Barton Named 2023 ASCO Fellow

Deb Barton the McMahan-McKinley Endowed Professor of Gerontology at the University of Tennessee, College of Nursing, has been named a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO). The title of FASCO is a recognition bestowed upon American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) members who have shown extraordinary dedication for their voluntary efforts that benefit the Society, the specialty of oncology, and most importantly, the patients whom they serve.

Barton is recognized nationally and internationally as an expert in symptom management as it relates to cancer.  She participates in national committees at the National Cancer Institute, and also serves as leadership in large research networks, such as NRG Oncology.

“I am honored to be recognized as a Fellow in the American Society of Clinical Oncology,” said Barton. “It is a privilege to participate in an international organization that strives to share knowledge to improve the quality of life and health of those facing a cancer diagnosis as well as to be part of guideline committees that disseminate evidence-based practice standards.”

Barton began her career at St. Mary’s Hospital in Knoxville where she worked with patients and families who are facing a cancer diagnosis. In 2002, Barton graduated with her PhD in nursing from the University of Indiana at Indianapolis. Since then, she has been a funded investigator in oncology symptom management, having developed, implemented, and completed 14 large multi-site intervention trials in various cancer related symptoms. 

“The College of Nursing is so pleased to learn of Dr. Barton’s fellow status in FASCO,” said Tami Wyatt, associate dean of research. “She is a stellar researcher and advocate for persons experiencing the cancer journey. We know how fortunate we are to have Dr. Barton on our campus engaged in research and giving of her time and talent to mentor our junior cancer researchers in our college.”

As the world’s leading organization of its kind, ASCO represents more than 45,000 oncology professionals who care for people living with cancer. Through research, education, and promotion of the highest-quality patient care, ASCO works to conquer cancer and create a world where cancer is prevented or cured, and every survivor is healthy.

Barton was formally recognized at the Annual Meeting Opening Session on Saturday, June 3.

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