Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center CEO Recognized for 20 Years of Service

Todd Stevens thanks Cancer Center team, volunteers and others for 20 years of support


(Baton Rouge, La.) Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s board of directors recently recognized Todd Stevens for 20 years of outstanding leadership and commitment to the mission of the organization. The board hosted a reception to commemorate the significant milestone following its recent board meeting.

Over the past 20 years, the Cancer Center team has worked tirelessly to forge and support innovative partnerships with hospitals, universities, medical professionals and cancer support organizations—all in pursuit of elevating cancer care throughout the region.

“Mary Bird Perkins always leads with one singular goal: furthering its mission to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer,” said Art Favre, chairman, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center’s Board of Directors. “Todd has been at the center of advancing the Center’s mission by creating a dynamic and progressive environment that attracts and enables cancer experts and providers from across the country to fight the disease. The incredible growth Mary Bird Perkins has experienced over the past 20 years is a testament to Todd’s disciplined and constant focus on advancing cancer care in the communities it serves.”

In addition to providing expert treatment and state-of-the-art technologies, the Cancer Center offers key support programs such as patient navigation, nutritional counseling and more. The organization also maintains an emphasis on early detection through its visionary mobile screening program, Prevention on the Go. Since the launch of this initiative in 2002, more than 90,000 Louisiana citizens have received free cancer screenings and over 600 cancers have been diagnosed. Under Stevens’ leadership, the organization’s clinical research program has also flourished with the National Cancer Institute recently awarding Mary Bird Perkins, along with LSU New Orleans and other collaborators, a competitive grant award to increase access to clinical trials in Louisiana and Mississippi. Stevens was also instrumental in collaborating with LSU to establish a nationally-recognized medical physics program, which prepares students for careers in the highly-complex field of medical physics.

“Through community volunteerism and philanthropic support, Mary Bird Perkins is fulfilling its vision to be the leading cancer care organization in the Gulf South,” said Stevens. “I am fortunate to work with the most talented and dedicated individuals whose efforts are focused on the Cancer Center’s mission to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer. It’s a privilege I never take for granted.”

About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is a regional cancer care organization that has been fighting cancer for almost 50 years. The cancer care organization provides care at nine centers in Baton Rouge, Covington, Hammond, Houma, Gonzales, Zachary and Natchez, Mississippi, and its service area encompasses southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi regions. For more information, please visit

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