June 30, 2020

Winship names Elkin Fellows and Rochfort Scholars

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Ten Winship trainees from Emory University School of Medicine are recipients of this year's Nell W. and William Simpson Elkin Fellowship and Chester Rochfort Scholarship.

Ten Winship trainees in hematology and medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, and neurosurgery are recipients of this year's Nell W. and William Simpson Elkin Fellowship and Chester Rochfort Scholarship. The awards are given out annually to extraordinary physician-scientists enrolled in eligible Emory training programs who have career goals in the research and treatment or prevention of cancer. Each award comes with an endowment of up to $35,000 to help cover salary, laboratory costs, and other research-related expenses, such as travel to conferences and meetings.

This cycle's Nell W. and William Simpson Elkin Fellowship recipients are:

  • Kirsten Baecher, MD
    Resident, Department of Surgery
    Project Title: Cell autonomous role of FcγRIIB in human CD8+ T cell responses in melanoma
  • David Bray, MD
    Resident, Department of Neurosurgery
    Project Title: CNS Tumor Outcomes Registry at Emory (CTORE) and Clinical Neurosurgery Outcomes Investigations Database (CLINOID)
  • Jacqueline Brown, MD
    Fellow, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
    Project Title: Ib/II open label, single-arm study of cabozantinib in combination with enfortumab vedotin (EV) in the treatment of locally advanced or metastatic urothelial cancer (UC) after failure of platinum-based regimen or programmed death receptor-1 (PD-1) or programmed death ligand 1 (PD-L1) inhibitor-based immunotherapy
  • Egal Gorse, MD
    Fellow, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
    Project Title: Phase II Trial of FLT3 Inhibitor Priming in Patients with IDH2 Mutated AML enrolled on BEAT AML
  • Jessica Keilson, MD
    Resident, Department of Surgery
    Project Title: Galectin-9 expression and its role in tumorigenesis and immune evasion in cholangiocarcinoma
  • Jason Romancik, MD
    Fellow, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
    Project Title: Investigating Initial Therapeutic Approaches for Follicular Lymphoma and other Indolent Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas
  • Lisa Sudmeier, MD, PhD
    Resident, Department of Radiation Oncology
    Project Title: Brain Metastases
  • Michael Turgeon, MD
    Resident, Department of Surgery
    Project Title: Determining the Optimal Timing of Direct Acting Antivirals for Patients with Hepatitis C-Associated Hepatocellular Carcinoma Undergoing Liver Transplantation – A Randomized Phase II Trial
  • Colin Vale, MD
    Fellow, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
    Project Title: Targeting TP53 in Acute Myeloid Leukemia

This cycle's Chester Rochfort Scholarship recipient is:

  • Neil Pfister, MD, PhD
    Resident, Department of Radiation Oncology
    Project Title: Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC)

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