Adrenal Cancer

When you come to Winship Cancer Institute for adrenal cancer treatment, you have a multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to your well-being. To request an appointment, call (404) 778-1900.

Winship Cancer Institute experts provide state-of-the-art care for patients with adrenal cancer.

It is considered a rare tumor that affects only one or two people per million. Although potentially curable at early stages, only 30-percent of these malignancies are confined to the adrenal gland at the time of diagnosis. As a patient with adrenal cancer, your best long-term outcome will be achieved with a comprehensive, coordinated approach that incorporates all available therapies.

Your Winship care team draws on Emory’s vast resources in surgical oncology, radiation therapy and medical oncology, to provide the newest, most effective practices and treatments. Our multidisciplinary care teams include oncology surgeons, radiologists, pathologists, pharmacists and advanced practice nurses with expertise in adrenal cancer.

The benefits of our multidisciplinary and highly experienced teams include:

  • Access to doctors and surgeons who rank among the top experts in the world.
  • Weekly review of patient cases by the full team of experts.
  • Coordinated scheduling for appointments among various specialties.
  • Access to support groups and education classes for you and your caregivers.
  • Availability of new treatment options within our clinical trials program.

Request an Appointment

If you have been diagnosed with adrenal cancer, we are ready to help you. Call us at 1 (888) 946-7447 or (404) 778-1900 to request an appointment. Winship experts are available for a second opinion.

We understand that this is a very stressful time. We welcome your questions and requests for help. Learn what to expect on your first visit.

Adrenal tumors tend to be found years after they begin growing and they often spread or metastasize to distant organs.

The tumors can cause numerous changes in the body because of the excess hormones they produce. Correctly diagnosing and staging the extent of your disease is essential to your treatment.

Your Winship care team may use a variety of imaging techniques and other tests including: CT, MRI and PET scans. A blood chemistry study measures the amount of certain substances that could signal a problem with the adrenal gland. Adrenal venography uses dye to look at the veins and blood flow near that adrenal gland. A 24 urine test and Dexamethasone test may be used to detect the level of cortisol in the body. Cortisol is a hormone released by the adrenal gland.

Your care team will discuss an individualized treatment plan with you and it is important to take time and consider all possible choices.

It is also important to know that your chances for having the best possible outcome are highest in the hands of a medical team that is experienced in treating adrenal cancer.
One or more of the following types of treatment will be used.

Surgery: Physicians may remove the adrenal gland (adrenalectomy) and nearby lymph nodes (lymphadenectomy). Chemotherapy and radiation may be used before or after surgery.

Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy uses drugs to kill or slow the growth of cancer cells. Physicians give these drugs based on the stage of the tumor. Chemotherapy may be used in combination with surgery to treat cancer.

Supportive Oncology Care

In addition to delivering the highest quality medical care, we recognize the importance of the psychological and emotional aspects of living with a cancer diagnosis and of dealing with treatment. Our supportive oncology team addresses these issues in a timely manner with additional support from counselorsnurse navigatorsdietitians and social service professionals.

Consider talking with your doctor about participating in a clinical trial at Winship. Through these trials, you may have access to treatments that are not widely available.

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Rebecca Arnold LCSW, OSW-C

  • Social Worker
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Rebecca Arnold LCSW, OSW-C

Rebecca Arnold LCSW, OSW-C

Wendy Baer MD

  • Psychiatric Oncologist
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Wendy Baer MD

Wendy Baer MD

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Ms. Barrett leads the nutritional services team at all Winship locations providing personalized nutrition advice to patients who are undergoing cancer treatment.
  • Manager of Winship Dietitians, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5646

Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR

  • Radiologist
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Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR

Deborah A. Baumgarten MD, MPH, FACR, FSAR

  • Dr. Baumgarten specializes in diagnostic imaging of genitourinary cancers including renal cell, bladder, testicular, and ovarian cancer.
  • Professor, Department of Radiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-7777

Anna Bausum ND

  • Integrative Oncology Specialist
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Anna Bausum ND

Anna Bausum ND

  • Dr. Bausum supports patients with cancer by incorporating a variety of integrative medicine tools alongside patients' conventional oncology care regimens.
  • Integrative Oncology Specialist, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-0600

Mehmet Asim Bilen MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Mehmet Asim Bilen MD

Mehmet Asim Bilen MD

Whitney Bond RD, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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Whitney Bond RD, LD

Whitney Bond RD, LD

  • Ms. Bond offers personalized nutrition advice to optimize health throughout the stages of cancer, from diagnosis to survivorship.
  • Registered Dietitian, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Laura Brachman MD

  • Palliative Care Specialist
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Laura Brachman MD

