Lung Cancer

When you come to Winship Cancer Institute for lung cancer treatment, you have a multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to your well-being.

Our healthcare teams are dedicated to providing the best care and newest, most effective treatments for lung cancer patients.

Winship draws upon Emory's vast resources in thoracic surgery, medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgical oncology, pathology and pulmonology, in order to deliver a comprehensive and coordinated approach to treating lung cancer. 

Our multidisciplinary care teams include pathologists, radiologists, nurse navigators, and support oncology staff. These teams develop personalized care plans based on the most current discoveries in lung and other aerodigestive cancer treatment and research, such as genetic or molecular testing for specific gene mutations that can be targeted by new therapies.

By concentrating on a specific cancer type, our teams offer you the highest level of experience and expertise in lung and aerodigestive cancer care.  Benefits of our multidisciplinary team approach include:

  • Access to doctors who rank among the top lung cancer experts in the world.
  • Access to the Lung Cancer Care Clinic at Winship.
  • Weekly review of patient cases by the full team of experts.
  • Coordinated scheduling for appointments among various specialties.
  • Lung cancer treatment and research specifically for the elderly.
  • Access to a nurse navigator to assist you throughout the treatment process.
  • Access to support programs and groups for you and your caregivers.
  • Availability of new cutting-edge treatment options within our clinical trials program.

Primary lung cancer, or cancer that starts in the lungs, is divided into two main types based on which cell type is affected:

Other types of lung cancer are rare and account for only a small percentage of cases, such as lung carcinoid tumors and mesothelioma, a rare type of cancer most commonly linked with asbestos exposure.

At Winship, we use the very latest in precision medicine. We utilize state-of-the-art technology to test tumor tissues for a variety of gene mutations in patients with lung cancer, and use the results to select treatment options. By conducting thorough molecular testing of the tumor, we are able to match the treatments that are most likely to work for each patient.

There are many different tests and scans used to determine the presence, type and stage of lung cancer. Your doctor should determine which method or methods would be best for you.

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

Visit CancerQuest

Treatment plans are individualized based on the diagnosis, stage and genetic makeup of your lung cancer. Winship performs molecular screening tests to determine the genetic makeup of your cancer and evaluate if new therapies can help in your treatment.

Your treatment options may vary, but in most cases one or a combination of the following methods will be used:

Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy is the use of 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 radiation and surgery to treat lung cancer.

Radiation: Radiation is the use of high-energy x-rays or other types of radiation to kill cancer cells. Physicians may use radiation by itself to treat lung cancer or to shrink tumors before surgery. Radiation therapy is given based on the stage of the tumor.

Surgery: Physicians may remove parts of the lung(s) and nearby affected tissues.

Targeted Therapy: For certain patients with lung cancer, we use targeted treatments that are highly specific to the patient’s cancer. The targeted treatments are often available in pill form, so patients can take them on their own at home.

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 lung cancer, 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.

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Wendy Baer MD

  • Oncology Psychiatrist
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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

Jonathan J. Beitler MD, MBA, FACR, FASTRO

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Jonathan J. Beitler MD, MBA, FACR, FASTRO

Jonathan J. Beitler MD, MBA, FACR, FASTRO

  • Dr. Beitler is a radiation oncologist specializing in head and neck cancer at Winship Cancer Institute.
  • Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-2391

David Berkowitz MD

  • Pulmonologist
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David Berkowitz MD

David Berkowitz MD

  • Dr. Berkowitz is a pulmonologist and Emory University faculty member who works with our lung cancer treatment team to deliver high-quality care to Winship patients.
  • Director, Interventional Pulmonology Program, Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • (404) 778-1900

Chandar Bhimani MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Chandar Bhimani MD

Chandar Bhimani MD

  • Dr. Bhimani is a hematology and medical oncology specialist treating patients at Emory Saint Joseph's 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

Linda Byrd ADN, RN, CGRN

  • Nurse Navigator
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                                 Linda Byrd ADN, RN, CGRN
Linda Byrd ADN, RN, CGRN

