Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Names Ryan Houston as Cancer Program Administrator for Community Locations

BATON ROUGE, La. – Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has named Ryan Houston as Cancer Programs Administrator for community sites. In this role, Houston will oversee the Gonzales, Houma, and Natchez Cancer Center locations.

Ryan Houston HeadshotHouston brings extensive experience to the role, serving as the administrator of the Gonzales location since 2019. Before joining the Cancer Center, he worked as a senior radiation therapist at Baton Rouge General Medical Center, where he was named Radiation Therapist of the Year in 2013.

“Ryan’s experience in leading and growing our community site in Gonzales, along with his investment in the surrounding community makes him the right person to lead and help grow our community sites in Louisiana and southwest Mississippi,” said Jodi Conachen, chief operating officer, Mary Bird Perkins Center. “This move enhances cancer care for patients across our geography, creating pathways to reach more communities with expanded services and surrounding patients and their loved ones with supportive programs. By regionalizing our resources, more communities in our network will be able to access leading-edge technology and nationally recognized research options.”

Houston received a Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Management from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond. He received a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Technology from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and an Associate of Science in Radiation Therapy from Galveston College.

Houston is an active member of the Rotary Club of East Ascension and the Gonzales Area Foundation, where he works with the group to support a comprehensive survivorship program. He is also a 2020 graduate of Leadership Ascension. He is affiliated with the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, the American Society of Radiologic Technologists, and the Louisiana State Radiologic Technology Board of Examiners.

“I’m excited to apply my experience and expertise to this new role,” said Houston. “Every one of our community locations has built a strong foundation of excellence and high-quality service. I look forward to working with our dedicated teams to ensure that our sites not only meet these patient expectations, but they continue to drive increased innovation, patient education, and community outreach.”


About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is a regional cancer care organization that has been fighting cancer for more than 50 years. The cancer care organization provides care at 10 centers in Baton Rouge, Covington, Gonzales, Hammond, Houma, Opelousas, Slidell, and Natchez, Mississippi, and its service area encompasses southeast Louisiana and southwest Mississippi regions. Mary Bird Perkins has a strategic affiliation with OneOncology and the largest radiation and medical oncology groups from across the area including exclusive partnerships with Southeastern Louisiana Radiation Oncology Group, which provides radiation therapy throughout Mary Bird Perkins’ service areas, Northshore Oncology Associates, serving St. Tammany and Washington Parishes, specifically the communities of Covington and Slidell and Louisiana Hematology Oncology Associates, which services the Greater Baton Rouge area. For more information, please visit