When Winship Cancer Institute Executive Director Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, and Senior Director of Research Administration Kimberly Kerstann met with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal back in mid-May, they had some important news to share. Winship had just learned that it was officially named the newest National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the country. Deal was among the first to know.
"Governor Deal was extremely supportive of our road to comprehensiveness," Curran states, "He understands our mission of lessening the burden of cancer in the state. He also supports Winship's vision of interacting with other institutions around the state, including Georgia Tech and the Medical College of Georgia."
Governor Deal has been a champion of cancer care in his two terms in office, signing into law numerous measures that seek to increase access to cancer care. His official biography states that he has shown a commitment to making Georgia a leader in biotechnology, highlighting the "ongoing translational research occurring at our state’s leading institutions, and a host of healthcare providers and facilities on the cutting edge of technology, we have a unique opportunity to dramatically expand Georgia’s biotech footprint."
Executive Director Dr. Wally Curran personally informed Governor Nathan Deal (right) about Winship Cancer Institute's NCI designation as a comprehensive cancer center.