Lillie Shockney, M.A.S.

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  • University Distinguished Service Professor of Breast Cancer
  • Professor of Surgery


Lillie D. Shockney served as administrative director of breast center from 1997 to November 2018 and director of cancer survivorship programs from 2011 to November 2018, at which time she retired from her hospital leadership roles. She continues to serve on the faculty in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and also as the co-developer of Work Stride - Managing Cancer at Work, an employee benefit developed for Hopkins employees that now is being utilized by businesses and corporations nationally. 

Her name is well known in the cancer field, especially in navigation, survivorship, patient-centered care, preservation of quality of life, end-of-life planning and care, improving the cancer patient’s experience, breast cancer, and clinical outcomes. She clinically specializes in breast cancer care. Her public speaking, literary work, and notable roles she has held over the last 40+ years are well known to many.

  • University Distinguished Service Professor of Breast Cancer (2016-present)
  • Former Administrative Director, Johns Hopkins Breast Center (1997-2018)
  • Former Director, Johns Hopkins Cancer Survivorship Programs (2011-2018)
  • Professor of Surgery, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2016-present)
  • Co-Developer and medical advisory of Work Stride: Johns Hopkins Managing Cancer at Work Program (2012-present)
  • Co-founder, the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) (2009- present)
  • Co-founder, the Association of Chronic & Complex care Nurse Navigators (ACCCNN) 2021-present
  • Former Program Director of AONN+ (2009-2019)
  • Editor-in-chief of the Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship (2012-2023)
  • Author of 30 books and > 350 articles on various cancer topics and 20 book chapters
  • National and international public speaker (1997- present)

A two-time breast cancer survivor, originally diagnosed in her 30s, Lillie has worked tirelessly to improve the care of breast cancer patients around the world. She has worked at Johns Hopkins since 1983. Lillie takes great pride in the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+) which has more than 9,000 members. She has served as a consultant for breast cancer for national ABC News and Good Morning America, and has been also consulted regularly by the Today Show and CNN. Lillie serves on 28 medical advisory boards currently.  

In 2008, The President of The Johns Hopkins University and their Board of Trustees appointed her to a Distinguished Service Faculty Chair. This is the first and only time in the history of the institution that a hospital nurse has been appointed to a distinguished service designation. She continued to climb the academic ladder and in 2016 was promoted to full professor and is the only nurse at Johns Hopkins to have a primary faculty appointment in the School of Medicine and the only nurse in the country to have reached the highest academic faculty ranking and be appointed to a faculty chair as a University Distinguished Service Professor of Breast Cancer at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

In 2009 she co-founded the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators, a national professional organization for those working in the navigation space with oncology patients.

In 2012, she and a colleague created an employee benefit called Work Stride- Managing Cancer at Work. Though originally developed for Johns Hopkins employees, its success resulted in it being offered nationally to other businesses and corporations across the country. She continues her work as a medical advisor within Johns Hopkins Healthcare Solutions to enhance the program and continue to support its growth.

In 2021/2022, she co-founded the Association of Chronic & Complex Care Nurse Navigators, a national professional organization for those working in the navigation space with chronic illness and complex care patients. 

She has authored 30 books and more than 350 articles on breast cancer, oncology navigation, survivorship, patient advocacy, communicating bad news, end of life, and most recently, chronic illness and complex care. 

She has received 62 awards—55 national, 6 state, and 1 international award including being inducted into the Maryland Women Hall of Fame, Women in Business Healthcare Trailblazer Award, Johnson & Johnson’s Most Amazing Nurse in America award, National Komen for the Cure’s Professor of Survivorship award, and several national life time achievement awards. Her research area of focus is preservation of quality of life for patients with metastatic breast cancer. 

A documentary was made about three key components of her life’s work over a 5 year period and completed in 2022. It launched to audiences nationally and internationally in 2023 and is called “Lillie Shockney: Breakthrough Women in Science and Medicine.” It will air on television the latter half of 2023 and during 2024. 

