Winship Members Achieve Honors Worldwide

Winship members and faculty in 2021 received numerous awards, commendations and fellowships demonstrating their professional achievements in the cancer field.

RAFI AHMED, PhD, was among five Emory professors to be elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

JINBING BAI, PhD, RN, MSN, FAAN, together with DEBORAH WATKINS BRUNER, RN, PhD, FAAN, was presented the Mentor-Mentee Research Award at the NINR-ONS-NCI Symptom Science Advances in Oncology Nursing virtual colloquium held February 4–5, 2021. Bai also was honored by the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) with the 2021 Victoria Mock New Investigator Award, recognizing his contributions to building a scientific foundation for oncology nursing practice.

ALISINA BAZRAFSHAN, PhD, received a 2021 Eleanor Main Student Mentor Award, recognizing individuals who exemplify mentoring of the highest quality in graduate education.

JAMES BATES, MD, received the Daniel D. Von Hoff Innovative Protocol Award by the ASCO/AACR Methods in Clinical Care Workshop.

RAVI BELLAMKONDA, PhD, has been named Emory University’s new provost and executive vice president for academic affairs. Bellamkonda also received a five-year NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award for his work using electrical fields to treat an aggressive pediatric cancer. Together with MAX COOPER, PhD, Bellamkonda was named a 2021 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). The NAI Fellows Program highlights academic inventors who have demonstrated a spirit of innovation in creating or facilitating outstanding inventions that have made a tangible impact on quality of life, economic development and the welfare of society.

VANESSA BRAMBLE, MS, MBA, CRA, RT (R) (M), Winship’s director of network development, has been named a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

ZACHARY BUCHWALD, MD, PhD, received the ASTRO-MRA Young Investigator Award in Radiation Oncology.

AMY CHEN, MD, MPH, was elected to be a board member of the American Thyroid Association.

BROOKE CHERVEN, PhD, MPH, RN, CPON, received a K23 career development award from the National Institute of Nursing Research.

WALTER J. CURRAN, JR., MD, Winship's former executive director (2009–2021), is among the 2021 OncLive Giants of Cancer Care inductees in the radiation oncology category.

Emory’s Department of Radiology was recognized as a finalist for Best Radiologist Training Program by the 2021 Minnies, AuntMinnie.com’s annual award program recognizing radiology excellence.

KIMBERLY CURSEEN, MD, was elected to the board of directors of the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

KAVITA DHODAPKAR, MD, has been named to the steering committee of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Cancer Immunology Working Group.

BREE EATON, MD, is a recipient of a 2021 Peach Bowl LegACy Fund grant to support Eaton’s project on sMRI for pediatric highgrade gliomas.

CANDACE FLEISCHER, PhD, has received a five-year NIH Director's New Innovator Award to support her project, "A Novel Framework for Quantifying Metabolic Brain Health."

JUDY GICHOYA, MD, MS, was a finalist for the Most Influential Radiology Researcher award in the 2021 Minnies, AuntMinnie.com’s annual award for radiology excellence.

HANS GROSSNIKLAUS, MD, was named to the board of directors of the American Board of Ophthalmology.

R. DONALD HARVEY, PharmD, was recognized by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) as an ASCO Advocacy Champion.

KARMELLA HAYNES, PhD, was appointed to serve on the National Science Advisory Board for Biosecurity (NSABB), 2021–2024; received the Color Magazine Women of Color: Innovator in STEM award; and was named by Cell Mentor as one of "1,000 inspiring Black Scientists in America."

CURTIS HENRY, PhD, was recognized by Cell Mentor as one of the "1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America."

CIMONA HINTON, PhD, was recognized by Cell Mentor as one of the “1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America.”

BAKER HUBBARD, MD, was named a Distinguished Alumnus Award/Lecturer by Washington University School of Medicine.

CRYSTAL JORDAN, CTR, has been elected administrator for the National Cancer Registrars Association’s Council on Certification.

YONGGANG KE, PhD, received the Journal of the American Chemical Society Young Investigator Award and The Journal of Materials Chemistry B Emergent Investigator Award.

WILBUR LAM, MD, PhD, received the Atlanta Business Chronicle Healthcare Innovator/ Research Award.

GREGORY LESINSKI, MD, MPH, was elected as a special expert in immuno-oncology translational science by the Hepatobiliary Task Force of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) Gastrointestinal Steering Committee (GISC).

VIRAJ MASTER, MD, PhD, was appointed the regional representative (Georgia) to the board of directors, Southeastern Section of the AUA.

LAUREN MCCULLOUGH, PhD, MSPH, was recognized by Cell Mentor as one of the “1,000 inspiring Black Scientists in America.”

ANN MERTENS, PhD, MS, KAREN EFFINGER, MD, MS, JORDAN MARCHAK, PhD, ABPP, and colleagues from the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center were honored with the 2021 Survivorship Champion’s Prize from Children’s Cancer Cause, in recognition of the team’s innovative work to provide comprehensive, integrated care for childhood cancer survivors.

ANDREW MILLER, MD, received the George Solomon Lecture Award from the Psychoneuroimmunology Research Society.

JASMINE MILLER-KLEINHENZ, PhD, First Fellow at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, was named by Cell Mentor as one of the “1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America.”

JANNA MOUW, PhD, a member of the Marcus lab, has received a National Cancer Institute (NCI) Research Specialist Award, which provides salary support for exceptional scientists to pursue research within an NCI-funded cancer research program.

EDJAH K. NDUOM, MD, was recognized by Cell Mentor as one of the "1,000 Inspiring Black Scientists in America."

SURESH S. RAMALINGAM, MD, Winship's newly designated executive director, has been named editor-in-chief of Cancer, the peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society.

SRUTHI RAVINDRANATHAN, PhD, MS, postgraduate fellow, and doctoral students CAROLINE JANSEN and NATALIYA PROKHNEVSKA are recipients of Young Investigator Awards from the Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer (SITC).

MAIA SHANMUGAM, PhD, MS, was highlighted on International Women’s Day on March 8, 2021, by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society for her pivotal work in multiple myeloma.

JESSICA WELLS, PhD, RN, WHNP-BC, is one of nine members of Emory’s Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing selected for induction as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (AAN).

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