From the Executive Director

An Exciting Time at Winship

Dr. Ramalingam in front of Winship Cancer Institute sign and building.
Photo: Jack Kearse

Welcome to the spring 2022 issue of Winship Magazine. In this issue, you will find stories and images of the people and spaces that together make up Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

We've gained tremendous knowledge and momentum from discoveries that are changing the way cancer is prevented, detected, and treated.

Suresh Ramalingam, MD

They offer glimpses into the exciting work of our researchers, clinicians and educators, and the impact in the lives of our patients and their families, with the ultimate goal to achieve a world free of cancer. These stories and images help to illustrate Winship's overarching commitment to put our patients at the center of everything we do, what we call "The Winship Way."

I was honored last July to be appointed Winship's executive director. My personal journey as an immigrant from Chennai, India, where I grew up, to the leadership of Winship is a tribute to the United States and its people; I also owe a debt of gratitude to my mentors who guided me along the way and opened new doors of opportunities.

I am pleased to assume this important role at this particular time in Winship's history. We are at a very exciting period of growth at Winship. This spring we will submit the application to renew our status as a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center. We continue to make significant investments in research, faculty recruitment and retention, clinical trials infrastructure, and community engagement. We have also undertaken extensive renovations in several of the clinical and research spaces on our Clifton Road campus. In addition, Emory’s new research building under construction, Health Sciences Research Building II, will house a substantial amount of space for cancer research.

The crown jewel of Winship's growth and progress is our new 17-story tower under construction in Midtown Atlanta, thanks to an extraordinary gift from the Woodruff Foundation. When it opens in 2023, Winship at Emory Midtown will showcase "The Winship Way" in a high-tech facility purpose built to bring together health care providers and researchers in specialized care communities that revolve around the patient to deliver personalized and innovative cancer care. You will find an update on the project here in the magazine.

Your continued support enables us to dream big and work towards discovering cures for cancer and to inspire hope. Thank you.

Ramalingam on Winship's cancer research and clinical care

Suresh Ramalingam, executive director of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, highlights the on-going work in cancer research by Winship investigators and discusses how "The Winship Way" guides the present and future of patient care at Winship.

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