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Jorge Cortes - Augusta University. Augusta, GA, US

Jorge Cortes Jorge Cortes

Director, Georgia Cancer Center | Augusta University


Jorge Cortes is a clinical investigator who has helped research and develop multiple treatment options for chronic myeloid leukemia.





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New Georgia Cancer Center leader discusses cutting-edge research and treatment




Jorge Cortes comes to the Georgia Cancer Center after spending the last 23 years at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he has taken on many roles in the Department of Leukemia, Division of Cancer Medicine; including his roles as the Deputy Department Chair, the Chair of AML and CML Sections, Professor of Medicine and Internist. In addition, Cortes held the title of Jane and John Justin Distinguished Chair in Leukemia Research and was the Leukemia Fellowship Program Director. He was also the Deputy Division Head for the Cancer Network, and Chair of the Executive IRB at MD Anderson.

Cortes obtained his undergraduate and post-graduate training in Mexico City before completing his fellowship in Houston, TX. He has over 230 grants and contracts where he was principal investigator. He has authored nearly 1,000 peer-review original research articles with numerous other accolades towards his name and practice.

The Cortes family, Jorge, his wife and two children, will be transferring to the Augusta area from Houston. They are excited to experience all the beauty and culture our area has to offer and will enjoy the cooler weather.

Areas of Expertise (12)

Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Blood and Bone Marrow Transplants


Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Chronic Myeloid Leukemia

Hemtaologic Oncology


Leukemia and Lymphoma

Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Myeloproliferative Neoplasms


Accomplishments (6)

John Goldman Prize, International CML Foundation


Samuel J. Hassenbush III, M.D., Ph.D., Physicians Referral Service Leadership and Institutional Service Award (LISA), MDACC,


Institutional Service Award (LISA), MDACC (professional)


2016 Cattlemen for Cancer Research Hero Award (CCR), Cattlemen for Cancer Research


Andrew Sabin Family Fellows, MDACC


Meet Houston's Top Doctors 2016, The Medcity


Education (7)

Facultad de Medicina, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico,: M.D. 1986

Centro Universitario Mexico: B.S., Biological Sciences 1979

Instituto Nacional de la Nutricion Salvador Zubiran: 1986−1989, Residency in Internal Medicine

Instituto Nacional de la Nutricion Salvador Zubiran: 1989−1990, Medical Chief Resident

Instituto Nacional de la Nutricion Salvador Zubiran: 1990−1992, Hematology Fellowship

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center: 1992−1995, Hematology/Oncology Fellowship

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston: 1991−1992, Hematology Fellowship

Media Appearances (5)

Georgia Cancer Center gets new director

The Augusta Chronicle  


Dr. Jorge Cortes is excited about the research and the potential at Georgia Cancer Center but what attracted him most was the chance to reach out and improve treatment for minority and underserved populations in Georgia that bear a higher burden from the disease...

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Peer-Reviewed Journal Future Oncology Publishes Two Manuscripts on Cancer Metabolism and Drug Candidate CPI-613® (Devimistat)

Yahoo! Finance  


One paper addresses the evaluation of the efficacy of devimistat in the treatment of pancreatic cancer, authored by Dr. Philip Philip, oncologist and clinical professor of oncology at the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State University. The other paper addresses the use of devimistat for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML), authored by Dr. Jorge Cortes, director of the Georgia Cancer Center at Augusta University...

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Georgia Cancer Center receives $6 million grant to improve access to clinical trials



"The awarding of this grant is a recognition of the efforts of Dr. Ghamande and the commitment of the Georgia Cancer Center to improve cancer care in our communities," said Dr. Jorge Cortes, director of the Georgia Cancer Center. "There has been tremendous progress in our fight against cancer. Unfortunately, many patients do not have access to the most advanced therapies and clinical trials. By extending the participation in clinical trials of underserved and minority populations in Georgia and Mississippi through this grant, we can improve their long-term outlook."...

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Big grant helps Georgia Cancer Center reach across the state

The Augusta Chronicle  


The center is one of 14 National Cancer Institute Community Oncology Research Program (NCORP) Minority/Underserved Community Sites across the country and will use the six-year grant to partner with others in the state and one site in Mississippi to open up access to clinical trials and also look at issues such as prevention or interventions that could help patients avoid cancer, said Dr. Jorge Cortes, the center’s new director...

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Cancer center’s new chief starts transition

The Augusta Chronicle  


As a pioneering drug developer himself, Dr. Jorge Cortes knows the need to study not only why some patients benefit from a cancer drug but also why some did not and how that fits into the complex environment of treating individual cancers...

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Articles (4)

Analysis of cardiovascular and arteriothrombotic adverse events in chronic-phase CML patients after frontline TKIs.

Blood Advances

Jain P, Kantarjian H, Boddu PC, et al.


Cardiovascular or arteriothrombotic adverse events (CV- or AT-AEs) are reported in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patients treated with tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). The incidence and characteristics across different TKI have not been systematically analyzed. We analyzed 531 patients treated with frontline TKIs in different prospective trials: imatinib 400 mg (n = 71) and 800 mg (n = 203), nilotinib (n = 108), dasatinib (n = 106), and ponatinib (n = 43).

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Treatment-free remission with first- and second-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors.

American Journal of Hematology

Cortes J, Rea D, Lipton JH.


Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) has become a chronic disease, for which the chronic phase is manageable with tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy. Patients with optimal responses to TKIs have achieved long‐term survival, and treatment‐free remission (TFR) has since become an additional treatment goal in CML. In this review, we discuss important factors to consider prior to stopping treatment. In addition, published and presented data with the first‐generation TKI imatinib, as well as current clinical trials evaluating TFR with the second‐generation TKIs dasatinib and nilotinib, are examined.

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Ponatinib efficacy and safety in Philadelphia chromosome-positive leukemia: final 5-year results of the phase 2 PACE trial.


Cortes JE, Kim DW, Pinilla-Ibarz J, et al.


Ponatinib has potent activity against native and mutant BCR-ABL1, including BCR-ABL1T315I. The pivotal phase 2 Ponatinib Ph+ ALL and CML Evaluation (PACE) trial evaluated efficacy and safety of ponatinib at a starting dose of 45 mg once daily in 449 patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) or Philadelphia chromosome–positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) resistant/intolerant to dasatinib or nilotinib, or with BCR-ABL1T315I. This analysis focuses on chronic-phase CML (CP-CML) patients (n = 270) with 56.8-month median follow-up.

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Bosutinib Versus Imatinib for Newly Diagnosed Chronic Myeloid Leukemia: Results From the Randomized BFORE Trial

Journal of Clinical Oncology

Cortes JE, Gambacorti-Passerini C, Deininger MW, et al.


Bosutinib is a potent dual SRC/ABL kinase inhibitor approved for adults with Philadelphia chromosome–positive chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) resistant and /or intolerant to prior therapy. We assessed the efficacy and safety of bosutinib versus imatinib for first-line treatment of chronic-phase CML.

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