Leadership

Dedicated to upholding the mission of Winship Cancer Institute, the leadership team oversees the ground breaking research and the world renowned patient care at Winship.

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Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, FACR

Executive Director
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

An international expert in advanced lung cancer and malignant brain tumors, Dr. Curran has been Executive Director of Winship since 2009.

Suresh S. Ramalingam, MD

Deputy Director
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

As Deputy Director, Dr. Ramalingam leads the integration of the research, clinical, and educational components within Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

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Carla J. Berg, PhD

Carla J. Berg, PhD

Associate Director of Population Sciences
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Berg is responsible for the strategic growth of population sciences activities at Winship. Population science studies in cancer examine patterns and behaviors relating to cancer prevention, detection and treatment.

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Deborah Watkins Bruner, RN, PhD, FAAN

Deborah Watkins Bruner, RN, PhD, FAAN

Associate Director for Mentorship, Education and Training
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Bruner oversees program development, facilitates implementation and develops metrics and evaluation while working closely with Winship program leadership and the Mentorship Advisory Board to develop goals and strategies for faculty excellence.

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Diane G. Cassels, MS

Diane G. Cassels, MS

Chief Administrative Officer
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Ms. Cassels serves as the non-physician chief operating and financial officer of Winship and is responsible for financial and business activities and administrative services.

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Melissa S. Childress, MBA

Melissa S. Childress, MBA

Vice President of Cancer Services
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Ms. Childress is responsible for helping to drive coordinated cancer services along with hospital and clinic leadership across multiple hospitals within Emory Healthcare.

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Paul W. Doetsch, PhD

Paul W. Doetsch, PhD

Associate Director for Basic Research
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

As Distinguished Chair of Cancer Research and Associate Director for Basic Research at Winship, Dr. Doetsch provides leadership for more than 150 Winship core members engaged in research.

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Bassel El-Rayes, MD

Bassel El-Rayes, MD

Associate Director for Clinical Research
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. El-Rayes is the chief clinical research scientist responsible for coordinating and providing high-level direction to the clinical cancer research programs and clinical cancer trials across the Emory campuses.

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Anand P. Jillella, MD

Anand P. Jillella, MD

Associate Director for Community Outreach
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Jillella is a national leader in bone marrow transplantation and has led the development of a strategy to decrease induction mortality for acute promyelocytic leukemia.

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Kimberly F. Kerstann, PhD

Kimberly F. Kerstann, PhD

Senior Director for Research Administration
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Kerstann serves as the principal non-faculty administrator responsible for Winship's research activities, with a focus on those related to the Cancer Center Support Grant from the National Cancer Institute.

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Sagar Lonial, MD, FACP

Sagar Lonial, MD, FACP

Chief Medical Officer
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Internationally recognized as a leading authority in multiple myeloma treatment and research, Dr. Lonial collaborates with leadership as Chief Medical Officer to coordinate and enhance clinical services and patient care throughout Winship.

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Kim M. Slusser, MSN, RN, CHPN

Kim M. Slusser, MSN, RN, CHPN

Vice President of Cancer Nursing
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Ms. Slusser is responsible for development and oversight of Winship oncology nursing practice guidelines across Emory Healthcare.

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Charles A. Staley, MD

Charles A. Staley, MD

Chief Quality Officer
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Staley leads the surgical oncology team and as Chief Quality Officer works collaboratively with leadership on tracking and improving patient services and satisfaction as well as focusing on cancer outcomes at Winship.

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