In a significant development for pancreatic cancer research, Gregory B. Lesinski, PhD, MPH, has been named the John Kauffman Family Professor at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. This professorship is dedicated to advancing the understanding and treatment of pancreatic cancer, one of the deadliest forms of cancer.
The appointment of this endowed professorship to Lesinski recognizes his exceptional contributions to the field of oncology and his commitment to finding innovative treatments for pancreatic cancer. Lesinski serves as the associate director for basic research at Winship and is a professor in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at the Emory University School of Medicine. With his vast experience and expertise, he is expected to spearhead groundbreaking research initiatives aimed at improving diagnosis, treatment and, ultimately, survival rates for patients with pancreatic cancer.
Pancreatic cancer remains a formidable challenge in the medical community due to its aggressive nature and limited treatment options. Lesinski's extensive research background, particularly in immuno-oncology, makes him an ideal candidate to lead advances against this deadly disease.
Winship Cancer Institute has long been at the forefront of cancer research and is known for its multidisciplinary approach and collaborative environment. With the support of Lesinski that this endowed professorship brings, Winship is poised to accelerate advancements in pancreatic cancer research, fostering collaborations with other renowned scientists, investigators and institutions.
Lesinski's research is focused on gaining a greater understanding of the interactions between the host immune system and tumor cells. The goal is to use this knowledge to develop novel therapeutic or chemo-preventative approaches to help patients with cancer and improve upon existing therapies.
Upon his appointment, Lesinski expressed his gratitude and excitement for the opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of pancreatic cancer patients. He emphasized the urgent need to develop more effective therapies, enhance early detection methods and improve patient outcomes.
The professorship was established through a generous donation from the family of John Kauffman, who died of pancreatic cancer in 2013. A longtime president of Atlanta-based Kauffman Tire, he was a strong community advocate for Winship, and he served as the inaugural chair of the Winship Advisory Board. The Champions and Friends of Dunwoody Country Club John H. Kauffman Golf Classic is held every year in his honor and the proceeds benefit cancer research at Winship.
A top priority of “2O36,” Emory’s campaign to transform the future, endowed professorships enable Emory to recruit and retain the most talented faculty members and enhance the university’s prominence while honoring the support of generous donors. Learn more about the important role of endowed professorships at 2036.emory.edu/faculty-eminence.