Linda Byrd ADN, RN, CGRN

  • Ms. Byrd assists patients being treated for breast, gastrointestinal and lung cancers at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.
  • Oncology Nurse Navigator, Winship at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7118

Walter J. Curran, Jr. MD, FACR

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Walter J. Curran, Jr. MD, FACR

Walter J. Curran, Jr. MD, FACR

  • An international expert in advanced lung cancer and malignant brain tumors, Dr. Curran has been Executive Director of Winship since 2009.
  • Executive Director, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-3473

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 of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services , Emory Healthcare
  • (404) 778-1900

Sharon Etris MS, FNP-C, AOCNP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Sharon  Etris MS, FNP-C, AOCNP
Sharon Etris MS, FNP-C, AOCNP

Sharon Etris MS, FNP-C, AOCNP

Felix G. Fernandez MD

  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon
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Felix G. Fernandez MD

Felix G. Fernandez MD

  • Located at Atlanta VA Medical Center, Dr. Fernandez specializes in lung transplantation and the minimally invasive treatment of thoracic malignancies.
  • Chief, Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • (404) 778-1900

Seth D. Force MD

  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon
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Seth D. Force MD

Seth D. Force MD

  • Dr. Force has a national reputation as an outstanding thoracic surgeon whose research focuses on outcomes in lung transplantation and thoracic diseases.
  • Surgical Director, Thoracic Oncology Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Anthony A. Gal MD

  • Pathologist
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Anthony A. Gal MD

Anthony A. Gal MD

  • Board certified in both anatomic and clinical pathology, Dr. Gal is a leading specialist in pulmonary pathology.
  • Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5867

Joan Giblin NP

  • Survivorship Program
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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

Ulrike Gorgens MSN, NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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Ulrike Gorgens MSN, NP

Ulrike Gorgens MSN, NP

Rebecca Hanik RN, MSN, OCN

  • Nurse Navigator
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                                 Rebecca Hanik RN, MSN, OCN
Rebecca Hanik RN, MSN, OCN

Rebecca Hanik RN, MSN, OCN

Bruce Hershatter MD, FACR

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Bruce Hershatter MD, FACR

Bruce Hershatter MD, FACR

  • Dr. Hershatter specializes in the treatment of prostate and lung cancers at Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
  • Medical Director, Radiation Oncology, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center
  • (404) 321-6111

Kristin Higgins MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Kristin Higgins MD

Kristin Higgins MD

  • As a radiation oncologist, Dr. Higgins specializes in the treatment of lung, head and neck cancers.
  • Assistant Professor and Medical Director, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3473

Shannon Kahn MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Shannon Kahn MD

Shannon Kahn MD

  • Specializing in Gamma Knife radiosurgery, Dr. Kahn treats many cancers including breast, brain and thoracic cancer at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (678) 843-7004

Fadlo R. Khuri MD, FACP

  • Medical Oncologist
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Fadlo R. Khuri MD, FACP

Fadlo R. Khuri MD, FACP

  • A world-renowned lung cancer and head and neck cancer expert, Dr. Khuri is Deputy Director of Winship Cancer Institute and editor-in-chief of the journal Cancer.
  • Deputy Director, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Colleen Lewis NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Colleen Lewis NP
Colleen Lewis NP

Colleen Lewis NP

Taofeek Owonikoko MD, PhD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Taofeek Owonikoko MD, PhD
Taofeek Owonikoko MD, PhD

Taofeek Owonikoko MD, PhD

  • Dr. Owonikoko's clinical specialties include lung cancer, thyroid cancer and other cancers of the aerodigestive tract.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Suchita Pakkala MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Suchita Pakkala MD

Suchita Pakkala MD

  • Dr. Pakkala's clinical interest is primarily in thoracic malignancies, but she treats patients with a wide array of solid tumor type cancers including breast cancer.
  • Clinical Instructor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Sandra Parker NP-C

  • Team Member
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Sandra Parker NP-C

Sandra Parker NP-C

  • Ms. Parker is an advanced registered nurse practitioner in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.
  • Nurse Practitioner, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
  • (678) 843-7004

