News Release: Research, Winship Cancer Institute

Apr. 29,  2009

Emory Winship Cancer Institute Announces $2 Million Chair in Breast Cancer Research

News Article ImageRuth O'Regan, MD

Ruth O'Regan, MD, has been named to the Louisa and Rand Glenn Family Chair in Breast Cancer Research in Emory Winship Cancer Institute. The announcement was made by Winship Director Brian Leyland-Jones, MD, PhD.

O'Regan is associate professor of hematology and medical oncology and director of Emory Winship's translational breast cancer research program. 

"We are sincerely grateful to the Glenn family for their interest and involvement in Winship," says Leyland-Jones.  "This Chair will enable us to aim high for the benefit of future generations, while at the same time, taking care of the vital responsibilities that are before us each and every day."

O'Regan, a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar, joined Emory from Northwestern University in Chicago.  She is widely published in peer reviewed scientific journals and frequently cited on topics related to breast cancer, including the use of hormonal and targeted therapies. 

"Dr. O'Regan is internationally recognized for her work in breast cancer research," says Fadlo Khuri, MD, chair of Emory's Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology.  "Her work has made an indelible impact on the entire field.  In addition, Dr. O'Regan is a tireless and devoted physician who works closely with her patients." 

O'Regan also is co-director of the Jean Sindab Endowment Research Team, which focuses on developing scientific research on breast cancer in African-American women. O'Regan and her colleagues have worked closely with the Avon Foundation to build a multidisciplinary breast cancer team at the Georgia Cancer Center of Excellence at Grady Hospital.  She is also principal investigator of the first statewide breast cancer clinical trial run through the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education. 

A native of Dublin, Ireland, O'Regan earned her medical degree at University College in Dublin.  She conducted a residency in Internal Medicine and a fellowship in oncology at the Mater Hospital in Dublin. She did her U.S. residency and fellowship at Northwestern University. In 2006, O'Regan was selected as Honoree of the Greater Atlanta Susan G Komen Pink Tie Ball.


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