Cynthia Shimizu has a Master’s Degree in Social Work from San Diego State University and is licensed in Florida as a clinical social worker. At Moffitt Cancer Center, she has been working with the Thoracic Oncology Clinic for more than 16 years providing supportive care to patients and families. She has given presentations, both locally and nationally, on the psychosocial impact of lung cancer on patients and families.
In addition to social work, Cynthia has a passionate interest in clinical ethics—particularly, health care decision-making at the end of life. So, mid-career, she earned a Master’s Degree in Bioethics and Medical Humanities from the University of South Florida. She currently serves as a healthcare educator in clinical ethics and advance care planning. In 2007, the Florida Society of Oncology Social Workers honored Cynthia with their Social Worker of the Year Award.