Since 2007, Jean Sellers has lead the development of patient navigation models at the statewide level for UNC. Today, she consults with cancer centers and hospitals across North Carolina to find cost effective opportunities to enhance the level of care provided. Recommendations are based on the disparities of the population served and the needs of each cancer center. As an expert in navigation, Sellers is committed to ensuring quality, compassionate care for all patients facing cancer, regardless of where they may live.
She is a graduate of UNC Greensboro, where she earned her undergraduate degree in nursing and her master’s degree in nursing administration. She is an adjunct faculty member of the UNC School of Nursing.
Sellers brings nearly 25 years of experience working in a variety of leadership positions within cancer clinics, hospitals and hospice communities. She is an active member of the Oncology Nursing Society and has served on multiple leadership roles supporting the role of the Oncology Nurse Navigator. She is currently serving as a President’s Council member on the National Patent and Family Advocate Foundation. She is co-founder and current President of the North Carolina Oncology Navigator Association. Sellers was recognized in 2000 as one of North Carolina’s Great 100 Nurses. In 2002, North Carolina Nurses Association awarded her the Harriot Flint Oncology Nurse of the Year. She was appointed by Governor Easley to the NC Advisory Committee on Cancer Coordination and Control in 2004 and served representing the voice of oncology nurses across the state until 2010. In 2003, she was selected to participate in the Tour of Hope, a week-long cross country bike ride, to raise awareness of the importance of clinical trials. In 2017, she received a $600,000 Duke Endowment grant to expand UNC Lineberger’s lay patient navigator program to 11 cancer hospitals and centers across North Carolina.