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 pioneers who are transforming the cancer care system.

The Stovall Award is given 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.

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Past Stovall Award Honorees
Find out how past honorees have impacted the cancer care system and watch short films about their pioneering work.

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Meet the 2019 Stovall Award Honorees

stovall award logoHarmar Brereton, MD

Northeast Regional Cancer Institute

Harmar Brereton, MD, Stovall Award Honoree“Perhaps one of the most impactful collaborations in Dr. Brereton’s extraordinary career remains his early work and long friendship with Ellen Stovall. Through him, and in turn through the thousands of lives he has touched, Ellen’s work continues, and her mission lives on.”

—Karen M. Saunders
President, Northeast Regional Cancer Institute

Dr. Brereton is a graduate from Yale University and earned a medical degree from the University of Pittsburgh. Subsequent training in Internal Medicine took him to Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Brereton spent the next six years at the National Cancer Institute doing clinical and basic research and obtained certification in both Medical Oncology and Hematology. He completed additional training at Johns Hopkins for Radiation Oncology and was board certified.

Dr. Brereton served on the staff at Georgetown University for two years and then entered private practice where he spent thirty-three years developing cancer services by founding the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute in his community of Scranton, Pennsylvania. At the end of his private practice career, he was involved in the development of a new school, The Commonwealth Medical College, now the Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, where he continues to serve on the faculty as a Clinical Professor of Medicine. In addition to also teaching at the Weill Cornell School of Medicine, he is also a leadership team member of the International Cancer Expert Corps.

stovall award logoDana Dornsife

Founder and Board Chair
Lazarex Cancer Foundation

Dana Dornsife, Stovall Award Honoree“Patient reimbursements and engagement are key, and Ms. Dornsife had the vision to understand that and the leadership to make it happen. Lazarex provides a key to hope…a key to life. I cherish every moment with my grandkids and my daughters, and I get that opportunity because of Dana Dornsife.”

—Jackie Hinckley
Stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer Patient

Dana Dornsife is Chair of the Board and Founder of Lazarex Cancer Foundation, a nationwide public non-profit organization she began in 2006. The unique mission of Lazarex is to improve the outcome of cancer care—giving hope, dignity and life to advanced stage cancer patients and the medically underserved by providing assistance with costs for FDA clinical trial participation, identification of clinical trial options, community outreach and engagement.

Dana has recently expanded the mission at Lazarex to bring transformational change to the bench to bedside process of clinical trial enrollment, retention, minority participation and equitable access with IMPACT (IMproving Patient Access to Cancer Clinical Trials). She is a graduate of Drexel University in Philadelphia and serves as a board member of the USC Brain and Creativity Institute at University of Southern California, the UCSF Cancer Leadership Council, and the MGH Presidents Council.

stovall award logo2019 Stovall Award Reception

The honorees will be recognized at the Stovall Award Reception in Washington, DC. The award presentation will feature videos highlighting the honorees and their work.

Wednesday, November 13, 2019
6:30 PM — 8:30 PM

Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, DC
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Registration for the 2019 Stovall Award Reception is closed. If you have any questions about the Stovall Award, please contact Elena Jeannotte at

For questions about Stovall Award sponsorship or the reception, contact:

Elena Jeannotte, Director of Philanthropy
(301) 650-9127


NCCS thanks the following individuals and entities for sponsoring the 2019 Ellen L. Stovall Award.




