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Coalition Leadership

Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD

Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, is Secretary/Treasurer of the Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups, a position he has held since the founding of the organization in 1997. He is also Group Chair/Principal Investigator of NRG Oncology, a National Cancer Institute (NCI)-sponsored cancer research group that is a member of the Coalition. NRG Oncology was formed in 2013 through the merger of the National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP), Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG), and Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG), each of which is recognized internationally as a leader in clinical research.

Dr. Curran holds the following institutional positions: Executive Director of the Winship Cancer Institute, an NCI-designated cancer center; Associate Vice President for Cancer, of the Woodruff Health Sciences Center; and the Lawrence W. Davis Professor and Chair of Radiation Oncology at Emory University (all located in Atlanta, GA). He is currently the only individual leading both an NCI-designated cancer center and an NCI-supported cancer cooperative group.

Dr. Curran, who is a Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar, has been a Principal Investigator for several NCI grants and is considered an international expert in the management of patients with locally advanced lung cancer and malignant brain tumors. He has led several landmark clinical and translational trials in both areas and is responsible for defining a now-universally adopted staging system for patients with malignant glioma. He has authored or coauthored more than 400 abstracts and scholarly papers, as well as numerous review articles, book chapters, and presentations of research findings a major medical meetings. He has chaired or co-chaired more than 40 clinical trials and served as a reviewer for 12 national/international journals.