Dr. Robert Califf (right) presented the NCCS Public Service Leadership Award to Dr. Richard Pazdur, Director of the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA. Photo by Leslie E. Kossoff.
Shelly Fuld Nasso (left), Chief Executive Officer of NCCS, presented the Jessie Gruman Award for Patient Engagement to Ellen Goodman, a Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist, author and founder of The Conversation Project. To learn more, visit <a href="http://theconversationproject.org/">. Photo by Leslie E. Kossoff.
Dr. Richard Pazdur and his wife, Mary Pazdur, MSN, CRNP (pictured above), spoke to NCCS prior to the reception, and the conversation is available to the public at https://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=jRotg2oRIeM. The Pazdur’s spoke about the future of oncology research and treatment and how their experiences with cancer—both personal and professional—have impacted how they view the patient experience. Photo by Leslie E. Kossoff.
On October 21 in Washington, DC, the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) hosted a reception to honor Richard Pazdur, MD, and Ellen Goodman. NCCS Chief Executive Officer, Shelly Fuld Nasso, welcomed attendees to the special awards reception.
NCCS Public Service Leadership Award
The NCCS Public Service Leadership Award is given to an individual whose efforts have advanced cancer survivorship in the public sector.
Robert M. Califf, MD, Deputy Commissioner for Medical Products and Tobacco at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and a special guest, presented the 2015 NCCS Public Service Leadership Award to Dr. Pazdur.
A distinguished researcher and leader in clinical trial design and drug development in advanced colorectal cancer, Dr. Pazdur is the Director of the Office of Hematology and Oncology Products in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research at the FDA.
Jessie Gruman Award for Patient Engagement
The inaugural Jessie Gruman Award for Patient Engagement was presented to Ms. Goodman, a Pulitzer Prize–winning columnist, author, and founder of The Conversation Project, a widely celebrated national public health campaign that works to change the way people talk about and prepare for end-of-life care. The award was established with a grant from the Center for Advancing Health to honor the legacy of Dr. Gruman, a tireless advocate and leader in patient empowerment.
NCCS: Quality of Care and Quality of Life After Diagnosis
The NCCS advocates for quality cancer care for all individuals touched by cancer. Founded by and for cancer survivors, NCCS is a leader in advocating for policy changes to promote quality of care and quality of life after diagnosis. The organization strongly believes in evidence-based advocacy that reflects the needs of cancer patients to effect policy change at the national level. ■