Current Position:
Assistant Clinical Professor of Surgery, Division of Breast Surgery
David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles

Hospital Affiliation:
Providence St. Joseph Medical Center
Active Staff, Department of Surgery
Burbank, CA

Education:
Bachelor of Arts, Biology Major – 1986
Vassar College
Poughkeepsie, NY

Doctorate of Medicine, Cum Laude – 1990
Georgetown University School of Medicine
Washington, DC

Internship and Residency in General Surgery 1990-1995
Chief Resident Teaching Award
Georgetown University Hospital
Washington, DC

Licensure and Certification:
– National Board of Medical Examiners – Diplomate 1991
– Fellow of the American College of Surgeons 1997
– American Board of Surgery Certification 1997; Re-certification 2004-2017; 2nd Re-certification 2016-2027
– State of California License to Practice Medicine and Surgery 1999
– American Society of Breast Surgeons, Certification in Breast Ultrasound 2005; Re-certification 2010, 2016
– American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certification 2007

Active Committee and Administrative Positions:
– Social Media Editor, American Society of Clinical Oncology Journal of Oncology Practice
– Stakeholder Advisory Board – ALLIANCE COMET Trial – Comparison of Operative versus Medical Endocrine Therapy for Low Risk DCIS
– Moderator, Breast Cancer Multidisciplinary Conference, Providence St. Joseph Medical Center
– Young Survival Coalition Research Council of Advisors
– Ultrasound Instructor / National Ultrasound Faculty, American College of Surgeons

Past Committee and Administrative Positions:
– President, American Society of Breast Surgeons 5/2015 – 4/2016
– President-Elect, American Society of Breast Surgeons 5/2014 – 5/2015
– Secretary / Treasurer, Chair Finance Committee, American Society of Breast Surgeons 5/2013 – 5/2014
– Chair, Communications Committee, American Society of Breast Surgeons 7/2008 – 5/2014
– Co-Chair, Website Activities Committee, American Society of Breast Surgeons 2/2012 – 5/2014
– Membership Committee – American Society of Breast Surgeons 4/2006 – 7/2008
– Vice-Chair, Cancer Committee – Providence St. Joseph Medical Center 1/2007 – 12/2011
– PSJMC Liaison to the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer 1/2007 – 12/2011
– Institutional Review Board Member – Providence St. Joseph Medical Center 7/2004 – 12/2011; 4/2013 – 4/2014
– Chair, Division of Surgery – Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center 1/2005 – 12/2006
– Medical Executive Committee – Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center 1/2005 – 12/2006
– Vice Chair, Division of Surgery – Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center 1/2003 – 12/2004
– Medical Staff Performance Improvement Council – Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center 1/2003 – 12/2004

Professional Society Memberships:
– Fellow, American College of Surgeons
– American Society of Breast Surgeons
– Society of Surgical Oncology
– American Society of Clinical Oncology
– American College of Surgeons –  Southern California Chapter
– Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society

Manuscripts:
Hagan TL, Nauth-Shelley, K, Thompson MA, Attai DJ, Katz MS, Graham D, Sparacio D, Lizaso C, Utengen A, Dizon DS. The Needs of Women Treated for Ovarian Cancer: Results from a #GYNCSM Twitter Chat. J Patient Cent Res Rev. 2018;5:149-57.

Wagner JP, Cochran AL, Jones C, Gusani NJ, Varghese TK, Attai DJ. Professional use of social media among surgeons: Results of a multi-institutional study. J Surg Educ. 2018;75(3):804-10

Hegde JV, Wang X, Attai DJ, DiNome ML, Kusske A, Hoyt AC, Hurvitz SA, Weidhaas JB, Steinberg ML, McCloskey SA. Predictors associated with MRI surveillance screening in women with a personal history of unilateral breast cancer but without a genetic predisposition for future contralateral breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2017;166(1):145-156.

Hegde JV,Wang X, Attai DJ, DiNome ML, Kusske A, Hoyt AC, Hurvitz SA, Weidhaas JB, Steinberg ML, McCloskey SA. Assessing the effect of lifetime contralateral breast cancer risk on the selection of contralateral prophylactic mastectomy for unilateral breast cancer. Clinical Breast Cancer. 2018;18(2):e205-18.

Attai DJ, Anderson PF, Fisch MJ, Graham DL, Katz MS, Kesselheim J, Markham MJ, Pennell NA, Sedrak MS, Thompson MA, Utengen A, Dizon DS. Risks and Benefits of Twitter Use by Hematologist – Oncologists in the Era of Digital Medicine. Semin Hematol. 2017;54(4):198-204.

