Mary Scroggins, M.A.

Mary (Dicey) Jackson Scroggins, M.A.

Patient Advocate

Mary Scroggins is a writer, producer and founding partner in Pinkie Hugs LLC, a mother-daughter writing and film production firm specializing in social justice-focused documentaries. She co-founded In My Sister’s Care, an organization focused on improving gynecologic cancer awareness and care for medically underserved women, and on eliminating health disparities. She is a 19-year ovarian cancer survivor and health activist.

Scroggins is a member of the board of directors of the Gynecologic Oncology Group Foundation, the NRG Oncology Foundation, the executive committee for the Globe-athon to End Women’s Cancers, the leadership committee for M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s Women’s Cancer Moon Shots Program, the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on the State of the Science in Ovarian Cancer Research, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance’s research advocacy committee, and the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Cancer Prevention and Control Central Institutional review board.

She chairs the NRG patient advocate committee, the advocate advisory board of a Department of Defense (DOD)-funded project focused on finding the characteristics of long-term ovarian cancer survival, the advocates’ stakeholder advisory board of a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute-funded program, and is a co-chair of the Eighth American Association of Cancer Researchers Conference on the Science of Cancer Health Disparities in Racial/Ethnic Minorities and the Medically Underserved.

Previously, Scroggins was a member of NCI’s gynecologic cancers progress review group and gynecologic cancer steering committee, a co-chair of its patient advocate steering committee, a member of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance board of directors, and a peer reviewer and integration panel member for the DOD Ovarian Cancer Research Program. She is also on the editorial advisory board of Cancer Today.

An eclectic writer with a master’s degree from Johns Hopkins University, Scroggins has published essays and articles on cancer survivorship, health disparities, medical ethics and fiction infused with social justice issues. Her advocacy work is driven by a commitment to medical/health equity.