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William C. Dooley, MD

General Surgeon, Breast Cancer Surgeon

About William Dooley

Dr. Dooley joined the OU College of Medicine 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.
Affiliations OU Health Physicians – General Surgery Clinic, OU Health Physicians Building - Oklahoma City, OU Health Stephenson Cancer Center
  • Otto Sartorius Award for Lifetime Achievement in Breast Cancer Research
  • “America's Top Doctors” for Cancer
  • Castle Connolly Medical Ltd.
  • Named Oklahoma Top Doc in Surgical Oncology, 405 magazine 2022
Health Education
  • Medical School
  • Doctor of Medicine Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    Nashville, TN
  • Fellowship
  • Surgical Oncology The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Baltimore, MD
  • Residency
  • General Surgery The Johns Hopkins University
    Baltimore, MD
  • Board Certification
  • American Board of Surgery 1988
  • Internship
  • General Surgery The Johns Hopkins Hospital
    Baltimore, MD
  • Board Certification
  • Surgical Oncology 1989
Medical Interests Areas of Interest:
  • Breast cancer
  • Breast ductoscopy
  • Intra-op chemotherapy
  • Intra-op radiation therapy
  • Melanoma
  • Microwave hyperthermia
  • Pseudomyxoma
  • Rare tumors
  • Sarcoma
Special Clinical Interests:
  • Breast cancer

  • Breast cancer surgery

  • Melanoma

  • Sarcoma

  • Surgical oncology

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