Dr. Mark Evers, director of the Markey Cancer, discusses the U.S. News and World Report ranking

Dr. Mark Evers, director of the Markey  Cancer, discusses the U.S. News and World Report ranking


[MUSIC PLAYING] I’m Mark Evers. I’m director of the
Market Cancer Center here at University of Kentucky. Being recognized as within the
top 50 cancer centers in the US is extremely important
and I’m extremely honored to have that designation. But it’s really affirmation
of what we’ve already known. We have fantastic staff here
at the Market Cancer Center who are dedicated professionals–
that includes nurses, physicians, and really,
everybody at the Market Cancer Center. I’m so blessed and fortunate to
have such a wonderful staff who are dedicated to the treatment
and quality of our patients. The Market Cancer
Center takes care of some of the most difficult
problems in our country. In Appalachia, Kentucky,
we have the highest rate of cancer in the country. And the Market Cancer Center is
the only academic cancer center that’s cared for this
very needy population that has other problems,
as well– high smoking rates, poverty, et cetera. So having that focus of this
very vulnerable population means a lot to me. In fact, over 50%
of our patients are from Eastern Kentucky. This is hugely important
for our patients to know because what it
means to me and to our staff and physicians treating
the patients is that patients should feel
comfortable in coming to Market. That they don’t need
to go elsewhere. Being an NCI designated cancer
center and also being in top 50 of US News and World
Reports puts us on par with any cancer
center in the country.

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