Dr. van Nagell has worked with countless patients, faculty and students, but his legacy will likely be Markey's Ovarian Cancer Screening Program.

Listen: Dr. van Nagell talks about his life-saving work at Markey

In 1987, Dr. John van Nagell started the UK Markey Cancer Center’s Ovarian Cancer Screening Program, an ongoing research endeavor that provides free ovarian cancer screenings by transvaginal ultrasound to women across Kentucky.

Now in its 30th year, the program has provided free screenings to more than 46,000 women and found 775 ovarian tumors and 103 malignancies. Screenings are provided to women over the age of 50 and to those over the age of 25 who have a family history of ovarian cancer.

Van Nagell was recently honored for his years of clinical, research and educational work on a national level, earning the Society of Gynecologic Oncology’s Distinguished Service Award for 2017.

We sat down with Dr. van Nagell to discuss his reaction to the award and what keeps him motivated in his fight against ovarian cancer in Kentucky. Listen to the conversation below.


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