Karen Godette, MD


Titles and Roles

Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine
Medical Director of Radiation Oncology
Emory University Hospital Midtown
Radiation Oncologist
Breast Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Emory Sarcoma Center
Emory Proton Therapy Center
Research Program
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics


Karen Godette, MD, has served as medical director of the radiation oncology department at Emory University Hospital Midtown since 2001. Dr. Godette is board certified in radiation oncology and a clinical member of Winship Cancer Institute and Emory Proton Therapy Center. She specializes in brachytherapy, intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) and proton therapy. Her practice sees patients with breast malignancies, prostate cancer and soft tissue sarcoma.

Dr. Godette played a central role in creating a radiation oncology residency program at Emory. She served for 10 years as director of the residency program. She has also served as the medical director and advisor for the Grady Radiation Therapy Technology School since 1998.

She is a member of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Connective Tissue Oncology Society, American Medical Women's Association, American Board of Radiology and National Medical Association, where she served as chair of the radiology section from 2005-2007.

She is actively involved in the community and participates in health fairs, educational workshops, multidisciplinary panels and support groups. She is also active in the international arena, working in partnership with colleagues in developing countries to advance the delivery and standard of cancer care.


Dr. Godette received her MS and MD degrees from Howard University in Washington, DC, where she also completed a year-long transitional internship. She completed residency in radiation oncology at Columbia University New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where she served as chief resident.


Dr. Godette participates in national clinical trials of breast, cervical, and prostate cancers along with soft tissue sarcomas. Her research focuses on improving the multidisciplinary care of these malignancies.


Dr. Godette is a manuscript reviewer for the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, and Journal of Surgical Oncology. She has written or coauthored many articles, abstracts and book chapters, and has spoken at both national and international meetings.

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Dr. Godette was awarded the Woodruff Fund Clinical Teaching Support Award in Radiation Oncology in 2002 for her commitment to teaching. She was listed as one of Atlanta Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 through 2018 and in 2020.

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