 She tells people she never forgets where she came from—she will always be “a farmer’s daughter.” more


  • University Distinguished Service Professor of Breast Cancer
  • Former Administrative Director, Johns Hopkins Breast Center
  • Former Administrative Director, Johns Hopkins Cancer Survivorship Programs
  • Professor of Surgery

Departments / Divisions



  • M.A.S.; Johns Hopkins University (Maryland) (1988)
  • R.N.; Macqueen Gibbs Willis School of Nursing (Maryland) (1974)
  • B.S.; Saint Joseph's College (Maine) (1982)

Activities & Honors


  • PM 360 Magazine 2020 ELITE Winner of Master Educator, 2020
  • EyeforPharmacy’s Most Valuable Collaboration Award, Work Stride: Managing Cancer at Work. Novartis and Johns Hopkins., 2019
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, National Breast Cancer Foundation, 2018
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, PVDA Ride for Life, 2018
  • A Woman’s Journey - Johns Hopkins Medicine’s Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018
  • AONN+ Lifetime Achievement Award, Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators, 2018
  • Health Hero Award, WebMD, 2018
  • The Trailblazers in Healthcare Award by the Women in Business organization, 2016
  • 2016 Folio Top Women in Media Honoree, 2016
  • Gold award designation for Digital Health Awards for Managing Cancer at Work, 2015
  • Maryland Cancer Collaborative Implementation Innovative Systems Change Award for Managing Cancer at Work Program, 2015
  • The Oncology Roundtable Advisory Board Company’s Best Practices Recognition – Metastatic Cancer Couples Retreats, 2015
  • Nominated for MacArthur Genius Award, 2015
  • Johns Hopkins Service Star Award, 2015
  • Johns Hopkins Service Star Award, 2014
  • Catherine Logan Award for Service to Survivorship from the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship, 2014
  • National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship's Catherine Logan Award for Service to Survivorship, 2014
  • Pennsylvania Breast Cancer Coalition's Pink Ribbon Award, 2014
  • Excellence in Reviewing Award from Elsevier, publisher of peer-reviewed journal The Breast, 2013
  • Tigerlily Foundation "Inspire" award, 2012
  • Johnson & Johnson “Amazing Nurses” Award, 2011
  • Amoena Corporation's Outstanding Contribution to Breast Care Award, 2010
  • Health Network Foundation's Service Excellence Award, 2009 - 2010
  • Maryland Women's Hall of Fame inductee, Maryland Commission for Women, 2010
  • Mid-Atlantic Region of the American Cancer Society's Honoree for Play Pink on the Links Event, 2010
  • Oncology Nursing Society’s Excellence in Survivor Advocacy Award, 2009
  • Maryland Daily Record Healthcare Hero – Nursing Excellence Award, 2009
  • Yoplait Breast Cancer Champion award, 2007
  • Spirit of Friends Award from Food & Friends and the Avon Foundation, 2006
  • Patient of Courage Award from the American Plastic Surgery Society, 2006
  • Professor of Survivorship Award by the national Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, 2005
  • Finalist for the Lance Armstrong Foundation's Spirit of Survivorship award, 2004
  • One of the Top 100 Women in Maryland for her leadership and community service efforts, 2004
  • The Impact Award from the National Consortium of Breast Centers, 2003
  • The Komen Award from the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Maryland chapter, 2003
  • The American Cancer Society recognized her again as one of their Faces of Breast Cancer—that same year she received the Oncology Nursing Society Award for Excellence in Breast Cancer Education, 2002
  • American Cancer Society’s Lane Adams Award for Excellence in Caring, 2001
  • "Unsung Hero" for breast cancer by Pharmacia & Upjohn, 2000
  • National Circle of Life Award, the American Cancer Society's Voice of Hope Award, and Intel's Internet Health Hero Award, 1999
  • National Silver Medal Award from the National Consumer Health Information Center, 1998
  • Distinguished Graduate for Lifetime Achievement Award, 1997
  • The BMW Dealership Breast Cancer Survivor Hero Award, 1997
  • Portrait of Hope for Breast Cancer from the American Cancer Society, 1997
  • The Global Business Leadership Award for Clinical Quality Improvement and Utilization Management, 1994
  • Outstanding Women of America Award, 1984
  • Life Time Achievement Award, Advanced Breast Cancer International Organization, 2023

Videos & Media

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    I Have Been There from Lillie Shockney

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    Telling Your Children about Your Breast Cancer Diagnosis

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    What is Breast Reconstruction | Overview

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    Breast Cancer - Humor and Healing

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    Mastectomy Surgery

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    Advice for newly diagnosed patients

Recent News Articles and Media Coverage

Lillie Shockney, Breakthrough Women in Science & Medicine, Breakthrough Women in Science & Medicine | PBS (7/15/23)

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