Don Dizon is a medical oncologist with interests in cancers in women, survivorship - particularly as it relates to sexual health after cancer – and social media. He is the Head of Women’s Cancers at Lifespan Cancer Institute, Director of Medical Oncology at Rhode Island Hospital, and Professor of Medicine at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University in Providence, RI (USA).
Don did his undergraduate and medical school education at the University of Rochester followed by a residency in Internal Medicine at Yale-New Haven Hospital. He subsequently trained in medical oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) where he was also on 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 where he founded the Center for Sexuality, Intimacy, and Fertility for women with cancer (CSIF)- the first program of its kind in Rhode Island. In July 2012, he transferred his clinical practice to MGH, where he founded and directed the Oncology Sexual Health Clinic at the MGH Cancer Center and served as the Clinical Co-Director of Gynecologic Oncology at the MGH Cancer Center between 2014 and 2017. He continues to conduct investigator-initiated, industry sponsored and cooperative group clinical trials as well as active collaborations with partners at the Dana Farber/Harvard Comprehensive Cancer Center.
In addition to his clinical duties, he is section editor in Gynecologic Oncology at UpToDate, and serves as the Editor in Chief of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Educational Book and the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCoBC) newsletter. Her serves on multiple editorial boards, including for The Oncologist, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, and the American Journal of Clinical Oncology. He is prolific on social media and maintains online columns at ASCO Connection and for the journal, The Oncologist. He chairs the Digital Engagement Committee for the SWOG Cancer Research Network, a member of the NCI National Clinical Trials Network. In 2018, he was named a Fellow of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
Dr. Dizon is on Instagram and on Twitter as @drdonsdizon.