ASCO 2017 Presents Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award


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First presented in 2016 by the Conquer Cancer Foundation, the Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award honors extraordinary female leaders in oncology who have both excelled as mentors and demonstrated outstanding commitment to the professional development of women colleagues as clinicians, educators, and researchers in oncology.

Mary K. Gospodarowicz, MD

Mary K. Gospodarowicz, MD

The 2017 recipients of the Women Who Conquer Cancer Mentorship Award are Mary K. Gospodarowicz, MD, and Elizabeth J. Shpall, MD.

Mary K. Gospodarowicz, MD, is the Medical Director at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and Regional Vice President of Cancer Care Ontario. She recently served as president for the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). Dr. Gospodarowicz’s research interests focus on the role of radiation therapy in lymphomas, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, and testicular cancer clinical trials. Her numerous mentees describe her as a committed, compassionate, strong advocate for female professionals who leads by example. 

Elizabeth J. Shpall, MD

Elizabeth J. Shpall, MD

Elizabeth J. Shpall, MD, is a well-known expert in hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and cellular therapy. She is currently Medical Director of the Cell Therapy Laboratory, Director of the Cord Blood Bank, and Deputy Chair of Stem Cell Transplantation and Cellular Therapy at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. Having served as the founding President for the Foundation of Accreditation of Cellular Therapy and as Past President of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Dr. Shpall has successfully mentored residents, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty over the past 25 years and has ensured that mentees are able to establish their own clinical and/or research interests.


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