Conquer Cancer announces 2023 ASCO Annual Meeting Merit Award Recipients

Vicki Kilpatrick
2023 Merit Award Recipients

ALEXANDRIA, Va. – Conquer Cancer®, the ASCO Foundation, is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2023 ASCO Annual Meeting Merit Awards. 

Annual Meeting Merit Awards support students and trainees who are first authors on abstracts selected for presentation at the ASCO Annual Meeting. This year, Conquer Cancer will recognize 143 recipients with Merit Awards. These recipients are recognized for their respective field and research advancements within the cancer care community.

The 2023 ASCO Annual Meeting Merit Award Recipients: 

View full recipient list.

Special Merit Awards are presented each year to students, trainees, and junior faculty who have the top-ranking abstracts for the ASCO Annual Meeting. The ASCO Scientific Program Committee presents five recipients with Special Merit Awards in their respective abstract categories.  

The 2023 Special Merit Award recipients are: 

William Chen, MD, University of California, San Francisco  

  • Receives the Bradley Stuart Beller Endowed Merit Award
  • Supported by Friends and Family of Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Beller 

Irene Reijers, MD, Netherlands Cancer Institute  

  • Receives the Allen S. Lichter, MD, Endowed Merit Award 

Evan Neczypor, BS, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine 

  • Receives the Brigid Leventhal Special Merit Award 
  • Supported by The Berry Family in honor of Jake Berry 

Biplov Adhikari, MD, MedStar Union Memorial Hospital 

  • Receives the Pain and Symptom Management Special Merit Award 

Amy Armstrong, MD, Washington University in St. Louis 

  • Receives the James B. Nachman Endowed ASCO Junior Faculty Award in Pediatric Oncology   
  • Supported by Friends and Family of Dr. James B. Nachman  


The 2023 Conquer Cancer Merit Awards are sponsored by:  

ASCO Employees, Terri Armstrong, Chris Armstrong, and Mark Gilbert, Association of Northern California Oncologists, AstraZeneca, BeiGene, Friends and Family of Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Beller, Dr. and Mrs. Douglas W. Blayney, Breast Cancer Research Foundation®, Bristol Myers Squibb, Stephen A. Cannistra, MD, Jonathan K. and Cora Y. Cho Charitable Fund, Friends, Family, and Colleagues of Dr. Cecil "Pete" Coggins, Michael Craig Cox, PharmD, MHS, BCOP, Trailblazing patient Mark A. Crafts and Generous Supporters of Team Crafty, Bill and Karen Dahut, Steve and Audra Edwards, Eisai Inc., Estate of Darla C. Ellis, Epiphany Partners, Inc., Flatiron Health, Inc., GlaxoSmithKline Oncology, Harborside, Friends, Colleagues, and Family of Joe Hogan, Melissa M. Hudson, MD, FASCO and Albert E. Weeks, MD, Kimberly Irvine, Nicole M. Kuderer, MD and Gary H. Lyman, MD, MPH, FASCO, Natasha B. Leighl, MD, FASCO, William T. Leslie, MD, Loxo Oncology Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Eli Lilly and Company, Maryland/District of Columbia Society of Clinical Oncology, Friends and Colleagues of Theresa Mays, Melanoma Research Foundation, Therese Marie Mulvey, MD, FASCO, Friends and Family of Dr. James B. Nachman, New Rhein Healthcare, LLC, Friends and Colleagues of Dr. Larry Norton, Dr. Kathleen Pritchard Medicine Professional Corporation, The QuadW Foundation, Gabrielle Betty Rocque, MD, MSPH, Sarah Cannon Research Institute, Frances A. Shepherd, MD, FASCO, Stephen A. Sherwin, MD, Drs. Rachna and Puneet Shroff, The Sontag Foundation, Supporters of Innovations and Research in Medical Education, Syndax Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Nizar M. Tannir, MD, Anthony and Marilyn Tolcher, Dr. Michael and Deborah Troner, and William S. Yaus, Jeffrey W. Yaus, and Kathleen Y. Wolin, ScD

This list reflects donors as of April 5, 2023.