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Dalliah M. Black, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology, Division of Surgery, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Bio Statement

Dalliah M. Black, MD, FACS is an Assistant Professor of Surgical Oncology at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. She earned her medical degree at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine in Chapel Hill where she also completed her residency in General Surgery. Her fellowship training in Breast Surgical Oncology was completed at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. 

 

Dr. Black’s clinical interests include evaluating barriers to medical care in the underserved, disparities in breast cancer outcomes, and biologic differences in breast cancers. Her surgical research, including evaluating the natural history of small HER2 breast cancers, determining the validity of the use of pre-operative MRI in detecting breast cancer versus the use of sentinel lymph node biopsy in high risk patients undergoing prophylactic mastectomy, and evaluating the accuracy of intra-operative technetium injection for sentinel lymph node identification has resulted in national presentations, including the Society of Surgical Oncology and the American College of Surgeons, and publications in the Annals of Surgical Oncology, Archives of Surgery, and Surgery.

 

Dr. Black has a strong interest in patient education and the patient-physician relationship. She has received several awards for her community efforts. She has also served on the board of directors for the breast cancer support group, The Red Devils, as a medical advisor for Sisters Network, and served on the state of Maryland Breast Cancer Control Commission to improve access and treatment. She is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Society of Breast Surgeons and Society of Surgical Oncology.

Office Address

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1400 Pressler
Unit Number: 1434
Houston, TX 77030
Room Number: FCT7.5006
Phone: 713-792-4236
Email: DMBlack@mdanderson.org

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1998 University of North Carolina School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC, MD, Medicine
1994 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, BS, Biology

Postgraduate Training

7/2005-7/2006 Clinical Fellowship, Breast Surgical Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital/Brigham & Women's Hospital, Boston, MA
6/1999-6/2005 Clinical Residency, General Surgery, University of North Carolina Hospitals, Chapel Hill, NC
6/1998-6/1999 Clinical Internship, General Surgery, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia, PA

Board Certifications

12/2017 American Board of Surgery

Experience/Service

Academic Appointments

Breast Surgeon, Division of Surgery, The Sullivan Breast Center, Division of Surgery, Sibley Memorial Hospital, Washington, DC, 7/2010-10/2011
Breast Surgeon, Division of Surgery, The Hoffberger Breast Center, Division of Surgery,Mercy Medical Center, Baltimore, MD, 2/2008-6/2010
Assistant Professor, Division of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 8/2006-1/2008

Institutional Committee Activities

Member, MD Anderson Physician Relations Faculty Advisory Board, 2014-present

Honors and Awards

2013 AAMC Minority Faculty Development Seminar, Surgical Oncology Selected Participant, MD Anderson Cancer Center
2008 Associated Black Charities Award for Community Service, Baltimore, MD
2005 Eskland Award for Excellence in Pediatric Surgery, University of North Carolina, Department of Surgery
2003 Herbert J. Proctor Award for Excellence in Surgical Research, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine
2003 Poster Travel Award, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
2003 President's Choice Award, American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases
2001 Medical Alumni Endowment Fund Scholarship, University of North Carolina Medical Alumni
1996-1998 John B. Graham Research Honor Society

Professional Memberships

American College of Surgeons
Fellow, 2008-present
American Society of Breast Surgeons
Member, 2006-present
Maryland Comprehensive Cancer Control
Breast Cancer Committee Member, 2010-2011
Sisters Network, Baltimore Chapter
Medical Advisory Board Member, 2009-2011
Society of Surgical Oncology
Member, 2006-present
The Red Devils
Member of the Board of Directors, 2009-2010

