Dale Han, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery (Oncology)

Departments & Organizations

Cancer Center, Yale: Melanoma Program

Office of Student Research

Surgery: Oncology/General Surgery

Yale Medical Group


Dale Han, MD earned his undergraduate and medical degrees through the Scholars for Medicine combined medical program at SUNY at Stony Brook. He completed his general surgery residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and is a Board Certified surgeon. He subsequently completed a surgical oncology fellowship at the Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Han also completed post-doctoral research fellowships in surgical oncology at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and at the Moffitt Cancer Center. During his research fellowships, Dr. Han looked at ways to improve response rates to isolated limb perfusion therapy in a melanoma xenograft model, examined the molecular pathways utilized by melanoma cells to gain resistance to BRAF-directed therapy and studied the clinical outcomes of patients with melanomas, sarcomas and endocrine tumors. His research, particularly in the field of melanoma, has led to publications in prominent oncology journals such as the Journal of Clinical Oncology and the Annals of Surgical Oncology and has led to several awards, most recently the Trainee Award for Outstanding Presentation at the 2013 Joint International Oncology Congress.

Dr. Han specializes in melanomas and soft tissue tumors. He is committed to improving outcomes for patients diagnosed with these cancers and is dedicated to advancing both the surgical management and multi-modality treatment of these tumors. Dr. Han’s research interests include clinical outcomes and gene expression profiling to determine prognostic and predictive biomarkers correlated with disease progression, treatment response and survival in patients diagnosed with melanoma and sarcoma.

Education & Training

MD SUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine (2003)
BS SUNY at Stony Brook (1998)
Research Fellow Moffitt Cancer Center
Board Certification
Clinical Fellow Moffitt Cancer Center
Research Fellow Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Residency Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Board Certification AB of Surgery, Surgery, General (2011)
Board Certification AB of Surgery, Surgical Oncology (2015)

Honors & Recognition

  • Trainee Award for Outstanding PresentationJoint International Oncology Congress (2013)

  • Outstanding Oral Presentation in Clinical ScienceMoffitt Cancer Center (2012)

  • Third Place in Philadelphia Academy of Surgery Paper CompetitionPhiladelphia Academy of Surgery (2008)

  • Marvin Kuschner Award for Academic and Clinical ExcellenceSUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine (2003)

  • Merck Book AwardSUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine (2003)

  • National Dean’s ListSUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine (2002)

  • Alpha Omega AlphaSUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine (2002)

  • National Dean’s ListSUNY at Stony Brook School of Medicine (2001)

  • Ward Melville Valedictorian AwardSUNY at Stony Brook (1998)

  • Summa Cum Laude with Research Honors in BiochemistrySUNY at Stony Brook (1998)

  • Phi Beta KappaSUNY at Stony Brook (1997)

  • KPMG Peat Marwick Scholars AwardSUNY at Stony Brook (1996)

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Undergraduate Research FellowSUNY at Stony Brook (1995)

  • Honors CollegeSUNY at Stony Brook (1994)

  • Scholars for Medicine (combined B.S./B.A.–M.D. program)SUNY at Stony Brook (1994)

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Contact Info

Dale Han, MD
Patient Care Location
Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale - New Haven
35 Park Street

New Haven, CT 06511
Mailing Address
Yale Surgery - Gastrointestinal/OncologyPO Box 208062
New Haven, CT 06520-8062

Curriculum Vitae