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Lucie Young Kelly Leadership Award Announced

Congratulations to Marci Nilsen (BSN ’05, MSN ’08, PhD ’13), the 2019-2020 recipient of the Lucie Young Kelly Leadership Award. Nilsen was recognized at our annual homecoming luncheon this fall.

Nilsen’s program of research focuses on identification, treatment, and development of interventions focused on the management of symptoms and treatment-related effects in head and neck cancer survivors. In partnership with the University of Pittsburgh’s Department of Otolaryngology, Dr. Nilsen developed and is director of the UPMC Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship Program. This program and its clinic take a multidisciplinary, patient-centered approach to address the needs of head and neck cancer survivors.

The Lucie Young Kelly Faculty Leadership Award was established due to the generosity of Lucie Young Kelly, PhD (BSN ’47, MLIT ’57, EDUC ’65), in 1997. The faculty award is presented to a School of Nursing faculty member who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities and innovative approaches to nursing issues, trends, or learning. 

Earlier in the fall, Nilsen was featured on the cover of Oncology Nursing News, for her work in spearheading the Head and Neck Cancer Survivorship program.