Cone Receives 2020 APSHO Mary Pazdur Award for Excellence
PRESS RELEASE October 16, 2020 – Lawrenceville, NJ – The Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO) presented the third annual Mary Pazdur Award for Excellence in Advanced Practice in Oncology to Christina Cone, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, AOCNP®, of Duke Cancer Institute, at the JADPRO Live Virtual conference, an annual educational conference for oncology advanced practitioners.
The annual award, created in honor of Mary Pazdur, RN, MSN, is given to an advanced practitioner APSHO member who consistently demonstrates exemplary leadership and outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, and education in the oncology/hematology field.
Christina Cone, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, AOCNP®, is a board-certified adult nurse practitioner and serves as the Administrative Director of The Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center (PRTBTC) at the Duke Cancer Institute, one of the largest brain tumor centers in the world. She also serves as the Administrative Director for the Duke Center for Brain and Spine Metastasis, which focuses on the treatment of solid tumor brain and spine metastases. She was previously the Advanced Practice Provider Team Lead at the PRTBTC, where she had been a seasoned nurse practitioner since 2010.
“Christina is a brilliant and inspirational leader, and it is one of the professional pleasures of my life to be able to work so closely with her on a daily basis in our extraordinarily busy oncology program,” said Henry S. Friedman, MD, Division Chief in the Department of Neurosurgery and Deputy Director of the PRTBTC at Duke. “I truly believe Christina is a remarkable clinician, leader, and educator who impacts the lives of her patients as dramatically as she does the lives of the health-care professionals in the PRTBTC and the Center for Brain and Spine Metastasis.”
Dr. Cone obtained a Doctorate in Nursing Practice from East Carolina University in 2016 and a Master of Science in Nursing in the Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) program with a specialty in oncology from the Duke University School of Nursing in 2004. She has been practicing advanced oncology nursing as a board-certified adult nurse practitioner for 15 years.
“Dr. Cone is an advocate for interdisciplinary advanced practice providers (APPs) to practice to the extent of their licensure and education,” commented Mary Lou Affronti, DNP, RN, MHSc, ANP, Brain Tumor Center Adult Clinical Director, Brain Tumor Center Nurse Practitioner/Primary Investigator, and Associate Professor at the Duke School of Nursing. “Under her leadership, she has effectively set up independent APP-led clinics where nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and clinical pharmacists can autonomously practice to improve patient care and access.”
Past recipients of the award include Jody Pelusi, PhD, FNP, AOCNP®, of HonorHealth Research Institute in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Jeannine Brant, PhD, APRN, AOCN®, FAAN, of Billings Clinic in Billings, Montana.
APSHO is accepting nominations for the fourth annual Mary Pazdur Award for Excellence in Advanced Practice, which will be presented at the 2021 JADPRO Live conference. The winner will receive an honorarium and an all-expenses-paid trip to the 2021 conference, as well as recognition at the meeting and in the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology.
To learn more about the Mary Pazdur Award, please visit marypazduraward.com.
About JADPRO Live JADPRO Live is a medical conference inspired by the Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology. This year’s meeting takes place from October 15 through 23, with encore showings of select presentations from October 26 through November 6.
About APSHO The Advanced Practitioner Society for Hematology and Oncology (APSHO) is a society for advanced practitioners—nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, clinical nurse specialists, and other oncology health-care professionals. The mission of APSHO is to promote oncology patient care that is high quality, cost effective, and delivered through collaborative practice models by optimizing the role of the advanced practitioner as an integral member of the care team.