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Georgia CORE honors 20 “Trailblazers” in cancer care

3/08/2023, Georgia CORE

The Georgia Center for Oncology Research and Education 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.” 

Georgia CORE is also recognizing Today’s Innovators who have embraced the original vision of collaboration and advancement throughout the state’s cancer ecosystem and are working today to continue to enhance cancer research and exceptional care for all Georgians. 

The honorees were recognized at “A Toast to the Trailblazers” in February where Georgia CORE hosted more than 350 guests from Georgia’s oncology and philanthropic communities. The celebration gala was an opportunity to recognize the winners of two annual awards given by the organization. The first Phillip H. Street Cancer Community Service Award and the $5,000 gift accompanying the award was given to Tiah Tomlin-Harris. The Matt Mumber M.D. Award for Excellence in Cancer Patient Navigation, which gives $2,000 each year to an outstanding navigator. This year the award went to Emily Beard. 

Proceeds from ticket sales, the wine pull, donors, and our generous sponsors (below) will go to Georgia's new “Stop Cancer” License Plate Fund, which will provide free cancer screenings for some of the state's deadliest cancers to under-resourced Georgians.

Here's to another 20 years!

See photos from the event

Dan and Kathelen Amos • The Honorable 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 MN APRN • David Lawson MD • Roland Matthews MD • Matt Mumber MD • Ruth O’Regan MD • Nancy Paris FACHE • Rep. Butch Parrish • Fred Schnell MD • Tom Seay MD (posthumous) • Tobyanne Sidman • Bill Todd • Kathleen Toomey MD MPH


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

Pathfinder Sponsors
Georgia Health Foundation and Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology


Groundbreaker Sponsors
Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University 
University Cancer & Blood Center, LLC 
Genentech, Inc. 
Georgia Power Company 
Gilead Sciences, Inc. 
Northside Cancer Institute 
Woodruff Health Sciences Center and Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Innovator Sponsors
Atlanta Cancer Care, PC
City of Hope
Grady Health System
ImmunoGen, Inc.
Morehouse School of Medicine
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, LLP
Northeast Georgia Medical Center Phoebe Putney Health System Piedmont Columbus Regional
Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University

Inspirer (In-Kind) Sponsors
Atlanta Coca-Cola Bottling Company United, Inc.
Cork & Flame Restaurant and Wine Market
Dr. Andrew and Mrs. Janette Pippas
Dr. Frederick and Mrs. Kim Schnell Galleria Limousine
Georgia Trend
Myriad Genetics
Sterling Seacrest Pritchard
Versal Communications
Vinings Massage and Wellness


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Georgia CORE is a statewide nonprofit that leverages partnerships and innovation to attract more clinical trials, increase research, and promote education and early detection to improve cancer care for Georgians in rural, urban, and suburban communities across the state.