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 activities will be considered; consideration 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 and seminal 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.


Candidates for the award are considered by the ASCO Special Awards Selection Committee. The committee considers all nominations as they have been submitted; recommendations are then forwarded to the Board of Directors for final approval.

Please send all inquiries about this award to Special Awards.

2020 Recipient
Gary Walter Unzeitig, MD

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"Precision medicine has begun to transform the lives of many patients with cancer, but its application in clinical practice is enormously complex. ASCO hopes to contribute to and advance the field by providing oncologists with the training, tools, and data they need."
Richard L. Schilsky, MD, FACP, FASCO
ASCO Chief Medical Officer