Over the past 20 years, staff at NCCN have had the pleasure of working with many thoughtful and dedicated oncologists and other health care professionals, as well as patient advocates and patients themselves. Perhaps one of the most memorable was Rodger Winn, MD. As was noted in last month’s NCCN Anniversary Reflections, Dr. Winn was both the “father” of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines) and the founding Editor-in-Chief of JNCCN. He was an enthusiastic advocate for patients, fellow health care providers, and NCCN itself, and he continued working to further the mission of improving the lives of patients with cancer, even through his own cancer diagnosis and treatment, until his death in 2007.
To celebrate his life and dedication, each year NCCN gives The Rodger Winn Award to one NCCN Guidelines Panel Member who exemplifies Dr. Winn’s leadership, drive, and commitment to the development of evidence-based guidelines tempered by expert judgment. The recipient provides a voice for the core mission of NCCN, improving the quality of care for patients. Specifically, the award recognizes service in the development of clinical practice guidelines, promotion of collegiality in NCCN activities, commitment to excellence, and dedication to multidisciplinary care.
To help mark the 20th Anniversary of the organization that Dr. Winn helped begin, JNCCN asked some of the past recipients of the Rodger Winn Award to talk about the role of NCCN: