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Announcing the Trailblazers!

12/15/2022, Georgia CORE

Georgia CORE has named 20 “Trailblazers” who have made a lasting impact on cancer care in the state. Georgia CORE is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and with this milestone, honoring 20 members of Georgia’s oncology community, state leaders, scientists, and philanthropists for their presence and commitment early in the history of the state’s cancer initiative.

“We are happy to honor those individuals who, through research, education, or advocacy blazed the trail to create and sustain Georgia’s innovative, collaborative, and patient-centered cancer ecosystem,” said Georgia CORE president and CEO Lynn Durham. “The Trailblazers were a major force behind Georgia CORE’s statewide impact, and for that we are eternally grateful.”

The honorees will be recognized at “A Toast to the Trailblazers” on Feb. 18 at the Atlanta History Center. Georgia CORE is expecting more than 300 guests from Georgia’s oncology and philanthropic communities to attend this first-time event, which will also feature dining and dancing and is open to the public.


Dan and Kathelen Amos
Gov. Roy Barnes
GASCO (staff and board members)
Don Gallup, MD (posthumous)
Jim Hotz, MD
Anand Jillella, MD
Michael Johns, MD
Hamilton Jordan (posthumous)
Alice Kerber, APN
David Lawson, MD
Roland Matthews, MD
Matt Mumber, MD
Ruth O’Regan, MD
Nancy Paris, FACHE
State Rep. Butch Parrish
Fred Schnell, MD
Tom Seay, MD (posthumous)
Tobyanne Sidman
Bill Todd
Kathleen Toomey, MD, MPH

Georgia CORE will also recognize Today’s Innovators. These individuals have embraced the original vision of working collaboratively throughout the state’s cancer ecosystem and are continuing to enhance cancer research and care for all Georgians.

Today's Innovators

Guilherme Cantuaria, MD, PhD
Bradley Carthon, MD, PhD
Angie Caton, MSN, RN
Jorge Cortes, MD
Melissa Dillmon, MD
Chris Draft
Lynn Durham, EdD
Laura Farless, MD
Sharad Ghamande, MD
John Henson, MD 
Chirag Jani, MD
Adam Jones, MD
Sumin Kang, PhD
Eileen Kennedy, PhD 
Shafiq Khan, PhD 
Troy Kimsey, MD
Lauren McCullough, PhD
John McDonald, PhD
Petros Nikolinakos, MD
Samuel Ofori, MD
Andrew Pippas, MD
Suresh Ramalingam, MD
Brian Rivers, PhD, MPH
Jayanthi Srinivasiah, MD
Bradley Sumrall, MD
Amelia Zelnak, MD

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