Meet Susie Whorley

“I’m like a little private investigator trying to piece together a patient’s history so the doctor has complete information,” explains Susie. “Patients might not remember everything. They might have gone to six different hospitals in three states. Paper records, slides, tissue samples, scans, images. It’s my job to track all that down for the doctors. I’m a paper shuffler; we run the world, you know.”

Susie Whorley


Susie has worked at UNC for twenty years, and as a program coordinator for the Gastrointestinal Oncology and Melanoma programs, she is grateful for the chance to make a difference every single day. She loves to get cancer patients comfortable and laughing.

“I’m a lifer,” she says. “I’ve declined promotions because the new job would’ve taken me away from the patients. I can tell you, most people who work here don’t do it for the money. They do it because of a deep sense of calling and purpose.”

In February of 2012, she shaved her head as part of a St. Baldrick's event, raising over $2,600 for her haircut.

In her spare time, she performs with Theatre Troupe based in Pittsboro and spends a lot of cuddle time with her two cats, Velvet and Sheba.