Markey Leadership

B. Mark Evers, MD
Director, Markey Cancer Center

The Markey Cancer Center is led by B. Mark Evers, MD, who has responsibility and final authority for all clinical, scientific and administrative operations. Dr. Evers is supported by his senior leadership team, and administrative and clinical leadership teams, 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.

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Senior Leadership Team



Susanne Arnold, MD

Associate Director, Clinical Translation
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Tianyan Gao, PhD

Associate Director, Basic Research
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Heidi Weiss

Heidi Weiss, PhD

Associate Director, Shared Resouces
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Kathleen O'Connor, PhD

Associate Director, Cancer Education and Mentoring
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Pamela Hull, PhD

Associate Director, Population Science
and Community Impact
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Lovoria Williams, PhD

Associate Director, Equity,
Diversity and Inclusion
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jennifer rogers

Jennifer Rogers, MBA

Associate Director, Administration

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Frederick R. Ueland, MD

Chief Medical Officer
Director of Oncology Clinical Services
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Administrative Leadership


Elisha Maxson

Elisha Maxson

Assistant Director for Finance

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Danielle Story, MBA

Assistant Director for Research Administration


Clinical Leadership


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Samantha O'Bryan

Ambulatory Clinical Operations Director
Markey Cancer Center




NCI Comprehensive Cancer Center - A Cancer Center Designated by the National Cancer Institute

Markey Cancer Center is designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center – a distinction that recognizes our commitment to accelerating precision cancer research and care to patients. We are the first and only NCI-Comprehensive Cancer Center in Kentucky, and one of 56 in the nation.