In the loving memory of his wife Susan D. Flynn, who died of ovarian cancer in 2013, and out of respect for the wonderful quality of nursing care she received during her illness, her husband Fred created the Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program to help stimulate the career interest and foster the professional development of potential Oncology Nurses. The program, which was modeled after the Carol A. Ghiloni Oncology Nursing Fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital which Fred co-sponsors, is available to rising seniors at several leading undergraduate nursing schools. The Fellowship provides aspiring nurses with a comprehensive clinical exposure to oncology nursing plus exposure to "best practices" and expert training in compassionate care. Opportunities to attend various pertinent internal educational programs and meetings with key hospital staff members provide additional learning experiences for the Fellows.

In 2014 this Fellowship Program was successfully “piloted” with Greenwich Hospital, Stamford Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital. Several additional leading cancer care hospitals have since been added as program partners. The total number of student nurse participants was expanded from 26 Fellows in 2015 to 36 Flynn Fellows in 2016, primarily reflecting the addition of a new Pediatric Oncology Nursing Program track with three leading Pediatric Hospitals. A listing of all participating hospitals and nursing schools in 2016 is included PROGRAMS section. Over time, the goal is to expand this program nationally.


The Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program includes a comprehensive scope of direct observational and learning experiences, including exposure to:

  • Oncology Nursing (roles/typical responsibilities, applied practices, possible career opportunities, etc.)
  • Medical & Surgical Oncology (including treatment plans, key policies/procedures, patient education, etc.)
  • Clinical Research & Clinical Trials
  • Chemotherapy
  • Infusion Services
  • Radiation Therapy
  • Palliative Care (resources, services, benefits)
  • Hospice Services
  • Patient & Family Support Programs
  • Various Internal Oncology-Related Forums

In addition, as part of this learning/development experience, the Fellows are required to complete an "evidence-based practice" research project in some aspect of Oncology Nursing which is presented to their supervisory management and others during the last week of the program. Examples of various Fellow's research projects are included in the DOCUMENTS - POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS section.

William G. Nelson, M.D., PhD
Director, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins

Meet Some of Our 2016 Flynn Fellows


A little support can go a long way! The average cost of one Summer Intern in this vital "resource development" program is approximately $5,000. Please consider joining me in supporting this program. Imagine the number of lives we can positively impact together by developing the next generation of much needed Oncology Nurses!

If you are interested in contributing to help support the continuation and planned expansion of this valuable program, please go to the DONATE Page.

My vision is to develop, “pilot", and systematically implement a comprehensive program to inspire, attract, and foster the ongoing professional development of the next generation of Oncology Nurses. I plan to do so by partnering with the country’s leading cancer care Hospitals and top Nursing Schools. The first phase of my program is the Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program, which was successfully “piloted” in 2014 at four hospitals (Greenwich Hospital, Stamford Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Wentworth-Douglass Hospital). It is modeled after the successful Carol A. Ghiloni Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program at Mass General Hospital, which I co-sponsor. In 2015 my Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program was expanded to include several other leading cancer care Hospitals and several additional top Nursing Schools (see PROGRAMS section for more details).

The Susan D. Flynn Oncology Nursing Fellowship Program is designed to:

  • Provide aspiring nurses with a comprehensive scope of direct observational and learning experiences in Oncology Nursing
  • Help inspire and better equip the Fellowship participants to pursue a career in this critical field

Over time, I hope to expand this Fellowship Program nationally.

The Susan D. Flynn Palliative Care Nursing Faculty Fellowship Program

I am also currently working on the development of a Palliative Care Nursing Faculty Fellowship program in conjunction with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School. The aim of this program is to disseminate Palliative Care clinical expertise to nursing faculty who are training the next generations of nurses and nursing leaders, to expand patient access to high-quality Palliative Care nursing, and in doing so to improve the quality of such care wherever possible. I believe that training/exposure in Palliative Care is essential to the contemporary education and professional development of the next generation of nurses. I plan to “pilot” this program in the near future with a faculty member from at least one of my Nursing School partners.

This section will be updated as more details of this much-needed and very promising program are available.


“The compassion and care that Donna and her team gave to my family was remarkable. Donna is not just a great medical practitioner, she is an incredibly compassionate and spiritual person. She made an unbearable situation bearable.”


Fred Flynn first learned about the Palliative Care Program at Greenwich Hospital in April, 2013 when his wife, Susan, was in the final stages of her three-year battle with ovarian cancer. As Susan’s health deteriorated and her pain intensified, Fred became overwhelmed trying to manage her condition on his own.

That is when he heard about Donna Coletti, MD, and her skilled Palliative Care team. Within 24 hours of his first call to Dr. Colleti, she was able to develop a treatment plan to get Susan’s pain and symptoms under control so that Susan could live out her last days peacefully in the comfort of her own home.

In honor of Susan and to ensure that the Palliative Care Program can care for other families faced with life’s most trying circumstances, in September 2013 Fred launched a matching gift campaign to raise a total of $125,000 by the end of the year. He began with an initial gift of $25,000 that provided the resources for round-the-clock weekend staffing. In addition, he pledged to match donations made to the program, up to $50,000. Over $140,000 was raised in three months. These much needed funds allowed for additional staff resources to better meet the growing need for Palliative Care services at Greenwich Hospital.

Fred Flynn with Donna Coletti, MD, Medical Director of Palliative Care at Greenwich Hospital. Mr. Flynn sponsored a fundraising program that raised over $140,000 to support the valuable services of the Palliative Care Program at Greenwich Hospital in honor of his late wife, Susan.