Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) chair, has been named the executive director of the Emory Winship Cancer Institute in Atlanta, and associate vice president for cancer at Woodruff Health Services Center in Philadelphia.
RTOG is a multi-institutional international clinical cooperative group funded primarily by National Cancer Institute grants, and is comprised of more than 300 major research institutions in the United States, Canada and internationally.
Curran has been the group chair and principal investigator of the RTOG since 1997. Prior to that, he served as the group’s deputy group chair and chair of its brain tumor committee. He is the chair of Emory’s department of radiation oncology and the medical director of the Emory Winship Cancer Institute. He joined Emory in November 2007 from Jefferson Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where he served as professor and chair of the department of radiation oncology, as well as the clinical director for the Kimmel Cancer Center, also located in Philadelphia.