George William Daneker Jr., MD – Chief of Staff, Chief of Surgery & Surgical Oncologist
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University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore
Internship / Residency
General Surgery - University of Cincinnati Medical Center
Research Fellow, Laboratory of Cancer Biology - New England Deaconess Hospital - Harvard Medical School, Boston
Research Fellow, Department of Tumor Biology & Clinical Fellow, Division of General Surgery - University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
American Board of Surgery
"I joined Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) to assist with bringing new and forward-thinking treatment options to cancer patients. What I think makes CTCA different is the commitment to care of the whole person, who happens to be our patient, and their family. There is also a relentless desire to improve the care and treatment of cancer patients."
Dr. George William Daneker Jr.
Chief of Staff, Chief of Surgery & Surgical Oncologist
Dr. George Daneker brings nearly 30 years of surgical experience to his positions as Chief of Staff and Chief of Surgery at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Southeast Regional Medical Center.
One of the first doctors to join the brand-new team at our new hospital in Newnan, Georgia, Dr. Daneker notes that he is excited to practice medicine in an integrated, multidisciplinary cancer center.
With a career covering the breadth of surgical oncology, Dr. Daneker has had extensive experience in management of patients with intraabdominal cancers (liver, pancreas, bile duct, stomach, intestine, colorectal, adrenal), skin and soft tissue cancers (melanoma and sarcoma) and breast cancer. Board certified, he is also skilled at advanced, high-tech procedures, such as laparoscopic surgery and robotic procedures.
Originally from Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Dr. Daneker graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in biology from Loyola College of Baltimore in Maryland, and earned a medical degree at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. He then headed to Cincinnati, Ohio to complete an internship and residency in general surgery at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center. Dr. Daneker also completed clinical and research fellowships at Harvard Medical School and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center.
Dr. Daneker first joined the CTCA team in 2011 as a staff surgical oncologist at our Philadelphia hospital. Prior to working with CTCA, Dr. Daneker served as the Director of Surgical Oncology, Oncology Research and Robotic-Assisted General Surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. Additional prestigious appointments he has held include Chief of General and Colorectal Surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Cancer Liaison Physician for the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer and Director of Oncology Research in the Department of Surgery at the Emory University School of Medicine.
Additionally, Dr. Daneker has shared his knowledge with others in numerous teaching positions as an adjunct faculty member of the School of Biology at Georgia Institute of Technology, adjunct professor at the Center for Cancer Research and Therapeutic Development at Clark Atlanta University and as an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery and Winship Cancer Center at Emory University School of Medicine, to name just a few. Most recently, he was named an adjunct professor of biology at Georgia Tech.
He has received numerous acknowledgments for his work, ranging from the Armand Hammer International Travel Award from the Society of Surgical Oncology to his continuing appearance as one of the "Top Doctors in Atlanta" (Atlanta Magazine), "Best Doctors in America" (Best Doctors, Inc.), "America’s Top Surgeons" (Consumer's Research Council of America) and was recently named by U.S. News and World Report in the top 1 percent of surgeons in the United States. He has been invited to present by the American College of Surgeons, Instituto Nazionale Tumori (Naples, Italy), Japanese Surgical Society (Nagoya, Japan), Keystone Symposia in Cell Biology (Keystone, Colorado) and the Society for Surgical Oncology.
Dr. Daneker has authored many journal articles, abstracts and book chapters on cell biology, tumor biology and surgical oncology. He co-edited The Mont Reid Handbook: The University of Cincinnati Surgical Manual, 2nd edition in 1990 and has been a guest reviewer for The Annals of Surgical Oncology.
Despite the esteemed recognition he has received for his work throughout the years, Dr. Daneker is most proud of “having the privilege to help patients regain their health and life.”
Bonnie Bajorek Daneker, Dr. Daneker’s wife and the love of his life, is currently the President/CEO of Write Advisors, a literary consultancy firm. The couple has three sons, the oldest of which, Spencer, serves in the United States Air Force. One of their twin sons, Elliot, attends culinary school at Gwinett Tech, while Matt is a pre-law government major at Georgia College. The Daneker family has a strong interest in service, especially on the issues of homelessness, hunger, access to medical care and underprivileged girls and women. Passionate about flying, Dr. Daneker holds a private pilot license with instrument rating, and is currently working on his commercial pilot’s license.
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