Leukemia

When you come to Winship Cancer Institute for leukemia treatment, you have a multidisciplinary team of experts drawing from a vast set of resources and dedicated to your well-being.

New treatments for leukemia have dramatically improved patient recovery and survival so it’s important that your healthcare team is fully up to date. Our leukemia experts are dedicated to providing the best care and newest, most effective treatments for patients with many types of leukemia.

Drawing on Emory's extensive resources in hematology, medical oncology and radiation oncology, Winship’s leukemia teams offer comprehensive, coordinated services to diagnose, treat and provide long-term care of leukemia patients.

Our multidisciplinary care teams include hematologists, pathologists, pharmacists, physician assistants, and oncology nurses with decades of experience treating both chronic and acute forms of leukemia. This focused, coordinated approach provides you with a personalized care plan that identifies the best therapies for you, from the latest chemotherapy drugs to the most advanced procedures in bone marrow and stem cell transplantation.

As blood cancer specialists, our teams study leukemia and are adept at translating the latest 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:

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. 

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During the last four decades, the prospect of recovery for an individual with leukemia has changed dramatically. Now, most patients can live successfully managing their symptoms and some patients can be cured.

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

Chemotherapy: Currently, the most effective treatment for leukemia is chemotherapy, which 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.

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

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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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 or request an appointment online. 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 and idea of what to expect on your first visit.Download Leukemia Care Team Patient Packet
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Zaid Al-Kadhimi MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Zaid  Al-Kadhimi MD
Zaid Al-Kadhimi MD

Zaid Al-Kadhimi MD

  • Dr. Al-Kadhimi specializes in the treatment of leukemia, lymphoma, myelodysplastic syndrome and other blood cancers, and is a part of the team at the Blood Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center at Winship.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology , Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Martha Arellano MD

  • Hematologist
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                                 Martha  Arellano  MD
Martha Arellano MD

Martha Arellano MD

  • Dr. Arellano is a key member of the patient care team at Winship specializing in treatment of leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma and myelodysplastic syndromes.
  • Associate Program Director of the Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Training Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Wendy Baer MD

  • Oncology Psychiatrist
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                                 Wendy Baer MD
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

Leon Bernal-Mizrachi MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Leon  Bernal-Mizrachi MD
Leon Bernal-Mizrachi MD

Leon Bernal-Mizrachi MD

  • A medical oncologist, Dr. Bernal-Mizrachi treats leukemia patients at Emory University Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

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

Michael Brown PA

  • Physician Assistant
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                                 Michael Brown PA
Michael Brown PA

Michael Brown PA

Elizabeth Butker MS, DABR

  • Team Member
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                                 Elizabeth Butker MS, DABR
Elizabeth Butker MS, DABR

Elizabeth Butker MS, DABR

Hillary G. Cohen LCSW, CTS, DVC (III)

  • Social Worker
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                                 Hillary G. Cohen LCSW, CTS, DVC (III)
Hillary G. Cohen LCSW, CTS, DVC (III)

Hillary G. Cohen LCSW, CTS, DVC (III)

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

Natia Esiashvili MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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                                 Natia Esiashvili MD
Natia Esiashvili MD

Natia Esiashvili MD

  • Dr. Esiashvili specializes in the treatment of complex pediatric cancers and hematological malignancies in adults.
  • Associate Professor and Chief Quality Officer, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3473

Manila Gaddh MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Manila Gaddh MD
Manila Gaddh MD

Manila Gaddh MD

  • Dr. Gaddh specializes in the treatment of leukemia, lymphoma, bone marrow failure syndromes and thrombotic disorders.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Jacques Galipeau MD, FRCP(C)

  • Hematologist
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                                 Jacques  Galipeau MD, FRCP(C)
Jacques Galipeau MD, FRCP(C)

Jacques Galipeau MD, FRCP(C)

  • A benign hematologist, Dr. Galipeau specializes in the treatment of patients with blood disorders including Sickle cell anemia, leukopenia, leukocytosis and platelet disorders.
  • Co-Director Tumor Immunology-Immunotherapy, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Joan Giblin NP

  • Survivorship Program
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                                 Joan  Giblin NP
Joan Giblin NP

