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For Immediate Release: August 8, 2012
Nurse Researcher Donna Berry to be Honored at the ACCC National Oncology Conference in San Antonio
ROCKVILLE, Md.— Donna Berry, PhD, RN, AOCN®, FAAN, will receive the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ 2012 Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research Award for her extensive research, leadership, and commitment to individuals with cancer. Dr. Berry is director of the Phyllis F. Cantor Center for Nursing & Patient Care Services at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Mass. She is also an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School.
She will receive the award October 5, 2012, at the ACCC 29th National Oncology Conference, to be held in San Antonio, Texas. Among the past winners of ACCC’s prestigious annual Outstanding Achievement in Clinical Research Award are David S. Alberts, MD; Charles M. Balch, MD, FACS; Al B. Benson III, MD, FACP; David H. Johnson, MD; Lillian M. Nail, PhD, RN, FAAN; Daniel D. Von Hoff, MD, FACP; Saul Rivkin, MD; Henry Lynch, MD; and Vincent DeVita, Jr, MD.
Dr. Berry pioneered research in two important areas: patient-centered oncology care and nursing leadership within oncology. To implement her patient-centered care paradigm, she led an interdisciplinary team that designed and implemented accessible, computerized tools to assess symptom experiences and quality-of-life variables. With another large, multidisciplinary team, she led development, production, and testing of the first and only Internet intervention based on personal factors to support treatment decision-making by men with prostate cancer. The Personal Patient Profile-Prostate significantly reduces decisional conflict in men about managing their prostate cancer.
Dr. Berry has assumed increasing leadership and responsibility for transforming healthcare. In 2011 the Oncology Nursing Society honored Dr. Berry with the Annual Distinguished Researcher Award.
Dr. Berry holds graduate degrees from the University of Texas at Houston and the University of Washington. Her commitment to improving care of the person with cancer has spanned over three decades, beginning with her work as an oncology staff nurse.