Samuel C. Harvey Memorial Lecturers

AACE established this Memorial Lecture Award in 1951 to honor Samuel C. Harvey MD, PhB, FACS, 1886-1953.

About Dr. Harvey, the 2006 lecturer, Ajit Sachdeva wrote:
“Dr. Harvey was a consummate surgeon, scholar, educator, role model, historian, and philosopher. He was Chair of the Department of Surgery at Yale University School of Medicine for 23 years; President of the American Surgical Association and the first Chairman of the Coordinators of Cancer Teaching. He introduced active learner-centered education, aka the ‘Yale System,’ and he was known by everyone to enjoy a cigar or pipe, a book, and a desire to stay longer in bed!’

Each AACE President chooses a leader in cancer education to present this prestigious lecture at the International Cancer Education Conference. Each recipient receives a certificate and a $3,000 honorarium.


2023  | Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Thelma Perry Brown
Research Advocate, University of Alabama at Birmingham

"Unveiling Disparities: Addressing Inequities in Cancer Clinical Trials"

2022  | College Park, Maryland, USA

Kayoll Gyan, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor, Northeastern University

"More Than an Overcomer: My Experience as a Young African American Breast Cancer Survivor"

2021  | virtual event

Robert Winn MD
Director, Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center

Falling Short: COVID, Cancer, and Consciousness (link to come)

2020  | virtual event

Ivan Silver MD
Centre for Addiction & Mental Health, University of Toronto

Learning Conversations - A Window to a World of Enhanced Cancer Education (link to come)

2019  |  Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Rueben C. Warren, DDS, MPH, DrPH, MDiv
National Center for Bioethics in Research & Health Care, Tuskegee University

An Ethics Lens on Education about Cancer or Cancer Education

2018  |  Atlanta, Georgia, USA

John M. Daly MD, FACS, FRCSI (Hon), FRCSG (Hon)
Fox Chase Cancer Center, Temple University School of Medicine

Cancer Education: A View from Both Sides of the Table

2017  |  Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Cynthia Geppert, MD, MA, MPH, MSBE, DPS, FAPM, DFAPA
New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System, University of New Mexico School of Medicine

The History of Truth and Hope in the Ethics of Cancer Care

2016  |  Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Elmer Huerta MD, MPH
Cancer Preventorium, a division of the Washington Cancer Institute at MedStar Washington Hospital Center

Two Sides of the Coin in Cancer Prevention at the Washington Cancer Institute

2015  |  Tucson, Arizona, USA

Diane Zipursky Quale
Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN)

Creating a Community to Advance Bladder Cancer Awareness, Education and Research to Improve the Quality of Life for Patients and Families

2014  |  Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA

Cathy D. Meade PhD, RN, FAAN
Senior Member and Professor, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center

Celebrating the Culture and Literacy Journey: Communications at Their Best!

2013  |  Seattle, Washington, USA

Mary Gospodarowicz MD, FRCPC
President, Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and the University of Toronto, Cancer Care Ontario

Cancer in the World: Addressing the Equity Gap

2012   |   Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

Rena J. Pasick DrPH
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of California San Francisco

Persistent Cancer Disparities and Health Behavior Theory: Finding Our Way to the Real World

2011  |  Buffalo, New York, USA

Catherine Oliveros
Susan G. Komen for the Cure

An Overview of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure: International Programs

2010  |  San Diego, California, USA

Betty Ferrell PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN
Research Scientist & Professor, City of Hope

A Program of Research in Patient, Family and Professional Education

2008  |  Clearwater Beach, Florida, USA

John R. Seffrin, PhD
CEO, American Cancer Society

From Countries to Communities… Making Your Voice Heard

2007  |  Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Marjorie Kagawa-Singer, PhD, MN, RN
UCLA School of Public Health and Department of Asian American Studies

The Major Element Mission From Cultural Tailoring is Culture

2006  |  San Diego, California, USA

Ajit K. Sachdeva, MD, FRCSC, FACS
American College of Surgeons, Chicago, IL

Careers in Cancer Education: Infinite Opportunities During Challenging Times



2005 David E. Weissman, MD
Palliative Care Education. Where are We Going?
2004 David C. Hohn, MD
2003 Lovell A. Jones, MD
2002 Patrick Borgan, MD
2001 Sol Silverman, MA, DDS
2000 R. Eugene Rice, PhD
1999 Dong Weed, MD, PhD
1998 James O. Armitage, MD
1997 John Seffrin, PhD
1996 L. Thompson Bowles, MD, PhD
1995 Martin D. Abeloff, MD



1994 Edward T. Creagan, MD.
1993 Charles M. Balch, MD.
1992 Peter Greenwald, MD.
1991 Donald Coffey, PhD.
1989 William A. Robinson, MD, PhD
1988 Daniel M. Hays, MD
1987 Robert G. Petersdorf, MD
1986 Virgil Loeb, Jr., MD
1985 Victor Neufeld, MD
1984 LaSalle E. Leffall, Jr., MD
1983 Leonard Schumann, MD
1982 William Shingleton, MD
1981 Stephen Abrahamson, PhD
1980 Henry M. Lemon, MD
1980 Leonard Robinson, DMD, MD
1978 Edward T. Krementz, MD.
1977 Edward A. Gall, MD
1976 George E. Miller, MD
1975 Barton McSwain, MD
1974 Benno C. Schmidt, MD
1973 David A. Wood, MD



1972 Kenneth B. Olson, M.D
1971 R. Lee Clark, MD
1970 Sidney Farber, MD
1969 W.A.D. Anderson, MD
1968 Murray M. Copeland, MD
1967 Henry M. Johnson, PhD
1966 Robert Chase, MD
1965 Ralph G. Meader, PhD
1964 I.M. Levitt
1963 George E. Miller, MD
1962 Charles M. Pomerat, PhD
1961 H. Van Zile Hyde, MD
1960 Owen Wangensteen, MD, PhD
1959 Johnathon E. Rhoads, MD
1958 George Buehr
1957 Gilbert Cant
1956 John S. Millis
1955 Gove Handridge
1954 Aura E. Severinghaus, MD
1953 Franklin D. Murphy, MD
1951 Ward Darley, MD