Docs To Make A SplAsh For Prostate And Urologic Cancer Research

April 2, 2019
By: Karen E. Butler, Director of Communications

Duke oncologists agree that if people think they can hit the bullseye, there’s no denying it—they’re all wet—and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Ready for a good soaking, oncologists from the DCI Center for Prostate and Urologic Cancers have signed on to take a chilly plunge to ensure breakthrough cancer research continues to move forward.

“Our Dunk A Doc extravaganza is for a good cause,” shared surgical oncologist Michael Ferrandino, MD, the event’s brainchild. “We expect this to be a fun-filled event in which our patients and our peers get the opportunity to send us down under.”

The center’s first-ever Dunk A Doc will take place Thursday, May 16, in the grassy knoll between Duke Cancer Center and Duke university School of Nursing.

The game features a dunk tank filled with approximately seven feet of water, over which, in this instance, a cancer clinician or researcher will sit on a collapsing chair. Donors, including patients, faculty and staff, will have an opportunity to throw balls in an attempt to strike a target which when hit will cause the seat to collapse and thus dunking the doc.

The event, which takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature treats provided by Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers in Durham and a silent auction. Balls can be purchased in advance. Donors can also go online to schedule to throw for a specific doc. Proceeds benefit the DCI Center for Prostate and Urologic Cancers.

Dunk A Doc will be held at 20 Duke Medicine Circle on Thursday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In the case of rain, the event will be held a week later on May 23. For more information, to get balls and to schedule a throw, visit

Docs On The Hot Seat (check back frequently)

Daniel George, MD :: Michael Ferrandino, MD :: Steve Patierno, PhD :: Tian Zhang, MD :: Jon Routh, MD :: Michael Harrison, MD :: Brian Senter, MHA :: Rachel Greenup, MD :: Megan McNamara, MD :: Andrew Armstrong, MD :: Thomas Polascik, MD :: John Migaly, MD :: David Hsu, MD, PhD :: Aimee Zaas, MD :: Dan Blazer, MD :: Michael Lipkin, MD :: Brittany Davidson, MD :: Julia Rasmussen, MS, BSN, RN