Stovall Award LogoThe Ellen L. Stovall Award for
Innovation in Patient-Centered Cancer Care

The Ellen L. Stovall Award for Innovation in Patient-Centered Cancer Care is a unique opportunity for patients and survivors to recognize exceptional providers who are transforming cancer care.

The Stovall Award is awarded annually to individuals, organizations, or other entities who demonstrate innovation in improving cancer care for patients in America. NCCS created the Stovall Award in honor of Ellen Stovall, our longtime CEO who passed away in 2016 due to cardiac complications from her cancer treatment.

2018 Ellen L. Stovall Awards

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. 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


C. Norman Coleman, MD

Associate Director, Radiation Research Program
Senior Investigator, Radiation Oncology Branch
National Cancer Institute

Gay Crawford

Founding Director
Cancer CAREpoint

2018 Stovall Award Reception

2018 Ellen L. Stovall Award Reception
Congressional Host Committee

The Hon. Alma Adams
The Hon. Mark Amodei
The Hon. Donald S. Beyer
The Hon. Sanford D. Bishop, Jr.
The Hon. Earl Blumenauer
The Hon. Matt Cartwright
The Hon. Yvette D. Clarke
The Hon. Mike Coffman
The Hon. Jim Cooper
The Hon. Elijah Cummings
The Hon. Rodney Davis
The Hon. Rosa DeLauro
The Hon. Debbie Dingell
The Hon. Lloyd Doggett
The Hon. Mike Doyle
The Hon. Brian Fitzpatrick
The Hon. Eleanor Holmes Norton
The Hon. Ro Khanna
The Hon. Barbara Lee
The Hon. Jim McGovern
The Hon. Chellie Pingree
The Hon. Ted Poe
The Hon. Jamie Raskin
The Hon. Pete Sessions
The Hon. Eric Swalwell
The Hon. Debbie Wasserman Schultz

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Ellen Stovall and her dog AnnieAbout Ellen Stovall

In more than two decades of service and leadership at the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), Ellen L. Stovall crusaded for the delivery of quality cancer care to all Americans. As a cancer survivor of more than four decades, Ellen sought to design her own system of patient-centered care to address the serious late and long-term effects of her cancer treatment, including the treatment of a second cancer. In pursuing her own system of care, she focused on care that emphasized strong doctor-patient communication, coordination of care and symptom management, and full consideration of the evidence supporting treatment options.

Ellen considered herself a “lucky” cancer survivor because her advocacy for herself opened the door to some of the best of American cancer care, accompanied by some of the glitches and gaps in care that many experience. Ellen’s pursuit of her own quality cancer care informed NCCS efforts to improve the overall cancer care delivery and payment system. Ellen and her colleagues at NCCS pursued changes in public and private payment systems that would encourage cancer care professionals to provide patient-centered care through partnership with their patients and through redesign of their systems to honor the principles of patient-centeredness.

Read more about Ellen’s life of advocacy »

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Stovall Award Sponsorship


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Sponsor the Stovall Award | Purchase Reception Tickets

For questions about sponsorship of the Stovall Award, please contact:

Elena Jeannotte
Director of Philanthropy
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
(301) 650-9127


NCCS thanks the following individuals and entities for sponsoring the 2018 Ellen L. Stovall Award.


Bristol-Myers Squibb



American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)


Kite Pharma

Laurie Isenberg & Joel Roos
(In Memory of Ellen Stovall)

Johnson & Johnson


Turner & Goss LLP

Sandy Welton


Douglas & Vicki Blayney

Michael & Kim Kappel
(In Memory of Ellen Stovall)




Embassy of the United Arab Emirates

Eleanor Winter and Dan Backo



Jeff & Jane Bulman
(In Memory of Ellen Stovall)

Shelley & Michael Nasso


American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

Samira K. Beckwith
(Hope Healthcare)

Marjorie Berg

C. Norman Coleman, MD
& Karolynn F. Coleman

Darian Downs

International Cancer Expert Corps

William E. Katz Family
(In Memory of Martha Legg Katz)

Julia H. Rowland, PhD

Tom Smith, MD

Taiho Oncology

Verastem Oncology

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Stovall Award Selection and Criteria

Nominations for the Stovall Award are reviewed by a committee of healthcare professionals, survivors and caregivers, with a strong representation from cancer survivors and patient advocates.


