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David Clarkson, M.D., F.A.C.P.
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Physician Leadership Team

What the team committed to beating cancer is made of.

Advanced knowledge matters.
MCI isn’t just one mind. Along with our Leadership Team, there are many, many others. Scientists. Researchers. Physicians. Nurses. Technicians. Vital support personnel. All equally committed in our fight against cancer. Each challenging the other to be their very best. Because, while MCI isn’t just one mind, there is, thanks to its outstanding leadership, a singular focus: to prevent or cure cancer and save lives.

MCI’s Physician Leadership Team
David Clarkson, M.D.
Michael A. Finan, M.D.
Rodney P. Rocconi, M.D.
John R. Russell, M.D. 

     David Clarkson, M.D.                                                           
     Interim Chief and Senior Staff Physician, Medical Oncology Service
     Professor of Interdisciplinary Clinical Oncology

Dr. David Clarkson’s career along the Gulf Coast began in 1974, when he accepted a faculty position at the University of South Alabama’s department of internal medicine and hematology. Over the years, he has distinguished himself in private practice as one of the leading medical oncologists in the region. His primary focus has been in the areas of hematology and lymphomas. As Senior Staff Physician and Chief of the Medical Oncology Service at MCI, Dr. Clarkson oversees the vast array of clinical medical oncology services offered at the Institute. He also has a keen interest in the development and design of electronic medical records software, and has been instrumental in developing a program that navigates large, complex patient databases in order to manage medical problems more easily. Several of Dr. Clarkson’s innovations are copyrighted.

Michael A. Finan, M.D.                                                          
Chief of Gynecologic Oncology Service
Professor of Interdisciplinary Clinical Oncology

Dr. Michael A. Finan joined MCI in 2007 after serving as chairman of the Cancer Committee at Ochsner Clinic Foundation in New Orleans. As Chief of the Gynecologic Oncology Service and a Professor of Interdisciplinary Clinical Oncology, Dr. Finan oversees MCI’s comprehensive clinical services for gynecologic oncology. He specializes in a variety of cancers affecting women including cervical, vaginal, endometrial, vulvar, fallopian tube and ovarian cancer, as well as gestational trophoblastic neoplasia. Dr. Finan is the first gynecologist in Mobile to perform robotic surgery with the DaVinci Robotic Surgery System, and is listed in the most recent Top Doctors directory issued by U.S. News and World Report.

     Rodney P. Rocconi, M.D.                                                           
     Associate Director for Clinical Research
     Abraham A. Mitchell Clinical Cancer Research Scholar
     Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Clinical Oncology

Dr. Rodney P. Rocconi joined MCI as a physician-scientist in the Gynecologic Oncology Service in 2007. He specializes in the management of cancers of the ovary, uterus, cervix and lower genital tract. As the Deputy Associate Director for Clinical Research, Dr. Rocconi provides leadership and medical expertise to the clinical trials department, reviews and designs clinical research protocols, evaluates safety and efficacy data, analyzes and summarizes data for presentation to regulatory agencies, and provides strategic guidance on non-regulatory clinical trial plans. He is the recipient of the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation Ovarian Cancer Research Award and the Gynecologic Oncology Young Investigator Research Award. Dr. Rocconi also serves as a Scientific Expert Reviewer for the Department of Defense Ovarian Cancer Research Program.

John R. Russell, M.D. 
Elsie Colle Chair, Department of Radiation Oncology
Professor of Interdisciplinary Clinical Oncology

Dr. John R. Russell joined MCI in 2010 as Chief of the Radiation Oncology Service. In addition to overseeing the operation of the Institute’s radiation oncology services, he assists with moving translational research trials to the active clinical trial arena. Dr. Russell has consistently been awarded the designation of Best Doctors in America. His special interests include the treatment of breast, head and neck, prostate and gynecologic malignancies. Dr. Russell is a fellow of the American College of Radiology and the American College of Radiation Oncology. He is a member of the national CyberKnife Society and serves on national committees for the American Society of Radiation Oncology, Radiation Oncology Institute, and the Association of Community Cancer Centers.

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