Karen Godette, MD

Associate Professor

Department of Radiation Oncology

Medical Director of Radiation Oncology

Emory University Hospital Midtown


(404) 686-2391


Emory University Hospital Midtown



Karen Godette, MD, is a board certified radiation oncologist in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. Dr. Godette practices general radiation oncology and specializes in breast malignancies, prostate cancer and soft tissue sarcoma. Within these areas, her expertise is in brachytherapy and in intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT). She treats patients at Winship at Emory University Hospital Midtown where she has served as medical director since 2001. She is also on the physician team providing care to patients at Emory Proton Therapy Center.

Dr. Godette has been featured in the news for her use of an implantable radiotherapy device that enables radiation treatment to be more precisely delivered as well as intraoperative radiation therapy (IORT) for early-stage breast cancer. She played a central role in creating a radiation oncology residency program at Emory. She served for 10 years as director of the residency program. She has also served as the medical director and advisor for the Grady Radiation Therapy Technology School since 1998.

Dr. Godette is actively involved in the community and participates in health fairs, educational workshops, multidisciplinary panels and support groups. She is also active in the international arena, working in partnership with colleagues in developing countries to advance the delivery and standard of cancer care.

Dr. Godette is from Guyana, South America. She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to exotic destinations, watching foreign and independent films and eating international cuisine.


She received her MS and MD degrees from Howard University in Washington, DC, where she also completed a year-long transitional internship. She completed residency in radiation oncology at Columbia University New York-Presbyterian Hospital, where she served as chief resident.


Dr. Godette is a member of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Connective Tissue Oncology Society, American Medical Women’s Association, American Board of Radiology and National Medical Association, where she served as chair of the radiology section from 2005-2007. 

Dr. Godette was awarded the Woodruff Fund Clinical Teaching Support Award in Radiation Oncology in 2002 for her commitment to teaching. She was listed as one of Atlanta Magazine's "Top Doctors" in 2016 and 2017.


Dr. Godette participates in national clinical trials of breast, cervical, and prostate cancers along with soft tissue sarcomas. Her research focuses on improving the multidisciplinary care of these malignancies.


Dr. Godette is a manuscript reviewer for the International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, and Journal of Surgical Oncology. She has written or coauthored many articles, abstracts and book chapters, and has spoken at both national and international meetings.