Norleena Gullett, MD
Southeastern Regional Medical Center
"It is my responsibility to listen to my patients, present their diagnosis and treatment in a way they can understand, and care for them as individuals."
- Norleena Gullett, MD
- Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta
Internship / Residency
- Internal Medicine – Emory University and Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta
- Radiation Oncology – Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
Practicing Since: 2014
Dr. Norleena Gullett views her relationship with patients as a partnership in which both doctor and patient actively pursue the patient’s treatment goals. Dr. Gullett joined Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Newnan, Georgia, in January 2014.
“My responsibility as a physician is to provide cancer care using recent technologic advances and expertise,” says Gullett. “It is also my responsibility to listen to my patients, present their treatment in a way they can understand, and care for them as individuals. My patients teach me their goals of care.”
In 2013, Dr. Gullett completed her residency in radiation oncology at Indiana University, where the original clinical trials for stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) were completed in the United States. Her training allowed her to focus on treating lung and spine tumors using this specialized radiation technique.
Dr. Gullett has experience treating brain tumors with proton therapy as well as stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) using both the Gamma Knife® and linear accelerators such as Novalis®, Trilogy™, and TrueBeam™.
Dr. Gullett is passionate about women’s health and has trained extensively in breast cancer. She employs newer radiation schedules that may shorten the course of treatment and, for certain patients, she can target radiation to only part of the breast to help reduce side effects. She is interested in providing holistic care and developed a clinical trial examining the use of complementary and alternative medicine by breast cancer patients during their radiation.
In 2003, Dr. Gullett completed a Post Baccalaureate Pre-Medical Program at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She then studied medicine at Emory University in Atlanta, where she received her Doctor of Medicine in 2008. During medical school, Dr. Gullett was awarded the C. Everett Koop Award from the American Society of Nutrition in 2006.
Dr. Gullett completed a one-year internship in internal medicine at Emory in 2009. She then had her residency in radiation oncology at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis. During her residency, Dr. Gullett studied medical journalism at ABC News. Her work can be viewed at ABCnews.com.
Dr. Gullett was drawn to CTCA because of its patient-focused care and integrative oncology. “After years in big academic centers, seeing sick cancer patients shuttled all over the hospital, I want my patients to get their care in one place,” she says. “I can practice integrative medicine here at CTCA. My patients receive not only cancer treatment, but complementary therapies to help them through it.”
Dr. Gullett’s has done research and presentations on a variety of topics. In 2007, she presented “National Surgical Patterns of Care for Primary Surgery and Axillary Staging Cystosarcoma Phyllodes” at the annual meeting of the American Radium Society. The following are a sample of her research publications:
- “Comparing CNS and Extra-CNS Hemangiopericytomas in Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results Program: An Analysis of 655 Patients and Review of Current Literature,” in Cancer (2012)
- “Nutritional Interventions for Cancer-Induced Cachexia,” in Current Problems in Cancer (2011)
- “National Surgical Patterns of Care: Regional Lymphadenectomy of Breast Sarcomas,” in American Journal of Clinical Oncology (2007)
Dr. Gullett is a member of the Society for Integrative Oncology, American Society for Radiation Oncology, American Medical Association and the American Medical Women’s Association.
When she’s not working, Dr. Gullett spends her free time with her husband and their two Coton de Tulear dogs. She and her husband recently started stand up paddling and the two dogs joins them on the boards.