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David King Community Clinical Scientist Award

The David King Community Clinical Scientist Award recognizes active community clinical research leaders. Award winners have demonstrated leadership in the development, participation, and evaluation of clinical studies and/or are active in the development of new screening, risk assessment, treatment, or supportive care programs for cancer patients.

This prestigious award is named after David K. King, MD, FACP, an ACCC past president, who passed away after a brief battle with cancer. Dr. King spent his entire career caring for individuals with cancer and advocating for access to quality care, while also championing the Community Clinical Oncology Program and the value of clinical research in the community setting.

2020 David King Community Clinical Scientist Award Recipient

McCaskill-Stevens-200x200Worta McCaskill-Stevens, MD, MS is a medical oncologist and Chief of the Community Oncology and Prevention Trials Research Group, which houses NCORP, the critically important NCI Community Oncology Research Program. NCORP’s mission is to bring cancer clinical trials to people in their own communities.  Her accomplishments are far-reaching and include a focus on cancer disparities; management of comorbidities within clinical trials; and molecular research to identify individuals who will benefit most from cancer prevention interventions.  Her work in breast cancer research is notable.

Dr. McCaskill-Stevens served as program director for the Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (STAR) and assumed responsibilities for breast cancer prevention with NCI’s Community Clinical Oncology Program (CCOP). She is also a member of NCI’s Breast Cancer Steering Committee. Dr. McCaskill-Stevens is also a recognized leader in furthering the advancement of minority investigators in cancer research.  

2020 Award Presentation

begin-quoteDr. McCaskill-Stevens’ effective leadership has created community and academic partnerships, expanded types and numbers of trials available in communities across the United States, incorporated disparities research and bio-banking to advance precision medicine.  Patients will forever benefit from her work. - Dr. Randall A. Oyer, ACCC President end-quote


Nomination and Selection Process

Nominations and applications for the 2021 ACCC Annual Awards will open in March 2021. We encourage members to nominate their colleagues and peers in oncology. Questions? Please email Betsy Spruill, Member and Volunteer Engagement Manager, ACCC, or call 301.984.9496, ext. 206.
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