Laura Brachman MD

  • Dr. Brachman provides patients with cancer with relief from their symptoms and helps improve their quality of life throughout their journey.
  • Assistant Medical Director, Outpatient Palliative and Supportive Care, Emory Healthcare
  • (404) 778-6448

Stephen Brandt MD

  • Endocrinologist
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Stephen Brandt MD

Stephen Brandt MD

  • A board certified endocrinologist, Dr. Brandt specializes in adrenal disorders, diabetes mellitis, osteoporosis, pituitary disorders and thyroid disorders.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3280

Jacqueline Brown MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Jacqueline Brown MD

Jacqueline Brown MD

Catherine Caprara Braga MSN, AGACNP-BC

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Catherine Caprara Braga MSN, AGACNP-BC
Catherine Caprara Braga MSN, AGACNP-BC

Catherine Caprara Braga MSN, AGACNP-BC

  • Ms. Caprara serves as lead nurse practitioner and co-investigator on early drug development trials in the Phase 1 Clinical Trials Unit at Winship.
  • Lead Nurse Practitioner, Phase I Unit, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Hannah H. Collins NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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Hannah H. Collins NP

Hannah H. Collins NP

Seth J. Concors MD

  • Surgical Oncologist
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                                 Seth J. Concors MD
Seth J. Concors MD

Seth J. Concors MD

  • Dr. Concors' primary clinical focus is gastrointestinal surgical oncology, particularly hepatobiliary and peritoneal surface malignancies.
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-2000

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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Kimberly A. Curseen MD

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Board certified in Internal Medicine, Geriatrics, and Palliative Care, Dr. Curseen is the primary provider for the Supportive Oncology Clinic at Winship.
  • Director, Palliative Medicine Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-6448

Amir H. Davarpanah MD

  • Radiologist
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Amir H. Davarpanah MD

Amir H. Davarpanah MD

  • Dr. Davarpanah is a board certified abdominal and cardiothoracic radiologist with a focus on oncologic imaging and cardiac MRI.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-9729

Adrien Edoo MTS

  • Spiritual Health Provider
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Adrien Edoo MTS

Adrien Edoo MTS

  • Adrien provides spiritual and emotional support for oncology patients and their caregivers.
  • Spiritual Health Clinician and Fellow, Winship Cancer Institute at Emory Midtown
  • (404) 991-8429

Jatin S. Gandhi MBBS, MD

  • Pathologist
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Jatin S. Gandhi MBBS, MD

Jatin S. Gandhi MBBS, MD

  • A board certified pathologist, Dr. Gandhi specializes in the review of genitourinary oncologic and bone-soft tissue pathology.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5227

Jamie M. Goldman MD

  • Community Oncologist
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Jamie M. Goldman MD

Jamie M. Goldman MD

  • Dr. Goldman practices general medical oncology and hematology with a focus on treating patients with genitourinary cancer at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Mohammad Hajiha MD, FRCSC

  • Urologist
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Mohammad Hajiha MD, FRCSC

Mohammad Hajiha MD, FRCSC

  • Dr. Hajiha is an expert in the treatment and surgery of genitourinary cancers with a focus on prostate, kidney and bladder cancer.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4898

Raghuveer K. Halkar MD

  • Nuclear Radiologist
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Raghuveer K. Halkar MD

Raghuveer K. Halkar MD

Elise Hitron MSN, FNP-C

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Elise Hitron MSN, FNP-C
Elise Hitron MSN, FNP-C

Elise Hitron MSN, FNP-C

Sol Jacobs MD

  • Endocrinologist
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Sol Jacobs MD

Sol Jacobs MD

  • Dr. Jacobs' clinical interests include thyroid disorders, pituitary disorders, diabetes mellitus,¬†Grave's disease, neuroendocrinology and osteoporosis.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3280

Shreyas S. Joshi MD, MPH

  • Urologist
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Shreyas S. Joshi MD, MPH

Shreyas S. Joshi MD, MPH

Sandra Karem LCSW

  • Social Services
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                                 Sandra Karem LCSW
Sandra Karem LCSW

Sandra Karem LCSW

Rachel Keller MS, RD, CSO, LDN

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Rachel Keller MS, RD, CSO, LDN
Rachel Keller MS, RD, CSO, LDN

Rachel Keller MS, RD, CSO, LDN

Ashish Khanna MD

  • Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist
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                                 Ashish Khanna MD
Ashish Khanna MD

Ashish Khanna MD

  • Dr. Khanna focuses on the identification and treatment of neuromuscular, musculoskeletal and other issues resulting from cancer and related treatments.
  • Director of Cancer Rehabilitation, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

David A. Kooby MD, FACS

  • Surgical Oncologist
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David A. Kooby MD, FACS

