Leukemia

At Winship Cancer Institute, our multidisciplinary team of leukemia specialists combine their expertise in clinical care and translational research to provide you with exceptional personalized care. To request an appointment, call (404) 778-1900.

Our leukemia program offers a multidisciplinary approach.

Our team of hematologists, pathologists, cancer geneticists, and a care team focused in acute leukemias, myelodysplastic syndromes, and related disorders work to provide you the most-effective treatments medicine has to offer, many available only through NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers like ours.

Our tumor board meets weekly to discuss individual cases, review treatment plans and assess clinical trial eligibility. Personalized care plans are developed based on the most current discoveries in leukemia treatment, and research including genetic or molecular testing for specific gene mutations. Our blood cancer specialists are adept at translating these discoveries into better patient care and quality of life during and after treatment.

Our multidisciplinary team approach offers a number of benefits to you, including:

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

We understand that this is a very stressful time. We welcome your questions and requests for help. Here is more information to help familiarize you with Winship and give you an idea of what to expect on your first visit.

Leukemia is a cancer of the blood-forming cells. Leukemias are classified by the type of cell affected and by the rate of cell growth.

Acute leukemia involves a rapid growth of very immature blood cells and is a life-threatening condition requiring immediate treatment. Chronic leukemia involves the growth of more mature blood cells, and sometimes does not require immediate treatment. However, some chronic leukemias do progress to a form of acute leukemia.

The most common types of leukemia are:

Acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL); the most common type of leukemia in children.

Acute myeloid leukemia (AML); the most common type of acute leukemia in adults.

Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL); the most common type of leukemia in adults.

Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML); a slow-growing leukemia affecting mostly older adults.

Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) or pre-leukemia is a condition in which the bone marrow does not produce enough normal blood cells, and precedes the development of acute leukemia.

For reliable, in-depth information about cancer symptoms, staging and diagnosis, visit CancerQuest, an educational and outreach program at Emory University. 

At Winship, our specialized clinicians use the latest precision medicine treatments and procedures that improve leukemia care.

Depending on your diagnosis and the stage of your leukemia, your treatment options will vary and may include:

Targeted Therapy: This treatment approach uses drugs that work by attacking specific parts of cancer cells. Targeted therapy is used to treat certain types of acute leukemias, and may be used in combination with chemotherapy.

Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is an effective treatment for leukemia and may involve one or a combination of anticancer drugs that destroy cancer cells. Each type of leukemia is sensitive to different combinations of chemotherapy.

Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation: This treatment consists of destroying cancerous bone marrow cells using higher doses of chemotherapy and in some cases, radiotherapy, and then replacing them with healthy bone marrow or stem cells to help patients build a new and healthy immune system. Winship has pioneered many advances in bone marrow transplant procedures and drugs.

Some specific leukemias may also be treated with monoclonal therapy and biological therapy.

Clinical Trials

One of your best options may be participation in a clinical trial. Our leukemia patients have access to some of the most advanced cancer treatments and clinical trials offered anywhere. Consider talking with your doctor about participating in a clinical trial at Winship.

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 counselors, nurse navigators, dietitians and social service professionals.

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William G. Blum MD

  • Hematologist
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William G. Blum MD

William G. Blum MD

  • Dr. Blum specializes in bone marrow transplantation and treating patients with acute myeloid leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, acute lymphoblastic leukemia and other myeloid malignancies.
  • Director, Acute Leukemia Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Martha Arellano MD

  • Hematologist
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Martha Arellano MD

Martha Arellano MD

  • Dr. Arellano is a key member of the patient care team at Winship specializing in treatment of leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes.
  • Interim Associate Director, Division of Hematology, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Andres Chang MD, PhD

  • Hematologist
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Andres Chang MD, PhD

Andres Chang MD, PhD

Anthony M. Hunter MD

  • Hematologist
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Anthony M. Hunter MD

Anthony M. Hunter MD

Rebecca B. Klisovic MD

  • Hematologist
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Rebecca B. Klisovic MD

Rebecca B. Klisovic MD

  • Dr. Klisovic specializes in acute leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia, myeloproliferative disorders, and the use of bone marrow transplant to treat these diseases.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Amelia A. Langston MD

  • Hematologist
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Amelia A. Langston MD

Amelia A. Langston MD

  • A bone marrow transplant specialist, Dr. Langston treats patients with leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome and other blood cancers.
  • Director, Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Nicki Panoskaltsis MD, PhD, FRCP

  • Hematologist
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                                 Nicki Panoskaltsis MD, PhD, FRCP
Nicki Panoskaltsis MD, PhD, FRCP

Nicki Panoskaltsis MD, PhD, FRCP

  • Dr. Panoskaltsis specializes in the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia and other myeloid-related neoplasms.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Nikolaos Papadantonakis MD, PhD

  • Hematologist
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Nikolaos Papadantonakis MD, PhD

