Biography

Dominic Moon, M.D., is an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at UT Southwestern Medical Center specializing in the treatment of head and neck cancers, which includes cancers of the oropharynx, oral cavity, nasopharynx, larynx, paranasal sinuses, salivary glands, and skin.

Dr. Moon earned his medical degree at the University of Michigan Medical School. He also spent a year conducting clinical and translational research at the National Institutes of Health through the prestigious Medical Research Scholars Program during his time in medical school. He completed his residency training in radiation oncology at the University of North Carolina Hospitals where he served as Chief Resident.

He is passionate about delivering patient-focused multidisciplinary care to achieve optimal cancer and patient-reported outcomes.

Dr. Moon has authored or co-authored numerous research articles in prominent medical journals including JAMA Oncology, International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics, and Radiotherapy and Oncology.

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Meet Dr. Moon

Dominic Moon, M.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at UT Southwestern, developed an interest in the medical field as an undergraduate student volunteering at a cancer center.

“I got a glimpse of the difficulties and uncertainties patients face during their cancer treatments,” Dr. Moon says. “I also witnessed their incredible strength and resilience.” Once he decided to pursue a career in medicine, he always had the field of oncology in mind. “Radiation oncology was the best fit for me because it allows me to incorporate cutting-edge technology, build long-term relationships with patients, and cure their disease —  or, if that's not possible, relieve suffering.”

Dr. Moon joins the department as a head and neck specialist. His interest in head and neck stems from the complex anatomy and the intricate relationship between the organs, nerves, blood vessels, and lymphatic system in this region.

Prior to joining UT Southwestern, his research focused on assessing patient-reported outcomes and toxicities related to cancer treatments, and this is something he would like to continue to explore. He plans to study ways to optimize radiation treatments to decrease side effects and improve patients’ quality of life.

Dr. Moon understands that a cancer diagnosis and its various therapy options are often quite overwhelming.

“My role as a physician and oncologist is not only to treat the cancer, but also to help patients understand the disease, the treatment plan, and ways to maximize their quality of life during and after treatment. We have a great team of clinicians, nurses, nutritionists, and speech and swallow specialists that work together to achieve these goals.”

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Education & Training
  • Research Fellowship - National Cancer Institute/NIH (2012-2013)
  • Residency - University of North Carolina Hospitals (2015-2019), Radiation Oncology
  • Internship - Santa Clara Valley Medical Center (2014-2015), Transitional Year
  • Medical School - University of Michigan Medical School (2009-2014)
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Honors & Awards
  • J. Griswold and Margery H. Ruth Scholarship, University of Michigan Medical School 2009-2013
  • Medical Research Scholars Program, National Institutes of Health 2012-2013
  • Society for Translational Oncology Rising Star in Oncology 2018
  • RSNA Roentgen Resident/Fellow Research Award 2019
  • Pope Clinical Trainee Award, University of North Carolina 2019
Books & Publications
Research
  • Investigation of patient-reported outcomes and toxicities related to radiation therapy
  • Development of biomarkers to help assess response to therapy, guide treatment intensification or de-intensification, and detect early recurrence
  • Combination strategies of radiation with systemic therapy including targeted therapy and immunotherapy

Clinical Focus

  • Head & Neck Cancers
  • Skin Cancer

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