Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University announce that, William G. Woods, M.D., has stepped down as director of the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and chief of hematology/oncology/BMT in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University. A search has identified Douglas Graham, M.D., Ph.D., as the successor to this role. Dr. Graham joined Children’s on August 17, 2015, and is working with Dr. Woods to ensure a smooth transition.
Dr. Woods remains on faculty with the Aflac Cancer Center and Emory University. His new title is director emeritus.
Dr. Graham is a member of the Senior Leadership Council of Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University. He will play a role in helping to jointly recruit new oncology faculty with Winship.
Dr. Graham previously served as professor of pediatrics and immunology at the University of Colorado, with clinical practice at Children’s Hospital Colorado. He led the Biology and Treatment of Childhood Cancer Research emphasis area. He directly oversaw all basic science, translational and clinical oncology research for the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital Colorado.
Dr. Graham is a National Institutes of Health-funded investigator with an active laboratory focusing on developing novel therapeutics for pediatric cancer, recently validating MerTK as a novel cancer agent in leukemia, melanoma, non-small cell lung cancer and glioblastoma. He was the co-program leader of the Hematologic Malignancy Program at the University of Colorado, a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center.