Previously awarded at an annual anniversary celebration in Durham, this year’s Duke Cancer Institute Superstar awards went on the road where three deserving recipients — Stacey Lisi, PharmD; Robin Hardie-Hood, MD; and Alicia Johnson, RN; each hailing from a cancer center located at Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital.
“Our 2018 DCI Superstar recipients represent the cream of the crop,” shared Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD, executive director, Duke Cancer Institute, who visited each of the three locations to present the 2018 awards. “They are exceptional individuals who every day go above and beyond to ensure our patients receive the best care possible — the future of cancer care . . . now.”
Stacey Lisi, a clinical pharmacists in GU at Duke Cancer Center at Duke University Hospital in Durham, was nominated by Daniel George, MD; Andrew Armstrong, MD; Tian Zhang, MD; Michael Harrison, MD; and Megan McNamara, MD.
“Dr. Lisi is a tireless advocate for our patients, navigating them through complex therapies, financial assistance programs and ensuring that our patients have rapid access to needed therapies,” wrote Armstrong. “Her expertise and oversight of our GU therapies from a pharmacy perspective has led to improved safety of our therapies, prevented near misses and has brought high levels of patient satisfaction to our clinic.”
Jordan Massey, RN, and Nicole Coates, RN, both of whom work at Duke Cancer Center at Duke Regional Hospital in Durham, nominated Robin Hardie-Hood, MD, who joined Duke in 2015.
“Dr. Hardie-Hood demonstrates compassion and excellence in every aspect of her care,” shared Massey in her nomination submission. “She supports not only her patients and their families, but also her colleagues. She has stayed late and worked while on vacations to ensure her patients’ needs are addressed. Her patients adore her and will travel several hours to see her. Dr. Hardie-Hood has built such an excellent rapport with them — they will go any distance to follow her.”
Alicia Johnson, RN, a nurse navigator at Duke Women’s Cancer Care Raleigh, Duke Raleigh Hospital, was nominated by Brittany Davidson, MD, and Laura Havrilesky, MD.
“As oncologists, it’s hard to imagine being able to deliver high quality care to our cancer patients without Alicia’s kindness, compassion and extraordinary dedication,” wrote her nominators. “She has found assistance for patients and their families suffering financial toxicity and nominated multiple patients for Bucket List Foundation gifts — all of whom won trips or experiences of a lifetime. Alicia does much more than her job description requires.”
“It was rewarding to visit the various DCI sites of cancer care delivery to recognize and celebrate our DCI Superstars along with their colleagues,” said Kastan. “The competition was fierce this year — we received a record number of nominations. We look forward to doing this again next year. Until then, congratulations to our 2018 DCI Superstars.”
To view additional photos and video footage from each of the three surprise DCI Superstar announcements, visit facebook.com/dukecancerinstitute.
Duke Cancer Institute Superstar nomination forms are disseminated to employees every September. Individuals and teams can nominate colleagues for the prestigious award, which is given to one employee at a cancer center located at Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital and Duke Raleigh Hospital.