Daniel RaysonMD, FRCPC, FACP



Phone: 902-473-3748
Fax: 902-473-6186
Mailing Address: 
Division of Medical Oncology
QEII - Bethune Building
Suite 457C Bethune Building
1276 South Park Street
Halifax, NS B3H 2Y9
Research Topics:
  • breast cancer
  • neuroendocrine tumors
  • triple-negative breast cancer
  • clinical trials
  • early-stage breast cancer


  • Clinical fellow, Hematology/Oncology (Mayo Clinic)
  • Residency, Internal Medicine (Mayo Clinic)
  • Rotating internship (Toronto East General Hospital)
  • MD (Dalhousie University)
  • BA (Honors), Psychology (McGill University)


Dr. Rayson is a medical oncologist and professor in the Division of Medical Oncology. He is director of the Atlantic Clinical Cancer Research Unit (ACCRU), a Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute (BHCRI) senior scientist and a principle investigator and steering committee member with the Canadian Cancer Clinical Trial Network (CCCTN) as well as the Halifax Centre Representative at the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC)

Research interests

Dr. Rayson’s research interests are in:

  • clinical trials in breast cancer and gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors
  • breast cancer care path analysis
  • interval and triple-negative breast cancer
  • economic analysis of new cancer therapies
  • translational and clinical research in gastrointestinal neuroendocrine tumors

Selected publications

  • Cost-utility of adjuvant zoledronic acid in patients with breast cancer and low estrogen levels. Lamond NW, Skedgel C, Rayson D, Younis T. Curr Oncol. 2015 Aug;22(4):e246-53. doi:10.3747/co.22.2383.
  • Investigations for patients with early-stage breast cancer: Oversetting the stage. Rayson D, Porter G. CMAJ. 2015 Sep 8;187(12):860-1.
  • Trastuzumab beyond progression for HER2 positive metastatic breast cancer: Progression-free survival on first-line therapy predicts overall survival impact. Rayson D, Lutes S, Walsh G, Sellon M, Colwell B, Dorreen M, Drucker A, Jeyakumar A, Younis T The Breast J 2014;20(4):408-413.
  • Reflections on In-Patient Palliative Chemotherapy: Is There Ever a Right Place at the Right Time. Rayson D, Kain Danielle. Curr Oncol. 2014;21(4):158-60.
  • Adherence to clinical practice guidelines for adjuvant chemotherapy for colorectal cancer in a Canadian province: A population-based analysis. Rayson D, Urquhart R, Cox M, Grunfeld E, Porter G. J Oncol Pract 2012 Jul;8(4): 253–259.


  • Canadian Association of Medical Oncology
  • American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honour Society
  • European Neuroendocrine Tumor Society (ENETS)
  • National Cancer Institute of Canada

Service & activity

  • Principle Investigator, Network Regional Cancer Center and Network Cancer Center: Canadian Cancer Clinical Trial Network (CCCTN)
  • Member, Rethink Breast Cancer Scientific Advisory Council (SAC)
  • Section Editor, Current Oncology: Cancer Narratives
  • Editorial Panel, Art of Oncology Section: Journal of Clinical Oncology
  • Reviewer/Panel Judge, NOYCIA 2015 12th Annual Review Panel, Chicago, IL

Selected awards & honours

  • Angels in Action Award, QEII Health Sciences Centre (2014)
  • Honorary Membership, Beatrice Hunter Cancer Research Institute (2012)
  • Medical Oncology Teacher of the Year Award, Dalhousie University (2011)
  • Medical Oncology Top Accruer – Clinical Trials Award, Dalhousie University (2011)
  • Dalhousie University, Department of Medicine Excellence in Research Award (2010)
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