This award:

  • Recognizes teaching as a vital part of cancer care for the population and for the future of ASCO
  • Brings awareness to the need for teachers to train more oncologists for the future

The award underscores ASCO’s belief that teaching is as important to the future of cancer medicine as are research, care delivery, and clinical work.

This award is intended to recognize, encourage, and reward individuals who have had a demonstrable impact on their trainees (residents, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows) and who have inspired and shaped the trainee’s practice of cancer medicine.

The award recipient must agree to be interviewed by the ASCO Daily News. The recipient is also required to attend the Annual Meeting and receives support to attend the meeting.


Criteria for Nominees:

  • Must be an ASCO member;
  • Must be a physician who is actively engaged in physician education on a regular basis: working with residents/fellows/trainees at the bedside, lecturing, or in other ways teaching the skills and habits recognizable in the best cancer physicians;
  • Must be a participant at an ACGME accredited program (for nominees within the United States) or a program accredited by a relevant national accrediting body (for nominees outside the United States);
  • Must have a minimum of five years of teaching in the final phase of training leading to independent practice in the specialty, i.e., teaching fellows (HemOnc program), teaching residents (RadOnc program), etc.;
  • Nominations are not restricted to physicians in academic institutions. Physicians in community practices who are actively engaged in physician education at an ACGME accredited program are eligible to be nominated; and
  • Special emphasis is placed on teachers who, through their example and methods, have:
    • Expanded trainee’s patient connection and communication skills;
    • Broadened the trainee’s vision of patient-physician interaction;
    • Stimulated the trainee’s personal and professional growth;
    • Engendered habits of self-reflection, self-improvement, and lifelong learning; and
    • Fostered the gaining of wisdom rather than of mere knowledge.

ASCO and Conquer Cancer Foundation Board Members and Officers are not eligible to receive Special Awards from the time they are elected through the end of the calendar year in which their Board terms conclude. ASCO Special Award Selection Committee members are not eligible to receive Special Awards during their service on the Committee.


Candidates for the award are considered by the Excellence in Teaching Award Advisory Selection Group. The group considers all nominations as they have been submitted; recommendations are then forwarded to the Special Awards Selection Committee for ratification and then to the Board of Directors for final approval.

Please send all inquiries about this award to Special Awards.

2020 Recipient
Anthony Victor D'Amico, MD, PhD

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"At ASCO, there's a place for everyone from every corner of oncology and the world."
Allen S. Lichter, MD, FASCO
ASCO CEO 2006-2016