ASCO presented its Advocate of the Year Award to Robin Zon, MD, FACP, FASCO for her significant advocacy work on behalf of individuals living with cancer and their cancer care teams. As the current chair of ASCO’s Government Relations Committee, Dr. Zon has provided distinguished leadership in the society’s advocacy efforts. Specifically, she has frequently travelled to Washington, DC to meet with lawmakers and regulatory agencies, and she has routinely engaged with lawmakers in her home state of Michigan, as well as in Indiana where her oncology practice is located.
An active user of ASCO’s ACT Network, Dr. Zon consistently reaches out to lawmakers to ensure they hear the oncology perspective on cancer policy issues. She has held many leadership roles within ASCO and served on the Board of Directors from 2010 to 2013. Dr. Zon was also a key panelist during ASCO’s State of Cancer Care in America: 2017 congressional briefing on Capitol Hill.
“Dr. Zon’s tireless federal and state advocacy work demonstrates her dedication to promoting legislation that will benefit, not only her own patients, but all cancer patients and their providers,” said Blase Polite, MD, MPP, and immediate past Chair of ASCO’s Government Relations Committee (GRC), who presented the award to Dr. Zon during ASCO’s Advocacy Summit. “We applaud Dr. Zon for all the work she’s done on behalf of our patients, as well as the direction and leadership she’s given the GRC.”
Dr. Zon currently practices at Michiana Hematology Oncology in Mishawaka, IN. She previously served as Medical Director of Oncology Research at Memorial Hospital in South Bend and as associate and principal investigator for the Northern Indiana Cancer Research Consortium, the only NCI-designated Community Cancer Oncology Program in Indiana. Dr. Zon earned her medical degree from Indiana University School of Medicine. She completed her residency at St. Vincent Hospital and Health Care Center in Indianapolis, and a fellowship in medical oncology and hematology at Indiana University Cancer Center.
During the Advocacy Summit, the society also recognized its ASCO Advocacy Champions for their extraordinary contributions in a variety of advocacy activities, including meetings with federal lawmakers and agency staff, participating in grasstops outreach, state legislative activities, and in-district meetings and site visits during Congressional recesses.
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