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Daniel Wakefield, MD

Dr. Wakefield's Bio

Hometown: Columbia, TN
Medical School: UTHSC
Post Graduate Studies: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health (current)
Why did you choose the University of Tennessee? Position, passion, and potential. Our position nationally affords an opportunity to do outstanding research in cancer disparities and policy, as well as engage with the highest level of pediatric research globally at St. Jude. The passion of our staff and their leadership and skill create an ideal training environment that is a joy to train in. Being a resident at UT has allowed me to expand my potential by leading a growing academic program — I have the opportunity to create a personalized and tailored education in a setting of warm, sincere professional and personal support every day I come to work.

Research Interests

  • MPH thesis during residency: Utilizing metadata and geospatial analytics to identify high risk populations to develop enhanced care support interventions
  • St Jude Global expansion quality metrics and global health tele-education applications in radiotherapy with Rayos Contra Cancer non-profit 
  • Salvage radiotherapy outcomes in recurrent pediatric rhabdomyosarcoma and neuroblastoma

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Drucilla Edmonston, MD

Dr. Edmonston's Bio

Dr. Drucilla “Cilla” Edmonston is originally from Florida, having grown up in Ponte Vedra Beach and attended medical school in Tallahassee. She moved to Memphis to complete her transitional internship and residency in Radiation Oncology. When not working, she enjoys cooking, gardening, and running.

Hometown: Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

Medical School: Florida State University College of Medicine

Post Grad Studies: NA

Why did you choose the University of Tennessee: I chose to pursue my residency training at the University of Tennessee because of the supportive and collegial culture of the department. Every faculty member is dedicated to resident education and helping us to become the best clinicians we can be, from the top down. It provides a unique training setting, which marries strong clinical education, a wide range of research opportunities, and a well-balanced lifestyle.

Research Interests: Clinical outcomes-based research focusing on treatment modalities.


  • Tawk RG, Cameron BC, Edmonston DY, Darish R, Heckman MG, Diehl NN, Owens SB, Freeman WD, Hanel RA. Influence of Antithrombotics on Outcome Following Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. International Stroke Conference Abstract. New Orleans, LA. 2012;43:A44.  
  • Tawk RG, Grewal SS, Heckman MG, Rawal B, Miller DA, Edmonston DY, Ferguson JL, Navarro R, Ng L, Brown BL, Meschia JF, Freeman WD. The Relationship Between Serum Neuron-Specific Enolase Levels and Severity of Bleeding and Functional Outcomes in Patients With Nontraumatic Subarachnoid Hemorrhage. Neurosurgery. Apr 2016, 78(4):487-491. 
  • Edmonston DY, Gruder OK, Barr G, Maitland CG. Whole Body Vibration Therapy with Exercise Enhances Motor Function and Improves Quality of Life in Parkinson’s Disease. American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine Conference Poster Presentation. Chicago, IL. 2016. 
  • Edmonston D, O’Steen L, Staal S, Mendenhall WM. Merkel Cell Carcinoma of an Unknown, Primary. JGGD. Aug 2019.  
  • Wakefield, D.V., Carnell, M. , Jiang, B, Dove, A.P., Garner, W., Edmonston, D., Hubler, A, Makepeace, L., Ozdenerol, E., Hanson,R., Schwartz, D.L. Neighborhood-Level Social Risk Factors Predict for Hospital Admission During Radiation Therapy. Poster presentation. 2019 AACR Conference on The Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved. September 2019. San Francisco, CA.
  • Wakefield D.V. and Carnell M., Dove A.P.H. Edmonston D., Garner W., Hubler A., Makepeace L., Hanson R., Ozdenerol E., Chun S., Pisu M., Martin M., Jiang B., Punglia R., Schwartz D.L. Location as Destiny: Identifying Geospatial Disparities in Radiation Treatments in the Mid-Southern United States. International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics. March 2020.

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Wesley Garner, MD

Dr. Garner's Bio

Hometown: Fayetteville, AR
Medical School: University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)
Post-Graduate Studies: MPH at UAMS, MSc in Health Economics at Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
Hobbies: tennis, hiking, biking, attempting to play guitar, and spending time with his wife and kids.
Why did you choose the University of Tennessee West Cancer Center: I selected UTHSC and West Cancer Center because of the outstanding faculty and staff. The program also offers several unique opportunities to pursue research interests in health disparities and improving access to cancer care. It also provides an avenue to collaborate with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital for both research and clinical training.

Last Published: Jun 12, 2020