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Ellen L. Stovall Award
Nominations and Selection

Stovall Award Nominations

2018 Stovall Awards Presentation: (L to R) Rep. Jamie Raskin, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Dr. Norman Coleman, Gay Crawford, Rep. Anna Eshoo, NCCS CEO Shelley Fuld Nasso. Photo: Leslie E. Kossoff/LK Photos

Who can submit a nomination?

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

Submit a Nomination »    SUBMISSIONS DUE MAY 1, 2019

Award Eligibility and Criteria

The following entities are eligible for Stovall Award consideration:

  • Cancer survivors
  • Health plans or other third-party payers
  • NCCS Cancer Policy and Advocacy Team (CPAT) Members
  • Oncology providers (oncologists, nurses, oncology care teams and practices)
  • Patient advocacy organizations
  • Social workers
  • Other individuals or organizations impacting cancer care

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

Nominee Criteria

Oncology providers with excellence in these areas:

  • 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.
  • Collaborating with others in the cancer care system for ongoing quality improvement efforts.

Cancer advocates/advocacy organizations with excellence in these areas:

  • 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.
  • Collaborating effectively with other advocates and/or advocacy organizations to align efforts to improve quality within the cancer care system.

Nomination Submission Requirements

  • Submit a letter of support for the nominee* containing a narrative including the nominee’s name, the writer’s relationship to the nominee, and how the nominee exemplifies excellence in the areas listed in the above criteria.  SUBMISSIONS DUE MAY 1, 2019

    *Self-nominations encouraged

  • The selection committee leadership will review the submissions and select finalists.
  • Nominators of finalists will be asked to submit, within two weeks of notification:
    • Three to five letters of support for the nominee, including two letters of support from patients or survivors directly served by the nominee.
    • Optionally, submit up to five relevant examples that demonstrate the nominee’s achievements or impact on patient-centered cancer care (Examples might include organizational annual reports, educational videos or other enduring materials, public awareness campaign materials, etc).

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Stovall Award Selection Committee

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

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

Thomas J. Smith, MD*
Johns Hopkins Medicine

Dan Weber*
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship

*Cancer Survivor

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