Cancer Prevention and Control

The Cancer Prevention and Control research program coordinates and promotes all of the cancer prevention and control-related research activities within the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

The Cancer Prevention and Control Program capitalizes on being in a major research university with schools of medicine and nursing and a highly ranked school of public health from which to build a cancer center program that addresses a full spectrum of cancer prevention and control research.

The broad, long-term goals of the Cancer Prevention and Control Program are to reduce cancer risk, incidence, morbidity, and mortality, and to improve the quality of life of cancer patients and survivors in Georgia and beyond.

These goals are addressed through the following four primary scientific themes:

  1. Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Chemoprevention: Describing and tracking cancer incidence and mortality trends of all cancers; conducting population-based etiologic research in humans; and conducting chemoprevention trials in Georgia and in national collaborations.
  2. Health Behavior Research: Conducting population-based research that applies social science research methods, including theories of human behavior and rigorous measurement, to preventing cancers and detecting them in an early, treatable stage.
  3. Symptom Management and Control: Conducting research that characterizes the scope, mechanisms, and consequences of behavioral co-morbidities in cancer patients, while also identifying patients at risk for these co-morbidities and developing novel pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic prevention and treatment strategies.
  4. Health Outcomes and Quality of Care: Conducting population-based research that describes, interprets, and predicts the impact of interventions and other factors on cancer outcomes important to decision makers.

In addition to these four primary scientific themes, research involving inflammation/oxidative balance, biomarkers, and health disparities represent inter-thematic common elements that are also serving to promote inter-programmatic collaborations.


The Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program is led by Timothy Lash, DSc, MPH. and Andrew Miller, MD, whose primary responsibilies are to define, guide, and oversee the program's scientific productivity and development.

Cancer Prevention and Control program members are continuously publishing landmark research in high-impact scientific journals.

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To learn more about the Cancer Prevention and Control research program at Winship Cancer Institute, please contact Dominique Claude Lavoisier at (404) 727-2658.

Visit the Emory University's Cancer Biology Graduate Program website to learn about outstanding training opportunities in every aspect of cancer research, from basic to translational.

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Timothy L. Lash, DSc, MPH

Timothy L. Lash, DSc, MPH

Program Leader, Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Lash leads the Cancer Prevention and Control program, which coordinates and promotes all of the cancer prevention and control-related research activities at Winship.

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Andrew H. Miller, MD

Andrew H. Miller, MD

Co-Leader, Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Miller is an internationally recognized leader in the area of brain-immune interactions as they relate to stress and depression.