Jonathan Stovall, Douglas Blayney, MD, and Shelley Fuld NassoJonathan Stovall (L) & Shelley Fuld Nasso (R) present the inaugural Stovall Award to Douglas Blayney, MD (2016)

Douglas Blayney, MD – Co-Chair
Stanford University Medical Center

Shelley Fuld Nasso, MPP – Co-Chair
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

Samira Beckwith*
NCCS Board Member

Amy Berman, BSN, LHD*
The John A. Hartford Foundation

Univ. of Texas Southwestern

Tom Dowling*


Thomas Feeley, MD
MD Anderson Cancer Center

Ben Fishman*
NCCS Board Member

Yvonne Florence*
Patient Advocate,

Susan Gubar*
Columnist, The New York Times

Barbara Hoffman, JD*
NCCS Co-Founder,
Rutgers Law School

Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, FASCO
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Laurie Isenberg*
NCCS Board Member

Deborah Kamin
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Michael Kolodziej, MD
Flatiron Health

Susan Leigh*

NCCS Co-Founder,

Ana Maria Lopez, MD, MPH, FACP
University of Utah School of Medicine

Jennifer Malin, MD
United Health Group,
University of California–Los Angeles

Kristen McNiff, MPH
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Therese Mulvey, MD*
Massachusetts General Hospital

Michael Neuss, MD
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Joshua Sharfstein, MD
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

Thomas J. Smith, MD*
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Dan Weber*
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

*Cancer Survivor



Click to View Stovall Award Nomination Criteria

Nominee Criteria

Health care providers and practices will be evaluated according to these criteria:

  • Honoring the principles of patient-centeredness, especially emphasizing access to care, respect for patient preferences, and coordination and integration of care.
  • Engaging patients, families, and caregivers in the design of quality cancer care systems.
  • Implementing a quality cancer care system for sustainability and for replication.
  • Collaborating with others in the cancer care system for ongoing quality improvement efforts.

Advocates and advocacy organizations will be evaluated according to these criteria:

  • Promoting the principles of patient-centeredness, especially emphasizing access to care, respect for patient preferences, and coordination and integration of care.
  • Engaging patients, families, and caregivers to inform the process of improving the delivery of quality cancer care.
  • Implementing novel approaches to encourage the cancer care delivery system to adopt principles of patient-centeredness.
  • Collaborating effectively with other advocates and/or advocacy organizations to align efforts to improve quality within the cancer care system.

Anyone can submit a nomination for the following entities:

  • Cancer survivors
  • Patient advocacy organizations
  • NCCS Cancer Policy and Advocacy Team (CPAT) Members
  • Oncology practices
  • Health plans or other third-party payers
  • Other individuals or organizations impacting cancer care

Note: Nominations will be considered only for individuals or organizations within the United States.


All submissions will be initially reviewed by NCCS Staff and the Selection Committee Chair. Five to ten finalists will be selected from the group to be reviewed by the selection committee, from which the recipient(s) will be chosen. In-person or phone interviews may be conducted with finalists.

Anyone can submit a nomination for the Stovall Award—and nominations submitted by cancer patients, survivors, and advocates are especially welcome.

Submission Requirements

  • A narrative explaining why the nominee should be considered for the Stovall Award
  • Three to five letters of support for the nominee*
  • (Optional) Up to five relevant works that demonstrate the nominee’s achievements or impact on patient-centered cancer care

*All nominations require at least two letters of support from patients or survivors served by the nominee.

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Past Stovall Award Honorees

Ellen touched the lives of so many in the cancer community, both personally and professionally, and her legacy was evident by the incredible response we received in launching this award. We were overwhelmed by the number and quality of the nominations, and we are grateful for the dedication of an esteemed selection committee, including the leadership of co-chair Dr. Doug Blayney.

