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Administrative Leadership Team

What the team committed to beating cancer is made of.

MCI’s Administrative Leadership Team
Mary Lou Bowers
Laurie Owen
Margaret Sullivan
Kenneth J. Bloch 

Mary Lou Bowers
Associate Director for MCI Operations & Finance

Mary Lou Bowers, a well known and recognized expert in the field of oncology reimbursement and future trending, has made presentations at regional and national conferences and written over 40 articles published in industry journals.  She has provided financial modeling for several comprehensive cancer centers and hospitals, developed and managed operations of a national oncology network and served as a consultant to national oncology pharmaceutical companies.  Ms. Bowers has served as industry leader for Standard & Poor’s Vista Research, LLC and was a member of both the JCAHO Review Committee for Home Health and Ambulatory Center Standards and the CMS Ambulatory Review Committee.  She has a BS degree from Ohio State University, an MBA from Ohio University.  Ms. Bowers joined the Mitchell Cancer Institute in 2012 as Associate Director for Operations and Finance.


     Laurie Owen, Ph.D.
     Barbara Colle Chair, Associate Director of Basic and Translational Sciences
     Professor of Oncologic Sciences

Laurie Owen joined MCI in 2008 after a distinguished career as an investigator, professor and research director with several prestigious institutions, including the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, the University of California-Riverside, and BioLegend (San Diego, CA). Under Dr. Owen’s leadership, MCI’s research efforts have grown significantly and continue to expand. Her own special areas of interest include ultraviolet-induced skin cancers and the role of pro- and anti-apoptotic factors in tumor outgrowth and progression. Dr. Owen is a member of the American Association for Cancer Research and Women in Cancer Research. She has published several articles and received numerous awards throughout her career.


Margaret Sullivan
Deputy Director for Business Development and Outreach

Margaret Sullivan, a native Mobilian, received her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in Human Biology with a concentration in Health Care Management, and a Master of Science degree in Health Policy and Management from Harvard School of Public Health.  Prior to joining the Mitchell Cancer Institute she worked as a consultant for FLR Health Resources in Georgia and afterwards served in numerous capacities for the University of South Alabama.  She was instrumental in the initial conception of a cancer institute at USA, and has served in multiple key roles during its start-up and growth at USA.  Ms. Sullivan was recently appointed as the USA-MCI Deputy Director for Business Development and Outreach.  She has been project manager for 2 outreach grants awarded to USA-MCI, and co-author on several publications. She currently is Secretary of the Alabama Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition and a participant in the Alabama Statewide Colorectal Cancer Roundtable.


Kenneth J. Bloch
Administrator, Interdisciplinary Research Centers

Ken Bloch joined the Mitchell Cancer Institute in 2004 with responsibility for establishment of medical oncology services. In 2005 he also implemented a radiation oncology service within the institute, and, in subsequent years, initiated surgical oncology, GYN oncology, and the clinical research support core.  Currently, Mr. Bloch is the senior administrator for basic and translational research and clinical trials, and also manages all building services for the institute.  Previously he held administrative positions in diverse for-profit and not-for-profit healthcare settings including, hospitals, ambulatory centers, and physician practices, and he established and managed several major community oncology services and practices in the Gulf region.  Mr. Bloch has a BS in psychology from LSU and a Masters degree in health administration from UAB. 


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