Dr. Walter (Wally) J. Curran, Jr., is Professor Emeritus and former Chairman of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Emory University School of Medicine. He joined GenesisCare as the Group Chief Medical Officer in January 2021.
Wally served for 11 years as the Executive Director of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, the first and only National Cancer Institute (NCI)-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in the state of Georgia, USA. He was the first radiation oncologist to serve as a director of an NCI-designated cancer center.
Wally is considered an international expert in the management of patients with locally advanced lung cancer and malignant brain tumors led several landmark clinical and translational trials in both areas, and isresponsible for defining a universally adopted staging system for patients with malignant glioma.
Wally served as the group chairman and principal investigator of NRG Oncology for eight years and the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) for seventeen years. Both are NCI-funded cooperative groups dedicated to advancing patient treatment and care through clinical trials and research.
Wally has authored or co-authored more than 800 abstracts and scholarly papers, as well as numerous presentations, reviews, and book chapters. He has been chairman or co-chairman of more than 40 clinical trials and a reviewer for 12 national/international journals.
Wally is a Fellow and served on the Board of Directors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). He was also named a Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and Chair in Cancer Research in 2013. He served as the founding secretary/treasurer of the Coalition of Cancer Cooperative Groups and a Board member of the Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education (Georgia CORE).
He is also a Fellow in the American College of Radiology,has been awarded honorary memberships in the European Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology and the Canadian Association of Radiation Oncology, and received the Gold Medal Award from the American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) in 2019.
Prior to joining Emory University, Wally was Professor and Chairman of Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia and Clinical Director of Jefferson’s Kimmel Cancer Center.
- Medical College of Georgia, MD
- Dartmouth College
- Internal medicine at Presbyterian University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Philadelphia
- Department of Radiation Therapy at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center