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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.

Practice Locations

The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Outpatient Senior Health Center at South Shore
7101 South Exchange Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Year Started Practice


Board Certifications

Internal Medicine
Geriatric Medicine

Medical School

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
American Geriatrics Society
American Society for Clinical Oncology
Gerontological Society of America
Society for Medical Decision Making

Language Spoken



Office Phone

(773) 834-0508

Office Fax

(773) 702-3538

Office Postal Address

William Dale MD, PhD
The University of Chicago Medicine
5841 S. Maryland Avenue, MC 6098
Chicago, IL 60637

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Learn More About Dr. Dale

In 2006, Dr. Dale established the Specialized Oncology Care & Research in the Elderly (SOCARE) clinic at the medical center.

Gus Snare, 90, became the oldest person to undergo the Whipple procedure at the medical center. Dr. Dale is featured in this story.

Selected Publications

View a partial list of Dr. Dale's publications through the National Library of Medicine's PubMed online database.