Titles and Roles
- Professor Emeritus, Department of Radiation Oncology
- Emory University School of Medicine
- Research Program
- Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics
Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, FACR, is Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine. He served for 11 years as the Executive Director of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in the state of Georgia.
Dr. Curran is considered an international expert in the management of patients with locally advanced lung cancer and malignant brain tumors. He has led several landmark clinical and translational trials in both areas and is responsible for defining a universally adopted staging system for patients with malignant glioma.
Dr. Curran has served as the group chairman and principal investigator of NRG Oncology, formerly the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, a National Cancer Institute-funded cooperative group dedicated to advancing patient treatment and care through clinical trials and research. He was the first radiation oncologist to serve as Director of a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center.
Dr. Curran is a Fellow and served on the board of directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). He was also named a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and Chair in Cancer Research in 2013. He serves as the founding secretary/treasurer of the Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups and a board member of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE).
Dr. Curran is a Fellow in the American College of Radiology and has been awarded honorary memberships in the European Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology. In 2006, he was named the leading radiation oncologist/cancer researcher in a peer survey by the journal Medical Imaging.
Under Dr. Curran's leadership Emory's Radiation Oncology Department has been selected as a "Top Five Radiation Therapy Centers to Watch in 2009" by Imaging Technology News. This review recognizes the most forward-thinking, U.S.-based cancer treatment centers, which have adopted advanced technology to optimize treatment and make a difference in patient care. Dr. Curran has received numerous honors and is listed in Atlanta Magazine's Top Doctors for Radiation Oncology. In 2019, Dr. Curran received the Gold Medal from the American Society for Radiation Oncology.
Before joining Emory, Dr. Curran was Professor and Chairman of Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and Clinical Director of Jefferson's Kimmel Cancer Center.
Dr. Curran graduated with honors from Dartmouth College, received his MD degree from the Medical College of Georgia, and is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist. Curran completed his residency in the Department of Radiation Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and his internship in internal medicine at Presbyterian University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia.
Dr. Curran has authored or co-authored more than seven hundred abstracts and scholarly papers, as well as numerous presentations, reviews and book chapters. He has been chairman or co-chairman of more than 40 clinical trials and a reviewer for twelve national/international journals.
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Dr. Curran has been awarded honorary memberships in the European Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology. The Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research listed Dr. Curran among the top twenty principal investigators in terms of overall National Institutes of Health funding in 2012 and 2013, first in the state of Georgia, and first among cancer center directors.
He has received career achievement awards from the American Head and Neck Society, the American College of Radiation Oncology, the Brain Tumor Foundation for Children, the American College of Radiology and his alma mater, the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta. He is the recipient of the Gold Medal from the American Society for Radiation Oncology.
In 2019, he was named to the MilliPub Club, which recognizes current Emory faculty who have published one or more individual papers throughout their careers that have garnered more than 1,000 citations.