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.

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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Award Sponsor and Reception Information
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SAVE THE DATE! 2019 Stovall Award Reception
NCCS will present the 2019 Stovall Award on November 13, 2019, at the Four Seasons in Washington, DC.

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Award Criteria and Selection
Find details about Stovall Award criteria, the selection process, and see our distinguished Stovall Award Selection Committee.

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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.

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