Dr. Mussallem is a consultant in the Division of Hematology Oncology at Mayo Clinic and Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a diagnostic breast specialist at The Robert and Monica Jacoby Center for Breast Health and serves as Medical Director for Mayo Clinic Florida Humanities in Medicine. She is double-board certified, including a board certification in Lifestyle Medicine and has over 25 years of patient-centered clinical wellness experience. Additionally, she has national recognition in the field of breast medicine, lifestyle medicine, integrative oncology, cancer survivorship, and a unique personal experience as a stage IV cancer patient diagnosed 3 months into medical school and in 2021 a heart transplant recipient. She shares that her journey as a patient cultivated her boundless energy and deep purpose to help patients flourish during and after adversity.
In 2015, she founded the Integrative Medicine and Breast Health Program at Mayo Clinic Florida, a patient-centered program that works with breast cancer patients during and after a breast cancer diagnosis, introducing them early on to the importance of lifestyle optimization alongside conventional cancer treatments with a goal to reframe cancer as a “teacher of life,” leading patients to discover renewed vitality through healthier living, including the impact of whole-food, plant-based nutrition and weight management on breast cancer outcomes.
In addition to her clinical and research activities, Dr. Mussallem is active in medical education, which includes co-director for the Medical Breast Training Program and director of the Lifestyle Medicine Residency Curriculum.
In recognition of her work, Dr. Mussallem has received many awards and honors, including being named Marquis Who’s Who in America Top Doctor for her leadership, dedication, and achievements in integrative oncology and Mayo Clinic Patient Experience award winner and Florida Hospital Instructor of the Year.
On February 6, 2022, she became the 1st person in the world to run a full marathon 1 year from heart transplant!
Most recently, Dawn was featured at the Authenica’s Inspire Women Leadership Conference hosted at Gervasi Vineyard in Canton, OH this past June and will be presenting at the upcoming The Retreat at Wingspread event in Racine, WI on November 6-8.