Monica Rizzo, MD, FACS


Dr. Rizzo is a board certified surgeon who specializes in the management of melanoma, breast cancer, and soft tissue sarcoma.

Titles and Roles

Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Associate Director, Breast Surgical Oncology Fellowship
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Surgical Oncologist
Breast Cancer
Emory Sarcoma Center
Research Program
Cancer Prevention and Control


After completing her surgical oncology fellowship at Emory in 2005, Dr. Rizzo joined the division of surgical oncology at Emory University Hospital Midtown (EUHM). As an ACS Commission on Cancer Liaison Physician at EUHM, Dr. Rizzo is actively involved in quality measures and initiatives to assure excellence in cancer care at the hospital. Dr. Rizzo 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 November 2010 and full re-accreditation in 2013. She serves as a Chair for the weekly Breast Multidisciplinary Tumor Board at Midtown. She is also engaged in projects dedicated to decreasing disparities in breast cancer treatment for women of underserved communities. Her expertise includes treatment of breast cancer, melanoma and skin cancer as well as soft tissue sarcoma.

Dr. Rizzo is a member of Association of Program Directors Society of Surgical Oncology Breast Fellowship, American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer Liaison Physician for Emory University Hospital Midtown, Society of Surgical Oncology Disparities Committee and Breast Program Leader for National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) Emory University Hospital Midtown.


Dr. Rizzo earned her medical degree from the Turin School of Medicine in Italy, where she also completed her first residency in thoracic surgery.  At Washington University School of Medicine, she completed a research fellowship in cardiothoracic surgery and part of her general surgery residency.  Dr. Rizzo completed her General Surgery residency at The University of Missouri Columbia. She also completed a surgical oncology fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine.


Dr. Rizzo has research interests in mechanisms to decrease disparities in breast cancer care among different ethnic groups and optimization of glucose management and diabetes care in surgical patients.


Dr. Rizzo has authored or co-authored over 40 peer reviewed articles. She is published in leading journals such as the American Journal of Clinical Oncology, Annals of Surgical Oncology and Cancer.

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