William Dale, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Medicine
Chief, Section of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine
Director, SOCARE Clinic
A geriatrician with a doctorate in health policy and extensive experience in oncology, William Dale, MD, PhD, has devoted his career to the care of older adults with cancer -- particularly prostate cancer. Dr. Dale has a special interest in the identification and treatment of vulnerable older patients who have complex medical conditions, including cancer. He is actively researching the interactions of cancer therapies with changes associated with aging.
Dr. Dale established and co-directs the Specialized Oncology Care & Research in the Elderly (SOCARE) clinic at the University of Chicago in 2006. This unique program offers interdisciplinary, individualized, and integrated treatment for older adults with cancer. In the SOCARE clinic, Dr. Dale and his colleagues give special consideration to the needs of older cancer patients and survivors, and address specific issues relevant to older cancer patients and their loved ones.
Dr. Dale’s clinical research projects are integrated into the SOCARE clinic. With expertise in medical decision-making, quality of life, and frailty, he is studying the role of emotions in decisions about screening, diagnosis, and treatment. He also collaborates widely on interdisciplinary research that integrates the clinical and social sciences.
Dr. Dale teaches and mentors medical students, residents, and fellows in the multidisciplinary concerns of older adults with cancer. He is a founding editor of the Journal of Geriatric Oncology. He is widely published in prominent journals, such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Journal of the National Cancer Institute, Cancer, and Medical Care.
The University of Chicago Medicine
Center for Advanced Medicine
Outpatient Senior Health Center at South Shore
Year Started Practice
University of Chicago
Internship, Residency and Fellowship
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PA
Additional Graduate Degree
PhD, University of Chicago (Health Policy)
American College of Physicians
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In 2006, Dr. Dale established the Specialized Oncology Care & Research in the Elderly (SOCARE) clinic at the medical center.
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View a partial list of Dr. Dale's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.