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

Dec. 1,  2010

Winship Cancer Institute Announces Medical Director for Clinical Trials

News Article ImageBassel El-Rayes, MD

Bassel El-Rayes, MD, has been appointed medical director of the Clinical Trials Office of the Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. El-Rayes is associate professor of hematology and medical oncology at Emory University School of Medicine and serves as director of the Gastrointestinal Oncology Translational Research Program at Winship.

“We are delighted to announce Dr. El-Rayes’ appointment,” says Walter Curran, MD, executive director of Winship. “He is an exceptional physician investigator who combines an impressive academic track record with a sincere devotion to patient care.  Dr. El-Rayes understands the important role clinical trials play in advancing cancer care and treatment, and he will provide exceptional leadership to this critical office within Winship.”

Fadlo Khuri, MD, deputy director of the Winship Cancer Institute and chair of the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology adds, "Dr. El-Rayes is a gifted and disciplined researcher who will make an immediate contribution to Winship’s culture of caring and innovation within its clinical trials office.”

El-Rayes joins a clinical trials team led by Edmund Waller, MD, PhD, associate director for clinical research at Winship, and Kathleen Rodger, director of Winship’s Clinical Trials Office.

Winship’s Clinical Trials Office runs more than 150 active adult therapeutic cancer clinical trials. There are nearly 500 patients currently enrolled in clinical trials.

El-Rayes joined Emory in 2009 from the Karmanos Cancer Center at Wayne State University in Detroit. His primary areas of clinical and research interest are in pancreatic, liver and stomach cancers. He has published extensively in peer-reviewed scientific journals and has authored books, book chapters and numerous case reports.

El-Rayes earned his medical degree at American University in Beirut and completed his residency in internal medicine at Wayne State University and his fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at the Karmanos Cancer Center. He was selected in 2010 as a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Scholar.


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