Nancy W. Fawzy, M.N. ’79, Ph.D. ’91

Fawzy, part of the first graduating class of the UCLA School of Nursing doctoral program, has worked with cancer patients for more than 35 years, always with an interest in the importance and impact of psychosocial issues faced by patients and family members. She participated in landmark research demonstrating that a short-term structured psycho-educational intervention helps newly diagnosed cancer patients cope more effectively and feel better emotionally, as well as providing a small but statistically significant survival benefit. Fawzy was the founder and director from 1991 to 2002 of the John Wayne Cancer Institute Psychosocial Care Program at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, Calif. She was the co-founder and supervisor of the Positive Appearance Center at Saint John’s, one of the first hospital-based boutiques catering to the cosmetic and comfort side effects of cancer treatment. Fawzy has received the “Excellence in Supportive Care” Award from the Oncology Nursing Society and the “Three Tyler Psychosocial Service Award” from Chapter II of the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary.