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Jorge E. Cortes, MD is the director of the Georgia Cancer Center. Cortes joined the Cancer Center on September 1, 2019 after spending 23 years at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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.

GCC Leadership

ADMINISTRATIVE LEADERS

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John K. Cowell, PhD, DSC, FRCPATH

  • Associate Director, Basic Science

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Albert Dallas, MBA

  • Administrator

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Sharad Ghamande, MD

  • Associate Director, Clinical Research

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Anand P. Jillella, MD

  • Director of Georgia Cancer Center Clinic, Ambulatory Services, Network and Outreach

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Martha Tingen, PhD

  • Associate Director, Cancer Prevention, Control and Population Health

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PROGRAM LEADERS

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Esteban Celis, MD

  • Acting Director, Cancer Immunology, Inflammation and Tolerance Program

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John K. Cowell, PhD, DSC, FRCPATH

  • Leader, Molecular Oncology & Biomarkers Program

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Nahid Mivechi, PhD

  • Co-Leader, Molecular Oncology & Biomarkers Program

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Martha Tingen, PhD

  • Associate Director, Cancer Prevention, Control and Population Health

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CLINICAL LEADERS

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John T. Barrett, MD, PhD

  • Interim-Chair, Radiation Oncology

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Sharad Ghamande, MD

  • Director, Gynecology Oncology

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Anand P. Jillella, MD

  • Director of Georgia Cancer Center Clinic, Ambulatory Services, Network and Outreach

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Edward Kruse, MD

  • Chief, Section of Surgical Oncology

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The Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University is dedicated to reducing the burden of cancer in Georgia and across the globe through superior care, innovation, and education. Through unprecedented expansion, the Georgia Cancer Center is providing access to more first-in-the-nation clinical trials, world-renowned experts and life-saving options.