Physician’s Profile

Top Doctor: 

Dawn L. Hershman, MD, MS

Department of Medicine
Division of Hematology/Oncology
Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology
Leader, Breast Cancer Program, Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center

Dr. Hershman is Leader of the Breast Cancer Program of the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center at Columbia University. She completed her medical degree at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed her internal medicine and oncology fellowship training at Columbia University Medical Center, where she served as Chief Resident. During that time she completed a Master's degree in Biostatistics at the Mailman School of Public Health. She has developed nationally recognized expertise in breast cancer treatment, prevention, and survivorship.

She has also developed a comprehensive multidisciplinary program to study ways of improving cancer care delivery (CCD), reducing disparities and designing studies to improve the quality of life and quality of care in BC survivors. She has received funding from the American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Cancer Society, Department of Defense, Breast Cancer Research Foundation, PCORI, and the National Cancer Institute. She currently has several R01 grants, and has mentored numerous faculty members who have been granted mentored career development awards. Dr. Hershman has published over 250 scientific articles and has received several awards including the highly prestigious Advanced Clinical Research Award in Breast Cancer from the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the Advanced Medical Achievement Award from the Avon Foundation.

She has several national leadership roles in oncology. Within SWOG she is the Co-Pi of the NCORP Research Base and is Co-Chair of the Cancer Care Delivery Committee. Within ASCO she was selected to participate in the first Leadership Development Program and has been the Chair of the Grants Selection Committee, the leader of the education tack for Health Services, she has been on numerous committees including the quality of care committee, the obesity task force and the workforce advisory committee. She is on the editorial board for the Journal of Clinical Oncology and is an Associate Editor at the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Board Certificates
Medical Oncology
Internal Medicine
Areas of Expertise:
  • Cancer Care
  • Breast Cancer
  • Breast Oncology
  • Medical Oncology
Honors & Awards:
Alpha Omega Alpha, Albert Einstein College of Medicine. 
Janet M. Glasgow Achievement Award
Ewig Award for Teaching Excellence
AVON Foundation Breast Cancer Medical Advancement Award
ASCO Leadership Development Program
ASCO Research Professorship in Comparative Effectiveness Research in Breast Cancer
Americal Association of Clinical Investigators
1. Hershman DL, Lacchetti C, Dworkin RH, Lavoie Smith EM, Bleeker J, Cavaletti G, Chauhan C, Gavin P, Lavino A, Lustberg MB, Paice J, Schneider B, Smith ML, Smith T, Terstriep S, Wagner-Johnston N, Bak K, Loprinzi CL. Prevention and Management of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Survivors of Adult Cancers: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline. J Clin Oncol. 2014 Jun 20;32(18):1941-67. 2. Hershman DL, Neugut AI, Shim JJ, Glied S, Tsai WY, Wright JD. Erythropoiesis-Stimulating Agent Use After Changes in Medicare Reimbursement Policies. J Oncol Pract. 2014 Jul;10(4):264-9. 3. Mandelblatt JS, Huang K, Makgoeng SB, Luta G, Song JX, Tallarico M, Roh JM, Munneke JR, Houlston CA, McGuckin ME, Cai L, Clarke Hillyer G, Hershman DL, Neugut AI, Isaacs C, Kushi L. Preliminary Development and Evaluation of an Algorithm to Identify Breast Cancer Chemotherapy Toxicities Using Electronic Medical Records and Administrative J Oncol Pract. 2014 Aug 26. 4. Wr