David Cella, PhD
David Cella, PhD, Associate Director for Cancer Prevention and Control Research at the Lurie Cancer Center of Northwestern University, was awarded the Gustav O. Lienhard Award for his pioneering work to measure and apply patient-reported outcomes in health care. The award was presented at the National Academy of Medicine’s annual meeting on October 17, 2016, in Washington, DC.
The Gustav O. Lienhard Award, established in 1986, is presented annually in honor of Gustav O. Lienhard, Chairman of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Board of Trustees from 1971 to 1986. The award—a medal and $40,000—recognizes individuals for outstanding achievement in improving health-care services in the United States. Support for the award is provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Dr. Cella is the Ralph Seal Paffenbarger Professor, Chair of the Department of Medical Social Sciences, and Director of the Institute for Public Health and Medicine’s Center for Patient-Centered Outcomes at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Throughout his career, Dr. Cella has made transformational contributions toward understanding what aspects of life matter most to people struggling with health conditions and measuring those aspects so that the information can be used to guide care. ■