Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, FACR, FASCO

Lawrence W. Davis Chair

Department of Radiation Oncology

Executive Director

Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University


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Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University



Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, FACR, FASCO, is a board certified radiation oncologist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Curran practices general radiation oncology and specializes in the treatment of lung cancer and brain and spine tumors. He treats patients at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University.

Dr. Curran is considered an international expert in the management of patients with locally advanced lung cancer and malignant brain tumors. He has led several landmark clinical and translational trials in both areas and is responsible for defining a universally adopted staging system for patients with malignant glioma. He currently serves as a group chairman and a principal investigator of NRG Oncology, the largest of the five National Cancer Institute-funded clinical trials network group.

Dr. Curran is the first radiation oncologist to serve as Director of a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center. Dr. Curran is a Fellow and served on the board of directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). He was also named a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and Chair in Cancer Research in 2013.

Before joining Emory, Dr. Curran was Professor and Chairman of Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University (Jefferson) in Philadelphia and Clinical Director of Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center.


Dr. Curran graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College, received his MD degree from the Medical College of Georgia and is a Board Certified Radiation Oncologist. Curran completed his residency in the Department of Radiation Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center and his internship in internal medicine at Presbyterian University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia.

Dr. Curran is a Fellow in the American College of Radiology and has been awarded honorary memberships in the European Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology. In 2006, he was named the leading radiation oncologist/cancer researcher in a peer survey by the journal Medical Imaging.

Under Dr. Curran's leadership Emory's Radiation Oncology Department has been selected as a "Top Five Radiation Therapy Centers to Watch in 2009" by Imaging Technology News. This review recognizes the most forward-thinking, U.S.-based cancer treatment centers, which have adopted advanced technology to optimize treatment and make a difference in patient care. Dr. Curran has received numerous honors and is listed in Atlanta Magazine's Top Doctors for Radiation Oncology. In 2019, Dr. Curran received the Gold Medal from the American Society for Radiation Oncology. 


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Dr. Curran has authored or co-authored more than seven hundred abstracts and scholarly papers, as well as numerous presentations, reviews and book chapters. He has been chairman or co-chairman of more than 40 clinical trials and a reviewer for twelve national/international journals. He serves as the founding secretary/treasurer of the Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups and a board member of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE).

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NRG Oncology

Dr. Curran is the group chairman and principal investigator of NRG Oncology, formerly the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group, a National Cancer Institute-funded cooperative group dedicated to advancing patient treatment and care through clinical trials and research.