University of Illinois Cancer Center Leadership

Take Action at the Cancer Center

Quality and cutting-edge cancer research calls for strong leadership. At the University of Illinois Cancer Center, we are dedicated to supporting cancer research in the long term in order to reduce cancer disparities, promote health equity, and improve outcomes for all patients. 

Our Leaders

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Jan Kitajewski, PhD

Cancer Center Director

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Ahlam Al-Kodmany, PhD

Associate Director, Administration

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Marian Fitzgibbon, PhD

Associate Director, Population Sciences

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Nissim Hay, PhD

Associate Director, Basic Science

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Vijayakrishna Gadi, MD, PhD

Associate Director, Translational Medicine

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Paul Grippo, PhD

Associate Director, Career Enhancement and Education

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Karriem Watson, DHS-c, MS, MPH

Associate Director, Community Outreach and Engagement

Peter Gann, MD, ScD

Associate Director, Shared Resources

University of Illinois Cancer Center Administration

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Sandeep Kataria, M.B.A.

Director, Oncology Bioinformatics

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Farah Mirza

Director, CCSG Administration

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Ron Smith, CPA, M.B.A.

Director, Finance/Business​

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Mary Song-Abundo

Director, Human Resources

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Vida Henderson, PhD, PharmD, MPH, MFA

Director, Community Engagement and Health Equity; Research Assistant Professor, UIC School of Public Health

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Sheridan Chaney

Director, Marketing and Communication

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Jane Erb

Director, Development

Rocio Bueno, MPA, CRA

Associate Director, Research Operations

Margaret Wright Geise

Senior Research Scientist


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