Summer 2015 Newsletter

Bruner Named to National Cancer Advisory Board

Bruner Named to National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB)President Barack Obama announced he will appoint Emory University Robert W. Woodruff Professor of Nursing and Professor of Radiation Oncology Deborah Watkins Bruner as one of five new members of the National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB). Bruner has devoted her research to improving outcomes for cancer patients. She is internationally known for her research in sexuality after cancer therapy.

"Dr. Bruner's contributions to Winship and to NRG Oncology have defined new methods of evaluating cancer clinical trials and patient outcomes," says Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, executive director of Winship Cancer Institute.

Read more in the Emory News Center.

Radiation Oncology By the Numbers

InfographicCheck out our new infographic that takes a look at patient treatment numbers, top cancers treated, physician resident board pass rates and more.

Match Day Brings 5 New Residents

Competition was high for this year’s five resident positions in the Department of Radiation Oncology. More than 390 medical students applied. Four medical students and one physics PhD matched up with the 4-year physician residency and 2-year medical physics program.

New Residents

The new residents are (left to right) Mustafa Abugideiri, MD, George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences; Zachary Buchwald, MD, Saint Louis University School of Medicine; Daniel Tanenbaum, MD, The Medical College of Georgia at Georgia Regents University; Sibo Tian, MD, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Jonathan Robert Rosenfield, PhD, The University of Chicago. Read more.

In This Issue of Winship Magazine

Winship MagazineThe latest issue of Winship magazine is now available in digital format, in case you missed the print version. Faculty and staff from Radiation Oncology are featured in the issue, including radiation oncologists Walter J. Curran, Jr., Natia Esiashvili, Peter Rossi, Ashesh Jani and radiation therapists Tiffany Dunphy and Van Jackson. Read about the latest diagnostic and treatment advancements in prostate cancer offered at Winship and take a hard look at the reality of health disparities and what Winship members are doing about it. Read magazine online.

Proton Therapy at ASCO 2015

Winship is a year and half away from opening a proton therapy center in midtown Atlanta. At the ASCO Annual Meeting in Chicago, Executive Director Walter J. Curran Jr., MD, chaired a panel on innovative approaches to treating patients with locally-advanced lung cancer and discussed new trials testing proton therapy, including a trial in which Winship is participating.

Advances in Lung Cancer Research

Xingming DengXingming Deng, MD, PhD, has a new study published in the May edition of Cancer Cell for his research on “Small molecule Bcl2 BH4 antagonist for lung cancer therapy.” The discovery of this compound as a way to promote cancer cell death may provide a new weapon against lung and other cancers. Read More in the Winship Newsroom.

Novel Treatment for T-cell Lymphoma

Mohammad KhanMohammad Khan, MD, PhD, DABR, and resident, Naresh Jegadeesh’s, MD, article, “Total skin electron therapy for cutaneous T Cell Lymphoma using modern dual field rotational technique” was published in the May issue of the International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics, a special edition of the Red Journal devoted entirely to lymphoma. The study shows total skin electron irradiation (TSEI) using a dual-beam rotational technique matches or improves upon conventional TSEI techniques in treating cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL). This is one of the largest rotational total skin electron irradiation (RTSEI) clinical outcomes studies to date. Read More in the Winship Newsroom.

Khan and Jegadeesh’s study has been viewed 230 times online since publication in the Red Journal online. Their other Red Journal study, “Predictors of local recurrence after rituximab-based chemotherapy alone in stage III and IV diffuse large b-cell lymphoma: Guiding decisions for consolidative radiation,” was also featured on Medpage Today.

Through the Eyes of a Radiation Oncology Resident

Sheela HanasogeAs residents prepare for their graduation at the end of June, Sheela Hanasoge, MD, PhD, a graduating resident, shares some hard lessons in this personal account.
Read more in The Power of Hope.