David A. Kooby MD, FACS

  • Dr. Kooby is involved in multicenter clinical research and is an international leader in minimally invasive pancreatic, liver and biliary tract surgery.
  • Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3307

Susan K. Kunihiro MD

  • Palliative Care Specialist
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Susan K. Kunihiro MD

Susan K. Kunihiro MD

  • Dr. Kunihiro works to improve quality of life for patients with cancer, no matter the stage of illness - from initial diagnosis, during treatment, in remission or closer to end of life.
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-6448

Aaron H. Lay MD

  • Urologist
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Aaron H. Lay MD

Aaron H. Lay MD

  • Dr. Lay's clinical expertise is in the advanced minimally invasive surgical treatment of genitourinary cancer and stone disease.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4898

Rupeng Li MD, PhD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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Rupeng Li MD, PhD

Rupeng Li MD, PhD

  • Dr. Li works with care teams at Winship to treat chronic pain symptoms in patients with cancer.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-2410

Praphasiri "Nuit" Luangruangrong BBA, BSN, RN, CRNI

  • Nurse Navigator
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                                 Praphasiri "Nuit" Luangruangrong BBA, BSN, RN, CRNI
Praphasiri "Nuit" Luangruangrong BBA, BSN, RN, CRNI

Praphasiri "Nuit" Luangruangrong BBA, BSN, RN, CRNI

Shishir K. Maithel MD, FACS, FSSO

  • Surgical Oncologist
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                                 Shishir K. Maithel  MD, FACS, FSSO
Shishir K. Maithel MD, FACS, FSSO

Shishir K. Maithel MD, FACS, FSSO

  • Dr. Maithel is a board certified surgeon and surgical oncologist with special interest in hepatobiliary malignancies such as liver cancer as well as cancer of the pancreas, stomach, colon, and small intestine.
  • Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-5777

Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS

  • Urologist
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                                 Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS
Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS

Viraj Master MD, PhD, FACS

  • Dr. Master is a renowned national expert in the surgical treatment of kidney cancer particularly a complex variety that extends into the main blood vessels and the heart.
  • Director of Integrative Oncology and Survivorship, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-4898

Meredith Maxwell MD

  • Palliative Care Specialist
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                                 Meredith Maxwell MD
Meredith Maxwell MD

Meredith Maxwell MD

  • Dr. Maxwell collaborates with the multidisciplinary care team at Winship to help patients address symptoms and improve their quality of life during their journey with cancer.
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-6448

Joy McCall LCSW, OSW-C

  • Social Worker
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                                 Joy  McCall LCSW, OSW-C
Joy McCall LCSW, OSW-C

Joy McCall LCSW, OSW-C

Kendelle Miller MSW, LCSW, ACM-SW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Kendelle Miller MSW, LCSW, ACM-SW
Kendelle Miller MSW, LCSW, ACM-SW

Kendelle Miller MSW, LCSW, ACM-SW

Bassel Nazha MD, MPH

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Bassel Nazha MD, MPH
Bassel Nazha MD, MPH

Bassel Nazha MD, MPH

Sonal Oza MD

  • Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist
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                                 Sonal Oza MD
Sonal Oza MD

Sonal Oza MD

  • Dr. Oza is a board-certified physician in physical medicine and rehabilitation (PM&R) with fellowship training in cancer rehabilitation medicine.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Michelle Park MD

  • Palliative Care Specialist
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                                 Michelle Park MD
Michelle Park MD

Michelle Park MD

  • Dr. Park helps improve quality of life for patients with cancer at any stage of their illness by addressing symptoms and collaborating with the multidisciplinary care team at Winship.
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-6448

Snehal G. Patel MD, MS, FACS

  • Surgeon
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                                 Snehal G. Patel MD, MS, FACS
Snehal G. Patel MD, MS, FACS

Snehal G. Patel MD, MS, FACS

  • Dr. Patel specializes in malignancies of the thyroid, parathyroid, and adrenal gland.
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of General and GI Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3712

John G. Pattaras MD, FACS

  • Urologist
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                                 John G. Pattaras MD, FACS
John G. Pattaras MD, FACS

John G. Pattaras MD, FACS

Caroline Peacock DMin, LCSW, MDiv

  • Spiritual Health Provider
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                                 Caroline Peacock DMin, LCSW, MDiv
Caroline Peacock DMin, LCSW, MDiv

Caroline Peacock DMin, LCSW, MDiv

  • Dr. Peacock leads the Winship Spiritual Health Team in the work of offering compassionate, inclusive, supportive, evidence based care to patients, families and staff.
  • Director of Spiritual Health, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-8029