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Rueth NM, Black DM, Limmer AR, Gabriel E, Huo L, Fornage BD, Dogan BE, Chavez-MacGregor M, Yi M, Hunt KK, Strom EA. Breast Conservation in the Setting of Contemporary Multimodality Treatment Provides Excellent Outcomes for Patients with Occult Primary Breast Cancer. Ann Surg Oncol. e-Pub 9/24/2014. PMID: 25249256.
2. Eberth JM, Xu Y, Smith GL, Shen Y, Jiang J, Buchholz TA, Hunt KK, Black DM, Giordano SH, Whitman GJ, Yang W, Shen C, Elting L, Smith BD. Surgeon influence on use of needle biopsy in patients with breast cancer: a national medicare study. J Clin Oncol 32(21):2206-16, 7/20/2014. e-Pub 6/9/2014. PMID: 24912900.
3. Rueth N, Black DM, Limmer A, Gabriel E, Fornage B, Dogan B, Chavez-MacGregor M, Yi M, Hunt KK, Strom EA. Breast conservation in the setting of contemporary multidisciplinary treatment provides excellent outcomes for occult primary breast cancer. Ann of Surg Oncol, 7/2014.
4. Yi M, Ren Y, Black DM, Liu P, Li X, Mittendorf EA, Du X, He J, Yang J, Hunt KK. Crossover Effects of Estrogen Receptor Expression on Disease Specific Survival by Age and Ethnicity. PLOS ONE, 7/2014.
5. Black DM, Jiang J, Kuerer HM, Buchholz TA, Smith BD. Racial Disparities in Adoption of Axillary Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy and Lymphedema Risk in Women with Breast Cancer. JAMA Surg. e-Pub 6/18/2014. PMID: 25073831.
6. Parker P, Peterson S, Bedrosian I, Crosby M, Shen Y, Black D, Babiera G, Kuerer H, Ying J, Cantor S, Brewster A. Predictors and Communication Process Associated with Contralateral Prophylactic Mastectomy (CPM). Journal of Clinical Oncology, 6/2014.
7. Caudle A, Yang W, Krishnamurthy S, Hobbs BP, Mittendorf EA, Black DM, Hwang R, Hunt,KK, Kuerer HM. Feasibility trial for selective surgical localization of axillary lymph nodes containing metastases in breast cancer patients. JAMA Surgery, 5/2014.
8. Advani PS, Ying J, Theriault R, Melhem-Bertrand A, Moulder S, Bedrosian I, Tereffe W, Black S, Pini TM, Brewster AM. Ethnic disparities in adherence to breast cancer survivorship surveillance care. Cancer 120(6):894-900, 3/15/2014. e-Pub 11/20/2013. PMID: 24258799.
9. Eberth J, Xu Y, Smith G, Shen Y, Jiang J, Buchholz T, Hunt K, Black D, Giordano S, Whitman G, Yang W, Shen C, Elting L, Smith B. Role of the diagnosing physician in the use of needle biopsy to diagnose breast cancer. Journal of Surg Onc, 2/2014.
10. Ren Y, Black DM, Mittendorf EA, Liu P, Li X, Du XL, He J, Yang J, Hunt KK, Yi M. Crossover effects of estrogen receptor status on breast cancer-specific hazard rates by age and race. PLoS One 9(10):e110281, 2014. e-Pub 10/21/2014. PMID: 25333877.
11. Fitzsullivan E, Lari SA, Smith B, Caudle AS, Krishnamurthy S, Lucci A, Mittendorf EA, Babiera GV, Black DM, Wagner JL, Bedrosian I, Woodward W, Gainer SM, Hwang R, Meric-Bernstam F, Hunt KK, Kuerer HM. Incidence and Consequence of Close Margins in Patients with Ductal Carcinoma-In Situ Treated with Mastectomy: Is Further Therapy Warranted? Ann Surg Oncol 20(13):4103-12, 12/2013. e-Pub 8/23/2013. PMID: 23975313.
12. Black DM, Mittendorf EA. Landmark trials affecting the surgical management of invasive breast cancer. Surg Clin North Am 93(2):501-18, 4/2013. e-Pub 1/29/2013. PMID: 23464699.
