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Winship names Madhav Dhodapkar as Director of New Center for Cancer Immunology

Madhav Dhodapkar, MBBS

Madhav V. Dhodapkar, MBBS, a world-renowned expert in cancer immunology and translational immunotherapy, will join Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University on March 1, 2018, as the director of the new Winship Center for Cancer Immunology. He will be appointed as the Anise McDaniel Brock Chair and Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Cancer Innovation and professor in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology in the Emory School of Medicine.

For the past decade, Dhodapkar has served as chief of hematology, the Arthur H. and Isabel Bunker Professor of Medicine (Hematology), and professor of immunobiology at Yale University School of Medicine. An expert in the treatment of multiple myeloma, he also was co-director of the Cancer Immunology Program within the Yale Cancer Center.

“The arrival of Dr. Dhodapkar at Winship Cancer Institute signals our commitment to the growing cancer immunotherapy research space,” says Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, Winship’s executive director.

Dhodapkar is credited with helping to define the role of the immune system in controlling early cancer cells. His research focuses on how the immune system regulates the progression from precursor lesions to cancer as well as the mechanisms of treatment sensitivity and resistance to cancer immunotherapy.

Dhodapkar earned his medical degree from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi, India. He completed his residency in internal medicine at St. Louis University and his fellowship in hematology and medical oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Prior to Yale, Dhodapkar served on the faculty at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and The Rockefeller University in New York.

Dhodapkar has authored more than 100 scientific papers. He is a prior recipient of several awards including the National Institutes of Health Director’s Transformative Research Award and the National Cancer Institute Outstanding Investigator Award in 2016.

Dhodapkar’s wife, Kavita Dhodapkar, MBBS, a leading cancer immunology researcher at Yale, will also join the Emory faculty as an associate professor in pediatrics and director of the Pediatric Immuno-Oncology Program at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. She will also become an active Winship investigator in cancer immunology.


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