William Dale

​Dr. William Dale, MD, PhD, is a Senior Fellow at NORC at the University of Chicago in the Academic Research Centers. He specializes in geriatrics, palliative medicine, and health policy.

In addition to his role at NORC, Dale is the department chair of Supportive Care Medicine at City of Hope National Medical Center, where the focus of his work is medical decision-making, vulnerability, and quality of life assessment in older adults with cancer. He is a co-investigator on the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project (NSHAP), a survey done by NORC for the National Institutes of Health and led by University of Chicago professor Linda Waite. Dale currently serves as both a member of the Communications Committee and a member of the Social Media Sub-Committee for the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). He will be co-leader at the 2018 Society for Medical Decision Making Annual Meeting.

Dale has held numerous positions over the course of his career, including assistant professor of medicine in the Department of Medicine, Section of Geriatrics & Palliative Medicine at the University of Chicago; associate member of the University of Chicago’s Comprehensive Cancer Research Center; founding director of the Specialized Oncology Care & Research in the Elderly (SOCARE) Clinic at the University of Chicago; and associate director of the University of Chicago’s MD/PhD Program in Medicine, Social Science, and Humanities. His post-graduate medical training includes an internship/residency in internal medicine (primary care) and a fellowship in geriatric medicine at the University of Pittsburgh. He is ABIM Board Certified in Geriatrics as well as Hospice and Palliative Medicine.

Dale has published over 120 articles on medical decision-making for older adults, geriatric oncology, models of care in geriatric oncology, and elucidating the impact of management choices on important clinical outcomes in older adults. He is a Beeson Scholar (K23) from the National Institute of Aging for his work on the role of emotions in decision making for older adults with cancer. He has additionally received funding from the National Cancer Institute (U13, R21), the John A Hartford Foundation, the American Cancer Society, and the Foundation of Medical Decision Making. Most recently, he is the PI on a grant from NIA (R21/33) to build infrastructure for aging research in cancer patients and a grant from the Sheri & Les Biller Foundation to create a national training program in primary supportive care.

Dale was a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society and Bronze Tablet at the University of Illinois, Urbana- Champaign; a fellow in The Pew Program in Medicine, Arts, and the Social Sciences; and a participant of the National Institute of Aging’s Pre-doctoral Traineeship in the Harris School of Public Policy Studies. He received the Lawrence Reardon Professionalism Award as the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Medicine’s top resident and later was named Outstanding Resident Teacher at the same school. In 2016, Dale was awarded the Biological Sciences Division’s Distinguished Leader in Program Innovation award for his role in establishing the SOCARE Clinic.