Cancer Center Welcomes Dawn Brooks, MD, PhD

December 04, 2017

BENNINGTON, VT—December 4, 2017— The Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians are pleased to welcome Dawn Brooks, MD, PhD, a specialist in medical oncology. The Cancer Center is a department of Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC).

Patients at the Southwestern Vermont Regional Cancer Center have access to genetic counseling, clinical trials, palliative care services, and the latest technology for radiation treatment of cancer. The Center is accredited by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. Its physicians are members of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, and it is managed in cooperation with Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center, one of three National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive care centers in New England.

“Dr. Brooks’s clinical experience and compassionate nature make her an exceptional fit for this important position at our Cancer Center,” said Trey Dobson, MD, the medical director of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Medical Group and SVMC’s chief medical officer. “We are pleased to welcome her to our accomplished cancer team.”

Brooks earned her medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine. She holds a PhD in molecular biology from Princeton University in New Jersey and both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in biological sciences from Stanford University in California. She completed her a residency and internship at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire in 2013 and a fellowship in medical oncology at Oregon Health and Science University in 2015. Most recently, she worked as a medical oncologist with Berkshire Health Systems in Massachusetts. Brooks is dual certified in internal medicine and medical oncology.

“I am delighted to join this tight-knit community as well as add my own skills and experience to those of the accomplished physicians caring for cancer patients here at SVMC,” Brooks said. “I know the oncologists at the Norris Cotton Cancer Center well from working with them closely during my residency training, and am looking forward to working with these specialists again as a member of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians to optimize care of our cancer patients.”

Brooks joins Medical Oncologist Charlene Ives, MD, and Radiation Oncologist Matthew Vernon, MD, in addition to Family Nurse Practitioner Carol Comar-Frost.

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About: Southwestern Vermont Health Care (SVHC) is a comprehensive, preeminent health care system providing exceptional, convenient, and affordable care to the communities of Bennington and Windham Counties of Vermont, eastern Rensselaer and Washington Counties of New York, and northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts. SVHC’s providers are members of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Putnam Physicians, a multispecialty medical group operated in partnership with Dartmouth-Hitchcock. SVHC includes the Centers for Living and Rehabilitation, a 150-bed long- and short-term care skilled nursing facility; the SVHC Foundation; and Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC), a 99-bed community hospital. SVMC also includes 19 primary and specialty care practices and primary care offices in Bennington, Manchester, Pownal, West Dover, and Wilmington, VT. The hospital is accredited by the Joint Commission and is the state’s first Magnet Center for Nursing Excellence, a designation it has held since 2002. To learn more, visit For news and updates, follow

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