Dr. Deanna J. Attai is an Associate Clinical Professor of Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles. After completing her undergraduate education at Vassar College, she graduated with honors from the Georgetown University School of Medicine, and then completed her General Surgery Residency at Georgetown University Hospital. Dr. Attai is a Past-President of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. She is certified by the American Society of Breast Surgeons for the performance of breast ultrasound.
Dr. Attai was an early adopter of social media for professional and patient education. She serves as the social media editor for the Journal of Oncology Practice and is a member of the Annals of Surgical Oncology editorial board. She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology Social Media Working Group and co-chair of the Collaborative for Outcomes in Social Media in Oncology research group. She has been an invited speaker at national meetings hosted by the American College of Surgeons, the American Society of Breast Surgeons, the American Medical Association, and the Association of Academic Surgeons discussing the use of social media for patient education and support, professional education and oncology research. She is also a member of the Society of Surgical Oncology Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Board.
Dr. Attai has participated as co-moderator in the weekly Breast Cancer Social Media (#BCSM) Twitter chats since the support community formed in 2011. #BCSM is the longest-running cancer patient community on Twitter, and has received national media attention with profiles in USA Today, CURE Magazine, and Forbes Online. She is frequently sought out by local and national media for her thoughts on breast disease, diagnosis and treatment. Recent interviews and commentary have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Forbes Online, National Public Radio, CBS News, and Vogue Magazine.
A native of New York, Dr. Attai grew up in a medical family. Her free time is spent in her organic vegetable garden and with her two rescue kittens.
Medical Board Certifications
- Social media in oncology
- Breast Cancer Decision Making
- Shimkhada R, Attai D, Scheitler AJ, Babey S, Glenn B, Ponce N. Using a Twitter Chat to Rapidly Identify Barriers and Policy Solutions for Metastatic Breast Cancer Care: Qualitative Study. JMIR Public Health Surveill 2021;7(1):e23178. doi: 10.2196/23178.
- Baker JL, Attai DJ. Patients who Go Flat After Mastectomy Deserve an Aesthetic Flat Closure. Ann Surg Oncol. 2021. doi: 10.1245/s10434-020-09489-0.
- Baker JL, Dizon DS, Wenziger CM, Streja E, Thompson CK, Lee MK, DiNome ML, Attai DJ. "Going Flat" After Mastectomy: Patient-Reported Outcomes by Online Survey. Ann Surg Oncol. 2021. doi: 10.1245/s10434-020-09448-9.
- Keaver L, McGough AM, Du M, Chang W, Chomitz V, Allen J, Attai DJ, Gualtieri L, Zhang FF. Self-Reported Changes and Perceived Barriers to Healthy Eating and Physical Activity among Breast Cancer Survivors: Results from an Online Novel Survey. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2021;121(2):233-241.
- Berry LL, Attai DJ, Scammon DL, Awdish RLA. When the Aims and Ends of Healthcare Misalign. J Serv Res. 2020. doi:10.1177/1094670520975150.
- Attai DJ. Incorporating Clinical Trial Evidence into Clinical Practice. JCO Oncol Pract. 2020;16(11):740-741.
- Katz MS, Staley AC, Attai DJ. A History of #BCSM and Insights for Patient-Centered Online Interaction and Engagement. J Patient Cent Res Rev. 2020;7(4):304-312.
- Attai, DJ. Action Items for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. J Patient Cent Res Rev. 2020;7(4):291-294.
- Angarita S, Ye L, Runger D, Hadaya J, Baker JL, Dawson N, Thompson CK, Lee MK, Attai DJ, DiNome ML. Assessing the Burden of Nodal Disease for Breast Cancer Patients with Clinically Positive Nodes: Hope for more Limited Axillary Surgery. Ann Surg Oncol. 2020. doi: 10.1245/s10434-020-09228-5.
- Papautsky EL, Lustberg M, Krok-Schoen JL, Lee C, Park KU, Attai DJ, Patterson ES. A Human Factors Perspective to Characterize Treatment and Surgery During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care. 2020;9(1):1-5. doi:10.1177/2327857920091067.
- Past-President, American Society of Breast Surgeons