Deanna Attai, MD

Deanna J. Attai, MD, FACS


Health Sciences Clinical Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, General Surgery







Surgery, Georgetown University Medical Center, 1990 - 1991


MD, Georgetown University School of Medicine, 1990


Surgery, Georgetown University Medical Center, 1991 - 1995

Board Certification

Surgery, American Board of Surgery, 1997

Scientific Interests

As an early adopter of social media for the professional and patient education, Dr. Deanna Attai's primary research interest is successful partnering with online breast and other cancer patient communities to better understand their perspectives, so that she can improve their care experience. In addition, she is interested in utilizing social media to explore novel methods for general patient education as well as clinical trial education and enrollment.

Highlighted Publications

Sedrak MS, Attai DJ, George K, Katz MS, Markham MJ. Integrating Social Media in Modern Oncology Practice and Research. Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book. 2018 May 23;38:894-902. doi: 10.1200/EDBK_204453. Review.

Sedrak MS, Dizon DS, Anderson PF, Fisch MJ, Graham DL, Katz MS, Kesselheim JC, Miller RS, Thompson MA, Utengen A, Attai DJ; Collaboration for Outcomes on Social Media in Oncology (COSMO). The emerging role of professional social media use in oncology. Future Oncol. 2017 Jun;13(15):1281-1285. doi: 10.2217/fon-2017-0161. Epub 2017 Jun 7. No abstract available.

Attai DJ, Hampton R, Staley AC, Borgert A, Landercasper J. What Do Patients Prefer? Understanding Patient Perspectives on Receiving a New Breast Cancer Diagnosis. Ann Surg Oncol. 2016 Oct;23(10):3182-9. doi: 10.1245/s10434-016-5312-2. Epub 2016 Jun 15.

Katz MS, Utengen A, Anderson PF, Thompson MA, Attai DJ, Johnston C, Dizon DS. Disease-Specific Hashtags for Online Communication About Cancer Care. JAMA Oncol. 2016 Mar;2(3):392-4. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2015.3960. No abstract available. Erratum in: JAMA Oncol. 2016 Mar;2(3):404.

Attai DJ, Cowher MS, Al-Hamadani M, Schoger JM, Staley AC, Landercasper J. Twitter Social Media is an Effective Tool for Breast Cancer Patient Education and Support: Patient-Reported Outcomes by Survey. J Med Internet Res. 2015 Jul 30;17(7):e188. doi: 10.2196/jmir.4721.