Sedrak MS, Dizon DS, Anderson PF, Fisch MJ, Graham DL, Katz MS, Kesselheim JC, Miller RS, Thompson MA, Utengen A, Attai DJ. The Emerging Role of Professional Social Media Use in Oncology. Future Oncol. 2017;13(15):1281-5.

Yashar C, Attai D, Butler E, Einck J, Finkelstein S, Han B, Hong R, Komarnicky L, Lyden M, Mantz C, Morcovescu S, Nigh S, Perry K, Pollock J, Reiff J, Scanderbeg D, Snyder M, Kuske R. Strut-based accelerated partial breast irradiation: Report of treatment results for 250 consecutive patients at 5 years from a multicenter retrospective study. Brachytherapy. 2016;15(6):780-7.

Boughey JC, Attai DJ, Chen SL et al. Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy Consensus Statement from the American Society of Breast Surgeons: Additional Considerations and a Framework for Shared Decision Making. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016;23(10): 3106-11.

Boughey JC, Attai DJ, Chen SL et al. Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy (CPM) Consensus Statement from the American Society of Breast Surgeons: Data on CPM Outcomes and Risks. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016;23(10): 3100-5.

Attai DJ, Radford DM, Cowher, MS. Tweeting the Meeting: Twitter Use at The American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting 2013-2016. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016;23(10): 3418-22.

Attai DJ. What Are We Missing? 2016 American Society of Breast Surgeons Presidential Address. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016;23(10):3088-92.

Attai DJ, Hampton R, Staley AC, Bogert A, Landercasper J. What Do Patients Prefer? Understanding Patient Perspectives on Receiving a New Breast Cancer Diagnosis. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016;23(10):3182-9.

Attai DJ, Sedrak MS, Katz MS, Thompson MA, Anderson PF, Kesselheim JC, Fisch MJ, Graham DL, Utengen A, Johnston C, Miller RS, Dizon DS. Social Media in Cancer Care: Highlights, Challenges, and Opportunities. Future Oncology. 2016;12(13):1549-52.

Simmons RM, Ballman KV, Cox C, Carp N, Sabol J, Hwang RF, Attai D, et al. A Phase II Trial Exploring the Success of Cryoablation in the Treatment of Invasive Breast Carcinoma: Results from ACOSOG (Alliance) Z1072. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016;23(8):2438-45.

Attai DJ. Social Media for Oncologists. The American Journal of Hematology / Oncology June 2015 11:6 26-29

Katz MS, Utengen A, Anderson PF, Thompson MA, Attai DJ, Johnson C, Dizon DS. Disease-Specific Hashtags for Online Communication About Cancer Care. JAMA Oncol. 2016;2(3):404.

Landercasper J, Attai DJ, Atisha D, Beitsch P, Bosserman L, Boughey J, Carter J, Edge S, Feldman S, Froman J, Greenberg C, Kaufman K, Morrow M, Pockaj B, Silverstein M, Solin L, Staley A, Vicinu F, Wilke L, Yang W, Cody H. Toolbox to Reduce Lumpectomy Reoperations and Improve Cosmetic Outcome in Breast Cancer Patients: The American Society of Breast Surgeons Consensus Conference. Ann Surg Oncol. 2015;22(10):3174-83.

Attai DJ, Cowher MS, Al-Hamadani M, Staley AC, Schoger JM, Landercasper J. Twitter Social Media is an Effective Tool for Breast Cancer Patient Education and Support: Patient Reported Outcomes by Survey. J Med Internet Res. 2015;17(7):e:188.

Connor C, Attai DJ.Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy for the Surgeon: Options, Side Effects, and Their Management Ann Surg Oncol. 2013;20(10):3188-93.

Fine RE, Schwalke, MA, Pelicane, JV, Attai, DJ. A Novel Ultrasound-Guided Electrosurgical Loop Device for Intraoperative Excision of Breast Lesions: An Improvement in Surgical Technique.  Am J Surg. 2009;193(2):283-6.

BOOK CHAPTERS:
(In Press) Attai DJ (chapter coordinator and lead author), et al. Patients, Physicians and the Media: Who Controls the Message? in Global Breast Care Quality. Verhoeven D, Kaufman C, Siesling S editors. Oxford University Press.

Sedrak MS, Attai DJ, George K, Katz MS, Markham MJ. Integrating Social Media in Modern Oncology Practice and Research in American Society of Clinical Oncology Educational Book. 38 (May 2018) 894-902. DOI: 10.1200/EDBK_204453.

