Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN
Professor, School of Nursing
Director of Cancer Survivorship
UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center

Carrington Hall #7460
UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460
O: 919-843-9467
Cell: 508-272-5482
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Deborah K. Mayer, PhD, RN, AOCN, FAAN is an advanced practice oncology nurse who has consulted with organizations on issues to improve cancer care and has over 30 years of cancer nursing practice, education, research, and management experience. Dr. Mayer earned a PhD from the University of Utah, her MSN from Yale University, her BSN from Excelsior College, her Nurse Practitioner Certificate from the University of Maryland, and her diploma from Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing.

Dr. Mayer is past president of the Oncology Nursing Society, was a member of the National Cancer Institute’s National Cancer Advisory Board (a Presidential appointment) and Board of Scientific Advisors. Dr. Mayer was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She was the Editor for the Oncology Nursing Society’s Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing (CJON) from 2007-2015. Dr. Mayer has published almost 100 articles and book chapters and lectures internationally on oncology and oncology nursing issues. In 2015, the Oncology Nursing Society recognized Dr. Mayer’s contritubutions with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Most recently, she was appointed to the Blue Ribbon Panel for Vice President Biden’s Cancer Moonshot (see This working group of the National Cancer Advisory Board will recommend how best to advance the themes of the cancer moonshot initiative.

Dr. Mayer is a Professor in the Adult and Geriatric Health Division in the School of Nursing and the UNC Lineberger Director of Cancer Survivorship. Her program of research focuses on the issues facing cancer survivors and improving cancer care. She has a clinical practice working with breast cancer survivors.

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