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
    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
                                            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
                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                  Anand P. Jillella, MD
                                                                                                                  Medical Director of the Winship Cancer Network, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                                                                                                                    Shannon Kahn, MD
                                                                                                                    Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                          William Lewis, MD
                                                                                                                                          Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                            Joseph Lipscomb, PhD
                                                                                                                                            Professor of Health Policy and Management, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                                                              Qi Long, PhD, MS
                                                                                                                                              Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, 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
                                                                                                                                                    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
                                                                                                                                                                              Assistant Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
                                                                                                                                                                                Ajay K. Nooka, MD, MPH, FACP
                                                                                                                                                                                Assistant 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
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Robin Rutherford, MD
                                                                                                                                                                                                        Clinical Director of Gastroenterology, Emory Healthcare
                                                                                                                                                                                                          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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Kyle Steenland, PhD, MS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Professor, Department of Environmental Health, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Director, Glenn Family Breast Center, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                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
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              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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