Jerome Carl Landry, MD, MBA, radiation oncologist at Emory University’s Winship Cancer Institute, professor at Emory University School of Medicine, and former medical director of Grady Memorial Hospital, died recently.
Landry was born and raised in Louisiana. After overcoming the neurological complications of poliomyelitis at a young age, he graduated magna cum laude from Xavier University in New Orleans, then earned his medical degree from Harvard Medical School.
He joined Emory University in 1983 as an internal medicine resident, before returning to Harvard for his residency training in radiation therapy at Massachusetts General Hospital, where he served as chief resident during his senior year. He then earned an MBA from Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Georgia.
In 1987 he returned to Emory to join a small group of medical and surgical oncologists who formed what is now known as the Winship Cancer Institute.
Additionally, he was responsible for developing radiation oncology services at Grady Memorial Hospital and served as Medical Director there until 2016.
An expert and pioneer in the field of radiation oncology and the treatment of gastrointestinal tumors, Landry was the first to use and develop advanced image-guided therapeutic techniques that now define modern radiation therapies and continue to improve patient outcomes.
He has published extensively on Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy for gastrointestinal tumors and soft tissue sarcomas, providing on-site IMRT training at over 40 radiation oncology centers in the United States and the United States. foreign. His work has been highlighted at medical and academic conferences.
“Dr. Landry’s groundbreaking research in the development of new radiation therapy techniques has helped improve care for cancer patients in Georgia and beyond,” said Jeffrey Bradley, James W. Keller Emeritus Professor of Radiation and Chairman Acting Radiation Oncology Department at Emory. . “His transformative work has established Winship of Emory as a leader in IMRT.”
“Landry was a leader in the field of gastrointestinal oncology and led national clinical trials,” said Suresh Ramalingam, executive director of Winship Cancer Institute. “He leaves a lasting legacy on the pitch and at Winship.”
While at Winship, Landry won numerous awards and was recognized by his peers as one of America’s top physicians by several publications, including Atlanta Magazine.
Jerome was a fundamental figure in our department, a passionate advocate for patient care at Grady, and beyond his academic accomplishments, he was a truly kind person who brought joy to those who knew him.
“Jerome was a fundamental figure in our department, a passionate advocate for patient care at Grady, and beyond his academic accomplishments, he was a truly kind person who brought joy to those who knew him,” said said Joseph Shelton, associate professor of radiation oncology. and medical director of the Loughlin Radiation Oncology Center at Grady Memorial Hospital. “He has been a valuable mentor and friend to me throughout my career.”
After three decades, Landry left Emory in 2016 due to health issues, but remained a committed and valuable resource to those at Emory. In 2018, an endowed professorship was created in his name and is held by David S. Yu, the first Jerome Landry, MD, chair of cancer biology and associate professor of radiation oncology.
“He was a force in our department, mentoring and training countless faculty and students,” Yu said.
Landry is survived by his longtime partner, Dwillete Johnson.
In lieu of flowers and to honor Landry’s passionate service to this institution, the family requests that donations be made to Emory University to support the endowed chair named in his honor and to host an annual guest lecture at the Winship Cancer Institute on topics related to his passions: the representation of racial minorities in medicine, oncology and in the delivery of health care to underserved populations, and the changing paradigms in radiation therapy and cancerology.
Contributions may be made to Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University, Office of Gift Records, Emory University, 1762 Clifton Rd. NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30322.