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Kathleen E. Adams, PhD
Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management , Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
    Jessica Alvarez, PhD, RD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
      Ana Antun, MD
      Instructor of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University Hospital Midtown
        Cletus A. Arciero, MD, FACS
        Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
          Kimberly Jacob Arriola, PhD, MPH
          Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
            Turgay Ayer, PhD, MSc
            George Family Foundation Assistant Professor, Stewart School of Industrial & Systems Engineering at Georgia Tech
              Wendy Baer, MD
              Medical Director of Psychiatric Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                George Richard Beck Jr., PhD
                Associate Professor, Department of Medicine, Division of Endocrinology, Emory University School of Medicine
                  Robert A. Bednarczyk, PhD
                  Assistant Professor, Hubert Department of Global Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                    Carla J. Berg, PhD
                    Associate Director of Population Sciences, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                      Sarah C. Blake, PhD, MA
                      Assistant Research Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management , Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University
                        Daniel S. Blumenthal, MD, MPH
                        Adjunct Professor of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University
                          Roberd Bostick, MD, MPH
                          Professor, Department of Epidemiology and Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                            Otis Brawley, MD
                            Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                              Beau B. Bruce, MD, PhD
                              Assistant Professor, Department of Opthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                David T. Burke,
                                Professor and Chair, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                  Peter T. Campbell, PhD, MSc
                                  Strategic Director, Digestive System Cancer Research, American Cancer Society
                                    Sharon M. Castellino, MD, MSc
                                    Director, Leukemia and Lymphoma, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
                                      Amy Y. Chen, MD, MPH, FACS
                                      Willard and Lillian Hackerman Professor of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
                                        Suephy Chen, MD, MS
                                        Director, Dermatology Clinical and Outcomes Research Unit, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                                          Jo Ann Dalton, EdD, MSN, BSN, FAAN
                                          Professor Emeritus , Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University
                                            Marla Daves, MD, MSHI
                                            Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                              Bree Eaton, MD
                                              Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                J. William Eley, MD, MPH
                                                Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                  Carla L. Ellis, MD, MS
                                                  Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                    Cam Escoffery, PhD, MPH, CHES
                                                    Associate Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                      Natia Esiashvili, MD
                                                      Associate Professor and Chief Quality Officer, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                        Alton Farris III, MD
                                                        Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                          Veronika Fedirko, PhD, MPH
                                                          Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                            Jennifer Felger, PhD
                                                            Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                              Felix G. Fernandez, MD
                                                              Chief, Section of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center
                                                                Christopher Filson, MD, MS
                                                                Assistant Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                  W. Dana Flanders, MD, DSc, MPH, MA
                                                                  Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                    Christopher R. Flowers , MD
                                                                    Director of the Emory Lymphoma Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                                                                      Seth D. Force, MD
                                                                      Surgical Director, Thoracic Oncology Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                                                                        Jonah Fox, MD
                                                                        Assistant Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                          Sheryl Gabram-Mendola, MD, MBA, FACS
                                                                          Surgeon-in-Chief, Grady Memorial Hospital
                                                                            Susan M. Gapstur, PhD, MPH
                                                                            Vice President, Epidemiology Research Program, American Cancer Society
                                                                              Mia M. Gaudet, PhD, MSPH
                                                                              Strategic Director, Breast and Gynecologic Cancer Research, American Cancer Society
                                                                                Julie A. Gazmararian, PhD, MPH
                                                                                Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                  Theresa W. Gillespie, PhD, MA, BSN
                                                                                  Professor, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                    Keerthi Gogineni, MD, MSHP
                                                                                    Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                      Michael Goodman, MD, MPH
                                                                                      Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                        Victoria Green, MD, MHSA, JD, MBA
                                                                                        Professor, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                          Mary M. Gullatte, PhD, RN, ANP-BC, AOCN, FAAN
                                                                                          Corporate Director of Nursing Innovation and Research, Emory Healthcare
                                                                                            Ying Guo, PhD
                                                                                            Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                              Jill Hamilton, PhD, RN, FAAN
                                                                                              Acting Associate Professor, Office of Academic Advancement, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing at Emory University
                                                                                                Xuesong Han, PhD
                                                                                                Director, Surveillance and Health Services Research, The American Cancer Society
                                                                                                  Ebrahim Haroon, MD
                                                                                                  Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory School of Medicine
                                                                                                    Terry Hartman, PhD, MPH, RD
                                                                                                    Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                      Madhuri Hegde, PhD, FACMG
                                                                                                      Professor, Department of Human Genetics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                        Ira R. Horowitz, MD, SM, FACOG, FACS
                                                                                                        John D. Thompson Professor and Chair, Department of Gynecology & Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                          David H. Howard , PhD
                                                                                                          Associate Professor, Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                            Penelope Howards, PhD, MS
                                                                                                            Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                              Yijian (Eugene) Huang, PhD
                                                                                                              Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                                Cheng Huang, PhD
                                                                                                                Assistant Professor, Department of Global Health and the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University
                                                                                                                  Lisa Ingerski, PhD, MS
                                                                                                                  Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, and Neuro-Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                    Kara Jacobson, MPH
                                                                                                                    Senior Associate, Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                                      Ashesh Jani, MD, MSEE
                                                                                                                      Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                        Shannon Kahn, MD
                                                                                                                        Medical Director of Radiation Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
                                                                                                                          Michelle C. Kegler, DrPH, MPH
                                                                                                                          Director, Intervention Development, Dissemination, and Implementation Shared Resource, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                                                                                                                            Namita Khanna, MD, MSPH
                                                                                                                            Director, Pelvic Surgery Fellowship, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                              Tricia Z. King, PhD
                                                                                                                              Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Georgia State University
                                                                                                                                Adam Klein, MD
                                                                                                                                Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                  Joan Kramer, MD
                                                                                                                                  Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                    Elizabeth Krupinski, PhD
                                                                                                                                    Professor and Vice Chair for Research, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                      Omer Kucuk, MD
                                                                                                                                      Chief, Genitourinary Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory
                                                                                                                                        Subra Kugathasan, MD
                                                                                                                                        Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                          Michael Kutner, PhD
