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

Oct. 2,  2009

Fadlo R.Khuri, MD, Named Deputy Director of Emory Winship Cancer Institute

News Article ImageFadlo R. Khuri, MD

Fadlo R. Khuri, MD, has been named deputy director of the Emory Winship Cancer Institute. Khuri, a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar, is currently chairman of Emory's Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology and will retain those duties.

"Dr. Khuri is internationally respected for his groundbreaking research into lung and head and neck cancers," says Walter J. Curran, MD, executive director of Emory Winship, who made the announcement. "He is a tremendously dedicated physician investigator who believes deeply in working with his patients and their loved ones to ensure they are receiving the very best care.

"Dr. Khuri has played a key role in Emory Winship's growth, and his dedication to our mission of developing a culture of discovery, collaboration and care sets a very high standard for every one of our faculty and staff," says Curran. "His leadership as Emory Winship's deputy director is critical to the success of our center as a hub of innovation and translational research for our patients."

Khuri also holds the Roberto C. Goizueta Distinguished Chair for Cancer Research and is professor of otolaryngology, medicine and pharmacology. He serves as director of the Emory Winship's scientific program known as Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics.

Khuri's research interests include development of molecular, prognostic, therapeutic and chemopreventive approaches to improve the standard of care for patients with tobacco-related cancers. His research team is investigating how to inhibit cellular signal transduction in lung and head and neck cancers.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2006 Naji Sahyoun Memorial Award from the Middle East Medical Assembly. He was inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation and is listed among America's Top Doctors and the Marquis Who's Who in the World.

Khuri serves on the editorial boards of seven journals, including the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Clinical Cancer Research and Cancer, and has published more than 140 peer reviewed articles in elite journals including Nature Medicine, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Cancer Research, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology. He has been the recipient of continuous, competitive, peer-reviewed federal grant support from the National Cancer Institute, Department of Defense, and American Cancer Society. He serves as principal investigator, with Haian Fu, PhD, as co-principal investigator, of the NCI Program Project Grant "Targeting Cell Signaling in Lung Cancer to Enhance Therapeutic Efficacy," and as co-principal investigator, with Dong M. Shin, MD, of the Emory Head and Neck Cancer SPORE grant.

Khuri earned his bachelor's degree from Yale University, in New Haven, Conn., and his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, in New York, NY. He completed his residency in internal Medicine at the Boston City Hospital, Boston University School of Medicine. He then completed a fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at the New England Medical Center, Tufts University School of Medicine. He is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in Medical Oncology and is an active member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer and the American Society of Clinical Oncology. He was on faculty at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center from 1995-2002 before joining Emory University. 


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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