Phase I Clinical Trials Unit

The Phase I Clinical Trials Unit at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University is dedicated to advancing cancer research through a singular focus on caring for patients enrolled on groundbreaking early phase clinical trials.

Phase I clinical trials are research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people, and are usually the initial testing of a new treatment. 

At Winship, Phase I clinical trials are critical to advancing cancer care. These studies validate the best way to administer a new treatment and the best dose. 

Each study answers scientific questions focused on finding better methods to prevent, screen, diagnose or treat cancer.

Our Phase I Unit at Winship enrolls patients into clinical trials for a variety of different cancer types. Learn about eligibility by searching trials now available.

Located on the fourth floor of the Emory University Hospital Tower, our facility was recently expanded in 2018 and tripled the size of our old unit, originally opened in 2009.

The current unit is designed to be both patient-focused and able to support the painstaking demands of rigorous clinical research. It features 15 private treatment bays, four clinic rooms, plus many key support resources, including a dedicated lab for processing patient blood work, a dedicated secure medication room and a "fast track" bay with three chairs for rapid use by patients who might only require a short visit such as a research lab draw. The design of the space was guided by a multi-disciplinary team of patients, nurses, physicians, and research staff.

The Phase I Unit is a resource for the entire state and represents a strengthening of our commitment to patients throughout Georgia by developing options for advanced treatment.

 

Since 2009, we have annually enrolled 200+ patients on our trials, and we reflect the population we serve. Our program offers trials throughout a variety of cancer types, with representation from each specific group. As examples, 20% or more of patients enrolled are African-American, and 30% have multiple myeloma.

Our goals are to open trials quickly to offer novel treatments to patients, advance the science and technology developed at Emory, and conduct trials in a safe, welcoming environment.

At Winship, our patients have access to clinical trials for virtually every cancer type. In 2018, we enrolled 850 patients in over 250 clinical trials.

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R. Donald Harvey PharmD, BCOP, FCCP, FHOPA

  • Oncology Pharmacist
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R. Donald Harvey PharmD, BCOP, FCCP, FHOPA

R. Donald Harvey PharmD, BCOP, FCCP, FHOPA

  • Dr. Harvey serves as director of Winship Cancer Institute's Phase I Clinical Trials Unit.
  • Director, Phase I Clinical Trials Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-4381

Mehmet Akce MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Mehmet Akce MD
Mehmet Akce MD

Mehmet Akce MD

Olatunji B. Alese MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Olatunji B. Alese MD
Olatunji B. Alese MD

Olatunji B. Alese MD

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

Manali Bhave MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Manali Bhave MD
Manali Bhave MD

Manali Bhave MD

Mehmet Asim Bilen MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Mehmet Asim Bilen MD
Mehmet Asim Bilen MD

Mehmet Asim Bilen MD

  • Dr. Bilen is actively involved in clinical research and patient care in the area of genitourinary cancers.
  • 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

  • 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

Jennifer W. Carlisle MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Jennifer W. Carlisle MD
Jennifer W. Carlisle MD

Jennifer W. Carlisle MD

  • A medical oncologist, Dr. Carlisle specializes in the care of patients with lung cancer, mesothelioma, and thymic malignancies.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Bradley Carthon MD, PhD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Bradley  Carthon MD, PhD
Bradley Carthon MD, PhD

Bradley Carthon MD, PhD

  • As part of the genitourinary oncology team, Dr. Carthon treats patients with prostate, bladder, and renal cancers and other genitourinary malignancies.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Jonathon B. Cohen MD, MS

  • Hematologist
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                                 Jonathon B. Cohen MD, MS
Jonathon B. Cohen MD, MS

Jonathon B. Cohen MD, MS

  • Dr. Cohen's clinical focus is on the treatment of Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, where he manages both newly diagnosed patients as well as those requiring stem cell transplantation and treatment for relapsed disease.
  • Co-Director, Lymphoma Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Hannah H. Collins NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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Hannah H. Collins NP

Hannah H. Collins NP

Badi El Osta MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Badi El Osta MD
Badi El Osta MD

Badi El Osta MD

  • Dr. El Osta's clinical expertise includes head and neck, and thoracic medical oncology and early phase clinical trials.
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Bassel El-Rayes MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Bassel El-Rayes MD
Bassel El-Rayes MD

Bassel El-Rayes MD

  • Dr. El-Rayes is the chief clinical research scientist responsible for coordinating and providing high-level direction to the clinical cancer research programs and clinical cancer trials across the Emory campuses.
  • Associate Director for Clinical Research, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-0032

Vikas A. Gupta MD, PhD

  • Hematologist
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                                 Vikas A. Gupta MD, PhD
Vikas A. Gupta MD, PhD

Vikas A. Gupta MD, PhD

Craig C. Hofmeister MD, MPH

  • Hematologist
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                                 Craig C. Hofmeister MD, MPH
Craig C. Hofmeister MD, MPH

Craig C. Hofmeister MD, MPH

  • Dr. Hofmeister's practice focuses on plasma cell cancers, including plasmacytomas, multiple myeloma, AL amyloidosis, smoldering myeloma, and monoclonal gammopathies of renal significance.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Jonathan L. Kaufman MD

  • Hematologist
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Jonathan L. Kaufman MD

Jonathan L. Kaufman MD

  • Dr. Kaufman's practice includes treating multiple myeloma and amyloidosis patients at Emory University Hospital.
  • Medical Director and Section Chief, Ambulatory Infusion Centers, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

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 metastatic melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and other cutaneous malignancies.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-4919

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) 778-4919

Colleen Lewis NP

  • Nurse Practitioner
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Colleen Lewis NP

Colleen Lewis NP

Sagar Lonial MD, FACP

  • Hematologist
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                                 Sagar Lonial MD, FACP
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) 778-1900

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.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-1900

Taofeek Owonikoko MD, PhD, MSCR

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

Taofeek Owonikoko MD, PhD, MSCR

  • Dr. Owonikoko's clinical specialties include lung cancer, thyroid cancer and other cancers of the aerodigestive tract.
  • Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine; Co-Chair, Clinical and Translational Review Committee, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Suresh S. Ramalingam MD, FASCO

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Suresh S. Ramalingam MD, FASCO
Suresh S. Ramalingam MD, FASCO

Suresh S. Ramalingam MD, FASCO

  • As Deputy Director, Dr. Ramalingam leads the integration of the research, clinical, and educational components within Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.
  • Deputy Director, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
  • (404) 778-1900

Walid L. Shaib MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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Walid L. Shaib MD

Walid L. Shaib MD

Conor E. Steuer MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Conor E. Steuer MD
Conor E. Steuer MD

Conor E. Steuer MD

Christina Wu MD

  • Medical Oncologist
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                                 Christina Wu MD
Christina Wu MD

Christina Wu MD

  • Dr. Wu is a board certified medical oncologist specializing in the treatment of patients with colorectal cancer and other gastrointestinal malignancies.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
  • (404) 778-0032

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

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