Ruth McCorkle, PhD, FAAN, RN
A pioneer in oncology nursing, Dr. McCorkle joined the faculty at Penn’s School of Nursing in 1986. An international leader in cancer nursing, education, and cancer control research, she has done landmark research on the psychosocial ramifications of cancer. She was the first research chair of the Oncology Nursing Society and a charter member of that organization as well as of the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care and has served on the boards of both groups. Dr. McCorkle has been a member of the study sections of the National Cancer Institute and the National Institute of Nursing Research. As the first non-medical recipient of an NCI Institutional Research Training Grant, she opened the door for other non-medical fields to become competitive in securing vital research funding.
Elected to the institute of Medicine in 1990, McCorkle is the recipient of numerous scholarships and awards. Some of her many honors include the Book of the Year Award for Cancer Nursing from the American Journal of Nursing, a Distinguished Merit Award from the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care, and a Distinguished Research Award from the Oncology Nursing Society. She was named the Nurse Scientist of the Year by the Council of Nurse Researchers of the American Nurses Association, one of the most coveted awards in the field of nursing. A prolific writer, her work appears in many professional journals in the U.S. and abroad.