Emory’s Department of Radiation Oncology is part of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, the only Comprehensive Cancer Center in Georgia designated by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). Part of an elite group of centers nationwide that are on the forefront of the battle against cancer, Winship at Emory serves as the coordinating center for a vast array of resources in medical oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, diagnostic imaging and the subspecialties of cancer care throughout Emory University. As an NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, our participation in national, international and institutional clinical trials ensures that our patients have access to the latest advances in cancer treatments.
Since its inception, the Emory Department of Radiation Oncology has embraced innovative radiation therapy technologies. In the last five years, the department has expanded its arsenal of radiation treatment options to include proton beam therapy. The Emory Proton Therapy Center opened in 2018 and treated over 400 patients in the first year. In December 2020, the center celebrated treating its 1000th patient.
Basic, translational and clinical research in the department has also grown substantially in the last few years. In 2019, the department ranked second among departments of radiation oncology based at universities in total National Institutes of Health funding. In the past year, investigators in the department have published groundbreaking research on studies focused on low-dose chest radiation for COVID-19 patients, patient-reported toxicity by patients receiving intensity-modulated radiation therapy, and post-prostatectomy treatment planning for prostate cancer.
Jeffrey Bradley, MD, FACR, FASTRO
In January, Jeff Bradley, MD, FACR, FASTRO, was named the interim chair of the Department of Radiation Oncology, succeeding Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD. Bradley joined the department in 2019 as the executive vice chairman and was awarded the James W. Keller, MD Distinguished Professorship in Radiation Oncology. Winship has also expanded to include seven new physicians to Emory Radiation Oncology practices at Emory University Hospital, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory Proton Therapy Center, and Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital. The department has increased its impact in the greater Atlanta area via partnerships with Kaiser Permanente specialists, who have joined Winship experts at Emory University Hospital Midtown and Emory Saint Joseph’s Hospital, and DeKalb Medical, where Winship oncologists will soon practice at three DeKalb Operating Unit facilities: Emory Decatur Hospital, Emory Hillandale Hospital and Emory Long-Term Acute Care.