Multiple Myeloma

The multiple myeloma care team at Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta, Georgia is recognized as a national and international leader in the research and comprehensive treatment of the disease.

In the past ten years, our multiple myeloma experts have helped pioneer new drug therapies that have doubled the life expectancy of patients, and they are dedicated to building on that success.

The multiple myeloma team at Winship only specializes in this specific disease. As a patient here, you have access to some of the world's leading myeloma experts and to a healthcare team that provides the highest standard of care, the newest clinical trials available and the most up-to-date approaches in managing myeloma. Our team recently won the MMRF Accelerator Award for our outstanding efforts and exceptional contributions to the rapid completion of clinical trials supported through the Multiple Myeloma Research Consortium, and for our demonstrated leadership as members of the consortium.

We offer you comprehensive treatment plan customized for your disease by giving you access to genetic testing, molecular sequencing and expert assessment. With a multidisciplinary team that includes physicians, physician assistants, pathologists, radiologists, advanced practice nurses, oncology nurses and social workers, our aim is to be a resource at every stage of treatment in order to provide you with guidance on how to have the best long term survival with good quality of life.

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

Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer that develops in the bone marrow when normal, antibody-producing plasma cells become malignant myeloma cells.

The myeloma cells build up in the bone marrow, forming tumors in many bones of the body and preventing the bone marrow from creating healthy blood cells that your body needs to function properly.

The diagnosis of multiple myeloma is often initiated during routine blood tests for other conditions and is difficult to confirm on the basis of any single laboratory test result. Accurate diagnosis generally results from consideration of a variety of factors, including physical evaluation, patient history, symptoms, and lab results.

A number of laboratory tests and medical procedures are used to help confirm a diagnosis of myeloma, including bone marrow biopsy and imaging tests such as x-ray, CT scan or PET scan. Your doctor will determine the appropriate tests for you.

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

Because of ground-breaking research and clinical trials at Winship and elsewhere, treatments for multiple myeloma are changing every day.  Our doctors and researchers are studying the genetic components of multiple myeloma and using that knowledge to come up with better, more targeted drugs and individualized therapies.

The goal of controlling multiple myeloma as a chronic disease, or even curing it, is within reach.

Your treatment options will be tailored to your diagnosis based on the stage of your multiple myeloma and other factors such as lifestyle, age, and general health.

Chemotherapy: Multiple myeloma is sensitive to different combinations of chemotherapy, which may involve one or a combination of anticancer drugs that destroy cancer cells.

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

Targeted drugs and combination therapies: Recently, the U.S. FDA approved a number of new drugs that use the patient's immune system to fight multiple myeloma. Winship has pioneered the use of these drugs in combination with front-line therapies.

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.

 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.

If you have been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, 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 an idea of what to expect on your first visit.

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Sagar Lonial MD, FACP

  • Hematologist
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Sagar Lonial MD, FACP

Sagar Lonial MD, FACP

  • Internationally recognized as a leading authority in multiple myeloma treatment and research, Dr. Lonial collaborates with leadership as Chief Medical Officer to coordinate and enhance clinical services and patient care throughout Winship.
  • Chief Medical Officer, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-3921

Jonathan L. Kaufman MD

  • Hematologist
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Jonathan L. Kaufman MD

Jonathan L. Kaufman MD

  • Dr. Kaufman's practice includes treating lymphoma and multiple myeloma patients at Emory University Hospital and Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.
  • Medical Director and Section Chief, Ambulatory Infusion Centers, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-4322

Ajay K. Nooka MD, MPH, FACP

  • Hematologist
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                                 Ajay K. Nooka MD, MPH, FACP
Ajay K. Nooka MD, MPH, FACP

Ajay K. Nooka MD, MPH, FACP

  • As part of the hematology care team at Winship, Dr. Nooka specializes in the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (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 Waldenstr√∂m's macroglobulinemia.
  • Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Anand P. Jillella MD

  • Hematologist
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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.
  • Medical Director of the Winship Cancer Network, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

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) 778-1900

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

Joel Andrews PA-C

  • Physician Assistant
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                                 Joel Andrews  PA-C
Joel Andrews PA-C

Joel Andrews PA-C

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

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

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

Caitlyn Carson RN, BSN, OCN

  • Nurse Navigator
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                                 Caitlyn Carson RN, BSN, OCN
Caitlyn Carson RN, BSN, OCN

Caitlyn Carson RN, BSN, OCN

Daniela Casbourne FNP-C, AOCNP

  • Inpatient Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Daniela  Casbourne  FNP-C, AOCNP
Daniela Casbourne FNP-C, AOCNP

Daniela Casbourne FNP-C, AOCNP

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

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

Stephanie DeBragga MS, PA-C

  • Physician Assistant
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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

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

Charise Gleason MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Charise Gleason MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP
Charise Gleason MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP

Charise Gleason MSN, NP-BC, AOCNP

  • As a nurse practitioner, Ms. Gleason works with patients with multiple myeloma and graft versus host disease and is a team member of the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center at Winship.
  • Nurse Practitioner, Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Vikas A. Gupta MD, PhD

  • Hematologist
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Vikas A. Gupta MD, PhD

Vikas A. Gupta MD, PhD

Auldyn Hirschey NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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                                 Auldyn Hirschey NP
Auldyn Hirschey NP

Auldyn Hirschey NP

Theresa Hoffman LCSW, ACM

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

Theresa Hoffman LCSW, ACM

  • Ms. Hoffman 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, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-8003

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

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

Sandra J. Karem LCSW

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

Sandra J. Karem LCSW

  • At Winship, Ms. Karem works with the Bone Marrow Transplant Center team, the hematology (leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma) teams and their patients.
  • Social Worker, Hematology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-5899

Emily Walters Klein RD, CSO, LD

  • Nutrition Advisor
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                                 Emily Walters Klein RD, CSO, LD
Emily Walters Klein RD, CSO, LD

Emily Walters Klein RD, CSO, 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

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

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

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

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) 778-5999

Danielle Roberts MS, MMSc, PA-C

  • Lead Physician Assistant
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                                 Danielle Roberts MS, MMSc, PA-C
Danielle Roberts MS, MMSc, PA-C

Danielle Roberts MS, MMSc, PA-C

  • Ms. Roberts is the lead physician assistant in the Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center at Winship where she works with lymphoma and GVHD patients.
  • Lead Physician Assistant, Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center, 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

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) 778-1900

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

Daniel Whitfield

  • Chaplain
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                                 Daniel Whitfield
Daniel Whitfield

Daniel Whitfield

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
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