Longtime NCCS CEO Ellen Stovall made a lasting impact on the cancer community, both personally and professionally, through her warmth, generosity, and spirit of collaboration as she worked to make cancer care better for all patients. Shortly after she died in 2016 due to cardiac complications from her cancer treatment, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) created the Ellen L. Stovall Award for Innovation in Patient-Centered Cancer Care to honor her memory and help carry on her legacy. The Stovall Award is given annually to individuals, organizations, or other entities that are finding innovative ways to improve cancer care.

Ellen’s influence continues to be felt, as we saw the response and interest in this award grow yet again this year. We had an outstanding number of quality nominations and are grateful for the dedication of our esteemed selection committee, including the leadership of co-chair Dr. Doug Blayney, who had the difficult task of choosing the winners.

After careful and considerable deliberation by the committee, we are excited to announce that the 2018 Stovall Award winners are Dr. Norman Coleman and Gay Crawford.

2018 Stovall Award Honorees

About the Honorees

Dr. Coleman, a radiation oncologist, is a leading provider advocate for patient-centeredness; emphasizing access to care, respect for patient preferences, and coordination and integration of care. For more than 45 years, he has provided cancer care and conducted research, including roles as a tenured faculty member in medical and radiation oncology at Stanford, Professor and Chair of Radiation Oncology at Harvard Medical School, and currently Senior Investigator and Associate Director of the Radiation Research Program at the National Cancer Institute (NCI). In recent years, he helped to establish the International Cancer Expert Corps (ICEC), which aims to increase capacity in developing countries to provide high-quality cancer care.

Ms. Crawford is a two-time cancer survivor and has been a tireless advocate for cancer patients and families for more than four decades. She helped found many cancer programs, culminating in 2013 when she co-founded Cancer CAREpoint, a nonprofit in Silicon Valley that provides free support to anyone impacted by cancer. She also helped lead an effort to build a “patient-focused” cancer center at Stanford University, where she was later named the founding chair of the Stanford Health Care’s Patient & Family Advisory Council.

Ellen L. Stovall Award Reception Details

The honorees will be recognized at the Stovall Award Reception in Washington, D.C. on November 14. The award presentation will feature videos highlighting the honorees and their work.

Stovall Award Reception

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

6:30 PM — 8:30 PM

Four Seasons Hotel
Washington, DC

For sponsorship and ticket information, please click here or call us at 301.650.9127.


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