Mark Vrana, MD, Managing Partner Emeritus

Mark Vrana, MD, founder of UCBC and managing partner emeritus, is board certified in medical oncology and internal medicine. He retired in June 2016 after nearly three decades of providing cancer research and clinical expertise to his cancer patients in Athens and northeast Georgia. A graduate of Cornell University and Cornell University Medical College, Dr. Vrana did his internship and residency at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco, and five years in research and clinical practice at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, MD.

Dr. Vrana’s research on cancer antigens, immunoglobulins and protein variations has been published in some of the nation’s leading medical journals such as the New England Journal of Medicine, Proceedings of National Academy of Science, Biochemistry, Quantitative Biology, and Journal of Immunology.

Dr. Vrana is the founding member of University Cancer & Blood Center starting the practice in 1981. He has been instrumental in improving patient access to care by being an advocate for opening satellite offices in numerous communities in Northeast Georgia. Since 2000, Dr. Vrana has been an Associate Clinical Professor at the Georgia Regents University. He is an attending physician at Athens Regional Medical Center and St. Mary’s Healthcare System, and holds consulting privileges at Stephens County Hospital in Toccoa, Habersham Medical Center in Demorest and St. Mary’s Sacred Heart Hospital in Lavonia. Dr. Vrana holds memberships in the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology and Medical Association of Georgia.