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
– American Board of Surgery Certification 1997; Re-certification 2004-2017; Re-certification 2016-2027
– Fellow of the American College of Surgeons 1997
– State of California License to Practice Medicine and Surgery 1999
– American Society of Breast Surgeons, Certification in Breast Ultrasound 2005; Re-certification 2010-2015
– American Registry for Diagnostic Medical Sonography Certification 2007
– American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine Accreditation 2006; Re-Accreditation 2011-2014

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

Active Committee and Administrative Positions:
– Past-President, American Society of Breast Surgeons 4/2016 – Present
– Social Media Editor, American Society of Clinical Oncology Journal of Oncology Practice 4/2016 – Present
– Executive Committee of the Board of Directors, American Society of Breast Surgeons 5/2013 – Present
– Board of Directors, American Society of Breast Surgeons 4/2011 – Present
– Ultrasound Instructor / National Ultrasound Faculty, American College of Surgeons 2006 – Present
– National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) Breast Program Lead – Providence St. Joseph Medical Center 5/2013 – Present
– Board of Advisors – Circle of Hope, Inc. 2005 – Present

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

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

Publications, Abstracts, and Poster Presentations:

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 Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association  May 2016  Toronto, Canada

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. Online ahead of print August 2016 DOI: doi.org/10.1016/j.brachy.2016.07.002

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 Annual Meeting of the Medical Library Association  May 2016  Toronto, Canada

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: 3106. doi:10.1245/s10434-016-5408-8

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: 3100. doi:10.1245/s10434-016-5443-5

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: 3418. doi:10.1245/s10434-016-5406-x

Attai, DJ.  What Are We Missing?. American Society of Breast Surgeons 2016 Presidential Address. Ann Surg Oncol (2016) 23: 3088. doi:10.1245/s10434-016-5309-x

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: 3182. doi:10.1245/s10434-016-5312-2

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: 2438. doi:10.1245/s10434-016-5275-3

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 17th Annual Meeting   Dallas, TX April 2016

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 July 2016 ,Vol. 12, No. 13, Pages 1549-1552 , DOI 10.2217/fon-2016-0065

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 Mar 1:2(3):392-394

Landercasper J, Attai DJ, Atisha D, et al. 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 doi 10.1245/s10434-015-4759-x

Attai DJ, Cowher MS, Al-Hamadani M, et al. 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

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 2015 Annual Meeting Chicago, IL June 2015

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

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 75th Annual Meeting of the Society of Surgical Oncology Houston, TX March 2015

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. San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, December 8-12, 2014. Abstract published at SABCS

Attai DJ, Landercasper J, Schoger JM, Staley AC, Cowher MC. Can Twitter Social Media be an Effective Tool for Breast Cancer Survivor Support and Education? Poster Presentation at the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium San Francisco, CA and at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Society of Surgical Oncology Houston, TX March 2015

Kuske RR, Quiet C, Snyder MB, Lyden M, Attai DJ, et al. 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 2014 Breast Cancer Symposium San Francisco, CA

Simmons R, Ballman K, Cox C, Carp N, Sabol J, Hwang R, Attai D, et al. A Phase II Trial Exploring the Success of Cryoablation Therapy in the Treatment of Invasive Breast Carcinoma: Results from the ACOSOG (Alliance) Z1072. Oral abstract presentation at the American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting Las Vegas, NV  2014

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 Las Vegas, NV  2014

Connor C, Attai D Adjuvant Endocrine Therapy for the Surgeon: Options, Side Effects, and their Management Ann Surg Oncol (2013) 20:3188-3193

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

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 Chicago, IL May 2013

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 San Francisco, CA September 2012.

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 Phoenix AZ May 2012.

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 R. Excellent/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, R.E., Schwalke, M.A., Pelicane, J.V., Attai, D.J. A Novel Ultrasound-Guided Electrosurgical Loop Device for Intraoperative Excision of Breast Lesions: An Improvement in Surgical Technique. American Journal of Surgery(2009) 198, 283-286. Poster Presentation at The American Society of Breast Surgeons Annual Meeting New York April 2008, and at The American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Symposium  Washington DC September 2008, Washington, DC

Diagnostic Services Breast Project for Women Under 40. Oral Abstract Presentation at the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Annual Meeting Washington, DC June 2006

 

Research Involvement:
Collaborative for Outcomes in Social Media in Oncology (COSMO)

Grant Review – Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation
February 2015 Toronto, Ontario

Principal Investigator – University of California Los Angeles
University of Michigan: I Can Decide – Breast Cancer Shared Decision Making

Principal Investigator – University of California Los Angeles: The American Society of Breast Surgeons Collaborative Nipple Sparing Mastectomy Registry

SAVI Collaborative Research Group Investigator

Principal Investigator – Providence St. Joseph Medical Center: A Prospective Randomized Controlled Superiority Study to Evaluate Use of the PEAK Plasma Blade 4.0 in Mastectomy.

Principal Investigator – Providence St. Joseph Medical Center: American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG) Z1072: A Phase II Trial Exploring the Success of Cryoablation Therapy in the Treatment of Invasive Breast Carcinoma.

Principal Investigator – Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center: American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG) Z1031: A Randomized Phase III Trial Comparing 16 to 18 Weeks of Neoadjuvant Exemestane (25mg Daily), Letrozole (2.5mg Daily) or Anastrozole (1mg Daily) in Postmenopausal Women with Clinical Stage II and III Estrogen Receptor Positive Breast Cancer

Principal Investigator – Glendale Memorial Hospital: National Surgical Adjuvant Breast and Bowel Project (NSABP) P2: Study of Tamoxifen and Raloxifene (STAR) for the Prevention of Breast Cancer

Grant Recipient/Project Director – Glendale Memorial Hospital/Marcia Ray Breast Center: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: “Diagnostic Services Breast Project for Women Under 40”. 4/05 – 3/06

Grant Recipient/Project Director – Glendale Memorial Hospital and Health Center: Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: “Improving Access to Breast Cancer Clinical Trials” 4/06 – 3/07

Principal Investigator – Glendale Memorial Hospital: American College of Surgeons Oncology Group (ACOSOG) Z0011: A Randomized Trial of Axillary Node Dissection in Women with Clinical T1-2 N0M0 Breast Cancer who have a Positive Sentinel Node.

DISCLAIMER:
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.