MCC Champion Award

The MCC Champion Award honors an individual who has demonstrated leadership, excellence, success, and impact in the fight against cancer. This individual has, through their proven efforts, reduced the burden of cancer, championed initiatives to prevent and control cancer, and has improved the lives of those living with cancer. The MCC Champion will be a person who has been looked up to as a leader in cancer prevention and control.

MCC Champion Award ~ criteria

2019 MCC Champion Award Nomination form

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2018 MCC Champion Award Recipient - Carolyn Johnston


Dr. Johnston is a graduate of Yale University School of Medicine and did her residency at University of Chicago and fellowship at Mount Sinai. She joined the faculty at University of Michigan in 1990 and provides gynecologiconcology clinical care at UM and St. Joseph Mercy Hospitals. She is the principal investigator for the Gynecologic Oncology Group (known as GOG) clinical research trials.

Dr. Johnston teaches and mentors residents, fellows and medical students in Michigan and internationally in Ghana and Ethiopia. She was presented the Silver Speculum Teaching award, which is given by residents to a faculty member who best exemplifies- in deed and thought, and possesses the attributes of, the enlightened obstetrician gynecologist.

The true mark of a great physician is what their patients say about them and this quote really says it all: I trust this woman with my life! If you must have an oncologist, she is THE one. She gives the most pain-free, comfortable exams you could imagine and is straight to the point. She tells you what you need to hear but also explains why you need to hear it. I cannot put into words what a wonderful doctor she is. She genuinely cares about her patients and I feel very fortunate to have her as my oncologist.”

Dr. Johnston has been involved in the Michigan Cancer Consortium for over 16 years. She was a Board Member for 12 years; she served as a Consortium Co-Chair for 3 years. She has been the Cervical Cancer Early Detection Workgroup Chair for 16 years! In addition, she has served on the Evaluation Committee and many workgroups. She has been a frequent expert speaker at our Annual Meetings; in fact, she was part of the HPV session today! In addition to her work with the MCC, she has truly been a valued resource to both the state Cancer Prevention and Control Section and a clinical resource to the Breast and Cervical Cancer Control Program.

Dr. Johnston’s contributions to research, teaching, mentoring, and leadership will have a positive ripple effect on improving the lives of women over several generations. Her compassionate and competent treatment of her patients also improves their lives. She is a true leader and advocate.