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Theresa W. Gillespie, PhD, MA

Emory University, USA


Dr. Gillespie has extensive experience in clinical oncology, clinical trials, and cancer research. Her research has focused on disparities experienced by urban underserved, rural, minority, and under-represented populations across the continuum of care. Currently, she is Professor, Department of Surgery and Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine; Clinical Associate Professor, School of Nursing; Senior Fellow in the Emory Global Health Institute; and a full member of the Winship Cancer Institute.  She has held senior leadership roles in the Winship Cancer Institute for the past two decades, including Deputy Director, Director of Clinical Research, and as Co-Director of the Winship Cancer Institute’s Health Disparities Initiative. She previously was Director of Health Services Research at the Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center. She co-leads the HIV+ Malignancy research group in the Emory Center for AIDS Research, and is leading the efforts with the Emory Global Health Institute to develop a global oncology program. As Principal Investigator and Co-Investigator on numerous grants, Dr. Gillespie has been funded by the NCI/NIH; CDC; DOD; Veterans Affairs; American Cancer Society, Gates Foundation and Movember Foundation.  Her funded studies have focused on decision-making by patients, the public and clinicians; risk communication; quality and outcomes in healthcare; and interventions to improve risk comprehension, guideline concordant care, and outcomes. Dr. Gillespie teaches in the Schools of Medicine, Public Health, and Nursing at Emory and has published and presented broadly for more than 25 years. 

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