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Geriatric Oncology Team

William Dale, MD, PhD

The University of Chicago SOCARE clinic was established by William Dale, MD, PhD, chief of the Section of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine, and a board-certified geriatrician with a doctoral degree in health policy. Dr. Dale is an expert in medical decision making, frailty, and quality of life issues for older cancer patients. He has a special interest in caring for older prostate and pancreatic cancer patients with complex care needs.

James Wallace, MD

James Wallace, MD, co-director of the SOCARE clinic, is a dual fellowship-trained and board-certified geriatrician-oncologist with expertise in medical ethics, end-of-life care, and doctor-patient communication. Dr. Wallace's interests pertain to how physicians advocate for the full array of anti-cancer therapies for older adults, while integrating an understanding of risk, prognosis, and limitations of treatment.

Joan Bigane and patient

Our team extends to include Joan Bigane, APN, FNP, an experienced advanced practice nurse with expertise in geriatrics, oncology, and palliative care, as well as a special interest in helping patients navigate the care process. Social workers also play an active role in the care of SOCARE patients.

We're also home to one of the select few geriatric oncology fellowship training programs in the United States. Geriatric oncology fellows are physicians who have completed medical residency training who desire focused education in the care of elderly cancer patients. We also have a palliative medicine fellow who works in our clinic. Fellows are key members of the SOCARE treatment team.

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