Melanoma

When you come to Winship Cancer Institute for melanoma treatment, you have a multidisciplinary team of experts dedicated to your well-being. To request an appointment, call (404) 778-0680.

The Melanoma Clinic at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University offers patients a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach to treatment.

Your Winship care team draws on Emory's vast resources in dermatology, surgical oncology, and medical oncology to provide the newest, most effective practices and treatments for melanoma. Our Melanoma Program is a coordinated, cohesive program with a dedicated treatment plan established for each patient.

As specialists, our teams develop groundbreaking surgeries and treatments that produce better outcomes and are adopted by other leading cancer centers. Our care team treats patients with melanoma of the skin as well as rarer forms of melanoma such as mucosal and ocular melanoma. We also treat non-melanoma malignancies such as squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, Merkel cell carcinoma and other skin cancers.

The benefits of our multidisciplinary and highly experienced teams include:

  • Access to doctors and surgeons who rank among the top cancer experts in the world.
  • Access to the Pigmented Lesions Clinic for high risk cases.
  • Weekly review of patient cases by the full team of experts.
  • Coordinated scheduling for appointments among various specialties.
  • Access to our melanoma coordinator to assist you through out the treatment process.
  • 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 melanoma, we are ready to help you. Call us at (404) 778-0680 to request an appointment with a skin cancer 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. Learn what to expect on your first visit.

Refer a Patient

Referring providers, you or your staff may refer a patient by contacting us at (404) 778-0680 or email to winship.referrals@emoryhealthcare.org.

A suspicious lesion on the skin may prompt a doctor to perform the following surgical procedures to determine if a patient has melanoma.

Skin biopsy: a small sample of an abnormal lesion is examined under a microscope. Skin biopsies can be performed in various ways:

  • Shave biopsy: the top layers of the skin are removed when the risk of melanoma is very low.
  • Punch biopsy: a doctor uses a small cookie-cutter shaped tool to remove several layers of the skin.
  • Excisional biopsy: the entire tumor is removed and examined by a pathologist.

Additional tests including imaging and scans may be used to determine whether the cancer has spread or metastasized.

The Emory Healthcare dermatology clinic offers a variety of screening and diagnostic tests.

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

Treatment options for melanoma will depend on a number of factors including the patient’s overall health, the thickness of the tumor and whether the disease has spread.

Surgery is the first line of treatment if melanoma has not spread throughout the body. For some patients, removing the tumor will offer a cure. Patients with advanced disease may require additional surgery, radiation therapy or immunotherapy following surgery.

Radiation therapy uses high-energy beans to kill the cancer.

Immunotherapy is a type of biological therapy delivered through medication that stimulates or suppresses the immune system to fight cancer.

Certain skin cancers of the lower extremities may require removal of the local lymph nodes. Here at Winship, our doctors have pioneered a groin dissection technique for the removal of lymph nodes that improves recovery and lowers the risk of infection.

Targeted therapies: Winship's most promising research in treating melanoma is in personalized medicine and targeted therapies. In personalized medicine, researchers identify unique characteristics of tumors that make them vulnerable to known drugs so therapy can be tailored to an individual's cancer. In targeted therapies, investigators look for new drugs that more selectively target cancer cells with fewer side effects.

Chemotherapy may be used to treat advanced melanoma. It is not often used during initial treatment because of the availability of immunotherapy and targeted therapy.

Clinical Trials

One of your best treatment options may be participation in a clinical trial. Our patients have access to some of the most advanced cancer treatments and clinical trials for melanoma and cutaneous malignancies 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 our melanoma coordinator and our team of counselors, dietitians and social service professionals.

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Keith Delman MD, FACS

  • Surgical Oncologist
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Keith Delman MD, FACS

Keith Delman MD, FACS

Ragini Kudchadkar MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Ragini Kudchadkar MD
Ragini Kudchadkar MD

Ragini Kudchadkar MD

  • Dr. Kudchadkar specializes in the treatment of cancers of the skin including metastatic melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, Merkel cell carcinoma and other cutaneous malignancies.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-0680

David H. Lawson MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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David H. Lawson MD

David H. Lawson MD

  • Dr. Lawson's leads a program that incorporates the best of basic and clinical science with the goal of improving the care of patients with melanoma.
  • Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-0680

Margi McKellar MS, MMS PA-C

  • Melanoma Coordinator
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                                 Margi McKellar MS, MMS PA-C
Margi McKellar MS, MMS PA-C

Margi McKellar MS, MMS PA-C

  • As the melanoma coordinator, Ms. McKellar serves as the point of contact for referring physicians and their patients from their initial referrals through long-term follow-up.
  • Physician Assistant, Surgical Oncology and Dermatology , Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-0680