Nikolaos Papadantonakis MD, PhD

  • Dr. Papadantonakis specializes in the treatment of acute leukemias, myelodysplastic syndromes, myeloproliferative neoplasms and other myeloid hematological malignancies.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Edmund K. Waller MD, PhD, FACP

  • Hematologist
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                                 Edmund K. Waller MD, PhD, FACP
Edmund K. Waller MD, PhD, FACP

Edmund K. Waller MD, PhD, FACP

  • Dr. Waller specializes in bone marrow transplants for acute leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, myeloproliferative neoplasms, lymphoma, aplastic anemia, sickle cell disease and in the management of graft-versus-host disease.
  • Professor, Departments of Medicine, Pathology, and Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Elliott F. Winton MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Elliott F. Winton MD

Elliott F. Winton MD

  • Dr. Winton specializes in the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia, myelodysplastic disorders, rare myeloproliferative disorders and myeloproliferative neoplasms.
  • Professor, Department of Hematology & Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Ahmad H. Al-Hajj MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Ahmad H. Al-Hajj MD
Ahmad H. Al-Hajj MD

Ahmad H. Al-Hajj MD

  • Dr. Al-Hajj is a community oncologist treating patients with cancer at Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Neela Natarajan MD

  • Community Oncologist
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Neela Natarajan MD

Neela Natarajan MD

Ajay Tadepalli MD

  • Community Oncologist
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                                 Ajay Tadepalli MD
Ajay Tadepalli MD

Ajay Tadepalli MD

  • Dr. Tadepalli is a community oncologist treating cancer patients at Emory Johns Creek Hospital and The Emory Clinic at Buford.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Chunzhi Xia MD, PhD

  • Hematologist
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Chunzhi Xia MD, PhD

Chunzhi Xia MD, PhD

  • Dr. Xia's primary clinical focus is the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma, leukemia, and lymphoma.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 501-7040

Rebecca Arnold LCSW, OSW-C

  • Social Worker
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                                 Rebecca Arnold LCSW, OSW-C
Rebecca Arnold LCSW, OSW-C

Rebecca Arnold LCSW, OSW-C

Saja Asakrah MD

  • Hematopathologist
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Saja Asakrah MD

Saja Asakrah MD

  • Dr. Asakrah specializes in hematopathology and is located at Emory University Hospital.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • 404-712-1266

Wendy Baer MD

  • Psychiatric Oncologist
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Wendy Baer MD

Wendy Baer MD

  • Dr. Baer helps patients and their families deal with the stress of receiving a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment.
  • Medical Director of Psychiatric Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Tiffany Barrett MS, RD, CSO, LD

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

Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD
Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

Stephanie Boyea MS, RD, CSO, LD

  • A Registered Dietitian, Ms. Boyea provides blood cancer patients who are undergoing treatment at Winship with personalized nutrition advice.
  • Registered Dietitian, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-7991

Kyle T. Bradley MD, MS

  • Hematopathologist
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Kyle T. Bradley MD, MS

Kyle T. Bradley MD, MS

  • Dr. Bradley is a board certified hematopathologist located at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5227

Michael Brown PA

  • Physician Assistant
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                                 Michael Brown PA
Michael Brown PA

Michael Brown PA

Hilary G. Cohen LCSW, OSW-C

  • Social Worker
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                                 Hilary G. Cohen LCSW, OSW-C
Hilary G. Cohen LCSW, OSW-C

Hilary G. Cohen LCSW, OSW-C

Hannah H. Collins NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Hannah H. Collins NP
Hannah H. Collins NP

Hannah H. Collins NP

Kimberly A. Curseen MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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                                 Kimberly A. Curseen MD
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 of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services , Emory Healthcare
  • (404) 778-6448

Stephanie DeBragga MS, PA-C

  • Physician Assistant
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                                 Stephanie DeBragga MS, PA-C
Stephanie DeBragga MS, PA-C

Stephanie DeBragga MS, PA-C

George Deeb MD

  • Hematopathologist
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                                 George Deeb MD
George Deeb MD

George Deeb MD

Sara Hall LCSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Sara Hall LCSW
Sara Hall LCSW

Sara Hall LCSW

  • Ms. Hall provides clinical social work for patients who have hematological malignancies in the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center at Winship.
  • Social Worker, Hematology and BMT, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-8003

Carmen Hancock MSN, APRN, FNP-C

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Carmen Hancock MSN, APRN, FNP-C
Carmen Hancock MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Carmen Hancock MSN, APRN, FNP-C

Brittany Hill PA-C, MPH, MSc, MMSc

  • Physician Assistant
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                                 Brittany  Hill PA-C, MPH, MSc, MMSc
Brittany Hill PA-C, MPH, MSc, MMSc

Brittany Hill PA-C, MPH, MSc, MMSc

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

Theresa Hoffman LCSW, ACM

  • Social Worker
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                                 Theresa Hoffman LCSW, ACM
Theresa Hoffman LCSW, ACM