M. Yawar J. Qadri MD, PhD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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                                 M. Yawar J. Qadri MD, PhD
M. Yawar J. Qadri MD, PhD

M. Yawar J. Qadri MD, PhD

  • A cancer pain management expert, Dr. Qadri collaborates with oncologists at Winship to treat patients with cancer suffering from chronic pain symptoms.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-2410

Margaret A. Riso MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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                                 Margaret A. Riso MD
Margaret A. Riso MD

Margaret A. Riso MD

Missy Roberts MDiv

  • Spiritual Health Provider
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                                 Missy Roberts MDiv
Missy Roberts MDiv

Missy Roberts MDiv

  • Missy provides spiritual and emotional support for oncology patients and their caregivers.
  • Spiritual Health Clinician and Fellow, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Neil D. Saunders MD

  • Surgical Oncologist
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Neil D. Saunders MD

Neil D. Saunders MD

  • A board certified surgeon and surgical oncologist, Dr. Saunders specializes in cancers of the endocrine organs including thyroid, parathyroid, pancreas and adrenal glands.
  • Associate Professor, Division of General and GI Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3712

Nikhil T. Sebastian MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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                                 Nikhil T. Sebastian MD
Nikhil T. Sebastian MD

Nikhil T. Sebastian MD

Aarti Sekhar MD

  • Radiologist
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                                 Aarti Sekhar MD
Aarti Sekhar MD

Aarti Sekhar MD

  • Dr. Sekhar specializes in image-guided interventions for the treatment of gastrointestinal and genitourinary cancers.
  • Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-9729

Mihir M. Shah MD

  • Surgical Oncologist
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                                 Mihir M. Shah MD
Mihir M. Shah MD

Mihir M. Shah MD

  • A board certified surgeon, Dr. Shah specializes in the surgical management of tumors of the liver, pancreas, biliary tree, stomach, esophagus, bile duct, small bowel and retroperitoneum.
  • Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3307

Jyotirmay (Joe) Sharma MD, FACS

  • Surgeon
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Jyotirmay (Joe) Sharma MD, FACS

Jyotirmay (Joe) Sharma MD, FACS

  • Dr. Sharma specializes in thyroid and parathyroid surgery, adrenal gland surgery and pancreatic endocrine tumors.
  • Professor and William C. McGarity Chair of Surgery, Division of General and GI Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3712

Vinita Singh MD, MS

  • Pain Management Specialist
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                                 Vinita Singh MD, MS
Vinita Singh MD, MS

Vinita Singh MD, MS

  • Dr. Singh collaborates with oncologists to provide state-of-the-art therapies to cancer patients suffering from pain symptoms.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-2410

Jesse A. Soodalter MD

  • Palliative Care Specialist
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Jesse A. Soodalter MD

Jesse A. Soodalter MD

  • A palliative care specialist, Dr. Soodalter provides specialized outpatient medical care with a focus on relief from the symptoms and stress of cancer and other illnesses.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-6448

Charles A. Staley MD

  • Surgical Oncologist
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Charles A. Staley MD

Charles A. Staley MD

  • A leading expert in the care of colorectal cancer and other gastrointestinal malignancies, Dr. Staley leads the surgical oncology team at Winship.
  • Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-0210

Alison Sturgill MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Alison Sturgill MS, RD, CSO, LD
Alison Sturgill MS, RD, CSO, LD

Alison Sturgill MS, RD, CSO, LD

Anusha Vallurupalli MBBS

  • Community Oncologist
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                                 Anusha Vallurupalli MBBS
Anusha Vallurupalli MBBS

Anusha Vallurupalli MBBS

  • Dr. Vallurupalli practices general medical oncology and hematology with a focus on treating hematological malignancies.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Raymond Walker III MDiv, BCC, CCSH-RC

  • Spiritual Health Provider
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                                 Raymond Walker III MDiv, BCC, CCSH-RC
Raymond Walker III MDiv, BCC, CCSH-RC

Raymond Walker III MDiv, BCC, CCSH-RC

  • Raymond provides administrative leadership to the Winship Spiritual Health Team, supporting and assisting in their work of compassionate and inclusive care of patients, staff, and their loved ones.
  • Process Improvement Specialist III, Senior Spiritual Health Clinician, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Nan Xiang MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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                                 Nan Xiang MD
Nan Xiang MD

Nan Xiang MD

  • Dr. Xiang specializes in managing chronic pain symptoms for patients with cancer.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-2410

Ali J. Zarrabi MD

  • Palliative Oncologist
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                                 Ali J. Zarrabi MD
Ali J. Zarrabi MD

Ali J. Zarrabi MD

  • Dr. Zarrabi provides physical, emotional, and spiritual care for patients living with serious illness.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Preventive Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-6448
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