Health & Medicine

Markey Cancer Center's Evers wins Surgical Association award

Dr. B. Mark Evers, director of the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center, is the recipient of the 2010 Flance-Karl Award from the American Surgical Association.

The award, which consists of $40,000 and a plaque, is given each year to a U.S. surgeon who has made a major contribution to laboratory research that is applied to clinical surgery.

Evers is a gastrointestinal and endocrine surgeon specializing in cancer treatment. Before arriving in Kentucky in 2009, Evers was director of the University of Texas Medical Branch Comprehensive Cancer Center in Galveston. Last year, the National Cancer Institute designated the Markey center as a specialized program of research excellence in gastrointestinal cancer, one of six cancer centers nationwide to earn that designation.

Evers is a director of the American Board of Surgery, a past president of the Society of University Surgeons, and secretary of the Southern Surgical Association.