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Chairman's Message

It is an honor for me to be named as the Chairman of the Georgia CORE Board of Directors.  To serve as Chairman offers me a unique opportunity to lead a dedicated group of cancer experts, superb staff and administrators of the Georgia CORE and statewide partners who share the goal of providing collaborative cancer research, access to clinical trials, detection, screening and survivorship resources.

Georgia CORE is the leading statewide organization promoting high quality National Cancer Institute driven cancer research to Georgians in their own communities.  Our research network is dedicated to ensuring that all Georgians have the same opportunity to participate in promising clinical trials.  Together we have increased clinical trial accrual, diminished racial and ethnic disparities and ensured that the elderly and rural patients have access to innovative, high quality cancer care.

In addition, Georgia CORE offers a variety of programs with a particular focus on providing patient centered care, educating and supporting survivors, caregivers and navigators.  Georgia CORE also helps to enhance early detection and cancer screening and provides a venue for public education and public awareness. 

Georgia CORE functions successfully as a unique, statewide consortium of institutions consisting of academic medical centers, large urban cancer programs and regional cancer centers focused on the same thing:  providing Georgians with high quality collaborative cancer care throughout their journey.  We invite you to join us in these endeavors and learn more about us.

Andrew W. Pippas, MD


President's Message

One of my favorite activities is hiking with friends because it engages me physically, mentally, and spiritually. The path may sometimes be treacherous and tiring, but I finish feeling stronger than when I started. Like many others, my cancer journey can be compared to a long and arduous hike.  As a three-time cancer survivor, I know cancer in a very personal way. Along this journey I certainly had moments of fear, exhaustion and isolation, but I emerged feeling powerful, resilient, and grateful. And, I am so proud to lead an organization that has made such a positive impact.

If you are on your own cancer journey as a patient, caregiver, or healthcare provider, you may not even be aware that Georgia CORE has been here for more than 18 years to ensure that you can receive the best cancer care available without leaving your home state. Georgia CORE is a non-profit organization that acts as a convener and catalyst to ignite research and innovation that will positively impact cancer treatments and patient care. We partner with healthcare systems, physicians, and non-profit organizations from all corners of the state, as well as state and federal government agencies, and are focused on advancing cancer care through partnerships and innovation. We also have strong survivorship and nurse navigation programs, as well as prevention and screening programs with a particular focus on reducing disparities in under-resourced populations. 

I am alive today because of clinical trials that have provided the information needed to improve medications and other treatments, and I am grateful that Georgia CORE has led the way in Georgia to make this happen. We will continue our work with you in mind so we can all live longer and healthier lives. 

With gratitude,



Lynn Durham

Last Updated: 3/22/2021 2:37:35 PM

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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.