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Practice areas

  • Brain Cancer Team
  • Medical Oncology
  • Neuro-oncology

Faculty rank

Professor of Medicine

Clinic information

For an appointment or assistance call 859-257-1000 or 800-333-8874 (toll free)

Clinical interests

  • Brain Tumors
  • Neuro-Oncology



University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas


Neurology, University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor
Internal Medicine, Cook County Hospital, Chicago


Hematology/Oncology, University of Chicago

Certifications or Special training

American Board of Internal Medicine
American Board of Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology

Additional information


John L. Villano, MD, PhD, specializes in the treatment of brain cancers. He will advance UK’s Clinical Neuro-Oncology Research Program, serving as its director. UK HealthCare has a history of being a world-class neuro-oncology program, and the addition of Villano will help carry this tradition into the future.

Previously, Villano served as the director of medical neuro-oncology at the University of Illinois Medical Center. He earned an medical degree and doctor of philosophy at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas and trained in neurology at the University of Michigan. He also completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Chicago. Villano is a former American Society of Clinical Oncology track leader for CNS tumors. Currently, he is on the board of the Central Brain Tumor Registry US. He is also a member of the Neuro-Oncology Committee in the cooperative group ALLIANCE and a Society of Neuro-Oncology committee member.


Research Publications on NCBI PubMed

Related links

Brain Cancer

Medical Oncology

UK Neuro-oncology