‘UK at the Half’: Philanthropy Boosts Cancer Care at Markey
LEXINGTON, Ky. (March 7, 2022) — In this “UK at the Half,” Mark Evers, M.D., director of the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, talks about the growth of Markey and plans for a new cancer care facility that was recently kickstarted by a $10 million philanthropic gift from Central Bank.
In 2009, Evers came to Kentucky to serve as the director of Markey with one overarching goal in mind: to reduce the significant burden of cancer in our state.
Thirteen years into his tenure, the UK Markey Cancer Center has grown into a robust cancer program that U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks as one of the top 50 in the country. Since becoming a National Cancer Institute-designated center in 2013, Markey’s research funding and patient volumes have increased substantially – so much, in fact, that the cancer center has outgrown the buildings it has called home for the past four decades.
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