UofL Health announces the promotion of Jason Chesney, M.D., Ph.D., to chief administrative officer of UofL Health – Brown Cancer Center and the UofL Health Oncology Service Line.
Dr. Chesney served as the medical director at the Brown Cancer Center for the last four years, and as the associate vice president for health affairs at the University of Louisville. Now, as CAO, he will oversee both the clinical and administrative teams, assuring the continued excellence in patient care and positioning it to meet the oncology needs of the growing region.
“The Brown Cancer Center is in a strong position to make a significant impact on cancer detection, treatment and prevention,” said Dr. Chesney. “I am humbled to lead a team so dedicated to treating the disease, taking care of the person, and making cancer a disease of the past.”
Arriving in Louisville in 2003, Chesney has already made a significant impact at the Brown Cancer Center. He has developed new cancer therapy, now in use across the nation, authored 98 peer-review research articles and secured more than $30m dollars in philanthropic funds and grants to advance cancer research. Dr. Chesney is currently conducting new clinical trials of a novel cellular immunotherapy called Tumor Infiltrating Lymphocytes (TILs) for the treatment of melanoma, lung, cervical and head and neck cancers.
“Our community, and the nation, are benefiting from the new treatments and research led by Dr. Chesney,” said Tom Miller, CEO of UofL Health. “It is such an advantage for the Brown Cancer Center, to have a leader with his expertise and vision set. I look forward to seeing how we can cure more people and turn the tables on cancer in Kentucky.”
Active in professional organizations, Dr. Chesney is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research, the American Society of Clinical Oncology and recently completed a four-year commitment as a standing member of the National Cancer Institute’s Tumor Cell Biology Study Section. He was named the Brinkley Endowed Chair in Lung Cancer Research in 2015 and the James Graham Brown Foundation Endowed Chair in 2017.
He lives in Louisville with his wife, Alden Klarer, who is a radiation oncologist and their kids.