Lillie D Shockney RN, BS, MAS, HON-ONN-CG

Editor-in-Chief, JONS; Co-Founder University Distinguished Service Professor of Breast Cancer, Professor of Surgery, Co-Developer, Work Stride-Managing Cancer at Work, Johns Hopkins Healthcare Solutions, Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators

Lillie D. Shockney is former Administrative Director of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center, a post in which she served from 1997 to 2018. In addition, she served as Director of the Johns Hopkins Cancer Survivorship programs from 2011 through 2018. A 2-time breast cancer survivor, diagnosed in her 30s and again at age 40, she has worked at Johns Hopkins since 1983. Although Lillie is an oncology nurse, her primary faculty appointment is in the Johns Hopkins University (JHU) School of Medicine, where she is a full professor in surgery and oncology. The President of JHU, Dean of JHU School of Medicine, and JHU Board of Trustees appointed her to a faculty chair as University Distinguished Service Professor of Breast Cancer. This is the first time in the history of the institution that a hospital nurse has been appointed to a distinguished service designation. In addition, Lillie is the first nurse to climb to the top of the physician’s academic ladder.

A published author and nationally recognized public speaker on the subject of cancer, Lillie focuses particularly on cancer survivorship, as well as metastatic breast cancer. She has written 16 books and more than 300 articles on cancer care.

Lillie is the co-developer of an employee benefit called “Work Stride: Managing Cancer at Work.” Although developed in 2012 for Johns Hopkins’ 59,000 employees, the program has been so successful that it is offered to other businesses and corporations throughout the country. She continues to work with Johns Hopkins HealthCare Solutions to enhance the program, as well as bring it to other companies, recognizing its value to their employees, as well.

Her continuing clinical research focuses on the preservation of quality of life for patients with metastatic breast cancer, as well as end-of-life planning. Serving on various clinical research medical advisory boards, Lillie strives, along with her fellow board members, to improve the cancer patient’s experience, along with cancer care as a whole.

In 2009, Lillie co-founded the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators, for which she has served as Program Director since its inception. She is also Editor in Chief for its peer-reviewed publication, Journal of Oncology Navigation & Survivorship.

Lillie has received 57 awards—50 at the national level and 7 state awards, including being inducted into the Maryland Women’s Hall of Fame, as well as being honored with the Women in Business Healthcare Trailblazer Award, Johnson & Johnson’s Amazing Nurse award, and Komen Professor of Survivorship Award.