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

Jack Arbiser MD, PhD

  • Dermatologist
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Jack Arbiser MD, PhD

Jack Arbiser MD, PhD

Cletus A. Arciero MD, FACS

  • Surgical Oncologist
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                                 Cletus A. Arciero MD, FACS
Cletus A. Arciero MD, FACS

Cletus A. Arciero MD, FACS

  • A surgical oncologist, Dr. Arciero primarily treats breast cancer patients at Emory Johns Creek Hospital and Emory University Hospital.
  • Interim Director, Glenn Family Breast Center, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5707

Wendy Baer MD

  • Psychiatric Oncologist
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Wendy Baer MD

Wendy Baer MD

Armita Bahrami MD

  • Pathologist
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                                 Armita Bahrami MD
Armita Bahrami MD

Armita Bahrami MD

  • Dr. Bahrami is a surgical pathologist with an interest in the molecular pathogenesis of soft tissue sarcoma and melanoma.
  • Acting Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5947

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

Travis W. Blalock MD

  • Dermatologist
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Travis W. Blalock MD

Travis W. Blalock MD

  • Dr. Blalock's primary focus is dermatologic surgery including treatment of skin cancers with a specialized surgical procedure called Mohs micrographic surgery.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3333

Zachary S. Buchwald MD, PhD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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                                 Zachary S. Buchwald MD, PhD
Zachary S. Buchwald MD, PhD

Zachary S. Buchwald MD, PhD

Grant W. Carlson MD, FACS

  • Reconstructive Surgeon
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                                 Grant W. Carlson MD, FACS
Grant W. Carlson MD, FACS

Grant W. Carlson MD, FACS

  • Dr. Carlson is a leading expert in breast reconstruction and skin sparing mastectomy for patients with breast cancer, and microvascular surgery for head and neck cancer patients.
  • Wadley R. Glenn Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3307

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

Heather G. Gatcombe MD

  • Radiation Oncologist
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Heather G. Gatcombe MD

Heather G. Gatcombe MD

Jamie M. Goldman MD

  • Community Oncologist
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                                 Jamie M. Goldman MD
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

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

Emily M. Huskey RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Emily M. Huskey RD, CSO, LD
Emily M. Huskey RD, CSO, LD

Emily M. Huskey RD, CSO, LD

  • A Registered Dietitian, Ms. Huskey provides cancer patients who are undergoing treatment at Winship Cancer Institute with personalized nutrition advice.
  • Registered Dietitian, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-4526

Christina Jenkins MSN, MHA, FNP-C

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Christina Jenkins MSN, MHA, FNP-C
Christina Jenkins MSN, MHA, FNP-C

Christina Jenkins MSN, MHA, FNP-C

  • Ms. Jenkins specializes in the care of patients with a variety of solid tumor diagnoses including brain, breast, lung, skin, gastrointestinal and genitourinary cancers.
  • Nurse Practitioner, Inpatient Service, Emory University Hospital
  • (404) 778-1900

Rachel Keller RD, LD

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

Rachel Keller RD, LD

Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR, FACRO

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

Mohammad K. Khan MD, PhD, DABR, FACRO

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

Ashish Khanna MD

  • Cancer Rehabilitation Specialist
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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

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

Michael C. Lowe MD, MA

  • Surgical Oncologist
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Michael C. Lowe MD, MA

Michael C. Lowe MD, MA

  • Dr. Lowe specializes in the treatment of cutaneous malignancies including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and Merkel cell carcinoma.
  • Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-0680

Mohammed F. Loya MD

  • Interventional Radiologist
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Mohammed F. Loya MD

Mohammed F. Loya MD

  • Dr. Loya specializes in locoregional radiotherapies including Y90 radioembolization, chemoembolization, and thermal ablation of liver, renal, lung, bone, and soft tissue tumors.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4747

Ladan Lutfi PA-C, MCMSc

  • Physician Assistant
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                                 Ladan Lutfi PA-C, MCMSc
Ladan Lutfi PA-C, MCMSc

Ladan Lutfi PA-C, MCMSc

Necia Maynard APRN-BC, AOCNP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Necia Maynard  APRN-BC, AOCNP
Necia Maynard APRN-BC, AOCNP

Necia Maynard APRN-BC, AOCNP

Robert J. Morris MD

  • Dermatopathologist
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Robert J. Morris MD

Robert J. Morris MD

  • Dr. Morris is board certified in dermatopathology and in combined anatomic and clinical pathology.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology and Department of Pathology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-5000

Neela Natarajan MD

  • Community Oncologist
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Neela Natarajan MD

