News Release: Emory Healthcare , Research , Winship Cancer Institute

Feb. 25,  2010

Winship Cancer Institute Announces New Director of Clinical Trials

News Article ImageKathleen Rodger

Kathleen Rodger has been appointed director of the Clinical Trials Office at the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. Rodger joins Emory from the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville in Kentucky.

"We are delighted to announce Kathleen Rodger as the director of our Clinical Trials Office," says Walter J. Curran, MD, executive director of Winship. "Ms. Rodger brings exceptional experience and a dedication to oncology research and patient care to this important position within Winship."

Rodger served as associate director of clinical trials in her previous position and was responsible for establishing policies and standard operating procedures as well as serving as a primary reviewer of new protocols to determine the feasibility and cost effectiveness of new trials. She also was responsible for financial monitoring and expenditure control for clinical trial budgets and departmental operational budgets and assisted faculty physicians in coordinating clinical trials in various community sites.

"Kathleen's background as a registered nurse and her extensive administrative experience in oncology research is a wonderful combination for her role in clinical trials," says Edmund Waller, MD, PhD, associate director for clinical research at Winship. Before joining the Graham Brown Cancer Center Rodger served as manager of Cancer Research at the Ochsner Cancer Institute in New Orleans. In that role she was administrator for all governmental, pharmaceutical and investigator-initiated cancer research activities at the institute.

"I am looking forward to the challenges and opportunities at Winship," says Rodger. "The recent National Cancer Institute designation combined with Emory's culture of discovery and collaboration makes this a wonderful opportunity for continued growth and development within Winship's Clinical Trials Office."

Rodger is a registered nurse and earned a master of science in health care management from the University of New Orleans College of Business Administration. She is a member of the Oncology Nurses Society and the Association of Clinical Research Professionals. 

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