Beth Perlmutter MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

  • Social Worker
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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

Allan Pickens MD

  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon
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Allan Pickens MD

Allan Pickens MD

Rathi Pillai MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Rathi Pillai MD

Rathi Pillai MD

  • A certified medical oncologist, Dr. Pillai's clinical focus includes the treatment of lung cancer, mesothelioma, thymoma and thyroid cancer.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Suresh S. Ramalingam MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Suresh S. Ramalingam MD

Suresh S. Ramalingam MD

  • Nationally recognized for his research, Dr. Ramalingam has developed individualized therapies for patients with small cell and non-small cell lung cancer.
  • Co-Leader, Discovery & Developmental Therapeutics Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Pamela Randall MDiv

  • Chaplain
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Pamela Randall MDiv

Pamela Randall MDiv

Satyanarayan K. Reddy MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Satyanarayan K. Reddy MD

Satyanarayan K. Reddy MD

  • Located at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Dr. Reddy specializes in treating breast cancer, lung cancer and lymphoma patients.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Carol Rivera ACBSW

  • Social Worker
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Carol Rivera ACBSW

Carol Rivera ACBSW

Nabil F. Saba MD, FACP

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Nabil F. Saba MD, FACP
Nabil F. Saba MD, FACP

Nabil F. Saba MD, FACP

Manu S. Sancheti MD

  • Cardiothoracic Surgeon
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Manu S. Sancheti MD

Manu S. Sancheti MD

  • Located at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Dr. Sancheti specializes in thoracic oncology, minimally invasive thoracic surgery, esophageal surgery, and lung transplantation.
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Jay Shelton MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Jay Shelton MD

Jay Shelton MD

  • Located at Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady, Dr. Shelton treats lung and genitourinary cancer patients.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 616-6343

Dong Moon Shin MD, FACP

  • Medical Oncologist
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Dong Moon Shin MD, FACP

Dong Moon Shin MD, FACP

  • As a medical oncologist, Dr. Shin is sought after for the treatment of lung cancer, head and neck cancer along with mesothelioma, thymoma and thymic carcinoma.
  • Associate Director for Academic Development, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Vinita Singh MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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Vinita Singh MD

Vinita Singh MD

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

Meena Thirunavu MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Meena Thirunavu MD

Meena Thirunavu MD

  • Dr. Thirunavu specializes in the treatment of a wide range of oncologic and hematologic disorders with a special interest in breast cancer, lymphomas, cancer genetics and coagulation disorders.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Jeffrey M. Vainshtein MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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                                 Jeffrey M. Vainshtein MD
Jeffrey M. Vainshtein MD

Jeffrey M. Vainshtein MD

  • Dr. Vainshtein treats patients with head and neck cancer, gastrointestinal malignancies, thoracic malignancies and sarcomas at both Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital and Emory University Hospital.
  • Instructor, Clinical Track, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3473

Roger S. Williams DO

  • Interventional Radiologist
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Roger S. Williams DO

Roger S. Williams DO

  • Dr. Williams is a board certified radiologist with a certificate of Added Qualification in Interventional Radiology. He is part of a multi-disciplinary team of medical, surgical and radiation oncologists who develop specialized treatment plans for each patient.
  • Interim Director, Interventional Radiology and Image-Guided Medicine, Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • (404) 778-1900

Kathryn Wrammert MSN, ANP-BC, WHNP-BC, AOCNP

  • NP Specialist
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                                 Kathryn Wrammert MSN, ANP-BC, WHNP-BC, AOCNP
Kathryn Wrammert MSN, ANP-BC, WHNP-BC, AOCNP

Kathryn Wrammert MSN, ANP-BC, WHNP-BC, AOCNP

  • Ms. Wrammert helps patients manage their treatment related side effects as well as symptoms from their disease.
  • Nurse Practitioner Specialist, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

David Yu MD, PhD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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David Yu MD, PhD

David Yu MD, PhD

  • Dr. Yu is a radiation oncologist with a clinical practice at Grady Memorial Hospital and a research laboratory identifying innovative therapies for cancer care.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 616-3957