Dina Randazzo, DO, Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery and Neurology and member of the Duke Cancer Institute, passed away on February 20, 2021
Dr. Randazzo was a respected and admired neuro-oncologist in the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center. A physician-scientist, she was the principal investigator on numerous publications aimed at understanding and treating glioblastoma, an aggressive form of cancer of the brain and spine. Dr. Randazzo was adored by her patients and used her expertise in complementary therapies to provide a holistic approach to caring for them. She was also a beloved teacher and mentor, inspiring many young neurologists to pursue the field of neurooncology because of her example of service and hope.
Dr. Randazzo graduated from Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1998 before completing a residency in Neurology at University of Florida at Jacksonville from 2010 to 2013. She then completed a fellowship in Neuro-Oncology at Duke University from 2013 to 2014 before joining the faculty of the School of Medicine.
Our thoughts go out to the family and many friends of Dr. Randazzo. The family requests that those who wish to honor Dr. Randazzo do so by donating to the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center (Angels Among Us) or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network.
Katy Peters, MD, PhD, shared this photo of Dr. Randazzo (above, third from left) with fellow graduates at a Society of Neuro-Oncology Meeting in 2016.
"I trained all of them, so I am so proud and so sad at the same time," said Peters. "As Dina's program director and mentor, I am so proud of Dina's commitment to her research that made all of us think outside the box and strive to improve the quality of life of our patients and their loved ones."
Dr. Randazzo's colleagues created a fundraising team — TEAM Dina Randazzo — for the PANCAN PurpleStride Raleigh-Durham event that was held on Saturday, April 17.