13. Grube BJ, Christy CJ, Black D, Martel M, Harris L, Weidhaas J, Digiovanna MP, Chung G, Abu-Khalaf MM, Miller KD, Higgins SA, Philpotts L, Tavassoli FA, Lannin DR. Breast sentinel lymph node dissection before preoperative chemotherapy. Arch Surg 143(7):692-9; discussion 699-700, 7/2008. PMID: 18645113.
14. Dominguez FJ, Golshan M, Black DM, Hughes KS, Gadd MA, Christian R, Lesnikoski BA, Specht M, Michaelson J, Smith BL. Sentinel node biopsy is important in mastectomy for ductal carcinoma in situ. Ann Surg Oncol 15(1):268-73, 1/2008. e-Pub 9/2007. PMID: 17891441.
15. Black D, Lyman S, Qian T, Lemasters JJ, Rippe RA, Nitta T, Kim JS, Behrns KE. Transforming growth factor beta mediates hepatocyte apoptosis through Smad3 generation of reactive oxygen species. Biochimie 89(12):1464-73, 12/2007. e-Pub 9/2007. PMCID: PMC2151473.
16. Lannin DR, Grube B, Black DS, Ponn T. Breast tattoos for planning surgery following neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Am J Surg 194(4):518-20, 10/2007. PMID: 17826070.
17. Black D, Specht M, Lee JM, Dominguez F, Gadd M, Hughes K, Rafferty E, Smith B. Detecting occult malignancy in prophylactic mastectomy: preoperative MRI versus sentinel lymph node biopsy. Ann Surg Oncol 14(9):2477-84, 9/2007. e-Pub 6/2007. PMID: 17587091.
18. Dominguez FJ, Lawrence C, Halpern EF, Drohan B, Grinstein G, Black DM, Smith BL, Gadd MA, Specht M, Kopans DB, Moore RH, Hughes SS, Roche CA, Hughes KS. Accuracy of self-reported personal history of cancer in an outpatient breast center. J Genet Couns 16(3):341-5, 6/2007. e-Pub 5/2007. PMID: 17508275.
19. Dominguez FJ, Black DM, Kawaguchi AL, O'Malley CA, Hughes KS. Elastic stay hooks and self-retaining retractor technique for mastectomy skin flaps. Surgery 141(2):272-4, 2/2007. e-Pub 8/2006. PMID: 17263986.
20. Black D, Smith BL. Surgical treatment options in young women with breast cancer. Breast Dis 23:37-45, 2006, 2005. PMID: 16823165.
21. Black D, Bird MA, Samson CM, Lyman S, Lange PA, Schrum LW, Qian T, Lemasters JJ, Brenner DA, Rippe RA, Behrns KE. Primary cirrhotic hepatocytes resist TGFbeta-induced apoptosis through a ROS-dependent mechanism. J Hepatol 40(6):942-51, 6/2004. PMID: 15158334.
22. Black D, Bird MA, Hayden M, Schrum LW, Lange P, Samson C, Hatano E, Rippe RA, Brenner DA, Behrns KE. TNF alpha-induced hepatocyte apoptosis is associated with alterations of the cell cycle and decreased stem loop binding protein. Surgery 135(6):619-28, 6/2004. PMID: 15179368.
23. Black D, Lyman S, Heider TR, Behrns KE. Molecular and cellular features of hepatic regeneration. J Surg Res 117(2):306-15, 4/2004. PMID: 15047136.
24. Bird MA, Black D, Lange PA, Samson CM, Hayden M, Behrns KE. NFkappaB inhibition decreases hepatocyte proliferation but does not alter apoptosis in obstructive jaundice. J Surg Res 114(2):110-7, 10/2003. PMID: 14559434.
25. Black DM, Behrns KE. A scientist revisits the atrophy-hypertrophy complex: hepatic apoptosis and regeneration. Surg Oncol Clin N Am 11(4):849-64, 10/2002. PMID: 12607575.
26. Black D, Reutter J, Johnson M, Fair J, Woosley J, Gerber D. Liver transplantation in Ellis-van Creveld syndrome: a case report. Pediatr Transplant 6(3):255-9, 6/2002. PMID: 12100513.
27. Schrum LW, Black D, Iimuro Y, Rippe RA, Brenner DA, Behrns KE. c-Jun does not mediate hepatocyte apoptosis following NFkappaB inhibition and partial hepatectomy. J Surg Res 88(2):142-9, 2/2000. PMID: 10644480.

