The AUA Advanced Practice Provider (APP) of the Year Award was recently established by the 2019-2020 AUA APP Membership Committee led by Chair, Tricia Zubert, APRN, CNP, to recognize the contributions and accomplishments of upcoming APPs in the field of urology. As such, each year, the APP Membership Committee will select a recipient to be honored with the award.
2021 Award Winner
Mary Dunn, RN, MSN, OCN, NP-C is an Adult Nurse Practitioner at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her BSN from the University of Virginia in 2004 and her MSN from Duke University in 2009. Mary joined the GU Oncology program at UNC in 2010 and has a multidisciplinary role working in both the Department of Urology and Division of Oncology providing comprehensive care to patients with genitourinary malignancies.
Mary is the director of the Testicular Cancer Survivorship Clinic and the Co-Director if the von-Hippel Lindau Comprehensive Clinical Care Center. She has developed a GU Oncology Nursing Education Curriculum for nurses at UNC with the Prostate Cancer Module expected to be live in the near future. Mary serves as the Community Outreach Coordinator for the NC Triangle Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society. In this role, she has facilitated and promoted countless community outreach initiatives across the area, and founded Kaps for Kids, a program that delivers hats to children undergoing cancer treatment at both UNC and Duke. She is also spearheading an effort to teach an anti-vaping program to middle school students in Durham County. She helped form the NC Triangle Chapter of the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network (BCAN), where she serves as secretary and helps plan the annual local Walk to End Bladder Cancer.
The most recent program she helped develop with the chapter is a $500 Patient Assistance Grant, which aims to aid patients with bladder cancer who need financial support. She serves BCAN on a national level and is currently on the steering committee for the annual Think Tank. Mary is honored to co-chair the development of the Oncology portion of the AUA’s APP curriculum. Mary enjoys giving presentations to a variety of audiences in an effort to educate health care professionals and patients about GU Oncology. Mary would like to express her sincere gratitude to her peers for their generous nomination and to the AUA APP Membership Committee for selecting her for this tremendous honor.