Social Services

Our oncology social workers can assist you by providing practical assistance, support, and individual, family and group counseling.

Coping with cancer can be a daunting experience. Illness and treatment may affect family life, functioning at work or school, financial stability or ability to plan for the future.

Our licensed oncology social workers are available to help you cope with your concerns. You and your loved ones may face periods of sadness or anxiety, and your relationships can become strained as you adjust to the ramifications of illness. Feeling "in control" may be a challenge. Our oncology social workers are attuned to these concerns and offer practical and emotional support for handling daily responsibilities, such as caring for children, managing the household, communicating with family, friends and coworkers.

Our oncology social workers provide practical assistance, support, and individual, family and group counseling. In addition, they facilitate support and educational programs and regularly provide referrals to community resources.

Before accessing psychiatric services, you must meet with a social worker if you are a new patient.

To visit with one of our social workers, contact (404) 778-1900 to make an appointment.

Learn About Our Support Groups
Photo of  Jim Hankins, MSW, LCSW
Jim Hankins, MSW, LCSW

Jim Hankins, MSW, LCSW

Director of Patient Support and Social Services
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Mr. Hankins is the Director of Patient Support and Social Services for the Winship Cancer Institute.

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Rebecca Arnold, MSW, LCSW

Rebecca Arnold, MSW, LCSW

Social Worker, Medical Oncology
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

At Winship, Ms. Arnold works with patients affected by genitourinary cancers, gastrointestinal cancers, sarcoma and aerodigestive cancers.

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Russell Brown, LMSW

Russell Brown, LMSW

Social Worker, Medical Oncology
Emory University Hospital Midtown

Mr. Brown works with gastrointestinal, genitourinary, breast cancer, brain cancer, gynecological, aerodigestive, and sarcoma patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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

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

Social Worker, Hematology
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Ms. Cohen works with blood cancer, blood disorders and Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Center patients.

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Martha Giardina, BSW

Martha Giardina, BSW

Social Worker, Radiation Oncology
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Ms Giardina works with cancer patients who have undergone radiation therapy and she facilitates various supports groups.

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Valerie Henderson, MSW

Valerie Henderson, MSW

Social Worker, Medical Oncology and Radiation Oncology
Emory University Hospital Midtown

Ms. Henderson assists radiation oncology and medical oncology patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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Sandra J. Karem, LCSW

Sandra J. Karem, LCSW

Social Worker, Hematology
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

At Winship, Ms. Karem works with the Bone Marrow Transplant Center team, the hematology (leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma) teams and their patients.

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Joy McCall, LCSW

Joy McCall, LCSW

Social Worker, Hematology and Medical Oncology
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Located at the Winship Cancer Institute, Ms. McCall works with the Bone Marrow Transplant Center, hematology and gynecologic cancer teams and their patients.

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Alice Mullins, LCSW, OSW-C

Alice Mullins, LCSW, OSW-C

Social Worker, Hematology
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

A Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Ms. Mullins specializes in assisting patients affected by hematologic malignancies and with those undergoing bone marrow transplantation.

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Beth Perlmutter, MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Beth Perlmutter, MSSW, LCSW, OSW-C

Social Worker, Outpatient Oncology
Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

At Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, Ms. Perlmutter works with patients of all cancer types providing resource referrals and counseling services.

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Joseph Pfeffer, LMSW

Joseph Pfeffer, LMSW

Social Worker, Hematology and Medical Oncology
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Mr. Pfeffer works with the genitourinary and gastrointestinal patients at Winship Cancer Institute.

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Carol Rivera, ACBSW

Carol Rivera, ACBSW

Social Worker, Medical Oncology
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Ms. Rivera works with the aerodigestive and gastrointestinal cancer teams and their patients.

Photo of  Margaret (Maggie) Tinsley, LMSW
Margaret (Maggie) Tinsley, LMSW

Margaret (Maggie) Tinsley, LMSW

Social Worker, Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery
Emory University Hospital Midtown

Ms. Tinsley works with the head and neck cancer, and thyroid cancer patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown.

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