News Release: Research, School of Medicine, Winship Cancer Institute

Nov. 18,  2008

Walter Curran Awarded Endowed Lawrence Davis Chair of Radiation Oncology

News Article ImageWalter Curran Jr., MD

Walter Curran Jr., MD, has been awarded the inaugural Lawrence W. Davis Chair of Radiation Oncology in Emory University School of Medicine. Curran was presented the honor by Thomas J. Lawley, MD, dean of Emory's School of Medicine.   

Curran is chairman of the department of radiation oncology, Emory's School of Medicine, and medical director of the Emory Winship Cancer Institute. 

Curran joined Emory in January 2008 from Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where he served as professor and chair of the department of radiation oncology and clinical director for the Kimmel Cancer Center, also at Jefferson.

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

Curran has been a principal investigator on numerous groundbreaking National Cancer Institute grants. He has authored or co-authored more than two hundred abstracts and scholarly papers, as well as several dozen presentations, reviews and book chapters. He is chair or co-chair of approximately 19 clinical protocols and a reviewer for 12 national and international journals.

The Lawrence W. Davis Chair of Radiation Oncology was established in October 2004.  During his 17-year tenure as chair of Emory's department, Davis has led radiation oncology in establishment of a residency program, a new Division of Cancer Biology to enhance research in the department and has grown the faculty to 26 members, including 16 radiation oncologists. 

"Emory's Department of Radiation Oncology has grown to international prominence under Dr. Davis' guidance," says Lawley. "We look forward to continuing and expanding upon this positive trajectory under Dr. Curran's leadership."


The Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center of Emory University is an academic health science and service center focused on missions of teaching, research, health care and public service. Its components include schools of medicine, nursing, and public health; Yerkes National Primate Research Center; the Emory Winship Cancer Institute; and Emory Healthcare, the largest, most comprehensive health system in Georgia. The Woodruff Health Sciences Center has a $2.3 billion budget, 17,000 employees, 2,300 full-time and 1,900 affiliated faculty, 4,300 students and trainees, and a $4.9 billion economic impact on metro Atlanta.

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