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New Director & Continued Success

We are proud to announce that Jorge E. Cortes, MD will be the Director of the Georgia Cancer Center as of September 1, 2019.  He comes to the Georgia Cancer Center after spending the last 23 years at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he has taken on many roles in the Department of Leukemia, Division of Cancer Medicine; including his roles as the Deputy Department Chair, the Chair of AML and CML Sections, Professor of Medicine and Internist. Cortes holds the title of Jane and John Justin Distinguished Chair in Leukemia Research and is the Leukemia Fellowship Program Director. He is also the Deputy Division Head for the Cancer Network, and Chair of the Executive IRB at MD Anderson.

Cortes obtained his undergraduate and post-graduate training in Mexico City before completing his fellowship in Houston, TX. He has over 230 grants and contracts where he was principal investigator. He has authored nearly 1,000 peer-review original research articles with numerous other accolades towards his name and practice.

The Cortes family, Jorge, his wife and two children, will be transferring to the Augusta area from Houston. They are excited to experience all the beauty and culture our area has to offer and will enjoy the cooler weather.

As director, Cortes will continue the Georgia Cancer Center’s mission of obtaining National Cancer Institute (NCI) designation, all while keeping our mission of ‘reducing the burden of cancer in the State of Georgia and across the globe through superior care, innovation and education’ at the forefront of all endeavors. With his experience and drive to be a leader in finding new treatment options for this disease, it gives us great hope and honor to have him join our team.

Jorge E. Cortes, MD

 


 

ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERS

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Associate Director, Basic Science
  
706-721-4381 
jcowell@augusta.edu 
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Administrator
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Associate Director, Clinical Research
  
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Director of Georgia Cancer Center Clinic, Ambulatory Services, Network and Outreach
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Associate Director, Cancer Prevention, Control and Population Health

 

PROGRAM LEADERS

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Acting Director, Cancer Immunology, Inflammation and Tolerance Program
  
706-721-5668 
ecelis@augusta.edu 
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 Leader, Molecular Oncology & Biomarkers Program
 
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Co-Leader, Molecular Oncology & Biomarkers Program 
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 Director, HPV Epidemiology and Prevention Initiative
706-721-2535 
dferris@augusta.edu 
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Associate Director, Cancer Prevention, Control and Population Health
706-721-0471 
mtingen@augusta.edu 

 

CLINICAL LEADERS

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Interim-Chair, Radiation Oncology  
706-721-2971 
jbarrett@augusta.edu
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Director, Gynecology Oncology
 
 
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Director of Georgia Cancer Center Clinic, Ambulatory Services, Network and Outreach
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Chief, Section of Surgical Oncology
706-721-4726
ekruse@augusta.edu