Kimberly F. Kerstann, PhD

Titles and Roles

Chief Administrative Officer
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Associate Director, Administration
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University


Kimberly F. Kerstann, PhD, serves as the Chief Administrative Officer and Associate Director for Administration at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. She serves as a member of the Winship senior leadership team to ensure the coordination and implementation of transdisciplinary and collaborative research programs.

In her role as Chief Administrative Officer, Dr. Kerstann is responsible for the oversight and leadership of grants administration, research operations, program and shared resource development, finance, strategic planning, space and facilities, information technology, personnel, and community partnerships and outreach under the direction of the Executive Director. She is responsible for the overall management of the Cancer Center Support Grant, which provides the Winship Cancer Institute with its NCI-designation.

She was appointed to the role of Associate Director for Research Administration by Dr. Curran in October 2009 upon reorganization of the Winship Cancer Institute administrative team. Prior to this appointment, Dr. Kerstann served as the Director of Research Projects for the Winship Cancer Institute. In this role she worked closely with faculty to develop biomarker driven protocols and research initiatives.

Nationally, Kerstann serves on the External Advisory Board member for three NCI-designated cancer centers and two aspiring NCI-designated centers. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Association of Cancer Executive, Association of American Cancer Institutes (AACI), and Cancer Center Administrators Forum (CCAF) completing a three-year term on the CCAF executive committee in 2021. She also completed a term on the AACI Clinical Research Initiative Steering Committee.


Dr. Kerstann earned her PhD in Genetics and Molecular Biology from Emory University in 2003. Dr. Kerstann then completed Postdoctoral Fellowships, specializing in genetic epidemiology, at the National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Cancer Institute from 2003-2007.


Dr. Kerstann is the recipient of a 2017 Emory Award of Distinction. The award recognizes university employees who have made outstanding contributions to the Emory community. She is also a fellow of the 2017 class of the Woodruff Leadership Academy.

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