Theresa Hoffman LCSW, ACM

  • Ms. Hoffman leads the social services team at Winship Cancer Institute, and provides clinical social work for patients with hematological malignancies treated at the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center at Winship.
  • Manager of Social Services, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5899

David L. Jaye MD

  • Hematopathologist
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David L. Jaye MD

David L. Jaye MD

  • Dr. Jaye is an attending pathologist specializing in hematolymphoid malignancies.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5947

Sandra J. Karem LCSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Sandra J. Karem LCSW
Sandra J. Karem LCSW

Sandra J. Karem LCSW

Rachel Keller RD, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Rachel Keller RD, LD
Rachel Keller RD, LD

Rachel Keller RD, LD

Celia Lett NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Celia Lett NP
Celia Lett NP

Celia Lett NP

Colleen Lewis NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Colleen Lewis NP
Colleen Lewis NP

Colleen Lewis NP

  • Ms. Lewis is Director of Clinical Operations for the Phase I Clinical Trials Program at Winship Cancer Institute.
  • Director of Clinical Operations, Phase I Clinical Trials Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Shiyong Li MD, PhD, FASCP

  • Hematopathologist
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                                 Shiyong Li MD, PhD, FASCP
Shiyong Li MD, PhD, FASCP

Shiyong Li MD, PhD, FASCP

  • Dr. Li is a board certified pathologist interested in the development of new diagnostic techniques in hematopathology.
  • Director, Flow Cytometry Laboratory, Emory Medical Laboratory, Emory University Hospital
  • (404) 712-5867

Carol Lipscomb RN, BSN, OCN, BMTCN

  • Nurse Navigator
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                                 Carol Lipscomb RN, BSN, OCN, BMTCN
Carol Lipscomb RN, BSN, OCN, BMTCN

Carol Lipscomb RN, BSN, OCN, BMTCN

  • Ms. Lipscomb coordinates care for patients in the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center at Winship Cancer Institute.
  • Nurse Navigator, Bone Marrow Transplant Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Karen P. Mann MD, PhD

  • Hematopathologist
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                                 Karen P. Mann MD, PhD
Karen P. Mann MD, PhD

Karen P. Mann MD, PhD

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

  • Located at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital and Emory Johns Creek Hospital, Ms. McCall works with the medical oncology teams and their patients.
  • Social Worker, Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 938-0918

Kendelle Miller LCSW, ACM

  • Social Worker
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                                 Kendelle Miller LCSW, ACM
Kendelle Miller LCSW, ACM

Kendelle Miller LCSW, ACM

  • Ms. Miller provides clinical social work for patients with hematological malignancies and who are treated at the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center at Winship.
  • Social Worker, Hematology and BMT, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5535

Jessica Neely PA

  • Physician Assistant
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                                 Jessica Neely PA
Jessica Neely PA

Jessica Neely PA

Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv

  • Spiritual Health Manager
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                                 Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv
Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv

Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv

  • Caroline has a passion for offering compassionate, respectful, and effective patient/family-centered care in a multi-faith, multi-cultural environment.
  • Manager of Spiritual Health Support and Community Care, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (470) 446-7844

Deniz Peker MD

  • Hematopathologist
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                                 Deniz Peker MD
Deniz Peker MD

Deniz Peker MD

  • Dr. Peker is a board certified hematopathologist located at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5947

Hilary B. Popham LMSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Hilary B. Popham LMSW
Hilary B. Popham LMSW

Hilary B. Popham LMSW

  • Ms. Popham works with patients who have hematological malignancies and are treated at the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Clinic at Winship.
  • Social Worker, Hematology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5559

Debra Saxe PhD

  • Clinical Cytogeneticist
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                                 Debra Saxe PhD
Debra Saxe PhD

Debra Saxe PhD

  • Dr. Saxe's research interests are in studying the cytogenetics and Fluorescence in situ Hybridization (FISH) abnormalities in hematopathology and soft tissue malignancies.
  • Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-4810

T. Michelle Tooson RN, BSN

  • Nurse Navigator
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                                 T. Michelle Tooson RN, BSN
T. Michelle Tooson RN, BSN

T. Michelle Tooson RN, BSN

Luqiu Wang BS, PA-C

  • Physician Assistant
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                                 Luqiu  Wang BS, PA-C
Luqiu Wang BS, PA-C

Luqiu Wang BS, PA-C

Ali J. Zarrabi MD

  • Supportive Oncologist
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                                 Ali J. Zarrabi MD
Ali J. Zarrabi MD

Ali J. Zarrabi MD

Linsheng Zhang MD, PhD

  • Hematopathologist
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                                 Linsheng Zhang MD, PhD
Linsheng Zhang MD, PhD

Linsheng Zhang MD, PhD

  • Dr. Zhang's specializes in diagnostic hematopathology integrating morphologic examination, flow cytometric immunophenotyping, cytogenetics, FISH, and microarray studies; and molecular diagnosis of solid tumors.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5867
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