Bill Nelson, MD has had a unique role in shaping Winship's future. As chair of Winship's External Advisory Board (EAB) for over a decade, he has offered invaluable guidance himself and organized feedback from the other eminent members of Winship's EAB.
"I watched and helped the Winship Cancer Institute secure its first National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cancer Center Support Grant, journey through leadership changes and ultimately earn the 'Comprehensive Cancer Center' designation from the NCI," explains Nelson, who is director of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and chair of the Department of Oncology at Johns Hopkins University. "With these experiences, I share in the pride enjoyed by the Winship members in their successes."
Nelson notes that Winship is now strongly positioned to further lessen the burden of cancer in the state: "Each of the NCI-designated Cancer Centers across the country have unique attributes related to the diversity of the cancer problems among the specific populations served. To best serve Georgia generally, and Atlanta specifically, Winship has built capabilities to ensure participation of black and other minority patients in clinical trials research, to augment cancer screening, and to reduce tobacco use. This approach to Winship's catchment area empowers the high-quality discovery research and treatment development efforts present at the Institute and at Emory.