Conquer Cancer announces 2021 Quality Care Symposium Merit Awards

Vicki Kilpatrick
ASCO Quality Care Symposium logo on top, colored turquoise green, and Conquer Cancer's Merit Award Recipient logo on bottom, colored orange and ASCO branded blue

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Conquer Cancer®, the ASCO Foundation, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2021 Quality Care Symposium Merit Awards.  

These distinguished awards recognize oncology fellows and trainees who are first authors on top-ranking abstracts selected for presentation at the 2021 ASCO Quality Care Symposium September 24 -25, 2021, in Boston, Mass.   

These 27 oncology professionals are recognized for their respective field and research advancements within the cancer care community:   

Melissa Beauchemin, NP, PhD, RN, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health 

Jacob Cogan, MDColumbia University Medical Center 

Kathryn DeCarli, MD, Brown University/Rhode Island Hospital 

Aakash Desai, MPH, MD, Mayo Clinic Rochester 

Lawson Eng, MD, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre 

Teja Ganta, MD, Tisch Cancer Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 

Arjun Gupta, MD, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center 

Emily Hsu, MDUniversity of Connecticut Health Cente

Syed Hussaini, MD, MSSidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center 

Changchuan Jiang, MD, MPHRoswell Park Cancer Cente

Daniel Lage, MD, MScHarvard Medical School 

Morgan Lichtenstein, MD, Columbia University Medical Center 

Divya Natesan, MDDuke University Medical Center 

Elad Neeman, MD, San Francisco Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente Northern California 

Stephanie Ossowski, MD, MPH, Kaiser Permanente Northern California 

Subha Perni, MDHarvard Radiation Oncology Program, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital/Dana-Farber Cancer Institute 

Meera Ragavan, MD, MPH, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, University of California San Francisco 

Gladys Rodriguez, MDStanford University School of Medicine 

Mohana Roy, MDStanford Cancer Institute 

Marta Salek, MDSt. Jude Children's Research Hospital 

Eric Schwartz, MDMichigan Medicine 

Neda Stjepanovic, MDVall d'Hebron University Hospital 

Kekoa Taparra, MD, PhDStanford University 

Chetan Vakkalagadda, MDNorthwestern University School of Medicine 

Ana Velazquez Manana, MD, MSUniversity of California, San Francisco Medical Center 

Qian Wang, MD, MPH, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 

Courtney Williams, DrPH, University of Alabama at Birmingham 



The 2021 Conquer Cancer Merit Awards are supported by:  

Anonymous, AbbVie, Inc., ASCO Employees, Association of Northern California Oncologists, AstraZeneca, BeiGene, Friends and Family of Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Beller, The Berry Family, Dr. and Mrs. Douglas W. Blayney, Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, Bristol Myers Squibb, Jonathan K. and Cora Y. Cho Charitable Fund, Michael Craig Cox, PharmD, MHS, BCOP, Trailblazing patient Mark A. Crafts and Generous Supporters of Team Crafty, Bill and Karen Dahut, Eisai Inc., Estate of Darla C. Ellis, Epiphany Partners Inc., G1 Therapeutics, GlaxoSmithKline Oncology, Harborside, Friends, Colleagues, and Family of Joe Hogan, Ipsen Biopharmaceuticals Inc., Kimberly Irvine, Michael Kelley, MD & Elise Hoffman, PharmD, Nicole M. Kuderer, MD and Gary H. Lyman, MD, MPH, FASCO, Natasha B. Leighl, MD, FASCO, William G. Leonard and Victoria Wang, MD, PhD, William T. Leslie, MD, Lilly, Loxo Oncology Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company, Maryland/D.C. Society of Clinical Oncology, Michigan Society of Hematology & Oncology, Therese Marie Mulvey, MD, FASCO, Friends and Family of Dr. James B. Nachman, New Rhein Healthcare, LLC, Northern New England Clinical Oncology Society, Pharmacyclics LLC, an AbbVie Company and Janssen Biotech, Inc., Dr. Kathleen Pritchard Medicine Professional Corporation, Sarah Cannon Research Institute, Frances A. Shepherd, MD, FASCO, Stephen A. Sherwin, MD, Drs. Rachna and Puneet Shroff, Mr. Jackson G. Simpson, Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Nizar M. Tannir, MD, Anthony and Marilyn Tolcher and Dr. Michael and Deborah Troner