2017 Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award recipient

Marcus E Randall

In the 35 years since Dr. Marcus Randall graduated from the UNC School of Medicine, he has established himself as a national authority on the treatment of gynecological cancer. A renowned clinician, researcher, and teacher, Randall’s work has greatly increased the understanding of these conditions. Throughout his career, he has never lost sight of his commitment to providing compassionate care for patients.

As a researcher, Randall’s work to develop optimal treatments for women with gynecological cancers has led to close to 100 peerreviewed publications. He has dedicated his life to the study of these diseases, and his contributions have made a tangible impact on patient care for women throughout the world. He has shared his work with colleagues throughout the world as a prominent speaker at various events and conferences, and as a teacher for younger researchers and physicians.

“Dr. Randall has a really nice way of making complicated concepts seem logical, and has a very matter-of-fact style that conveys the information totally without pretension,” said Lawrence Marks, MD, Dr. Sidney K. Simon Distinguished Professor of Oncology Research, and Chair, UNC Department of Radiation Oncology.

Dr. Randall has served as the Chair of the Department of Radiation Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine since 2006. Prior to beginning his time in Lexington, Randall served as the Director of the Leo Jenkins Cancer Center at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine. He has also served on the faculty at the Indiana University School of Medicine and Wake Forest University’s Bowman Gray School of Medicine.

Dr. Achilles Fakiris, now a Clinical Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at the UNC School of Medicine, first met Randall as a medical student applying for residency at Indiana University. “He has a way of attracting and inspiring the right candidates and creating an environment that fosters creativity and brings out the best in people,” Fakiris said. “His active involvement in resident education helped me and my colleagues expand our knowledge base, challenge our clinical practice, and strive to improve each day.”

Dr. Randall has been recognized for his ability to use his research knowledge and skills as a teacher and researcher. Since 2002, he has been heavily involved with the Gynecologic Oncology Group, a national group with a grant to study gynecologic malignancies. He has served as committee chairman, as well as co-chair and chair of several important trials led by this group.

In nominating Randall for this year’s Distinguished Medical Alumni Award, Dr. Marks summed up his qualifications concisely. “Dr. Randall has earned the respect of everyone in our field of Radiation Oncology. He has made meaningful contributions to our specialty and greatly improved the quality of care for women with gynecologic malignancies.”

In recognition of his exceptional achievements as an educator, clinician and leader in the field of radiation oncology, we are proud to present the Distinguished Medical Alumnus Award to Dr. Marcus Randall.