Joan Giblin NP

  • An experienced nurse practitioner specialist with extensive patient care involvement, Ms. Giblin facilitates continued good health and quality of life for cancer survivors.
  • Survivorship Program Director, Winship Cancer Institute
  • (404) 778-1900

Leonard T. Heffner Jr. MD

  • Hematologist
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                                 Leonard T. Heffner Jr. MD
Leonard T. Heffner Jr. MD

Leonard T. Heffner Jr. MD

  • Dr. Heffner's clinical interests include bone marrow transplant, Hodgkin's disease, leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and Waldenström's macroglobulinemia.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Stacie Holloway RN, BSN, OCN

  • Nurse Navigator
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                                 Stacie Holloway RN, BSN, OCN
Stacie Holloway RN, BSN, OCN

Stacie Holloway RN, BSN, OCN

  • Ms. Holloway is the lead nurse navigator at Winship and she works with the hematology team assisting patients treated for blood cancer and blood disorders.
  • Hematology Nurse Navigator, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

David L. Jaye MD

  • Hematopathologist
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David L. Jaye MD

David L. Jaye MD

  • Dr. Jaye is an attending pathologist with an extensive research background.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5867

Anand P. Jillella MD

  • Hematologist
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                                 Anand P. Jillella MD
Anand P. Jillella MD

Anand P. Jillella MD

  • Dr. Jillella is a national leader in bone marrow transplantation and has led the development of a strategy to decrease induction mortality for acute promyelocytic leukemia.
  • Associate Director for Community Outreach, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Paul Johnson MSN, FNP-BC

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Paul Johnson  MSN, FNP-BC
Paul Johnson MSN, FNP-BC

Paul Johnson MSN, FNP-BC

Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR

  • Radiation Oncologist
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                                 Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR
Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR

Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR

  • Dr. Khan specializes in lymphoma, leukemia, multiple myeloma, skin (melanoma, squamous cell, basal cell, merkel cell), and pediatric cancers.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3473

H. Jean Khoury MD

  • Hematologist
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                                 H. Jean Khoury MD
H. Jean Khoury MD

H. Jean Khoury MD

Nassoma King PA

  • Physician Assistant
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                                 Nassoma King PA
Nassoma King PA

Nassoma King PA

Vamsi K. Kota MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Vamsi K. Kota MD
Vamsi K. Kota MD

Vamsi K. Kota MD

  • Dr. Kota specializes in chronic myeloid leukemia, myeloproliferative neoplasms, acute myeloid leukemia, myelodysplastic syndromes, myelofibrosis and transplant.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Amelia A. Langston MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Amelia A. Langston MD
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.
  • Medical Director and Section Chief, Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

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

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

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

  • Social Worker
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                                 Joy  McCall LCSW
Joy McCall LCSW

Joy McCall LCSW

  • Located at the Winship Cancer Institute, Ms. McCall works with the Bone Marrow Transplant Center, hematology and gynecologic cancer teams and their patients.
  • Social Worker, Hematology and Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5899

Morgan L. McLemore MD

  • Hematologist
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                                 Morgan L. McLemore MD
Morgan L. McLemore MD

Morgan L. McLemore MD

  • Dr. McLemore specializes in treating patients with leukemia, myelodysplastic syndrome, aplastic anemia and other blood disorders.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Alice Mullins LCSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Alice Mullins LCSW
Alice Mullins LCSW

Alice Mullins LCSW

  • A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Ms. Mullins specializes in assisting patients affected by hematologic malignancies and with those undergoing bone marrow transplantation.
  • Social Worker, Hematology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5559

Jessica Neely PA

  • Physician Assistant
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                                 Jessica Neely PA
Jessica Neely PA

Jessica Neely PA

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • Social Worker
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                                 Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C
Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • At Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Ms. Perlmutter works with patients of all cancer types providing resource referrals and counseling services.
  • Social Worker, Outpatient Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7826

Marian Shepard PA

  • Physician Assistant
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                                 Marian Shepard PA
Marian Shepard PA

Marian Shepard PA

Melanie Simon NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Melanie Simon NP
Melanie Simon NP

Melanie Simon NP

Edmund K. Waller MD, PhD, FACP

  • Medical Oncologist
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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.
  • Director, Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Elliott F. Winton MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Elliott F. Winton MD
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

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.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5867