Winship surgical oncologists have more than the operating room in common. It turns out that the majority of the dozen-member team was trained by two mentors: Charles Balch, MD and Murray Brennan, MD.
"They are the faces of surgical oncology in the United States," says Charles Staley, MD, chief of Winship's Division of Surgical Oncology. "If it wasn't for the two of them, Winship's program wouldn't be as successful and highly regarded. They ran incredible surgical oncology training programs. They were the two men to get trained under if you wanted to be a cancer surgeon."
Brennan, who is vice president for International Programs and Director of The Bobst International Center at Memorial Sloan Kettering in New York, trained over 300 fellows, many of whom hold leadership positions in the United States and internationally. He has authored or co-authored more than 1,000 scientific papers and three books on soft tissue sarcoma.
Balch is a professor of surgery at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center and is the founding editor-in-chief of the Annals of Surgical Oncology. He has authored over 760 publications, including six books on melanoma and has more than 25,000 citations in biomedical literature.
Both Drs. Balch and Brennan were the surgical chiefs and directors of the Surgical Oncology Fellowship Programs at their respective institutions, which remain as two of the strongest surgical oncology training programs in the world. Both have served as past-president's of the Society of Surgical Oncology as well as other national and international organizations.