Attai DJ. Cryoablation for Breast Cancer  in Breast Cancer: A New Era in Management. Francescatti DS, Silverstein MJ editors. Springer 2014 213-222.

Attai DJ, Sinha R. Breast Imaging – Ultrasound in The American Society of Breast Surgeons COACH  (Comprehensive Online Archived Care Heuristic) WikiText.  Wilke LG, Chagpar AB editors. 2012.

Attai DJ, Sinha R. Breast Imaging – Mammography in The American Society of Breast Surgeons COACH (Comprehensive Online Archived Care Heuristic)WikiText.  Wilke LG, Chagpar AB editors. 2012.

ABSTRACTS:
Radford DM, Staley AC, Landercasper J, Dietrich LL, Vang CA, Bogert A, Attai DJ. What Do Social Media Savvy Cancer Survivors Tell Us About the Completeness of Survivorship Programs? Poster Presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting June 2017; Chicago, IL. J Clin Oncol 35, 2017 (suppl abstr 10064)

Radford DM, Staley AC, Landercasper J, Dietrich LL, Vang CA, Bogert A, Attai DJ. What Do Social Media Savvy Cancer Survivors Tell Us About the State of Survivorship Programs? Poster Presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Cancer Survivorship Symposium January 2017; San Diego, CA.  J Clin Oncol 35, 2017 (suppl 5S; abstr 57)

Anderson PF, Katz MS, Utengen A, Thompson MA, Fisch M, Johnston C, Attai DJ, Aase L, Miller RS, Lee T, Dizon DS. Engaging Diverse Communities in Cancer Conversations Through Creation of Structure & Metadata Within Twitter. Poster Presentation at the Medical Library Association Annual Meeting May 2016; Toronto, Canada

Attai DJ, Hampton R, Staley AC, Borgert A, Landercasper J. Survey of Patient Perspectives on Receiving a New Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Testing Results: Can We Do Better? Oral abstract presentation at the American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting April 2016; Dallas, TX

Katz MS, Utengen A, Anderson PF, Thompson MA, Fisch M, Johnston C, Attai DJ, Aase L, Miller RS, Lee T, Dizon DS.  Disease-specific Hashtags for Online Communication About Cancer Care. Poster presentation and oral abstract discussion at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting June 2015; Chicago, IL.

Cowher MS, Guasani NJ, Attai DJ. Use of Twitter during the Society of Surgical Oncology and American Society of Breast Surgeons 2014 Annual Meetings Poster Presentation at the Society of Surgical Oncology Annual Meeting March 2015; Houston, TX.

Yashar C, Attai D, Butler E, Einck JP, Finkelstein SE, Han B, Hong RL, Komarnicky LT, Lyden M, Mahalingam SB, Mantz CA, Nasr N, Nigh SS, Pollock J, Reiff JE, Scanderbeg D, Snyder MB, Strasser J, Kuske R.  Recurrence rates, stratified by age and histology, for accelerated partial breast irradiation using strut-based brachytherapy: A report on 1005 patients.  Poster Presentation at the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium December 2014; San Antonio, TX.

Attai DJ, Landercasper J, Schoger JM, Staley AC, Cowher MS. Can Twitter Social Media be an Effective Tool for Breast Cancer Survivor Support and Education? Poster presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Symposium September 2014; San Francisco, CA, J Clin Oncol 09/2014;32(26_suppl) and at the 75thAnnual Meeting of the Society of Surgical Oncology March 2015; Houston, TX.

Kuske RR, Quiet CA, Snyder MB, Lyden M, Attai D, Komarnicky LT, Reiff JE, Mantz CA, Finkelstein SE, Scanderbeg D, Yashar C. Outcomes for APBI with Strut-Based Brachytherapy: First 100 Accrued Patients (5 year median follow up). Poster presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Symposium September 2014; San Francisco, CA. J Clin Oncol 09/2014;32(26_suppl).

Simmons R, Ballman K, Cox C, Carp N, Sabol J, Hwang R, Attai D, Sabel M, Nathanson D, Kenler A, Gold L, Kaufman C, Han L, Bleznak A, Smith JS, Holmes D, Tafra L, Dudak M, Weinberg S, Kinney M, Fornage M, Le-Petross C, Hoda S, Bucholz T, Cormier J, Lindeman W, McCall L, Watson M, Green, B, Hunt K A Phase II Trial Exploring the Success of Cryoablation Therapy in the Treatment of Invasive  Breast Carcinoma: Results From ACOSOG (Alliance) Z1072.Oral abstract presentation at the American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting May 2014; Las Vegas, NV.