Clinical Trial for Recurrent Prostate Cancer

Ashesh Jani, MD, and team are conducting a research study to help men with recurring prostate cancer by using advanced imaging technology called FACBC to guide radiotherapy and determine the best possible course of treatment. "By participating in this study, patients may have the opportunity to have an FACBC scan. The precision of this type of scan Recurrent Prostate Studycould help guide more effective treatment for patients whose cancer has returned," says Jani, radiation oncologist and principal investigator.

The trial is open at these locations: Winship Cancer Institute on the Clifton Road campus, Winship at Emory University Hospital Midtown, Winship at Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital and Georgia Cancer Center for Excellence at Grady. For more information or to enroll, contact Ashesh Jani, MD, at (404) 778-3827 or

Save the Date

Resident Graduation Party June 29, 2015
5-7 PM Wisteria Lanes, Emory Conference Center

Medical Scholars Program Deadline July 1, 2015
Please share with colleagues and students. Learn more.

American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM) Annual Meeting
July 12-16, 2015 Anaheim, CA

Winship Win the Fight 5K October 3, 2015
Become an "EmoRayder," the official team of the Department of Radiation Oncology.

American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) Annual Meeting
October 18-21, 2015 San Antonio, Texas
October 19: Winship Reception

Out and About

Jewell HudsonOn March 30, Jewell Hudson, Modupe Adenuga and other Winship nurses answered cancer questions at Georgia Public Broadcasting’s call center during the broadcast of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, presented by Ken Burns, based on the Pulitzer Prize winning book by Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD.

Medical HeroesWinship physicians, clinical trials coordinators, nurses and support staff thanked the more than 200 clinical trials participants at the annual Medical Heroes Celebration April 10. Pictured: Adele and Elton Shepherd, Kristin Higgins, MD, Ulrike Gorgens, NP and Barbara Colucci.

PhD GraduationTwo graduate students in the Paul W. Doetsch, PhD, lab received their doctoral degrees from Emory in May. Jordan Morreall, PhD, Medical University of South Carolina, and Nicholas Bauer, PhD, Harvard University, (pictured with Doetsch) are postdoctoral fellows.

Dunwoody Golf for ProstateOn May 13, the John H. Kauffman Prostate Cancer Fundraiser at Dunwoody Country Club raised over $215,000 for prostate cancer research at Winship. Pictured: Doctors Omer Kucuk, Walter Curran, Jr., Martin Sanda, David Schuster and Peter Rossi.

Patient Feedback

From Winship at Emory University Hospital Midtown:

Diane [Ayers, RN, BSN] and Flo [Goodin, RN] are always extremely friendly, yet professional.

Dr. Beitler always makes you feel important, as if you are his only patient.

My visits with nurse practitioner Ann Sencer have always been professional and pleasant.

I love going to visit the Emory Clinic [Dr. Karen Godette at Emory University Hospital Midtown.]

I was very pleased with his [Dr. Pretesh Patel’s] thoroughness as well as his ability to listen to my concerns.

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

I was especially impressed how well Radiation Oncology [Dr. Ian Crocker] and Neurology coordinated treatment and care = those folks are really on top of things to minimize stress to the patient!

Dr. Ali and the team are excellent!

[Dr. Mohammad Khan] Your staff made me totally at ease.

Dr. Higgins is very caring and thorough.

[Hui-Kuo Shu, MD] is very professional.

She [nurse practitioner Ulrike Gorgens] is very good and really helped me.

From Winship at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital:

Sandra Parker [NP] and Nuit [Luangruangrong, RN] are exceptionally skilled, personable, and reassuring in a stressful medical environment…The best that I have seen anywhere.

I was impressed by the Dr.'s [Jeff Vainshtein’s] willingness to spend time and discuss my MRI results and to let me contribute ideas to the treatment plan.

[Sharon Tisinger, RN and Diane Atkinson] What a class act!

She [Dawn Henry, RN] was great in explaining to me what to expect and our timeline. Very comforting.

[Radiation therapist] Van Jackson was terrific; he could not have been more pleasant. It went much better than expected, and I attribute this to Mr. Jackson.

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