Editorials

1. Black DM, Hunt KK, Mittendorf EA. Long Term Outcomes Reporting the Safety of Breast Conserving Therapy Compared to Mastectomy: 20-year Results of EORTC 10801. Gland Surg 2(3):120-3, 8/2013. PMCID: PMC4115749.
2. Black DM. Local Recurrence after Breast-Conserving Surgery: Multivariable Analysis of Risk Factors and the Impact of Young Age. Breast Disease Quarterly, 1/2013.
Other Articles
1. Black DM, Mittendorf EA. Surg Clin North Am. Landmark trials affecting the surgical management of invasive breast cancer. 93(2):501-1, 1/2013.
2. Black DM, Kuerer HM. Diagnostic Imagining of Breast, 2nd. Ed(s) Berg W, Yang W, Amirsys: Salt Lake City, UT. Surgery Section 10:74-78, 2013, 2013.

Abstracts

1. Dryden M, Dogan B, Fox P, Wang C, Black S, Hunt K, Yang W. Radiological Imaging Factors Influencing Surgical Margin Status Following Pre-operative I-125 Radioactive Seed Localization (RSL) of Breast Lesions: Comparative Analysis with Needle Localizations (NL). Radiological Society of North America, 11/2014.
2. Caudle A, Yang W, Mittendorf E, Black D, Gilcrease M, Bedrosian I, Hobbs B, Candelaria R, Babiera G, Dogan B, Santiago L, Hunt K, Krishnamurthy S, Kuerer H. Assessment for residual nodal disease after neoadjuvant chemotherapy with image-guided surgery. American Society of Clinical Oncology Breast Cancer Symposium, 9/2014.
3. Rueth N, Black DM, Limmer A, Gabriel E, Fornage B, Dogan B, Chavez-MacGregor M, Yi M, Hunt KK, Strom EA. Breast conservation in the setting of contemporary multidisciplinary treatment provides excellent outcomes for occult primary breast cancer. American Society of Breast Surgeons, 5/2014.
4. Gole P, Ying J, Theriault R, Melhem-Bertrand A, Moulder S, Bedrosian I, McNeil L, Tereffe W,Black D, Pini M, Brewster A. Ethnic Disparities in Breast Cancer Survivorship Care. American Society of Clinical Oncology, 6/2013.
5. Ramirez MF, Bergesio L, Truty MJ, Black DM Vauthey JN, Cata. Ultra Low Dose of Lidocaine (LD) Enhances In Vitro Natural Killer (NK) Cell Function. Study in Multidisciplinary Pain Research, 3/2013.
6. Meric-Bernstam F, Beck J, Schutz E, Urnovtz HB, Singh G, Mitchell WM, Black D, Babiera I, Kuerer H, Mills G. Modulation of Breast Cancer Cell-Free DNA with Surgical Resection. American Society of Clinical Oncology, 2/2013.
7. Black DM, Jiang J, Buchholz T, Kuerer H, Smith B. Disparities in the Utilization of Axillary Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy among Black and White Patients with Node-Negative Breast Cancer from 2002-2007. San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 12/2012.
8. Christy C, Grube B, Black DM, Thorsteinsson D, Offor O, Lannin D. Factors That Influence the Rate of Re-excision Following Lumpectomy for Breast Cancer. American Society of Breast Surgeons, 4/2008.
9. Black DM, Golshan M, Christian R, Bakhlis F, Dominguez F, Smith B, Lesnikoski B. Post-Operative Outcomes of Mastectomy with Breast Tumescence Infiltration. San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 12/2006.