                                                                                                                                          Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                                                            Timothy L. Lash, DSc, MPH
                                                                                                                                            Program Leader, Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                                                                                                                                              Leslie P. Lawley, MD
                                                                                                                                              Vice Chair of Pediatric Dermatology, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta-Egleston
                                                                                                                                                William Lewis, MD
                                                                                                                                                Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                  Jolinta Lin, MD
                                                                                                                                                  Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                    Joseph Lipscomb, PhD
                                                                                                                                                    Professor of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                      Kelly Magliocca, DDS, MPH
                                                                                                                                                      Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                        Amita Manatunga, PhD
                                                                                                                                                        Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University
                                                                                                                                                          Jordan Gilleland Marchak, PhD, ABPP
                                                                                                                                                          Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                            Carmen J. Marsit, PhD
                                                                                                                                                            Professor, Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                              Viraj Master, MD, PhD, FACS
                                                                                                                                                              Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                Douglas E. Mattox, MD
                                                                                                                                                                William Chester Warren, Jr., MD Chair and Professor, Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                  Colleen McBride, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                  Rollins Professor and Chair, Department of Behavioral Sciences & Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                    Marjorie McCullough, ScD, RD, MS
                                                                                                                                                                    Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                      Lauren McCullough, PhD, MSPH
                                                                                                                                                                      Assistant Professor of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                        Mark McDonald, MD
                                                                                                                                                                        Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                          Lillian R. Meacham, MD
                                                                                                                                                                          Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                            Ann Mertens, PhD, MS
                                                                                                                                                                            Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                              Andrew H. Miller, MD
                                                                                                                                                                              Co-Leader, Cancer Prevention and Control Research Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                Kathleen Miner, PhD, MPH, MEd
                                                                                                                                                                                Associate Dean for Applied Public Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                  Charles E. Moore, MD
                                                                                                                                                                                  Chief of Service, Otolaryngology, Grady Memorial Hospital
                                                                                                                                                                                    Marina Mosunjac, MD
                                                                                                                                                                                    Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                      Minh Ly T. Nguyen, MD
                                                                                                                                                                                      Associate Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                        Ajay K. Nooka, MD, MPH, FACP
                                                                                                                                                                                        Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                          Gregg Orloff, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                          Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                            Susmita Parashar, MD, MPH, MS
                                                                                                                                                                                            Director, Winship at Emory Cardio-Oncology Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                              Limin Peng, PhD, MS
                                                                                                                                                                                              Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                Melissa D. Pinto, PhD, RN, FAAN
                                                                                                                                                                                                Assistant Professor of Nursing, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Mark H. Rapaport, MD
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Reunette W. Harris Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Daniel Refai, MD
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Associate Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Michelle Reid, MD, MSc
                                                                                                                                                                                                      Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Carolyn Miller Reilly, PhD, RN, CHFN, FAHA
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Associate Professor, Office of Academic Advancement, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Maria Ribeiro, MD
                                                                                                                                                                                                          Chief, Section of Hematology & Medical Oncology, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Monica Rizzo, MD, FACS
                                                                                                                                                                                                            Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Seth A. Rosen, MD
                                                                                                                                                                                                              Assistant Professor, Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                P. Barry Ryan, PhD, MS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                Professor, Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jessica McDermott Sales, PhD, MA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Associate Professor, Behavioral Sciences and Health Education, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Manu S. Sancheti, MD, FACS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Assistant Professor of Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Martin G. Sanda, MD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Professor and Chairman, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Neil D. Saunders, MD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Assistant Professor, Division of General and GI Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Monica Serra, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Virginia O. Shaffer, MD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Associate Professor, Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Vinita Singh, MD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Assistant Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Mi-Kyung Song, PhD, RN, FAAN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Professor, Office of Academic Advancement, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Kyle Steenland, PhD, MS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Professor, Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Benjamin Stoff, MD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology, Department of Pathology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Patrick Sullivan, MD, FACS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Assistant Professor, Division of Colorectal Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Jeffrey Switchenko, PhD, MS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Assistant Research Professor, Bioinformatics and Biostatistics Shared Resource, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Winifred W. Thompson, PhD, MSW
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Assistant Professor, Department of Behavioral Sciences and Health Education , Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Kenneth Thorpe, PhD, MA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Robert W. Woodruff Professor and Chair, Department of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Mylin A. Torres, MD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Louisa and Rand Glenn Family Chair in Breast Cancer Research, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Michael T. Treadway, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Emory College of Arts and Sciences
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Catherine Vena, PhD, RN, MS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Associate Professor, Office of Academic Advancement, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Craig Villari, MD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Drenna Waldrop-Valverde, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing of Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Kevin Ward, PhD, MPH
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Director, Georgia Center for Cancer Statistics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Karen Wasilewski-Masker, MD, MSc
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Medical Director, Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center, Children's Healthcare of Atlanta
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Deborah Watkins Bruner, RN, PhD, FAAN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Associate Director for Mentorship, Education and Training, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Jessica Wells, PhD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Research Assistant Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Janice Squires Withycombe, PhD, RN, MN, CCRP
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Assistant Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  William G. Woods, MD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Professor Emeritus, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Canhua Xiao, PhD, RN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Assistant Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Kate Yeager, PhD, RN, MS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Research Assistant Professor, Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing, Emory University
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