and surrounding states.

Prior to joining Emory, Dr. Jillella served as the Section Chief of Hematology/Oncology and bone marrow transplantation at Georgia Regents University (GRU) in Augusta. As the Section Chief, Dr. Jillella focused on fulfilling the potential of the section by increasing its clinical, educational and research activities. Dr. Jillella's primary clinical interest is bone marrow transplantation, with specific focus in leukemia, multiple myeloma, acute promyelocytic leukemia and other blood-related cancers. Dr. Jillella served as the acting Director of the Cancer Clinical Research Unit and principal investigator of the Minority-Based Community Clinical Oncology Program supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and based at GRU. As the Associate Director of Clinical Affairs at the GRU Cancer Center, he developed a multistate network of referring oncologists in Georgia and South Carolina. He also serves as principal investigator of the Lymphoma Leukemia Society and NCI supported multi-center clinical trials for patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia.

"We are extremely excited about Dr. Jillella's recruitment to Winship and await his leadership in expanding our cancer outreach program in Georgia and beyond," said Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, Executive Director of the Winship Cancer Institute. "Dr. Jillella’s expertise in cancer network development will be invaluable as Winship prepares for its application for NCI comprehensive cancer center designation."

"Dr. Jillella is the ideal person to fill this critical new role in Winship’s community outreach. He has the skills and experience in both cancer network development and clinical research to lead the way in adapting complex clinical trials to enable cancer patients and community physicians in outlying areas to use them effectively," said Fadlo R. Khuri, MD, Deputy Director of Winship.

Dr. Jillella received his MD degree from Government Medical College in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, India. He completed his residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia and received a post-doctoral fellowship in Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Jillella participated in an intensive training in Bone Marrow Transplantation at Johns Hopkins Oncology Center and is Board Certified in Medical Oncology.

Dr. Jillella has been selected for Castle Connolly's America's Top Doctors (2001 to present) and America's Top Doctors for Cancer (2004 to present) since the organizations' inception in 2001 and 2004 respectively.

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