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January 29, 2018

Georgia Legislators Tour Emory Proton Therapy Center

Winship Executive Director Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD (second from left) provided a behind-the-scenes tour of the Emory Proton Therapy Center to members of the Georgia House of Representatives. Currently under construction, the Emory Proton Therapy Center is scheduled to open at the end of 2018. Pictured with Curran: Rep. John Deffenbaugh (R-Lookout Mountain), Majority Leader Jon Burns (R-Newington), Curran, Winship medical physicist Samantha Hedrick, MD, Rep. Mark Newton (R-Augusta), Dayle Burns, Rep. Matt Gurtler (R-Tiger).
Annual Puri Lecture Set for Feb. 23
The 3rd Annual Surinder K. Puri Memorial Lecture will be held Feb. 23 at noon in Winship's John H. Kauffman Auditorium. Guest speaker Brad Kahl, MD of Washington University Medical School will deliver the lecture on mantle cell lymphoma. Pictured: Puri (left) and Kahl.
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Winship Marks World Cancer Day
On Sunday, Feb. 4, Winship will recognize World Cancer Day, an initiative of the Union for International Cancer Control to raise awareness of the staggering 8.8 million people that lose their lives to cancer to each year and the importance of the global effort to combat the disease.
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In Memoriam: Julie Whitehead

Longtime Winship volunteer Julie Whitehead passed away on Jan. 24 after a recurrence of cancer. Whitehead was inspired to give back to Winship and volunteer following her initial cancer diagnosis more than a decade ago. She was one of the inaugural recipients of the Robert L. "Bobby" Rearden Spirit of Winship Award and recently named a Winship 80 honoree.
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National Women Physicians Day Is Feb. 3
Winship will celebrate National Women Physicians Day on Feb. 3, the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, MD, the first woman to receive a medical degree in the U.S. The day honors Blackwell's legacy and strives to bring improvements to the workplace for women entering the field of medicine. Pictured: Winship breast oncologist Keerthi Gogineni, MD.
Complimentary Hawks Tickets Available
Interested in seeing the Atlanta Hawks play the Chicago Bulls? Winship is offering a limited number of complimentary tickets to the Sunday, Mar. 11 home game through its partnership with the Hawks. Complete the online form by Feb. 7 for a chance to win four tickets. Winners will be selected at random.
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Clinical Nursing Promotions

Congratulations to the following Winship nursing managers on their recent promotions: Yolanda Camon-Cephas, manager, infusion operations; Zabrina Furlow, hematology clinic charge nurse; Deatra Perkins, senior manager, clinical services - medical/surgical oncology; Erica Sevier, lead advanced practice provider - EUH hematology/oncology nocturnists; Joanne Walters-Frederick, medical oncology clinic charge nurse; Christine Herget, senior manager, clinical services - BMT, hematology, procedure clinic; Melanie Simon, lead advanced practice provider - EUH inpatient medical oncology; and Michelle Walker, lab shift nurse manager.


Jan. 29 - Cancer Biology Graduate Program Seminar
Allyson Koyen, "A novel role for RNA Helicase HELZ in DSB repair" and Emily Summerbell, "Leader cells are defined by DNA hypermethylation and aberrant gene expression during collective lung cancer invasion"

Jan. 30 - Aflac Cancer & Blood Disorders Center Advances in Research (AiR) Meeting
Lisa Ingerski, PhD, "Integration of Standardized Quality of Life Measurement into Clinical Care" and Ben Watkins, MD, "Characterizing the Molecular Signature of CVHD"

Jan. 30 - Radiation Oncology Lecture
Guang Peng, MD, PhD - "The DNA damage response and repair network in cancer prevention and therapy"

Jan. 30 - IMP Distinguished Scientist Seminar Series
Ari Melnick, MD - "Epigenetic Mechanisms in Humoral Immune Response & Lymphoma"

Jan. 31 - No Grand Rounds
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Feb. 1 - Surgical Grand Rounds
Wendy R. Greene, MD - "Soul Food: The Role of Spirituality and Nutrition on Surgical Outcomes"

Feb. 1 - Cancer Cell Biology (CCB) Program Meeting
Serge Fuchs, MD, PhD - "Elimination of Signaling Receptors in Cancers"

Feb. 2 - Elkin Lecture
Sunil Sudarshan, MD - "Metabolic-Epigenetic Crosstalk in Kidney Cancer"

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