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5 Questions for Walter J. Curran, Jr.

Winship's Executive Director talks about some key issues.
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Wally Curran, executive director of Winship Cancer Institute

In his sixth year as executive director of Winship Cancer Institute, Wally Curran provides more than just leadership. He continues to see patients, has his hand in critical radiation oncology research, and has even signed up to be an advisor to NASA.

Q:1 What are three words that describe the work being done at Winship?

Depth, breadth, and compassion.

Q:2 How is Winship making a difference in advancing new discoveries in the treatment of cancer?

As the only National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center in the state of Georgia, Winship's involvement in clinical trials sets us apart from other medical centers. We give cancer patients access to cutting-edge care that is often not available elsewhere. Last year we enrolled over 800 patients onto clinical trials that evaluate new therapies.

Q:3 How will the oncology field evolve over the next decade?

I expect that we'll see more changes in the next ten years than in the last 30. Our patients will have access to diagnostic and therapeutic tools that were unthinkable when I was in training. These transformative changes will require attentive stewardship by physician leaders.

Q:4 What advice do you give to new residents who are training in oncology?

Take the time to listen to your patients and learn from them. Be sure to give thanks every day for having such extraordinary expertise and skill to serve people in need.

Q:5 This issue of the Winship magazine focuses on an important topic in men's health. What do you do to stay in shape?

I am a life-long runner and I try to clock 20 miles a week. My love of running led to the creation of the Winship Win the Fight 5K. We'll mark our fifth anniversary with this year's event scheduled for October 3rd. I hope to see a good turnout at the starting line!

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