Faculty Profile

Monica Rizzo, MD

Monica Rizzo, MD

Associate Professor of Surgery, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Associate Director, Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Winship Cancer Institute, Emory University School of Medicine

Telephone: 404.686.1343

Fax: 404.686.4560

Email: mrizzo@emory.edu

Certification: American Board of Surgery

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2005

Biography

After completing her surgical oncology fellowship at Emory University in 2005, Dr. Rizzo joined the Emory division of surgical oncology. As an ACS Commission on Cancer Liaison Physician at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM), Dr. Rizzo is actively involved in quality measures and initiatives to assure excellence in cancer care at the hospital. She led the EUHM Breast Center's application process for accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC), which granted three-year full accreditation to the center in 2010 and full re-accreditation in 2013. In addition, Dr. Rizzo chairs the hospital's weekly Breast Multidisciplinary Tumor Board.

Dr. Rizzo also has a soft tissue surgical oncology practice at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital, which she initiated in 2013.

In November 2015, Dr. Rizzo began performing targeted Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) at EUHM, which at the time was one of only three centers in Georgia to provide the new breast cancer procedure. Targeted IORT is an individualized radiation treatment that delivers low-energy X-rays directly into the breast tumor cavity immediately following such breast-conserving surgeries as lumpectomy or partial mastectomy.

Dr. Rizzo's research focuses on mechanisms to decrease disparities in breast cancer care among different ethnic groups. Her clinical specialties include treatment of breast cancer, melanoma, skin cancer, and soft tissue sarcoma.

Affiliations

  • Emory University Hospital

  • The Emory Clinic

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

Education

  • MD, Class of 1993, Turin University School of Medicine, Turin, Italy

  • Thoracic Surgery Resident, Turin University School of Medicine, Turin, Italy, 1993-1995

  • Research Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, 1995-1996

  • Thoracic Surgery Resident, Turin University School of Medicine, Turin, Italy, 1996-1997

  • Research Fellowship in Cardiothoracic Surgery, Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, 1997-1998

  • Intern and 2nd year in General Surgery, Department of Surgery, Washington University School of Medicine, 1998-2000

  • 3rd and 4th year Resident, Chief Resident in General Surgery, Department of Surgery, University of Missouri, Columbia, 2000-2003

  • Surgical Oncology Fellowship, Department of Surgical Oncology, Emory, 2004-2005

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American College of Surgeons: Fellow; Commission on Cancer Liaison Physician, Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • American Women Association
  • Society of Surgical Oncology

  • Atlanta Surgical Association

  • Georgia Surgical Society

Current Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board, World Journal of Clinical Oncology

Clinical Interests

  • Breast cancer

  • Melanoma

  • Skin cancer

  • Soft tissue sarcoma

Research Interests

  • Mechanisms to decrease disparities in breast cancer care among different ethnic groups