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Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center prepares for new leadership


Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center has named a new president and CEO as longtime leader Todd Stevens transitions to a new role.

Jonas Fontenot, the Baton Rouge-based organization’s chief operating officer, will begin serving as president and CEO in January, according to a news release. Stevens will focus on “strategic business development and growth opportunities” for the state’s largest cancer care organization.

Fontenot, who also serves as the organization’s Dr. Charles M. Smith chief of physics, is a board-certified medical physicist who has held more than $4 million in funding from federal and industry sponsors.

Stevens has been at the Cancer Center for 23 years where he has led recruitment efforts, an investment in facilities and a prevention outreach program for free cancer screenings and access to navigation services. Mary Bird Perkins also formed a partnership with LSU Medical Physics for cancer research and educational opportunities and participated in two National Cancer Institute programs.

The leadership change is another major shakeup for the organization in the past year. In late 2021, the Cancer Center ended its longtime affiliation with Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in Baton Rouge and finalized an agreement with OneOncology of Nashville, Tennessee.

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