Annette Mercurio

Annette Mercurio, M.P.H., M.C.H.E.S.

  • Director of Programs, Department of Supportive Care Medicine

Annette Mercurio, M.P.H., M.C.H.E.S.

Annette Mercurio, M.P.H., M.C.H.E.S., is director of programs in the Department of Supportive Care Medicine at City of Hope in Duarte, California. She directs City of Hope’s Patient Navigation Program, biopsychosocial screening and Child Life, as well as patient and family education. Mercurio is an expert in patient and family education and a founder of the national Cancer Patient Education Network. 
Mercurio is the founder and co-chair of City of Hope’s Patient and Family Advisory Council and liaison to El Concilio, the Spanish-speaking council. She has presented on patient and family education and engagement at numerous national and international conferences.
  • 2007 to present, Director of Programs, Department of Supportive Care Medicine, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • 1993 - 2007, Manager/Director of Patient, Family and Community Education, City of Hope, Duarte, CA
  • 1982 - 1992, Director of Patient and Community Health Education, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center, Charlottesville, VA


  • Master Certified Health Education Specialist, National Commission on Health Education Credentialing Inc.
  • Master of Public Health, Health Behavior/Health Education, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • Bachelor of Arts, Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Mercurio, A. Forging Partnerships and Leading Change: The Evolving Role of Health Educators in Advancing Patient Safety. Health Promotion Practice, 2007. 8(2) 119–127.
Chelf, J., Agre, P.A. et al. Cancer-related patient education:  An overview of the last decade of 
evaluation and research. Oncology Nursing Forum, 2000 (7), 1139–1147.
Rykwalder Mercurio, A. Promoting effective use of print materials in patient education. Chapter in
B. Giloth, (Ed.), Managing Hospital-Based Patient EducationChicago: American Hospital Publishing Inc., 1993, 357-378.
Rykwalder, A. Vital Signs health column in Charlottesville Daily Progress, articles 1990-1992.
Rykwalder, A. Achieving fiscal fitness: Budgeting basics for patient education managersPatient 
Education and Counseling, 1987, 9(1) 73-79.
Rykwalder, A. Productivity management: An essential toolPatient Education Newsletter, 1985,
8(4), 1-2.
Rykwalder, A. Patient education consortium brings cost savings. Hospitals, 1984, (58)1, 56, 58.
Lichtenstein, R.L., Rykwalder, A. Licensed physicians who work in prisons: A profile. Public Health Reports, 1983, 98(6), 589-596.
Rykwalder, A. Patient and family: Partners in care. Rehabilitation Network News, 1981, 6(3), 1, 3.
Kar, S, Marcus, E., Rykwalder, A., Serko, L., Tell, E.  Pregnancy risk-taking among single young women:  An analysis of its determinants and prevention. Patient Counseling and Health Education, 1979, 1(4), 151-163.
  • Cancer Patient Education Network
  • Society for Public Health Education
  • American Public Health Association
  • Founder’s Award, Cancer Patient Education Network 2014
  • Harry Orme Partnership Award, Patient and Family Centered Care Partners 2014
  • Administrator’s Award, City of Hope 2005
  • Distinguished Service Award, NCI Cancer Patient Education Network 2002
  • Certificates of Appreciation for Contributions to the National Cancer Program, NCI 1997- 2000
  • International Patient Education Council Award for outstanding service 1993
  • Outstanding Service Award, University of Virginia (for service to patients, staff and profession) 1987
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