American Society of Clinical Oncology

Laurie Isenberg & Joel Roos
In Memory of Ellen L. Stovall

Kite, a Gilead Company




Douglas & Vicki Blayney


Drexel University

The Dufour Collaborative



Sandy Welton

Eleanor Winter & Dan Backo



Jeff & Jane Bulman
In Memory of Ellen L. Stovall


International Cancer Expert Corps




American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)

The Blomain Family
In Honor of Harmar Brereton

Joseph Cesare, MD & Kathryn Cesare

C. Norman & Karolynn F. Coleman
In Honor of Harmar Brereton

Dana Dornsife

Taylor Ferrell


Hope Healthcare
(Samira K. Beckwith)

Jennifer McGihon Jones

Sandra & Morey Myers

Michael & Shelley Nasso

The Family of Lillian B. Rice

Julia H. Rowland, PhD

Tom Smith, MD

Jonathan Stovall & Briana Black

Taiho Oncology



The Hon. John Boozman
The Hon. Robert P. Casey, Jr.
The Hon. Dianne Feinstein
The Hon. Charles E. Grassley
The Hon. Cindy Hyde-Smith
The Hon. Edward J. Markey
The Hon. Patty Murray
The Hon. Mike Rounds
The Hon. Charles E. Schumer
The Hon. Tim Scott
The Hon. Chris Van Hollen
The Hon. Roger F. Wicker


The Hon. Alma S. Adams
The Hon. Don Bacon, BGen, USAFA (Ret)
The Hon. Nanette Diaz Barragan
The Hon. Earl Blumenauer
The Hon. Julia Brownley
The Hon. André Carson
The Hon. Matthew Cartwright
The Hon. David Cicilline
The Hon. William Lacy Clay
The Hon. Tom Cole
The Hon. Gerald E. Connolly
The Hon. J. Luis Correa
The Hon. TJ Cox
The Hon. Elijah Cummings
The Hon. Diana DeGette
The Hon. Suzan K. DelBene
The Hon. Mark DeSaulnier
The Hon. Debbie Dingell

The Hon. Mike Doyle
The Hon. Tom Emmer
The Hon. Veronica Escobar
The Hon. Anna G. Eshoo
The Hon. Brian Fitzpatrick
The Hon. Lizzie Fletcher
The Hon. Mike Gallagher
The Hon. John Garamendi
The Hon. Raúl M. Grijalva
The Hon. Jimmy Gomez
The Hon. Michael Guest
The Hon. Debra A. Haaland
The Hon. Vicky Hartzler
The Hon. Alcee L. Hastings
The Hon. Brian Higgins
The Hon. James A. Himes
The Hon. Christina Houlahan
The Hon. Sheila Jackson Lee
The Hon. Joseph P. Kennedy, III
The Hon. Derek C. Kilmer
The Hon. Ron Kind
The Hon. Raja Krishnamoorthi
The Hon. Ann McLane Kuster
The Hon. Doug Lamborn
The Hon. Barbara Lee
The Hon. Zoe Lofgren
The Hon. Alan S. Lowenthal
The Hon. Stephen F. Lynch
The Hon. Sean Patrick Maloney
The Hon. Brian J. Mast
The Hon. Betty McCollum
The Hon. Cathy McMorris Rodgers
The Hon. Jerry McNerney

The Hon. Grace Meng
The Hon. Seth Moulton
The Hon. Stephanie N. Murphy
The Hon. Jerrold Nadler
The Hon. Donald W. Norcross
The Hon. Donald M. Payne
The Hon. Chellie Pingree
The Hon. Ayanna Pressley
The Hon. Michael Quigley
The Hon. Jamie Raskin
The Hon. Kathleen M. Rice
The Hon. Lucille Roybal-Allard
The Hon. C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger
The Hon. Janice D. Schakowsky
The Hon. Adam B. Schiff
The Hon. Kim Schrier, MD
The Hon. Donna E. Shalala
The Hon. Mikie Sherrill
The Hon. Albio Sires
The Hon. Adrian M. Smith
The Hon. Jackie Speier
The Hon. Peter Stauber
The Hon. Haley M. Stevens
The Hon. Thomas R. Suozzi
The Hon. Eric Swalwell
The Hon. Mark Takano
The Hon. Glenn Thompson
The Hon. Dina Titus
The Hon. Paul Tonko
The Hon. Fred Upton
The Hon. Debbie Wasserman Schultz
The Hon. Jennifer T. Wexton

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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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