Faculty Profile

Monica Rizzo, MD

Monica Rizzo, MD

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

Telephone: 404.686.1343

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. Her clinical specialties include treatment of breast cancer, melanoma, advanced skin cancers, and soft tissue sarcoma. Dr. Rizzo initiated a soft tissue surgical oncology practice at Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital in 2013.

Dr. Rizzo is the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Liaison Physician at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM) and Emory University Hospital (EUH), and is actively involved in quality measures and initiatives to assure excellence in cancer care at both hospitals. She led the EUHM Breast Center's application process for accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) in 2010 and 2013. She also chairs the hospital's weekly Breast Multidisciplinary Tumor Board.

In 2015, Dr. Rizzo was involved with the initiation of targeted Intraoperative Radiation Therapy (IORT) at EUHM, which was one of only three centers in Georgia to provide the new breast cancer procedure at that time. 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.

Affiliations

  • The Emory Clinic

  • Emory University Hospital Midtown

  • Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital

  • Emory University 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, Emory University Hospital

  • Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) and the American College of Radiology Imaging Network (ACRIN): Breast Committee
  • Society of Surgical Oncology: Scientific Program Committee

  • TARGIT (Targeted Intra-operative Radiotherapy Society)

  • Atlanta Surgical Association

  • Georgia Surgical Society

Honors and Awards

  • Atlanta's Top Doctors, Atlanta Magazine, 2016-2019

Current Editorial Boards

  • Editorial Board, World Journal of Breast Cancer Research

Clinical Interests

  • Breast cancer

  • Melanoma

  • Skin cancer

  • Soft tissue sarcoma

Research Interests

  • Development of mechanisms to decrease disparities in breast cancer care among different ethnic groups

  • Identification of molecular markers that predict upgrade to cancer in breast papillary lesions

  • Identification of molecular markers in tumor margins in breast oncology