Dr. Merry Jennifer Markham elected to ASCO Nominating Committee

Merry Jennifer Markham, M.D., FACP, FASCO, associate director for medical affairs at the UF Health Cancer Center and professor in the UF Division of Hematology and Oncology, has been elected to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Nominating Committee.

Dr. Markham’s election marks the first time the University of Florida is being represented in ASCO leadership. She is one of nine ASCO members serving on the Nominating Committee for a term of three years.

“It’s an honor to be able to serve ASCO in this way,” said Dr. Markham, who is also interim chief of UF’s division of hematology and oncology. “I look forward to helping to shape the future leadership of ASCO so that the diverse ASCO membership, and thus our patients with cancer, are well represented.”

ASCO is the world’s leading professional organization for physicians and oncology professionals, with nearly 45,000 members worldwide. The Nominating Committee is entrusted with developing a slate of candidates for elected ASCO positions. To be elected to the Nominating Committee, candidates have to be nominated by someone and then go through a selection process.


Dr. Markham has been heavily involved with ASCO since 2014. She is currently serving her second term on the ASCO Communications Committee and the Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI®) steering group. Dr. Markham was also one of the founding members of ASCO’s Social Media Working Group and is social media editor for the Journal of Clinical Oncology. She is also an associate editor for Cancer.net, ASCO’s patient education site.

In May, Dr. Markham was honored as a fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO). The title of FASCO is a recognition bestowed upon ASCO members who have shown extraordinary dedication for their voluntary efforts that benefit the Society, the specialty of oncology, and most importantly, the patients whom we serve.