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Practice areas

  • Gynecologic Cancer Team

Faculty rank

Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Clinic information

Clinical interests

  • Gynecologic Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer
  • Ovarian Cancer Screening



University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Philadelphia


University of Kentucky


University of Kentucky

Certifications or Special training

American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology
American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology

Additional information


Markey’s Dr. John van Nagell celebrates 30 years leading the Ovarian Cancer Screening Program. Read this story »

My name is John R. van Nagell; I received my medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, School of Medicine, Philadelphia. I then completed a fellowship at the University of Kentucky.

I am board certified by the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology in Gynecologic Oncology. I am an American Cancer Society Professor of Clinical Oncology, and am the past president of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology.


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  2. van Nagell JR, Miller RW. Evaluation and Management of Ultrasonographically Detected Ovarian Tumors in Asymptomatic Women. Obstet Gynecol. 2016 May;127(5):848-58.
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  3. Ormsby EL, Pavlik EJ, van Nagell JR. Ultrasound follow up of an adnexal mass has the potential to save lives. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Nov;213(5):657-61, 657.e1.
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  4. Baldwin LA, Hoff JT, Lefringhouse J, Zhang M, Jia C, Liu Z, Erfani S, Jin H, Xu M, She QB, van Nagell JR, Wang C, Chen L, Plattner R, Kaetzel DM, Luo J, Lu M, West D, Liu C, Ueland FR, Drapkin R, Zhou BP, Yang XH. CD151-α3β1 integrin complexes suppress ovarian tumor growth by repressing slug-mediated EMT and canonical Wnt signaling. Oncotarget. 2014 Dec 15;5(23):12203-17.
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  5. Elder JW, Pavlik EJ, Long A, Miller RW, DeSimone CP, Hoff JT, Ueland WR, Kryscio RJ, van Nagell JR, Ueland FR. Serial ultrasonographic evaluation of ovarian abnormalities with a morphology index. Gynecol Oncol. 2014 Oct;135(1):8-12.
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  6. Maruyama Y, VanNagell JR, Yoneda J, Donaldson E, Gallion H, Rowley K, Kryscio R, Beach JL. Phase I-II clinical trial of Californium-252. Treatment of stage IB carcinoma of the cervix. Cancer. 1987 Apr 15; 59(8):1500-5. PMID: 3028603.
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  7. Kamath CR, Maruyama Y, DeLand FH, vanNagell JR. Value of bone scanning in detecting occult skeletal metastases from adenocarcinoma of the endometrium. Diagn Gynecol Obstet. 1982; 4(2):155-8. PMID: 7094822.
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