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The caring and loving doctor treating cancer can never be satisfied with the state of cancer care today. We desperately need more effective and less toxic treatment and more emphasis on prevention. Every patient deserves to the right to fight their cancer with the support of a dedicated multi-disciplinary team. That team needs to be pioneering the treatments of the future and constantly looking for new ways to fight this battle while walking hand in hand with the patients and their families.

Breast Cancers

William C. Dooley, MD, FACS

Professor, Department of Surgery

Dr. Dooley joined the OU faculty in 2001 when he was recruited from the Johns Hopkins Medicine faculty to take a new endowed chair in surgical oncology. He received his MD at Vanderbilt and completed surgical training at The Johns Hopkins Hospital. He did his surgical oncology training at Oxford University and at Johns Hopkins before joining the Hopkins faculty. While on the faculty at Hopkins in Surgery and Oncology, he was part of a small team which developed the first paperless electronic record. His contributions to the EMR were honored by an award from the Smithsonian Museum in 1997 "for its profound, and demonstrable impact on society."

He developed and directed the Johns Hopkins Breast Center which became an award winning model for cancer care. The treatment algorithms developed there became the basis of the modern NCCN guidelines for cancer care. Upon arrival in Oklahoma he worked to transform the outreach and breast cancer treatment of under-served and disparity populations and transformed the OU Breast Institute into the first NAPBC certified breast center in Oklahoma. NAPBC accreditation surveyors have cited the OUBI as a model for academic breast cancer centers and praised the innovative and extensive involvement in the latest clinical trials which bring the newest treatments to our local patients.

His involvement in setting higher standards for cancer care have led to national and international recognitions. He serves on the Commission on Cancer which sets and monitors national quality standards for cancer care. Within the local community he volunteers with many community service organizations to provide health care outreach to disparity populations and to provide disaster relief. He is active in the mission and ministry of First Baptist Church Oklahoma City.


Fellowship: Surgical Oncology, Oxford University and The Johns Hopkins University
Residency: The John Hopkins University
Medical School: Vanderbilt School of Medicine

Research Interests:

Prevention, diagnosis, treatment and survivorship in breast cancer
Treatment innovations in complex and advanced and secondary malignancies

Honors and Awards:

Otto Sartorius Lifetime Achievement Award for Breast Cancer Research
Smithsonian Award for Electronic Medical Records
The Hope Award for Best Clinical Practice
Vanderbilt Medical Board Award for Service
Samford University President's Cup and Valedictorian Awards
Samford University, Alumnus of year 2003,
Annually Chosen for America's Top Doctors, Top Doctors for Cancer, and Top Womens Doctors (2001 - present)

Professional Associations:

Society of Surgical Oncology
American Society of Breast Surgeons
Fellowship of American College of Surgeons
Society of University Surgeons
Association for Academic Surgery
American Society of Clinical Oncology
Oklahoma Society of Clinical Oncology
Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honor Society