Kevin Kalinsky, MD, MS, director of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University's Glenn Family Breast Center and associate professor in Emory University School of Medicine's Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, was appointed September 1, 2021 to the Louisa and Rand Glenn Family Chair in Breast Cancer Research.
Kalinsky came to Winship in 2020 from New York-Presbyterian Hospital Columbia University Irving Medical Center in New York, NY, where he served on the faculty for 12 years as a breast cancer physician and investigator. His research includes studies of new drug development and therapies for metastatic breast cancer.
As director of Winship's Glenn Family Breast Center, Kalinsky works to fulfill the vision to improve breast cancer outcomes by aligning research and education with cancer treatment and prevention. He provides leadership and individual scholarship in clinical/translational research, patient care, mentorship of junior faculty, and breast cancer education.
The Glenn Family Breast Center, Winship's first named and endowed center for a specific type of cancer, was established in 2013 through gifts from the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation. The Glenn family's generosity to Winship was inspired by their appreciation for the care Winship provided for a family member in 2003. The foundation also established the endowed chair in breast cancer research in honor of their daughters, Louisa Glenn D'Antignac and Rand Glenn Hagen. The chair was formerly held by Ruth O'Regan, MD and Mylin Torres, MD, the previous directors of the Glenn Family Breast Center.
"This honor and the resources it makes available to support our work, will allow us to advance the research that can lead to new, more effective treatments for breast cancer," says Kalinsky.
Lou Glenn, a trustee of the foundation and founding member of the Winship Advisory Board, said, "As director, Kevin Kalinsky brings the research depth and experience to strengthen and accelerate the breast center's research mission and national reputation." She added, "We believe him to be a most worthy recipient of the Louisa and Rand Glenn Family Chair."
Suresh Ramalingam, MD, Winship's executive director and holder of the Roberto C. Goizueta Distinguished Chair for Cancer Research at Emory University School of Medicine, said, "Much has been accomplished by the Glenn Family Breast Center. And now, with Kevin Kalinsky at the helm, it will be possible to make great leaps forward." He noted that in Kalinsky's first 10 months as director, "Dr. Kalinsky's passion for the patients and leadership acumen have provided fresh impetus for the Glenn Center team.