Neela Natarajan MD

  • A board certified medical oncologist, Dr. Natarajan sees patients with cancer at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital and Emory University Hospital Midtown.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, 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 Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-6448

Douglas C. Parker MD

  • Dermatopathologist
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Douglas C. Parker MD

Douglas C. Parker MD

  • Board certified in anatomic pathology and in dermatopathology, Dr. Parker is involved in the histopathologic interpretation and diagnosis of skin lesions for patients at both Emory University Hospital and Grady Memorial Hospital.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 712-5947

Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv

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

Caroline Peacock LCSW, MDiv

  • Caroline 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
  • (470) 446-7844

Natalie Brooke Peeples MD

  • Palliative Care Specialist
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                                 Natalie Brooke Peeples MD
Natalie Brooke Peeples MD

Natalie Brooke Peeples MD

  • A palliative care specialist, Dr. Peeples, provides care and treatments to improve quality of life for patients in any stage of their cancer journey.
  • Assistant Professor, Division of Palliative Medicine, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-6448

Brian P. Pollack MD, PhD

  • Dermatopathologist
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Brian P. Pollack MD, PhD

Brian P. Pollack MD, PhD

  • Board certified in dermatopathology, Dr. Pollack specializes in laboratory medicine for melanoma and skin cancers.
  • Assistant Professor, Departments of Dermatology and Pathology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3333

J. David Prologo MD

  • Radiologist
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J. David Prologo MD

J. David Prologo MD

  • Dr. Prologo's clinical specialties include diagnostic radiology, interventional radiology, interventional pain management and bone tumor ablations.
  • Director of Interventional Radiology Services, Emory Johns Creek Hospital
  • (404) 778-4747

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

Nancy Reynics NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Nancy Reynics NP
Nancy Reynics NP

Nancy Reynics NP

  • Working with the surgical oncology team, Ms. Reynics coordinates care for breast cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, melanoma and sarcoma patients.
  • Nurse Practitioner, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Margaret A. Riso MD

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

Margaret A. Riso MD

Monica Rizzo MD, FACS

  • Surgical Oncologist
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                                 Monica Rizzo MD, FACS
Monica Rizzo MD, FACS

Monica Rizzo MD, FACS

  • Dr. Rizzo is a board certified surgeon who specializes in the management of melanoma, breast cancer, and soft tissue sarcoma.
  • Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-1343

Maria C. Russell MD

  • Surgical Oncologist
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                                 Maria C. Russell MD
Maria C. Russell MD

Maria C. Russell MD

  • Dr. Russell's treats tumors of the liver, biliary tract, pancreas, spleen and gallbladder, metastatic tumors to the liver, tumors of the gastrointestinal tract, neuroendocrine tumors, melanoma and metastatic melanoma.
  • Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 686-1001

Vinita Singh MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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Vinita Singh MD

Vinita Singh MD

  • Dr. Singh collaborates with 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

Benjamin Stoff MD

  • Dermatopathologist
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                                 Benjamin Stoff MD
Benjamin Stoff MD

Benjamin Stoff MD

  • Dr. Stoff specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer and is a member of the multidisciplinary melanoma team at Winship Cancer Institute.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Dermatology, Department of Pathology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3333

Erica S. Tarabadkar MD

  • Dermatologist
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                                 Erica S. Tarabadkar MD
Erica S. Tarabadkar MD

Erica S. Tarabadkar MD

  • Dr. Tarabadkar's clinical interest is in cutaneous oncology, particularly in treating patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, Merkel cell carcinoma and cutaneous toxicities.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-3333

Emily C. Vereen MSW

  • Social Worker
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                                 Emily C. Vereen MSW
Emily C. Vereen MSW

Emily C. Vereen MSW

Felicia Williams DNP, FNP-C, AOCNP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Felicia  Williams DNP, FNP-C, AOCNP
Felicia Williams DNP, FNP-C, AOCNP

Felicia Williams DNP, FNP-C, AOCNP

  • Dr. Williams is the lead advanced practice provider with the medical oncology team at Emory University Hospital Midtown.
  • Lead Advanced Practice Provider, Medical Oncology, Emory University Hospital Midtown
  • (404) 778-1900

Nan Xiang MD

  • Pain Management Specialist
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                                 Nan Xiang MD
Nan Xiang MD

Nan Xiang MD

Howa Yeung MD, MSc

  • Dermatologist
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                                 Howa Yeung MD, MSc
Howa Yeung MD, MSc

Howa Yeung MD, MSc

Melinda L. Yushak MD, MPH

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Melinda L. Yushak MD, MPH
Melinda L. Yushak MD, MPH

Melinda L. Yushak MD, MPH

Ali J. Zarrabi MD

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

Ali J. Zarrabi MD

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