Ellen L. Stovall was a founding board member of the International Cancer Expert Corps and a 43-year survivor of three bouts with cancer who advocated for more than 30 years to improve cancer care in America. Ms. Stovall was a Senior Health Policy Advisor at the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship and a founding member of the Institute of Medicine’s National Cancer Policy Board and its successor, the National Cancer Policy Forum. The Forum allows government, industry, academic and survivor advocacy representatives to meet and privately discuss public policy issues that arise in the prevention, control, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Prior to the establishment of the Forum, Stovall was vice-chair of the National Cancer Policy Board and co-chaired its Committee on Cancer Survivorship. In that capacity, she co-edited the Institute of Medicine’s report “From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Transition,” which addressed the issues adult cancer survivors face.
Ms. Stovall served as vice-chair of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s National Advisory Committee to Promote Excellence in Care at the End of Life, and as the vice-chair of the Foundation’s National Advisory Committee for Pursuing Perfection: Raising the Bar for Health Care Performance. Ms. Stovall served on the Boards of Directors of the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) and The Leapfrog Group, and she served on a committee of the National Quality Forum (NQF) to establish consensus around cancer care quality measures. In 2010, Ms. Stovall co-chaired with Dr. George Isham, an NQF Committee convened for the purpose of creating a Measure Development and Endorsement Agenda for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) as well as serving on an IOM Committee charged with recommending Standards for Developing Trustworthy Clinical Practice Guidelines. She also served on three Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) grants charged with measuring cancer patient outcomes and creating standards for accrediting a patient-centered cancer medical home for cancer.
Ms. Stovall served on several advisory panels, working groups and committees of the National Cancer Institute (NCI), American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Ms. Stovall also served a six-year term on the National Cancer Institute’s National Cancer Advisory Board (NCAB), an appointment she received in 1992 from President Bill Clinton.