Donald M. Miller, MD, PhD


We all know someone who has lost the battle with this ubiquitous disease. We all fear it could happen to us.

The fight against cancer is one of the most daunting challenges confronting our nation today. And nowhere in the United States is that battle raging more fiercely than right here in Kentucky. We lead the nation in the number of people stricken by this disease. And we lead the nation in the number of cancer-related deaths.

For the past 30 years, the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville has been working hard to change this.  We opened in 1981 with a $12 million gift from the James Graham Brown Foundation and a visionary group of Louisvillians, with the purpose to do something about the very high cancer rates experienced by the people of Kentucky. Our mission, quite simply, was to relieve Kentuckians’ disproportionate burden of pain and suffering caused by this disease.

And we have.

We are doing this through state-of-the-art clinical, research, education and outreach programs. Over the past 30 years, the Brown Cancer Center also has become home to some of the best scientists and physicians anywhere – delivering many exciting breakthroughs and the highest level clinical care.

With its rapid growth, especially over the past decade, the Brown Cancer Center is well on its way to becoming a nationally preeminent academic cancer center. Throughout it all, we have kept our original goals at the heart of everything we do. We will:

  • Deliver the latest medical advances to our patients with compassion and respect
  • Raise the standard of cancer care in our region while teaching the next generation of providers
  • Generate new knowledge that helps us not just cure cancer in patients today, but to prevent it in the next generation
  • Address the prevalence and impact of cancer on Kentuckians through outreach and prevention programs

We can’t continue to endure the price. Cancer must become a thing of the past. The James Graham Brown Cancer Center at the University of Louisville is determined to make that happen.

Donald Miller, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, James Graham Brown Cancer Center