The Latin name for the Bay Laurel plant, laurus noblis, is derived from the word “to praise” or to be renowned or famous. The laurel has long been a symbol of tribute, honor, victory, merit and reward. In Ancient Rome, heroes among the athletes, generals, emperors and poets received a wreath of laurels as homage to their service and accomplishments.
The Prevent Cancer Foundation® created the Cancer Prevention Laurels in 2003 to recognize and celebrate innovators and leaders in the fight against cancer. View our past Cancer Prevention Laurels recipients below.
Awards are made in the following three categories to recognize work in any field of cancer prevention and early detection:
Cancer Prevention Laurel for National Leadership: Awarded to an individual who has shown exemplary leadership in cancer prevention or early detection at the national level in the U.S. A successful nomination will be of an outstanding individual whose leadership and vision have inspired others to join him or her in working toward a shared goal which has made a difference in cancer screening or prevention.
Cancer Prevention Laurel for Increasing Health Equity: Awarded to an individual or organization for programs or innovations improving cancer prevention and screening in communities in the U.S. affected by health disparities. A successful nomination will be of an individual or organization that has identified and implemented innovative ways to provide services to underserved populations at the local, state or national level.
Cancer Prevention Laurel for Dedication to Community Service: Awarded to an individual who has demonstrated unwavering commitment to enhancing cancer prevention or early detection on the community level in the U.S. A successful nomination will be of a remarkable individual who has identified and addressed gaps in meeting community needs in cancer prevention and screening. This commitment can be demonstrated through development and implementation of educational, clinical or research programs.
Share this letter with your colleagues to submit outstanding individuals for a Laurel.
You may make one or more nominations; however, you may nominate someone for only one award category and may make only one nomination per award category. Provide a letter for each nomination describing why the nominee should be recognized with a particular award and include a short biographical sketch (no CVs please). Submit your nominations online here.
The deadline for nominations for the 2018 Laurels Awards was Tuesday, December 19, 2017, 6 pm EST. Late submissions will not be considered. If you have any questions, please contact Lorelei Mitrani at Lorelei.email@example.com or (703) 519-2102.
|DIALOGUE FOR ACTION® CANCER PREVENTION LAUREL AWARD RECIPIENTS|
|2017||National Leadership||Holly J. Wolf, Ph.D, M.S.P.H.|
|Special Award for Community Service||Gina M. Villani, M.D., M.P.H.|
|2016||National Leadership||James Hotz, M.D.|
|Special Award for Community Service||Ira F. Combs, R.N.|
|2015||Innovative Programs||Lynn F. Butterly, M.D.|
|National Leadership||Durado Brooks, M.D., M.P.H.|
|Advocacy||Councilmember LaToya Cantrell|
|Special Award for Leadership in Skin Cancer Prevention||Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, M.D., M.P.H.|
|Special Award for Innovation in Health Information Technology||Karen B. DeSalvo, M.D., M.P.H., M.Sc.|
|2014||Innovative Programs||Olga G. Sánchez|
|National Leadership||Laurie Fenton Ambrose|
|Advocacy||Thomas K. Weber, M.D., F.A.C.S.|
|Special Award for Inspiration||The NewsBabes|
|Special Award for Health Policy||Susan Dentzer|
|2013||Innovative Programs||Michael B. Potter, M.D.|
|National Leadership||James L. Mulshine, M.D.|
|Advocacy||Jo-Ellen Corkery De Luca|
|2012||Innovative Programs||Franklin G. Berger, Ph.D.|
|National Leadership||Jasjit S. Ahluwalia, M.D., M.P.H, M.S.|
|Advocacy||Ann E. Fonfa|
|Lifetime Achievement||Sidney J. Winawer, M.D.|
|2011||Innovative Programs||Sanja Percac-Lima, M.D., Ph.D., D.M.D.|
|National Leadership||Mary Doroshenk, M.A.|
|Advocacy||Whitney Jones, M.D.|
|2010||Innovative Programs||Lina Jandorf, M.A.|
|National Leadership||Laura Seeff, M.D.|
|2009||Innovative Programs||Diane Dwyer, M.D.|
|National Leadership||Tim Byers, M.D., M.P.H.|
|2008||International Leadership||Joseph Sung, M.D.|
|National Leadership||Claudia Baquet, M.D., M.P.H.|
|2007||Innovative Programs||Claudia Christensen, R.N., F.N.P., C.G.R.N.|
|National Leadership||David Lieberman, M.D.|
|2006||Outstanding Advocacy||Barry Stein, Esq.|
|Outstanding National Leadership||Harold P. Freeman, M.D.|
|Outstanding Public Service||Linda Burhansstipanov, M.S.P.H., Dr.P.H.|
|Honorary Cancer Prevention Laurel for Educational Outreach||Foghorn Leghorn|
|2005||Dedication to Community Service||Paul Limberg, M.D., M.P.H.|
|National Leadership||Richard Wender, M.D.|
|Advocacy||Dale Mintz, M.P.H., C.H.E.S.|
|Dedication to Public Service||Congresswoman Louise Slaughter|
|2004||Dedication to Public Service||Nathaniel Cobb, M.D.|
|Dedication to Community Programs||Amelie G. Ramirez, Dr.P.H.|
|National Leadership||Robert A. Smith, Ph.D.|
|International Leadership||Meinhard Classen, M.D.|
|Paul Rozen, M.D.|
|Sidney J. Winawer, M.D.|
|2003||Outstanding Public Service||Ernestine Hambrick, M.D.|
|Innovation in Communications||Elmer Huerta, M.D.|
|Outstanding National Leadership||Bernard Levin, M.D.|
|Dedication to Community Programs||Robert Warren, M.D.|