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Georgia CORE's History

When Georgia CORE was envisioned in 2002, the State of Georgia was fighting to counteract the perception that “better cancer care was available elsewhere.” Each neighboring state boasted at least one NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center while Georgia, the largest state east of the Mississippi River, had a high incidence of cancer, fewer clinical trials and no NCI-designated Cancer Center. Though there were medical schools, hospitals, oncologists and cancer centers in Georgia, the state lacked a focused, strategic approach to oncology care and research. Governor Roy Barnes’ unveiled a bold initiative in 2001 which provided the impetus for creation of Georgia CORE. One of the Governor’s most emphatic demands was that no Georgian should have to leave the state to obtain quality cancer care. His plan established the Georgia Cancer Coalition (GCC) with funding from a portion of the state’s “tobacco settlement.” The late Hamilton Jordan, a survivor of multiple cancers, created the strategy for the new entity whose goal was to make Georgia a national leader in cancer care while saving lives lost to the disease.

Georgia CORE was created to address two of the state’s most glaring weaknesses - a deficit of clinical trials and limited capacity to conduct research - by orchestrating collaboration among community oncologists and academic researchers.

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Read Georgia On My Mind from Oncology Issues May / June 2008.

Last Updated: 3/11/2020 3:51:06 PM

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A letter from Nancy

After 19 years, Nancy announces her resignation as president & CEO of Georgia CORE.

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 Media & Events

Georgia Tech’s Durham picked to lead cancer organization

Lynn Durham has been named the new president and CEO of Georgia CORE. Durham, currently Georgia Tech vice president for institute relations, will replace Nancy Paris, who has led Georgia CORE since its inception and is retiring.

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GASCO encourages all our members and members of the survivorship community to view the new video produced by the Medical Association of Georgia as the November offering of their "Top Docs" program.

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Nancy Paris has served as president and CEO of Georgia CORE since its creation in 2005. At the end of the year, she will be retiring after spending her entire career in healthcare, during which she focused on addressing community health issues including homelessness, HIV/AIDS and rural health.

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Advancing Cancer Care through Partnerships and Innovation

Georgia CORE is a public-private partnership that creates collaboration among the state’s cancer organizations and institutions to connect more Georgians to quality, personalized cancer care. We welcome you to this one-of-a-kind online information center for all things related to cancer and survivorship care in Georgia.