After a nationwide competition, we are thrilled to announce the 2017 Stovall Award winners are Patrick (Pat) Coyne, MSN, from the Medical University of South Carolina and Martha (Meg) Gaines, JD, LLM, from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

2017 Stovall Award Honorees

Patrick Coyne, MSN, Stovall Award Honoree“Pat has been instrumental in advancing concurrent palliative care alongside usual cancer care, especially in the inpatient setting, and in advancing palliative care worldwide. Pat is a nurse first and foremost and has assumed national and international leadership in nursing and in health care in general.”
– Thomas J. Smith, MD
Director of Palliative Care
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Patrick Coyne, an advanced practice nurse, has devoted his career to the advancement of the field of palliative care. Mr. Coyne is the Director of the Palliative Care Program at Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). He is one of the founders of ELNEC (End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium), which has educated more than 21,000 nurses in over 90 countries, and he has published over 100 papers on a variety of symptom management and policy issues.

Film directed by Andy Hunt.

Meg Gaines, JD, LLM, Stovall Award Honoree“She is an individual who, drawing upon a personal commitment to championing the individual rights of those diagnosed and treated for life-threatening illness, and those of their family members, created an innovative resource that is transforming cancer care daily for scores of patients and families.”
– Julia Rowland, PhD
Former Director,
Office of Cancer Survivorship
National Cancer Institute

Meg Gaines is a lawyer by training, a cancer survivor, and one of the founders of the Center for Patient Partnerships at the University of Wisconsin. The Center trains students in the fields of law, medicine, nursing, pharmacy, and social work to provide advocacy to cancer patients. Interdisciplinary teams help cancer patients understand their diagnoses, get the information necessary to make critical treatment decisions, and support patients’ efforts to get the treatment they need.

Film directed by Ezra Ewen.


Pat Coyne and Meg Gaines are presented with the 2017 Stovall Award

Left to right: Dr. Julia Rowland, Martha “Meg” Gaines, NCCS CEO Shelley Fuld Nasso, Patrick Coyne, and Dr. Thomas Smith at the 2017 Stovall Award Reception.

NCCS presented the Stovall Award to Mr. Coyne and Ms. Gaines at the second annual Stovall Award Reception in Washington, D.C on October 19, 2017. Mr. Coyne was nominated by Thomas J. Smith, MD, of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Ms. Gaines was nominated by Julia H. Rowland, PhD, recently retired director of the Office of Cancer Survivorship at the National Cancer Institute.

Named for longtime CEO of NCCS and three-time cancer survivor Ellen L. Stovall, who died in 2016, the award aims to honor her memory and advocacy by annually recognizing individuals, organizations, or other entities that are innovators in improving cancer care. Applications for the 2018 Stovall Award will be accepted beginning February 1, 2018.

Ellen Stovall set the bar in advocacy with her determination to improve cancer care for everyone,” said NCCS CEO Shelley Fuld Nasso. “Pat Coyne and Meg Gaines have dedicated their careers to making the lives of all those diagnosed with cancer better, and each is incredibly deserving of the Stovall Award. We were honored to have an outstanding set of nominees. I want to thank our sponsors and all the individuals who submitted nominations and served on the selection committee for making this year’s award program an incredible achievement. All of us at NCCS are excited to build on this success for next year’s award.”

“Receiving this award is humbling for me knowing how hard Ellen tirelessly fought for the needs of others,” said Pat Coyne. “It is an honor to be associated with her name, and all that she stood for to put the needs of patients at the center of cancer care. We have come a long way, but so much more work remains. I sincerely appreciate Dr. Smith, the selection committee, NCCS, and all those associated with the Stovall Award for this recognition.”

“I was privileged to know Ellen Stovall, and am honored to have my work recognized by the organization she started, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship,” said Meg Gaines. “Ellen paved the way for cancer survivors across the globe; her gentle but mighty hand will be felt for generations.”


2016 — Douglas W. Blayney, MD, FACP (Inaugural Awardee)

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