George Daneker Jr.
Chief Medical Officer, Medicine & Science
George Daneker Jr., MD, brings over 30 years of surgical experience and clinical leadership to his position as corporate Chief Medical Officer (CMO) at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA). Dr. Daneker is compelled by the mission and driven by the challenge to provide world-class cancer care.
In his role as CMO, Dr. Daneker helps to set the clinical culture for the enterprise and leads clinical program development, particularly around issues of clinical consistency and excellence in patient care. He is actively involved in the business transformation process including the development of future business platforms. Dr. Daneker also sits on the board of International Capital and Management Corporation, which provides project management and internal consulting to CTCA®. During his tenure as CMO, Dr. Daneker completed the Advanced Management Program at University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
Dr. Daneker’s career in surgical oncology has included the care of patients with intra-abdominal cancers (liver, pancreas, gastro-intestinal, colorectal, endocrine), skin and soft tissue cancers (melanoma and sarcoma), and breast cancer. Board certified, he is also skilled at advanced procedures such as laparoscopic surgery and robotics.
Prior to its groundbreaking, Dr. Daneker was recruited to the CTCA team in 2011 as the clinical lead at CTCA’s new Southeastern Regional Medical Center outside Atlanta, GA. He first joined as a staff surgical oncologist at the Eastern Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia. Returning to Atlanta, he served in multiple roles as Chief of Staff, Chief of Surgery, Chief of Nutritional Support and Research Director at the newly-opened location.
Before CTCA, Dr. Daneker served as the Chief of General Surgery, Director of Surgical Oncology, Oncology Research and Robotic General Surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital (now Emory Healthcare) in Atlanta. While at Saint Joseph's, he also initiated a research collaboration with the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and instituted the multi-disciplinary tumor board for GI Oncology. Dr. Daneker was the founding partner of North Atlanta Surgical Association, a 20+ surgeon professional corporation, as well as a founding partner of CancerData.com and Vice-President of Outpatient Surgical Management LLC.
Pursuing private practice, he became an attending physician at Saint Joseph's Hospital and Northside Hospital in 1999. His faculty career began in 1992 at the Emory University School of Medicine, Emory Clinic and Winship Cancer Center as a surgical oncologist and Director of Surgical Oncology Research and its research laboratory.
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. He serves as an adjunct professor of biology at Georgia Tech and Morehouse School of Medicine.
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 with honors 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 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.
Dr. Daneker has received numerous acknowledgments for his work, ranging from the Armand Hammer International Travel Award from the Society of Surgical Oncology and the “Top Doctors for Cancer” by Newsweek magazine beginning in 2015. He has consistently been named among the “Top Cancer Doctors” by Castle Connolly. Among his other recognitions is his continuing appearance as one of the "Top Doctors in Atlanta" (Atlanta Magazine), 2017 “Who’s Who in Health Care” by the Atlanta Business Chronicle, "Best Doctors in America" (Best Doctors, Inc.), "America’s Top Surgeons" (Consumer's Research Council of America). He has been named by U.S. News and World Report in the top 1 percent of surgeons in the United States.
Bonnie Bajorek Daneker, Dr. Daneker’s wife, is a business woman and author. The couple has three grown sons. The Daneker family has a strong interest in service, especially on the issues of homelessness, hunger, and access to medical care. Passionate about flying, Dr. Daneker holds a commercial pilot’s license with instrument rating.