Anna L. Schwartz
Anna Schwartz is the author of several books on cancer and physical activity. Her new book, Okie The Wonder Dog, is her first children’s book. All of Anna’s books draw from her life experiences as a researcher, health care provider, cancer survivor, athlete and rancher. Her work is an active blend of her life experiences as an elite bicycle racer and coach, cancer practitioner, researcher, and horsewoman.
Anna is world-renowned for her research on the beneficial effects of exercise for cancer survivors, which has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, Oncology Nursing Society and industry. Her most recent work has been collaborating with YMCA-USA and LIVESTRONG to develop LIVESTRONG at the YMCA, a cancer survivor exercise program offered at YMCA’s worldwide. She co-chaired the American College of Sports Medicine roundtable to develop exercise guidelines for cancer survivors and was on the board to develop the ACSM Cancer and Exercise certification program and exam. She is also a member of the American Cancer Society Nutrition and Physical Activity board. In 2004, she was selected to cycle for the Bristol-Meyer’s Squibb Tour of Hope national team to complete a 7-day transcontinental bicycle ride from Hollywood, California to Washington, D.C. to raise awareness for cancer research; an amazing blend of her life experiences and passions. Anna has received numerous awards including the 2012 Rose Mary Carol Johnson Oncology Nursing Society award for writing.
Anna lives with her dog Okie on a ranch in Northern Arizona where they have endless adventures together. When she is not working the ranch, riding her horse, or out on her bicycle, she is a Professor at Northern Arizona University and an oncology nurse practitioner at Northern Arizona Oncology. She is also an Affiliate Research Associate Professor at University of Washington, Seattle. She spends extended periods of time at her family homestead in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
The following are a list of highlighted awards:
2012 Rose Mary Carol Johnson ONS Distinguished Award for consistent contribution to oncology nursing literature, Oncology Nursing Society, New Orleans, LA
2006 Malasanos Lectureship, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
2006 Barrett Lectureship, Baylor University College of Medicine, Houston, TX
2005 University of Florida Alumnus of the Year, Gainesville, FL
2003 National Team Member, Bristol Meyers Squibb Tour of Hope (Bicycle ride from Los Angeles CA to Washington DC Oct 11-18 to raise awareness for cancer research).
2002 Inducted, Fellow American Academy of Nursing, Naples, FL
2001 New Investigator Award, American Cancer Society, San Diego, CA
2001 New Investigator Award, Oncology Nursing Society, Ponte Vedre Beach, FL
2000 Congressional Briefing for National Institute of Nursing, Washington, D.C.
1992 Cycling World Record, solo 24-hour distance, 436 miles, Homestead, Fl.
1991 Cycling World Record, tandem 12 & 24-hour distance, 435 miles, Homestead, Fl.
1989 Cycling World Record, solo 24-hour distance, 417.5 miles, Homestead, Fl.