Victoria Sherry

Victoria Sherry, DNP, CRNP, ANP-BC, AOCNP

Advanced Senior Lecturer N

Coordinator, Oncology Specialty Minor/Certificate Program

Adult Oncology Nurse Practitioner

Victoria Sherry, DNP, CRNP, ANP-BC, AOCNP holds a dual appointment as an adult oncology nurse practitioner for thoracic malignancies at the Abramson Cancer Center Penn Medicine and as an advanced senior lecturer at the School of Nursing. Education has played an essential role in her life, both inside and outside of the classroom. When she began her career as an oncology nurse practitioner in 2001, she also started teaching at the School of Nursing. Dr. Sherry’s parallel roles as a practitioner and educator allow her to share her accumulated knowledge and experience with her students, furthering the field of oncology and improving patient care.

Our primary goal is to equip students with the necessary skills to emerge as leaders in oncology nursing. This encompasses advocating for the unique needs of patients with cancer and their caregivers, providing education throughout the treatment trajectory, managing symptoms to enhance their quality of life, and fostering collaboration with interprofessional teams to improve outcomes and mitigate the impact of cancer on patients and families.


  • DNP, Duke University, 2016
  • Post-Masters Certificate in Transformative Nursing Education, University of Pennsylvania, 2016
  • MSN, University of Pennsylvania, 2001
  • BSN, The Catholic University of America, 1996


Education has played an essential role in my life, both inside and outside of the classroom.

For the past 20 years, Dr. Sherry has been committed to furthering the education of undergraduate and graduate nursing students. She is the coordinator for the Oncology Specialty Minor/Certificate Program as well as the course director for the Leadership in a Complex Healthcare System course.


Throughout Dr. Sherry’s career, she has developed numerous presentations, webinars, and podcasts focused on the clinical knowledge of treatments and supportive care for patients with lung cancer. She is widely published on multiple topics with a focus on symptom and toxicity management in lung cancer. Dr. Sherry lectures locally and nationally about lung cancer and nursing care for patients with lung cancer.

As a CITI-trained advanced practice nurse, Dr, Sherry provides care to patients
receiving novel therapies on clinical trials, actively contributing to the oncology
knowledge base that informs future treatment and symptom management for patients
with lung cancer.

As a result of her expertise in the field of lung cancer, she is recognized as an expert clinician and acts as a consultant and has been called upon to act as an expert witness for civil litigation in several oncology cases.

Clinical Practice

Dr. Sherry has dedicated her entire nursing career to oncology, which has become not only a profession, but also a personal passion. Her clinical practice expertise lies in caring for and managing oncology patients, particularly those with lung cancer. She recognizes the importance of incorporating palliative care into the cancer trajectory and is certified as a Palliative Care Champion.

Opportunities to Learn and Collaborate at Penn Nursing

Outside of Penn, Dr. Sherry volunteers as an advance practice nurse mentor for the Point of Care Network (POCN) as well as for high school students at her high school alma mater, Gwynedd Mercy Academy. She is an active member of the American Cancer Society National Lung Cancer Roundtable (NLCRT) Survivorship Task Force, which aims to define survivorship and develop national survivorship guidelines for patients with lung cancer. Additionally, Dr. Sherry serves on the Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC) Observational Learning Program White Paper committee, which focuses on developing national guidelines to standardize the terminology used regarding biomarker testing in NSCLC.

Selected Career Highlights

Dr. Sherry has been fortunate to receive recognition for her leadership as a nurse practitioner and as a faculty member. In 2021, she received the America’s Top Nurse Practitioner in Lung Cancer award, and in 2020, she received the Clinical Teaching Award from the Biobehavioral Health Sciences Department at the School of Nursing.