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Apr 16, 2024
Following a HemOncFellows’ Network discussion on common questions aspiring and current fellows have about oncology fellowship, 10 participants, organizers, and members share practical advice that you can use in preparing for your fellowship.
Apr 09, 2024
How should an oncologist investigate a career change? How does one find their second or third job out of training? Here are some strategies to consider.
Apr 04, 2024
"To any medical students and residents who have a spark for oncology, I cannot recommend the VMP enough," said Zain Ahmad. "It is an experience that could change the trajectory of your career."
Mar 14, 2024
When everyone is aligned with values and purpose in our societies and workplaces, we create spaces that put the well-being of all humans at the center, according to Prof. Sabe Sabesan, Anoj Sabesan, and Prof. Lynden Roberts.
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Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, FASCO

Don S. Dizon, MD, FACP, FASCO, is a professor of medicine and professor of surgery at Brown University, director of the Pelvic Malignancies Program and Hematology-Oncology Outpatient Clinics at Lifespan Cancer Institute, and director of Medical Oncology and the Sexual Health First Responders Clinic at Rhode Island Hospital. He also serves as the head of community outreach and engagement of the Legorreta Cancer Center at Brown University. Dr. Dizon has served as past chair of ASCO's Social Media Working Group and the Cancer Communications Committee. In addition to his regular column on, which has been honored with APEX awards in 2013 and 2014, he is a blogger for The Oncologist and a section editor of Gynecologic Oncology at UpToDate. Dr. Dizon is a member of the JCO Oncology Practice Editorial Board, and editor in chief of the ASCO Educational Book. Follow Dr. Dizon across social media channels @drdonsdizon. 


Sep 09, 2013
While I was sitting at San Francisco International Airport waiting for my flight home to Boston, I found myself reflecting on the Breast Cancer Symposium, which I had just left (#BCS13). While I was honored to participate as a faculty...
Aug 29, 2013
Joan was 42, married, but appeared to be younger than that. Her husband was with her when we first met, as was her beautiful two-year-old son. “We couldn’t get a baby sitter, if you can believe that!” she said.Sarah was 38 and was also married. She and I were closer to the same age, which was not...
Aug 08, 2013
I was lying in bed, watching something with my son when a chat message popped up on screen. It was my dear friend, Narin, whom I haven't seen in years but remain in contact with (thanks to the wonders of social media)."Did you hear that Dave died?" she had written; "I just read it in our college...
Jul 24, 2013
One of the things I enjoy as an academic oncologist is the opportunity to teach. I like having students, residents, and fellows in my clinic and the opportunity for them to see what oncology is and what we do; how we "marry" the art and science of medicine in our routine care of patients with...
Jul 03, 2013
Maybe I should’ve noticed how she looked… “She” was a new patient, Louise*, and she had been diagnosed with stage IV cervical cancer. Only in her 40s, the diagnosis had hit her extremely hard. At her first meeting, she wanted the “truth,” and I had told her what I felt to be most relevant--that her...
Jun 19, 2013
Last month, my family experienced the loss of someone very dear- Uncle Peter. Peter was an ex-Marine, father of three men, and patriarch of my spouse’s family; not to mention, husband to my wonderful and artistic Aunt Helene. He had been admitted to an outside hospital with leg ischemia and was...