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Lillie Shockney, M.A.S.

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University Distinguished Service Professor of Breast Cancer

Professor of Surgery


Lillie D. Shockney has been the administrative director of the Johns Hopkins Breast Center since 1997. A two-time breast cancer survivor, Lillie has worked tirelessly to improve the care of breast cancer patients around the world. She is a registered nurse with a Bachelor of Science degree in health care administration from Saint Joseph's College and a Masters in Administrative Science from the Johns Hopkins University. She has worked at Johns Hopkins since 1983. She is also certified as a breast  imaging and breast cancer patient navigator. Beginning the end of 2011, she accepted the inaugural role as director of the Johns Hopkins cancer survivorship programs for the Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins.

Lillie is a published author and nationally recognized public speaker on the subject of breast cancer. She has written 14 books and more than 250 articles on this subject. She serves on the medical advisory board of several national breast cancer organizations and is the co-founder and vice president of a national non-profit organization called Mothers Supporting Daughters with Breast Cancer.

Lillie is also editor-in-chief of a new peer-reviewed medicine journal called Journal of Oncology Navigation and Survivorship, which launched in Spring 2011.  She also serves as the chairman of the Leadership Council of the Academy of Oncology Nurse Navigators (AONN), a national organization that provides a network for all professionals involved and interested in patient navigation and survivorship care services to better manage the complexities of the cancer care treatment continuum for their patients. This is a professional organization she co-founded in 2009. Beginning in July 2012, she accepted the leadership role of Program Director of AONN.

She is the consultant for breast cancer for national ABC News and Good Morning America, and is also consulted regularly by the Today Show and CNN. She is an active lecturer on various topics related to breast cancer and spoke at the 2010 World Economic Forum, which will featured her lecture, “The Cancer Paradigm Shift: Who Will Take Care of the Breast Cancer Survivors?”.

Lillie serves as “Ask an Expert” for several breast cancer websites, including the Johns Hopkins Breast Center, among others. She also is an active clinical researcher with a focus on quality of life issues for survivors, as well as a strong advocate of the value of humor as a beneficial form of complementary medicine.  View Lillie’s online seminar,  Breast Cancer Detection and Treatment: What All Women Should Know.

In 2008, the Johns Hopkins Board of Trustees appointed her to a chair as a University Distinguished Service Assistant 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. She was later promoted to Associate Professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. more


  • University Distinguished Service Professor of Breast Cancer
  • Administrative Director, Johns Hopkins Breast Center
  • Administrative Director, Johns Hopkins Cancer Survivorship Programs
  • Professor of Surgery
  • Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics
  • Professor of Oncology

Departments / Divisions



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

Activities & Honors


  • The Trailblazers in Healthcare Award by the Women in Business organization, 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

Videos & Media

I Have Been There from Lillie Shockney

Telling Your Children about Your Breast Cancer Diagnosis

What is Breast Reconstruction | Overview

Breast Cancer - Humor and Healing

Mastectomy Surgery

Advice for newly diagnosed patients

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