Duke Cancer Institute Honors Smith Anderson’s Sandy Costa and Wife, Jean, for Exemplary Volunteer Service


Smith Anderson attorney Sandy Costa and his wife, Jean, have been recognized as the 2021 recipients of The Shingleton Award for Community Partnership by Duke Cancer Institute

This award honors those who have provided extraordinary service to their communities, demonstrating leadership through global or local service to mobilize others in the fight against cancer. The Shingleton Award is the institute's highest volunteer honor and named for William W. Shingleton, MD, the “founding father” and emeritus director of the Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center, now known as Duke Cancer Institute. Recipients have exhibited exemplary service leadership in ways that benefit society and bring credit to DCI.

Both Sandy and Jean have been active advocates for DCI, giving generously of their time to serve the Institute in a multitude of ways. Jean is a 22-year breast cancer survivor, and Sandy was diagnosed with cancer of the salivary gland in 2020.

“We are both well now, thanks to DCI,” Sandy said.

Both Sandy and Jean have been active advocates for DCI, giving generously of their time to serve the Institute in a multitude of ways. Jean partnered with the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program to start the Pink Ribbon Yoga Retreat, which has been held for 17 years. Sandy and Jean both sit on the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Advisory Board and have been active in the Angels Among Us annual fund raising event for more than 20 years.

Sandy has also sat on several other Duke advisory boards, and both Sandy and Jean have chaired the board of the Duke Cancer Patient Support Program. 

“We just try to give back as a way of thanking DCI for all they have done for us,” Sandy said. 

Sandy and Jean will be honored at the 2021 Shingleton Society Awards Ceremony, which will take place at the Washington Duke Inn and Golf Club on Oct. 21.

Aside from Sandy’s legal practice at Smith Anderson, Sandy is a nationally recognized speaker on leadership and building business relationships. His professional experience includes president, chief operating officer and vice chairman of Quintiles Transnational Corp. (now IQVIA), where, during his tenure, he had responsibility for all operating divisions and worldwide business development. Other corporate experience includes executive level roles at Glaxo Inc. (now GlaxoSmithKline). Additionally, Sandy has served as a board member to over 20 public and private companies and charitable organizations.



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