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Since 2016, the Stovall Award has honored innovative pioneers in patient-centered care. Below, you’ll find out how each Stovall Award recipient has improved the cancer care system.

Stovall Award Videos

Hear firsthand from patients and colleagues how Stovall Award recipients impact their communities and the cancer care system.

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C. Norman Coleman, MD

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

Gay Crawford

Founding Director
Cancer CAREpoint


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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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.”

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Douglas W. Blayney, MD, FACP

Douglas W. Blayney, MD, who worked closely with Ellen Stovall, was chosen in 2016 as the inaugural recipient of the Stovall Award. Since 2017, Dr. Blayney has served as the co-chair of the Stovall Award Selection Committee. Read more about Dr. Blayney and the 2016 award below.

NCCS Presents the Inaugural Ellen Stovall Award to Douglas W. Blayney, MD, FACP (Video)

The Ellen Stovall Award: Jonathan Stovall, Douglas W. Blayney, MD, and Shelley Fuld Nasso

From left to right: Jonathan Stovall, Douglas W. Blayney, and Shelley Fuld Nasso

At the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship’s (NCCS) 30th Anniversary Reception on October 13, 2016, NCCS presented the inaugural Ellen Stovall Award for Leadership in Patient-Centered Care. The award was created to honor former NCCS CEO Ellen Stovall, who led the organization for more than twenty years and passed away in January 2016 from complications related to her cancer treatments.

The award recipient was Douglas W. Blayney, MD, FACP, past president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and who worked closely with Ellen Stovall for many years. Together they helped initiate the ASCO Quality Symposium, which has become the leading cancer quality meeting in the world.

Shelley Fuld Nasso Remembers Ellen Stovall

NCCS CEO Shelley Fuld Nasso thanked the attendees to the NCCS 30th anniversary reception, many of them current and former NCCS staff and colleagues of Ms. Stovall, for their contributions to the field of cancer survivorship. “Everyone in this room today has helped in some way have an impact on our work over the past 30 years and on the lives of people with cancer,” Ms. Fuld Nasso said.

She continued, “As we commemorate this milestone in our history, we also, of course, have to recognize the devastating loss that we at NCCS felt, and all of us in the cancer community, when Ellen Stovall passed away earlier this year–our former CEO, dear friend, and mentor… Ellen left an indelible mark on all of us… She’s really our guiding light at NCCS and I often find myself thinking, ‘What would Ellen do?'” After a short video tribute to Ellen’s life and advocacy, Shelley invited Ellen Stovall’s son, Jonathan Stovall, on stage to present the award named in his mother’s honor.

Dr. Blayney Accepts the Ellen Stovall Award

In her introduction, Shelley Fuld Nasso highlighted the collaborative efforts of Dr. Blayney and Ms. Stovall. “Dr. Blayney did not shy away from Ellen’s demands that much more needed to be done to ensure access to patient-centered care, or her insistence that patient satisfaction with their cancer care really did matter. Instead, he was a dedicated partner in these efforts.” She continued, “When Ellen and Doug were working shoulder to shoulder on a wide range of cancer quality improvement efforts, they were pioneers. Not all their peers supported, or even saw the point of all their dogged efforts to improve quality.”

Dr. Blayney accepted the inaugural award and honored Ms. Stovall’s work and advocacy for cancer survivors in his remarks. “Ellen was a living reminder of cancer survivorship,” said Dr. Blayney. “She lived her life with purpose and never-failing grace. She articulated for so many audiences, the purpose of our work, and reminded us that it was always about the patient. I am honored with the Stovall award.”

Douglas W. Blayney, MD, FACP is a professor of medicine at the Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center. His clinical interest is breast cancer, and his operational interests and research focuses on quality improvement in cancer care systems, improvement of the patient experience, and the optimum use of information technology to enhance these missions. He is past president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), and was the founding editor-in-chief of ASCO’s Journal of Oncology Practice.

The Ellen Stovall Award: 2017 and Beyond

At the reception, NCCS announced that beginning in 2017, the Ellen Stovall Award will be an annual, nationwide competition. It will be the first call to action that specifically urges cancer survivors and caregivers to nominate providers who are making dramatic improvements in how they care for cancer patients and their families. With recent changes in care towards value-based reimbursements and the Oncology Care Model, NCCS seeks to highlight providers who are proactively and successfully embracing patient-focused care that is recognized by the very patients they are serving. Dr. Blayney will serve as co-chair of an advisory committee to establish the award’s criteria and evaluate nominations.

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