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The Markey Cancer Center is led by B. Mark Evers, MD, who has responsibility and final authority for all clinical, scientific and operational divisions. Dr. Evers is supported by four associate directors and a team of administrative leadership, outlined below.
Dr. Evers is a nationally recognized clinician-scientist, gastroenterology (GI) and oncologic surgeon, educator, and administrator. Prior to his recruitment to UK, Dr. Evers was a faculty member at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas, for more than 18 years. Throughout his career, Dr. Evers has received more than 30 awards and held numerous leadership positions in national and international organizations including the Society for Surgical Oncology, the American College of Surgeons, the American Gastroenterological Association and the Society of University Surgeons.
Dr. Evers’s research is focused on understanding the basic mechanisms of GI cancer proliferation and metastasis. His laboratory described the role of various intestinal hormones (most notably neurotensin) on the growth of GI cancers. His laboratory has developed a number of one-of-a-kind tumor models that have greatly facilitated studies regarding GI endocrine tumor growth and peptide secretion. Over the past decade, a major focus of his laboratory has been the role of the PI3K pathway in the growth and metastasis of GI cancers, particularly colorectal cancers. His laboratory has made seminal observations regarding the role of the PI3K/Akt and mTOR components in colorectal cancer growth and is currently developing a nanoparticle delivery system to more effectively treat liver metastases.
Associate Director, Clinical Translation
Susanne Arnold, MD
Associate Director, Basic Research
Daret St. Clair, PhD
Associate Director, Shared Resources
Heidi Weiss, PhD
Associate Director, Cancer Education
Kathleen O'Connor, PhD
Associate Director, Transdisciplinary Collaboration
Vivek Rangnekar, PhD
Associate Director, Community Outreach and Engagement
Robin Vanderpool, DrPH
Associate Director for Administration
Jennifer Rogers, MBA
Jennifer Rogers oversees all budgetary, administrative, and operational aspects of the center, including administrative support services. They also oversee clinical trials operations, including regulatory/compliance functions, human resources (faculty and staff), grants/contracts management, public relations and communications, philanthropy, facility management and overall strategic planning.
Assistant Director for Research
Nathan Vanderford, PhD, MBA
Nathan Vanderford provides oversight, planning, development and evaluation of Markey's research endeavors.
Assistant Director for Finance
Elisha Maxson provides fiscal oversight of human resources and cancer center finances. She also ensures compliance with college and university policies and collaborates with departments and colleges on financial matters.