ICEC remembers Ellen Lewis Stovall

The International Cancer Expert Corps remembers Ellen Lewis Stovall, member of the ICEC Board of Directors.

It is with great sadness that the International Cancer Expert Corps (ICEC) joins the cancer care, research and survivorship communities in honoring Ellen Stovall who passed away January 5th. Ellen had great vision and an unsurpassed understanding of the needs of people with cancer and their families, friends and colleagues. She was a pivotal leader in the cancer survivorship community and for nearly two decades served as President and CEO of the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship.


Ellen Lewis Stovall with Dr. Richard Pazdur

WHite House - Establishment of the NCI Office of Cancer Survivorship[3]

White House – Establishment of the NCI Office of Cancer Survivorship

Recognizing the enormous gap in cancer care for the underserved worldwide in Lower- and Middle-Income Countries and also among the indigenous and geographically isolated peoples in the United States and other resource-rich countries, she joined the ICEC Board to help develop the unique ICEC approach to global mentorship and to help bring altruistic human-service careers to the fore in cancer care.

In a memorial service on January 10, 2016 in Honesdale, PA, Ellen’s hometown, Dr. Norman Coleman presented a eulogy of Ellen’s professional and personal contributions.

Read remarks delivered by Dr. C. Norman Coleman

Ellen Stovall

Ellen Stovall

In honor of Ellen’s transformational role in cancer survivorship, the ICEC has established the Ellen Stovall Early Career Leaders Working Group Fund. These leaders are trainees and early career academic faculty and private practitioners with demonstrated global health interests who have joined ICEC. These leaders will dedicate their efforts to 1) implementing ICEC’s unique mentorship model to develop sustainable cancer care in underserved communities worldwide and 2) establishing person-to-person relationships with people on the ground. Working with and supporting these leaders of the next generation, ICEC will help sustain careers in global health and service to the underserved in general, which is somewhat challenging in the current healthcare environment.

Further information on the ICEC model is on the ICEC website and in Science Translational Medicine.

Other Obituaries for Ellen Stovall can be viewed below

The Cancer Letter
New York Times
Oncology Times
Washington Post
USA Today


Photo Credits
Ellen Stovall – Connie Rieder
White House – White House Photographer
Ellen Stovall/Rick Pazdur – NCCS