Katherine Sharpe is the Senior Vice President of Patient and Caregiver Support and has been with the Society since 1997, serving most recently as vice president of Health Systems for the South Atlantic Division, where she’s provided leadership for the vision, direction, and strategy for health systems, including mission deployment through primary care, hospital, and state-based systems.
As the SVP for Patient and Caregiver Support, Katherine provides strategic direction for the Society’s patient and caregiver support, as well as post treatment survivorship initiatives (interventions, campaigns, programs, services and products); overseeing strategic, integrated, comprehensive planning for and execution of patient/caregiver/post treatment survivorship initiatives at all levels of the organization; and ensuring initiatives are evidenced-based, regularly evaluated for impact and quality improvement, and consistent with the patient support/survivorship goals and objectives set by the National Board of Directors. Katherine previously served as the Society’s managing director of Prevention and Survivorship Strategy, where she provided key leadership in establishing the National Cancer Survivorship Resource Center – allowing the Society to help shape the future of survivorship care and improve the quality of life of cancer survivors after treatment. While in that role, Katherine led a team that facilitated the development of clinical guidance for post-treatment survivorship care, developing strategies to enhance provider and survivor education and establishing survivorship as a priority for public health policy.
Prior to her tenure with ACS, Katherine worked as a case manager and counselor in a variety of clinical settings, including Children’s Medical Center, Dallas, TX, the Scottish Rite Hospital, Dallas, TX and the Austin State Hospital, Austin, TX.
Katherine holds an undergraduate degree in Psychology from St. Mary College, a master’s degree from Seabury-Western, Evanston, Illinois and a post graduate certificate in Public Health from the University of Florida.