University of Illinois Cancer Center Leadership

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Jan Kitajewski, PhD

Cancer Center Director

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VK Gadi, MD, PhD

Cancer Center Deputy 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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Oana Danciu, MD

Associate Director, Clinical Research

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Larisa Nonn, PhD

Associate Director, Career Enhancement and Education

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Yamilé Molina, PhD

Associate Director, Community Outreach and Engagement

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Donald Vander Griend, PhD

Associate Director, Shared Resources

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Kent Hoskins, MD

Medical Director, Oncology Service Line

Heather Prendergast, MD

Associate Director, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Pamela Ganschow, MD

Director, Cancer Prevention and Survivorship Clinical Programs

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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. 


University of Illinois Cancer Center Administration

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Sandeep Kataria, MBA

Director, Oncology Bioinformatics

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Farah Mirza, MBA

Director, CCSG Administration

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Ron Smith, CPA, MBA

Director, Finance/Business​

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Mary Song-Abundo

Director, Human Resources

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Jane Erb

Senior Director, Development

Rocio Bueno, MPA, CRA

Associate Director, Research Operations

Margaret Wright Geise, PhD

Senior Research Scientist

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Darlene Kitterman, MBA

Administrative Director, Clinical Trials Office

Dedra Ries, MPH

Director, Office of Community Engagement and Health Equity (CEHE)

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Deanna Bellandi, MPH

Director, Marketing & Communications

Gayle Payonk, RN, MHA

Director, Cancer Clinic – UI Health Outpatient Care Center

Ian Jasenof, MD

Director, Strategic FQHC Partnerships

Ifeanyi Beverly Chukwudozie, PhD(c), MBA, MPH

Director, Office of Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination (CRTEC)

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