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John Villano, MD, PhD



  • Professor
  • Director, Clinical Neuro-Oncology

College Unit(s)

Other Affiliation(s)
  • Internal Medicine - Hematology and Oncology Fellowship
  • Internal Medicine - Medical Oncology

Biography and Education


John L. Villano specializes in the treatment of brain cancers. He will advance UK HealthCare's Clinical Neuro-Oncology Research Program, serving as its director. UK HealthCare has a history of being a world-class neuro-oncology program, and he will help carry this tradition into the future.

Previously, Dr. Villano served as the director of medical neuro-oncology at the University of Illinois Medical Center. He earned a medical degree and doctor of philosophy at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas and trained in neurology at the University of Michigan. He also completed a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Chicago. He is a former American Society of Clinical Oncology track leader for CNS tumors. Currently, he is on the board of the Central Brain Tumor Registry US. He is also a member of the Neuro-Oncology Committee in the cooperative group ALLIANCE and a Society of Neuro-Oncology committee member.