Humanitarian Award

About This Award 

First presented in 2011, the Humanitarian Award recognizes an oncologist who personifies ASCO’s mission and values by going above and beyond the call of duty in providing outstanding patient care through innovative means or exceptional service or leadership in the U.S.A. or abroad. It is presented to an individual who distinguish himself/herself through voluntary and non-compensated humanitarian endeavors.

A multitude of service will be considered and is not restricted to any one type of action or deed involving patients.

The award consists of a commemorative plaque and support to the recipient to attend the ASCO Annual Meeting. The award recipient must agree to be interviewed by the ASCO Daily News as an important representative of the Annual Meeting program. 


To be eligible for this award, candidates must:

  • Be an ASCO member at the time of the nomination
  • Demonstrate a long record of achievement, seminal contributions and contributions outside of their clinical, research and educational responsibilities
  • Be available to attend the upcoming Annual Meeting
  • Not have received this award before

Self-nomination is not allowed for this award. Once nominations are closed, all nominees will be contacted to verify acceptance of the nomination.

Nomination Procedure and Deadline 

Nominations for the 2016 Humanitarian Award are now open.

Nominations must be submitted online.


Candidates for the award will be considered by the ASCO Special Awards Selection Committee. The committee will consider all nominations as they have been submitted. After careful deliberations by the committee, its recommendations will be forwarded to the Board of Directors for final approval.