MD, FACP, FASCO
Director of Women’s Cancers, Lifespan Cancer Institute
Don Dizon is a medical oncologist specializing in the care of women’s cancers. He did his training at the University of Rochester, followed by residency at Yale New Haven Hospital. He did a medical oncology fellowship at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) and is a past recipient of an American Society of Clinical Onology Career Development Award. Following fellowship he was part of the faculty in the Developmental Therapeutics section and Gynecologic Oncology Disease Management Team at MSKCC until 2003. Between 2003 and 2009 he was the director of medical oncology at the Program in Women’s Oncology at Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and an Associate Professor in Obstetrics & Gynecology and Medicine at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. At Brown, he also co-founded and served as co-director of the Center for Sexuality, Intimacy, and Fertility for Women with Cancer (CSIF) the first and only program of its kind in Rhode Island.
He joined UpToDate in 2011 as the Deputy Editor in Oncology and Palliative Care while maintaining an academic clinical practice. In July 2012, he transferred his clinical practice to MGH, where he founded and is director of the new Oncology Sexual Health Clinic at the MGH Cancer Center. He returned to academics full time in 2012 and until 2017 served as the Clinical Co-Director of Gynecologic Oncology at the Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School. Don is currently the Director of Women’s Cancers at the Lifespan Cancer Institute at Rhode Island Hospital and an Associate Professor of Medicine at Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.
In addition to his clinical duties, he is an expert in social media and maintains online columns for ASCO and for the journal, The Oncologist. In 2013 he received a Grand Award for Publishing Excellence (APEX) for Electronic Media for his ASCO Connection blog series. He is the chair of the social media working group for ASCO and was named the inaugural chair of the Digital Engagement Committee for the Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG).