The John B. Amos Cancer Center continues to advance cancer treatment for our region with the addition of three new physicians. John L. Currie, M.D., is the new director of Women’s Health Services at the Cancer Center. Woodrow W. McWilliams III, M.D., is a radiation oncologist and John R. Pawloski, M.D., Ph.D., is a hematologist.
“The new physicians at the John B. Amos Cancer Center bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to us and are all dedicated to further developing our comprehensive Cancer Center so patients in this region can face their future with confidence and optimism,” said Kevin Sass, Senior Executive Officer at Doctors Hospital, who oversees the Cancer Center. “We are excited to have all three of these respected physicians at the Cancer Center.”
John L. Currie, M.D.
Dr. Currie is a veteran gynecological oncologist who has held numerous positions in both medical and academic settings. His past principal positions include director of gynecologic oncology at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Conn. and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington.
He has also served on the faculty at the University of North Carolina and was faculty fellow at Duke University, professor at Vanderbilt University, division chief at Johns Hopkins Hospital, and a professor and chair of obstetrics and gynecology at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, N.H. Dr. Currie is also an attorney in Hanover, N.H. having received his law degree in 2001 from Vermont Law School
Dr. Currie received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and his MD from the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. He completed an internship in surgery and a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. He also completed a fellowship in gynecologic oncology at Duke University Medical Center.
He is a member of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and Society of Gynecologic Oncologists. He served as president of the American Association for Cancer Education in 1994.
“It is a pleasure to be at the John B. Amos Cancer Center and bring gynecologic oncology back to the center,” Dr. Currie said. “Although I was planning to retire to the hills of North Carolina, the opportunity to build a needed service in the Columbus area was enticing enough to keep working. The facility and faculty are outstanding, and I look forward to recruiting another gynecologic oncologist to meet the growing needs of women with cancer.”.
Woodrow W. McWilliams III, M.D.
Dr. McWilliams is no stranger to Columbus and The Medical Center. He is a graduate of Spencer High School and returns to Columbus after receiving his undergraduate degree at Paine College in Augusta, Ga. and his medical degree from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. His internship in general surgery was completed at Morehouse and his residency in radiation oncology was completed at Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh. He also spent a year as a transitional year resident with The Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency Program.
Dr. McWilliams was a principal investigator for Novum Pharmaceutical Research Services while completing his residency at Allegheny General Hospital.
Previously, he was medical director of Emergency Medical Services in Talbot County, Ga.; a physician with Columbus Medical Associates; and a physician coordinator associated with the West Central Georgia Cancer Coalition. He completed oncology clinical research at the John B. Amos Cancer Center in 2004-2005 and has extensive research experience at the National Center for Infectious Disease in Atlanta, the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston and the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta.
He is a member of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, the American College of Radiology and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Dr. McWilliams is excited to join the team “Returning home to work at the Cancer Center and to provide quality cancer care in my community is a dream realized,” he said.
John R. Pawloski, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Pawloski comes to the Cancer Center from Pittsburgh, Pa. where he was Chief of Hematology at Allegheny General Hospital, and associate professor of Medicine at Drexel University College of Medicine. He was also the director of Hemostasis, Thrombosis and Anticoagulation Services at Allegheny General Hospital.
Dr. Pawloski received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan–Flint, and his M.D. and Ph.D. from the physician-scientist program at the St. Louis University School of Medicine. He then completed post-graduate training as an intern, resident, and clinical-investigator fellow in internal medicine, followed by a fellowship in hematology, at Duke University Medical Center. Dr. Pawloski subsequently served for six years as an assistant professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology at Duke University Medical Center, where he was the principle investigator on multiple research grants. His work in nitric oxide biology has been published in such influential journals as The New England Journal of Medicine, Nature and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. He is board certified in internal medicine and hematology and is especially interested in leukemia and lymphoma, benign blood disorders and the coagulopathies.
Dr. Pawloski has made many media appearances and authored numerous book chapters and articles in the area of hematology such as molecular hematology and sickle cell disease.
“I joined the John B. Amos Cancer Center because it is an ascendant hematology-oncology program, with a progressive and forward-looking strategy to bring evidence-based, technologically advanced, and compassionate healthcare to the people of the Columbus region,” he said, then added, “I also like the southern Georgia weather.”