Fall 2015 Newsletter

ASTRO 2015 Highlights

Residents at ASTRO

Over 20 Winship faculty and staff were selected to present their research to peers and colleagues at the 2015 American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) annual meeting in San Antonio, October 18-21. Dr. Ashesh Jani was interviewed by the media outlet OncLive on FACBC novel imaging after prostatectomy and Dr. Walter J. Curran was quoted in MedPage Today on how IMRT reduces toxicity in unresectable non-small cell lung cancer. (Pictured are three of our poster presenters: resident doctors Derick Okwan-Duodu, Ronica Nanda and Trevor Lim.)

Check out our posts on Facebook and watch a video of Dr. Wally Curran talking about conference highlights.


$25 Million Gift Names Chair in Rad Onc

Cox GrantA $25 million gift from the James M. Cox Foundation names two endowed chairs, Peter Rossi, MD, associate professor of radiation oncology, and John Pattaras, MD, associate professor of urology, to lead a new patient-centered care initiative at Winship Cancer Institute and Emory University. Pattaras and Rossi are prostate cancer specialists and care for patients at Winship at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital. Read the press release.


Leading the Way in Breast Cancer Research

Leading the Way in Breast Cancer ResearchIn two video interviews, Dr. Mylin Torres, associate professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, uncovers what can be done to alleviate breast cancer side effects and the benefits of a reduced course of treatment. Torres was also featured in the October 7 Atlanta Business Chronicle article, "Why we’ll win the war on breast cancer." (You might have also seen Torres on Susan G. Komen signage in Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport's Terminal B.)


Carter Press Conference

Curran answers reporters questions at Carter news conferenceDr. Walter J. Curran answered reporters’ questions following a press conference August 20, 2015. Curran, executive director of Winship Cancer Institute, is one of a team of Winship doctors caring for former US President Carter as he undergoes treatment for cancer. Read more: President Carter shares cancer diagnosis.


Meet Our New Docs

EatonBree Eaton, MD is a board certified radiation oncologist who completed a fellowship in Pediatric Proton Radiotherapy and Clinical Research at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard University Medical School in Boston, MA. She previously served as a radiation oncology resident and chief resident at Emory. She has published a number of high profile publications and will care for patients at Winship Cancer Institute on Clifton Road and Emory St. Joseph's Hospital.

McDonaldMark McDonald, MD is a board certified radiation oncologist who completed seven years as assistant professor of radiation oncology at Indiana University where his primary practice site was the Indiana University Health Proton Therapy Center at Bloomington, IN. He previously served as chief radiation oncology resident at Emory. Dr. McDonald is considered a national expert in the management of patients with head and neck cancer, skull base tumors or tumors of the brain or spine. He will care for patients at Winship Cancer Institute on Clifton Road and Winship at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital.


Clinic Upgrades

New equipment is being installed in our clinics. Winship at Emory University Hospital Midtown installed a new Varian TrueBeam Radiotherapy System this month and a new intraoperative radiation therapy program is scheduled to go live by late November. Winship at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital is replacing two older linear accelerators with Elekta’s latest VersaHD beginning January 2016. They have also begun department-wide renovations, including expanding from four exam rooms to 10, to be completed late February.


Collaboration Leads to New Research Grant

Khan and BensonCollaboration between Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University and Georgia State University has resulted in a $792,000 Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society. Winship Member Charlie Garnett Benson, PhD, is the principal investigator on the grant and Mohammad K. Khan, MD, PhD, DABR, assistant professor and Medical Student Clerkship director in the Department of Radiation Oncology, is the scientific consultant. Read More.


Congratulations 2015 Pippas Residents

Pippas ResidentsDrs. Ronica Nanda and Trevor Lim are chief residents in their fifth and final year of residency in the Department of Radiation Oncology. They have been named the 2015 Pippas Residents. The Daniel P. Amos Family Foundation funded the gift in honor of Andrew W. Pippas, MD, medical director of the John B. Amos Cancer Center in Columbus, Georgia. The gift supports the radiation oncology residency program and, each year, two residents will be honored as Pippas Residents. Read more about our chief residents in the article, "What Does It Mean to Be a Resident?"