Attai DJ, Cowher MS, Schoger JM, Staley AC. #BCSM: Using Social Media to Develop a Novel Breast Cancer Support Community. Poster presentation at the American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting May 2014; Las Vegas, NV.

Strasser J, Koprowski CD, Jacob D, Kuske RR, Attai DJ,  Komarnicky L, Reiff  J, Pollock J, Butler E, Han B, Mahalingam S, Mantz C, Finkelstein SE, Hong R, Lyden M, Scanderbeg D, Yashar C. Strut-based brachytherapy in 113 patients (114 breasts) with 5 mm or less skin bridge thicknesses and median follow up of 33 months.   Poster Presentation at the American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting May 2014; Las Vegas, NV.

StrasserJ, Koprowski CD, Kuske R, Lyden M, Attai D, Mahalingam SB, Komarnicky LT, Nigh SS, Pollock J, Han B, Mantz CA, Finkelstein SE, Hong RL, Yashar CM.  Outcomes For APBI With Strut-based Brachytherapy: 596 Patients With 39-month Median Follow-up.  Poster presentation at the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology Annual Meeting, September 2013; Atlanta, GA.

Yashar CM, Scanderbeg D, Quiet CA, Snyder MB, Lyden M, Attai D, Komarnicky LT, Reiff J, Nigh S, Pollock J, Butler E, Han B, Mantz CA, Finkelstein SE, Hong RL, Kuske RR.  Outcomes for APBI with Strut-Based Brachytherapy: First 200 Accrued Patients (52-month Median Follow-Up. Poster presentation and discussionat the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology Annual Meeting September 2013; Atlanta, GA.

Perry K, Attai D, Han B, Hong R, Kuske R, Lyden M, Mahalingam S, Mantz C, Morcovescu S, Nigh S, Pollock J, Reiff J, Scanderbeg D, Strasser J, Yashar C.   Outcomes for Accelerated Partial Breast irradiation with a strut-based brachytherapy applicator: 320 patients with 3-year median follow up.   Poster presentation at the American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting May 2013; Chicago, IL.

Strasser J, Jacob D, Koprowski C, Attai D, Butler E, Finkelstein S, Han B, Hong R, Komarnicky L, Kuske R, Lyden M, Mahalingam S, Mantz C, Morcovescu S, Nigh S, Perry K, Pollock J, Reiff J, Scanderbeg D, Yashar C.  Accelerated partial breast irradiation using a strut-based brachytherapy device: A multi-institutional initial report on late toxicity with greater than 24-month follow-up.   Oral presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Symposium September 2012; San Francisco, CA.

Einck J, Scanderbeg D, Kuske R, Hong R, Han B, Perry K, Reiff J, Mahalingam S, Nigh S, Strasser J, Mantz C, Pollock J, Attai D, and Yashar C.  Accelerated partial breast irradiation using a Strut-based Brachytherapy Device for the Treatment of Ductal Carcinoma In Situ of the Breast.  Poster Presentation at the American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting May 2012; Phoenix, AZ.

Hong R, Lorio V, Huaying J, Han B, Shieh E, Imhoff K, Kuske R, Quiet C, Sadeghi A, Perry K, Morcovescu S, Yashar C, Scanderbeg D, Graves Y, Strasser J, Dayee Jacob D, Reiff J, Komarnicky L, Mahalingam S, Webster J, Nigh S, Mohideen N, Lobo P, Farmer M, Berry M, Patra P, Mantz C, Finkelstein S, Pollock J, Butler E, Attai D, Patel RExcellent/Good Cosmetic Outcomes in Patients Treated with a Strut-Based Brachytherapy Applicator (SAVI) for Accelerated Partial Breast Irradiation. Poster Presentation at the National Consortium of Breast Centers, Inc. Annual Meeting March 2012.

Fine RE, Schwalke, MA, Pelicane, JV, Attai, DJ. A Novel Ultrasound-Guided Electrosurgical Loop Device for Intraoperative Excision of Breast Lesions: An Improvement in Surgical Technique.  Poster presentation at The American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting April 2008; New York, NY, and at The American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Symposium September 2008; Washington, DC.

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Dr. Attai does not provide online medical advice. The information provided is for general information only.
No online site should be used as a substitute for personal medical attention.