UCLA Oncologist Receives 2022 Ellen Stovall Award

Dr. Patricia Ganz
Patricia Ganz, M.D.

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Dr. Patricia Ganz, Distinguished Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine, Distinguished Professor of Health Policy & Management at Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health, and Associate Director for Population Science at the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, has been awarded the 2022 Ellen L. Stovall Award for Innovation in Patient-Centered Cancer Care. Dr. Ganz received the Health Care Professional award while advocate Alicia Staley received the Patient Advocate Award.

The awards are given by the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS), who will recognize the awardees at the 2022 Ellen L. Stovall Award Reception on Wednesday, November 16.

NCCS presents the Stovall Award annually to two recipients who have improved the care and lives of cancer survivors and their families — one health care professional and one patient advocate or advocacy organization. In their award announcement, NCCS says the selection committee chose from among a highly qualified group of nominees who embody the essence of the award and Ellen’s passion and advocacy for patient-centered cancer care.

“As one of NCCS’s founders, Dr. Patricia Ganz has been a leader of the survivorship movement for decades,” said NCCS CEO Shelley Fuld Nasso. “She has been instrumental in developing the field of cancer survivorship, advancing the science, advocating for guidelines and policy change, and mentoring investigators and clinicians who contribute to the research and care of cancer survivors. She is truly an innovator in patient-centered care and a deserving recipient of the Ellen L. Stovall Award.”

“As one of the original members of the cancer survivorship ‘movement,’ Dr. Ganz has been instrumental in driving the field toward where it is today,” said Larissa Nekhlyudov, MD, MPH, Professor, Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Clinical Director, Internal Medicine for Cancer Survivors, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute “Through her own groundbreaking research, compassionate clinical care, and dedication to mentoring countless individuals, Dr. Patti Ganz has built, guided, and supported the field of patient-centered cancer survivorship care.”

“I am so honored to have been selected for this award.  Ellen Stovall and I worked together for so many years in the cancer policy arena, and that makes this award especially meaningful,” Ganz said.  “When the NCCS founders passed the hat to start the organization in 1986, I had no idea that my $100 contribution would lead to such an amazing organization and movement.