10. Black DM, Younger J. Martei Y, Michaelson J, Dominguez F, Bhan A, Burstein H, Winer E, Goss P, Smith B. Recurrence risk in T1a-b, node negative, HER2 positive breast cancer. San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium, 12/2006.
11. Dominguez FJ, Golshan M, Black DM, Hughes KS, Gadd MA, Rhei E, Christian R, Lesnikoski BA, Specht M, Michaelson J, Smith BL. Review of 517 Sentinel Node Biopsies Performed During Simple Mastectomy: Findings and Incidence of Positive Non-Sentinel Lymph Nodes. American Society of Breast Surgeons, 4/2006.
12. Dominguez FJ, Golshan M, Black DM, Hughes KS, Gadd MA, Rhei E, Christian R, Beth-Ann Lesnikoski BL, Specht M, Michaelson J and Smith BL. Sentinel Node Biopsy is Important in Mastectomy for Ductal Carcinoma in Situ. Society of Surgical Oncology, 3/2006.
13. Black DM, Lyman S. Qian T, Lemasters J, Rippe R, Behrns K. Transforming Growth Factor beta1-Induced Hepatocyte Apoptosis is Mediated by Smad3-Dependent Acute Generation of Reactive Oxygen Species. American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, 10/2003.
14. Black DM, Schrum L, Lyman S, Behrns K. TNFα-Induced Hepatocyte Apoptosis Is Associated With S-Phase Block and Decreased Stem-Loop Binding Protein. Digestive Disease Week, 5/2003.
15. Lyman S, Black DM, Behrns K. Functional Gene Expression Analysis of Cirrhotic Hepatocytes that Display Decreased Sensitivity to Apoptosis. American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, 11/2002.
16. Black DM, Lawler C, Walker Q, Eckerman D, Nichols D, Mailman R. D1 Receptors, cAMP Synthesis, and the Amphetamine Discriminative Stimulus. Society for Neuroscience National Meeting, 1994.
17. Walker Q, Black DM, Eckerman D, Nichols D, Mailman R. Behavioral and Pharmacological Determinants of D1 Dopamine Agonist Substitution for the Discriminative Stimulus Induced by Dihydrexidine. Society for Neuroscience National Meeting, 1993.
18. Black DM, Walker Q, Eckerman D, Nichols D, Mailman R. Dopamine D2 Discriminative Stimulus Properties of Dihydrexidine and its Analog, N-n-Propyl Dihydrexidine. North Carolina Society for Neuroscience, 1993.

Book Chapters

1. Black DM, Kuerer HM. Axillary Lymph Node Dissection. In: Diagnostic Imaging :Breast, 2nd. Ed(s) Berg W, Yang W. Amirsys: Salt Lake City, UT, Section 10:70-73, 2013.
2. Black DM, Kuerer HM. Mastectomy. In: Diagnostic Imaging:Breast, 2nd. Ed(s) Berg W, Yang W. Amirsys: Salt Lake City, UT, Section 10:78-81, 2013.
3. Black DM, Kuerer HM. Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy. In: Diagnostic Imaging: Breast, 2nd. Ed(s) Berg W, Yang W, Amirsys: Salt Lake City, UT, Section 10:66-69, 2013.
4. Black DM, Kuerer HM. Breast Conserving Surgery. In: Diagnostic Imaging: Breast, 2nd. Ed(s) Berg W, Yang W, Amirsys: Salt Lake City, UT, Section 10:74-77, 2013.

Manuals, Teaching Aids, Other Teaching Publications

1. Black DM,. Breast Education Self-Assessment Program Exam Questions, 11/2012.

Last updated: 11/3/2014