Wayne B. Harris, MD

Titles and Roles

Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Emory University School of Medicine
Assistant Chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology
Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Medical Director
Emory Healthcare Interpretation and Translation Service
Medical Oncologist
Bladder Cancer
Kidney Cancer
Prostate Cancer
Testicular Cancer
Research Program
Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics


Dr. Harris joined the Division of Hematology and Oncology in the Department of Internal Medicine of the Emory University School of Medicine in 1998. Since then, he has worked to develop new treatments for kidney cancer, bladder cancer and prostate cancer through clinical trials and translational research at Winship Cancer Institute and the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center. These include numerous investigator-initiated, cooperative group and industry-sponsored studies.

On a national level, Dr. Harris works as a member of the Core Committee for Genitourinary Oncology of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group; American College of Radiology Imaging Network where he has served the principle investigator for national clinical trials. 


Dr. Harris obtained his Medical Degree from Loma Linda University in 1988 in southern Calfornia. He subsequently completed three years of specialty training in Internal Medicine at Emory University in Atlanta. After completing a service obligation to the National Health Scholarship Corps in Chattanooga, TN, he returned to Emory where he completed three additional years of subspecialty training in Hematology and Oncology. He is board certified in Medical Oncology.


Dr. Harris is a pioneer in the development of clinical applications based on interactions between the immune system and cancers of the genitourinary system. He has formulated the systemic inflammatory response hypothesis which states that tumor-activated, immune-mediated, systemic inflammation is the primary cause of cancer associated morbidity and mortality. Based on this hypothesis, he was the first to predict the occurrence of acquired systemic inflammation and has confirmed the adverse impact this can have on overall survival in kidney cancer patients with metastatic disease. He has also defined kinetic inflammatory response patterns that correlate with drug resistance or response to therapy as well as overall survival. In addition, he is the first to propose inflammation free survival as a clinical trial endpoint. The key advantage of this endpoint is that the close correlation with overall survival is not affected by the number of lines of therapy. Dr. Harris has developed the Inflammation Intensity Index for kinetic risk assessment as a means of quantifying changes in risk of death in real time. He is also the first to identify significant racial disparities in clinical outcome based exclusively on the intensity of the systemic inflammatory response. This body of work has established Dr. Harris as an emerging thought leader in the field of inflammation and cancer.


Dr. Harris has been an author or co-author on 15 publications in refereed medical and scientific journals.


Dr. Harris has been the recipient of the Winship Cancer Institute Junior Faculty Development Award and the CaP CURE Young Investigator Award.

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