Pictured at ASTRO

Bree, Natia, UlrikeBree Eaton, MD, Natia Esiashvili, MD and Ulrike Gorgens, MSN, NP, following Eaton’s pediatric session.

Winship receptionAt the Winship Radiation Oncology reception: Doctors Peter Rossi, Mohammad Khan, Mark McDonald, Chair Wally Curran, former Chair Larry Davis and Natia Esiashvili.

Jewell Karen Miriam NatiaNurse Jewell Hudson with doctors Karen Godette, alumna Miriam Korah (University of Southern California) and Natia Esiashvili.

David MarcusAlumnus David Marcus, MD (Valley View Hospital, CO), pictured right, with a Colorado medical student.

Huff Cassidy Nanda LimResident doctors Byron Huff and Richard Cassidy with Chief Residents Ronica Nanda and Trevor Lim.

Higgins PatelDoctors Kristin Higgins and Pretesh Patel.

Fox Khan ElderFormer Director of Medical Physics, Tim Fox, with Mohammad Khan, MD, PhD, and Interim Director of Medical Physics, Eric Elder, PhD.

Ali Rossi HallDoctors Arif Ali and Peter Rossi with alumnus Bill Hall (Medical College of Wisconsin).

Yu Jani EdelmanDoctors David Yu, Ashesh Jani and Scott Edelman with Jennifer Yu (Cleveland Clinic).

Jani Shu McDonaldDoctors Ashesh Jani, Hui-Kuo Shu and Mark McDonald.

Eric Elizabeth ArsalanPhysicists Eric Elder, Elizabeth Butker and Arsalan Siddiqi.

See more photos on our Facebook page.


More Photos

October Breast Cancer AwarenessTherapists Dan Iaccio, Jody Miles and Jandria Jackson made treatments fun for patients during Breast Cancer Awareness month.

October Breast Cancer AwarenessWinship at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital show their support for Breast Cancer Awareness on "Wear Pink Day" at Winship on October 20. Omega Wilkerson, Gary Lee, Michele Rutherford, Sharon Tisinger, Natlie duCille, Diane Atkinson and Rosalyn Meyers.

In the Yu LabDavid Yu, MD, PhD and Research Specialist Amanda Bastien are investigating how cells respond to replication stress and how we can utilize this knowledge for improvements in cancer diagnosis and treatment. Visit the Yu Lab to learn more.

Patient Feedback

From Winship at Emory University Hospital Midtown:

I feel more confident and at ease now with Dr. Beitler. I feel everything will be great.

Ann [Sencer, NP] is the best!!

Dr. Godette was very detailed in explaining my options of treatment. She made our decision very easy which way to go.

From Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University-Clifton Road Campus:

Dr. Crocker and his staff are my angels.

The friendly and caring attitude of Dr. Higgins’ nurse [Ulrike Gorgens] provided an assuring setting for my visit.

Dr. Higgins and her staff simplified our appointment process so that our out-of-town visit could be accomplished in an efficient and time-conserving manner.

Dr. Patel's nurse, Jewell [Hudson], she was a blessing sent from heaven. Jewell, treated me as if I were family.

Dr. Ali is the best! He takes as much time as you need. I never feel rushed and he explains everything perfectly.

I absolutely love Dr. Torres. She is a wonderful and caring doctor.

[Hui-Kuo Shu is] compassionate, kind, yet thorough.

[Dr. Jani] So far, one of the very best experiences I have had with health care providers.

From Winship at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital:

The courtesy, kindness and professionalism [of Dr. Rossi, Sandra Parker, Rhonda Payne, Gary Lee, Vickie Merritt, Van Jackson, Phillip Myers, Nuit Luangruangrong, Tiffany Dunphy, Dawn Henry, Omega Wilkerson, Sharon Tisinger, Michele Rutherford, Tricia McWilliams]…was exceptional. More importantly, I saw the same level of thoughtfulness extended to all [their] patients.


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