Don Dizon, MD, Oncology, Providence, RI


Oncology Providence, RI

Breast Cancer, Gynecologic Cancer, Complementary and Integrative


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  • I am an academic medical gynecologic oncologist with a special interest in cancer survivorship, particularly as it relates to sexual health. I have published extensively in the area of cancer survivorship in women with a gynecologic or breast cancer and speak nationally and internationally on topics related to these issues. I have held leadership positions in academic oncology in multiple institutions and have also served in leadership positions within the American Society of Clinical Oncology, NRG Oncology (formerly Gynecologic Oncology Group), and the NIH, where I am currently co-chair the Cervix Cancer Task Force for the Gynecologic Cancer Steering Committee. I have published extensively in my areas of interest and within the area of cancer survivorship.

Education & Training

  • Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterMemorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer CenterFellowship
  • Yale-New Haven HospitalYale-New Haven HospitalResidency
  • University of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryUniversity of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryMedical School
  • University of RochesterUniversity of RochesterOther Training

Certifications & Licensure

  • MA State Medical LicenseMA State Medical License 2004 - 2019
  • RI State Medical LicenseRI State Medical License 2003 - 2018
  • CT State Medical LicenseCT State Medical License 1998 - 2012
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Internal Medicine
  • American Board of Internal Medicine Medical Oncology

Awards, Honors, & Recognition

  • America's Top Doctors for Cancer Castle Connolly, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2011
  • America's Top Doctors Castle Connolly, 2014, 2013, 2012
  • Dean’s Teaching Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, 2008, 2010, 2012
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Publications & Presentations

  • Journal Articles
  • Personalizing chemotherapy through genetic profiling: will pharmacogenomics help improve and extend life for cancer patients?  K Hachey and DS Dizon, Personalized Medicine, 2009; 6:481-4
  • Dyspareunia and vaginal dryness after breast cancer treatment.  DL Wiggins and DS Dizon, Sexuality, Reproduction, and Menopause, 2008: 18-22
  • HER dimerization inhibitors: Developing pertuzumab as an anti-cancer agent in women’s oncology.  DS Dizon and S Makhija, Expert Opinion in Drug Discovery, 2008; 11:1363-69
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  • Books/Book Chapters
  • Precis: an Update in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Chapter: Long term quality of life and symptoms management for women with cancer Page 126 - 138
    RT Penson and DS Dizon
    Editors: JS Berek, et al.American College of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Washington, DC
    Edition 3,
  • Gene Therapy of Cancer: Methods and Protocols. Chapter: Methods for Chemoprotection and Chemo-sensitization: MDR-1 For Chemoprotection Using Retroviruses to Modify Hematopoietic Cells and Cytosine Deaminase for Chemosensitization Using Adenoviral Vectors Page 609 - 616
    S Srimdkandada, T Fujii, T Wang, SQ Fu, LH Yin, XYD Guo, T Nanakorn, XY Peng, WL Wang, L Zhang, A Canaan, M Anderson, D Dizon, D Lin, M Cooperberg, R Loewe, S Savinov,...
    Editors: W. Walther, and U. Stein.Humana Press, Totowa, New Jersey
  • Colorectal Cancer: A Clinical Guide to Therapy. Chapter: Adjuvant Chemotherapy After Hepatic Resection for Metastatic Colorectal Carcinoma Page 359 - 366
    N Kemeny and DS Dizon
    Editors: Bleiberg M, Kemeny N, Rougier PH, Wilke HJ.Martin Dunitz
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  • Abstracts/Posters
  • A subset of genes is upregulated in the SKOV-3 cell line following treatment with cisplatin, following development of platinum-resistance, and after transfection of an... DS Dizon, XJ Yan, N Rosales, CA Aghajanian, DR Spriggs, National Cancer Institute/European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer, American Association for Cancer Research (NCI/EORTC/AACR) Oncogenomics Conference 2002. Dublin, Irel
  • Early Finding in a Phase I study of the novel high affinity VEGF binder VEGF Trap in patients with refractory solid tumors and lymphoma. J Dupont, C Aghajanian, P Chapman, D Dizon, J Koutcher, L Krug, R Motzer, P Sabbatini, L Schwartz, S Sharma, D Camastra, S Pezzulli, V Ty, M Gordon, J Murren, A Lucare..., National Cancer Institute/European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer, American Association for Cancer Research (NCI/EORTC/AACR) International Conference
  • Phase I/II Dose-Escalation Trial of Patupilone Every 3 Weeks in Patients with Platinum-Resistant/Refractory Ovarian Cancer. WW ten Bokkel Huinik, WM Smit, J Sufliarsky, DS Dizon, AM Oza, J-M Culillerot, KJ Williams, A Johri, International Gynecologic Cancer Society Annual Meeting, Santa Monica, CA
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  • Lectures
  • New Strategies in the clinical treatment of endometrial cancer. The Chemotherapy Foundation Symposium XXVII, New York City
  • Screening Mammography in Women Aged 40-49. National Consortium of Breast Centers Annual Meeting, Las Vegas
  • Medical Oncology Basics. National Consortium of Breast Centers Annual Meeting, Las Vegas
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  • Other
  • Quality of life after breast cancer: survivorship and sexuality. DS Dizon, The Breast Journal. 2009; 15:500-4
  • Treatment options for advanced endometrial cancer. DS Dizon, Gynecologic Oncology 2010; 117:373-81
  • Where do anti-angiogenic agents belong in the treatment algorithm for ovarian cancer? DS Dizon, American J Clin Oncol, 2011
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