Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Names New Radiation Program Manager for Hammond Location

Robert Poole HAMMOND, La. – Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has named Robert Poole to the role of Radiation Program Manager, overseeing all radiation therapy and diagnostic imaging operations at the organization’s Hammond facility. Poole previously served as practice manager for radiation oncology at the Cancer Center’s flagship location on Essen Lane in Baton Rouge since July 2021.

“As Mary Bird Perkins continues to expand and revolutionize its radiation oncology program, it is essential that we have a leader who understands the intricacies of providing state-of-the-art care to patients facing a variety of diagnoses in a community setting,” said Mike Miranda, cancer center administrator, Northshore region, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. “Robert, who is already familiar with the Cancer Center’s staff and technology, brings a deep knowledge of what it takes to provide every patient with high-quality, personalized care while maintaining the highest safety standards.”

 In his new role, Poole is responsible for personnel, budgeting, resources, technology management and physician collaboration related to Hammond’s radiation oncology program. He also oversees patient management, making sure radiation treatments are as comfortable and convenient as possible.

 Before arriving at Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center in 2021, Poole held various medical positions with the United States Air Force, stationed across the world, most recently at Keesler Air Force Base in Mississippi where he served as Team Chief for the General Surgery Clinic. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Human Resources from the Community College of the Air Force in addition to a Bachelor’s Degree in Healthcare Administration from Purdue Global University.

 “Mary Bird Perkins has an unparalleled reputation in Hammond and across the Gulf South, and I am thrilled to continue being a part of this exceptional team,” said Poole. “Radiation oncology is constantly evolving as more innovative and precise technologies come on the market, and the Cancer Center has made countless investments in this type of treatment to make sure it remains the Gulf South’s leader in radiotherapy.

 Mary Bird Perkins opened its first satellite treatment center in Hammond in 1988. The Center is currently located at 15728 Jay Smith MD Drive and holds several accreditations, including from the American College of Radiology. To learn more about Mary Bird Perkins’ Hammond facility, visit


About Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center
Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center is Louisiana’s largest cancer care organization and has been leading the fight against cancer for more than 50 years. Founded in Baton Rouge in 1971 by a group of community leaders, the Cancer Center now serves every region of Louisiana and communities across southwest Mississippi. With the most expansive team of highly-trained oncologists leveraging innovative therapies and technologies, Mary Bird Perkins is offering the most personalized treatment options available in the Gulf South. The Cancer Center’s emphasis on community-based care allows patients to access these resources close to home. From early detection through our innovative Prevention on the Go screening and education program, to diagnosis, treatment and life after cancer, Mary Bird Perkins offers a wide array of individualized support services to improve survivorship and lessen the burden of cancer. For more information, visit