Christine Dauphine, MD

Christine Dauphine, MD, FACS

Investigator, The Lundquist Institute
Associate Professor of Surgery, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Vice Chair - Education, Department of Surgery, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Breast Surgeon, Division of Surgical Oncology, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center

Breast diseases, health disparities, and surgical training and education

Research Description

Dr. Dauphine’s research primarily focuses on an improved understanding of benign and malignant breast diseases as well as the various barriers that underserved populations face in accessing health care services. Along with her partner, Dr. Junko Ozao-Choy, Dr. Dauphine has mentored several residents and students in projects focusing on breast cancer care in underserved women, attempting to understand barriers to screening mammography and patterns in accessing cancer services within our County patient population. They seek to understand better why patients refuse cancer treatments and how to improve access in order to promote improved outcomes. Given that the patient population is nearly 50% Hispanic and 25% Black, we also seek to publish datasets that improve the understanding of breast diseases in these populations.
A second primary research focus is in surgical education and improving the evaluation of trainees and teaching faculty in order to promote optimal feedback for continued improvement and learning. Dr. Dauphine and Dr. Ozao0Choy have a robust surgical training program that provides education to surgery fellows, residents, and medical students, and partner with other program directors via a surgery research coalition that allows them to successfully produce high-quality research on topics related to surgical education.


  • MD, 2000, Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles
  • BS, 1997, Biomedical Sciences, University of California, Riverside

Recent and/or Significant Publications

Dauphine C, Moazzez A, Neal JC, Chlebowski RT, Ozao-Choy J. Single Hormone Receptor-Positive Breast Cancers Have Distinct Characteristics and Survival [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jul 28]. Ann Surg Oncol. 2020;10.1245/s10434-020-08898-5. doi:10.1245/s10434-020-08898-5
Kapadia S, Shellito A, Tom CM, et al. Should Robotic Surgery Training Be Prioritized in General Surgery Residency? A Survey of Fellowship Program Director Perspectives [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jul 31]. J Surg Educ. 2020;S1931-7204(20)30259-2. doi:10.1016/j.jsurg.2020.07.025
Angelo JL, Moazzez A, Neville A, Dauphine C, Lona Y, de Virgilio C. Investigating Gender Differences in Faculty Evaluations by Trainees in a Gender-Balanced General Surgery Program. J Surg Educ. 2019;76(6):e132-e137. doi:10.1016/j.jsurg.2019.06.007
O’Leary MP, Beckord BJ, Mock KE, Venegas RJ, Yeh JJ, Dauphine C, Ozao-Choy JJ. A new era of neoadjuvant treatment with Pertuzumab: Should the 10-lymph node guideline for axillary lymph node dissection in breast cancer be revised?. Cancer Rep (Hoboken). 2018;1(4):e1132. doi:10.1002/cnr2.1132
Dauphine C, Neville AL, Moazzez A, et al. Can Deficiencies in Performance Be Identified Earlier in Surgical Residency? An Initial Report of a Surgical Trainee Assessment of Readiness Exam. J Surg Educ. 2018;75(6):e91-e96. doi:10.1016/j.jsurg.2018.07.030