Faculty Profile: Blake Cady, MD

Blake Cady
Blake Cady, MD
Professor Emeritus of Surgery
Work: +1 401-553-8317
Breast Cancer


Dr. Cady received his undergraduate education at Amherst College and his medical education at Cornell University Medical College. He was trained in surgery at Boston City Hospital and the Memorial Hospital Sloan-Kettering Cancer Institute in surgical oncology. For 14 years, he was on the surgical staff of the Lahey Clinic Foundation in Boston, Massachusetts, following which he spent 15 years on the academic faculty at Harvard Medical School rising to the rank of Professor of Surgery. He is now emeritus professor. Currently Dr. Cady is Professor of Surgery at Brown University School of Medicine. He was director of the Breast Health Center in the Women' Oncology Program at Women & Infants Hospital in Providence, Rhode Island, for six years. This multidisciplinary center is considered a model of contemporary coordinated cancer management. He is currently Interim Director at the Comprehensive Breast Program at Rhode Island Hospital.

Dr. Cady's major academic interests have been in the biological behavior of cancer and the coordination of multidisciplinary treatments of cancer in a balanced fashion so that radical treatments are utilized in advanced cancers and simplified treatments in early and low risk cancers.

He has written extensively on cancers of the breast, thyroid, stomach, liver and colon and on lymph node metastases and distant metastatic disease. His bibliography amounts to well over three hundred articles, book chapters, editorials, commentaries and letters.

Dr. Cady has been President of the New England Cancer Society, New England Surgical Society, the Society of Surgical Oncology, the American Association of Endocrine Surgery, the Boston Surgical Society and the Massachusetts Division of the American Cancer Society. He received the annual Distinguished Award of the American Cancer Society and the Lemuel Shattuck Medal of the Massachusetts Public Health Association on two occasions for activities in Tobacco Control.

He has been a longstanding opponent of the tobacco industry and was Chairman of the Massachusetts Coalition for a Healthy Future that promoted and passed referendum Question #1 that developed and funded the Massachusetts Tobacco Coalition Program. That Program became a world recognized, successful coordinated effort to control tobacco consumption.



Research Description

Clinical research emphasizing the biological behavior of various cancers.

Grants and Awards


1983 & 1995 Lemuel Shattuck Medal, Massachusetts Public Health Association

1984 Annual National Division Award, Massachusetts Division American Cancer Society

1997 Hayes Martin Lecture, Society of Head and Neck Surgeons

2000 The Oncology Lecture, American College of Surgeons Annual Clinical Congress Meeting

2000 National Distinguished Service Award, National American Cancer Society

2002 Presidential Award, New England Cancer Society

2003 Kingston's National Registry of Who's Who

2003 Marquis 21st Century Edition Who's Who in America

2003 Strathmore's Who's Who, 9th Edition

2004 Strathmore's Who's Who, 10th Edition
Best Doctors in America® from 1992-2003

2004 Annual Heritage Award, Society of Surgical Oncology



1967 1998 Massachusetts Medical Society
1965 1998 American Medical Association
1972 1997 American College of Surgeons, Massachusetts Chapter; Special Representative to Regional Cancer Control Committee Subcommittee, Regional Cancer Control Committee
1972 Society of Surgical Oncology
1980 Program Chairman, Combined National Meeting of Society of Surgical Oncology and Society of Head and Neck Surgeons
1981 Local Arrangements Chairman, Annual Meeting of Society of Surgical Oncology, Boston, MA
1979 1982 Program Committee
1980 1982 Chairman, Research Committee
1983 1984 Chairman, Publication Committee
1984 1986 Secretary
1986 1987 Vice President
1987 1988 President Elect
1988 1989 President
1989 1990 Chairman, Executive Committee
1985-1996 James Ewing Foundation
1988-1996 President
1972 Boston Surgical Society
1993-1994 President
1972 Society of Head and Neck Surgeons
1976 1982 Program Committee
1980 Program Chairman Combined National Meeting with Society of Surgical Oncology
1972 Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
1972 New England Surgical Society
1989-1993 Recorder
1996-1997 President
1980 American Association of Endocrine Surgeons
1982 Vice President
1988 Local Arrangements Chairman
1986 1990 Executive Council
1991-1995 Secretary/Treasurer
1997-1998 President
1981 1988 American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer
Chairman, Patient Care and Research Committee
Member, Approvals Committee

Member, Executive Committee
1976 1984 Task Force on Thyroid Cancer Joint Committee on Cancer Staging and End Results Reporting
1982 Halsted Society
1970 2004 New England Cancer Society
1976 1983 Treasurer
1983 1987 Secretary
1991 President
1984 American Surgical Association
1988 1996 World Association Hepatic Pancreatic Biliary Surgery
1991-1994 Local Arrangements Co-chairman, Boston Meeting
1994-1999 American Joint Committee on Cancer
2001-2002 Chair, Nominating Committee
1999- American Society of Breast Surgeons
2000- American Society of Clinical Oncology
2002 - American Society of Breast Disease
2005- International Society of Lymphology

Funded Research

Personal funding.

Selected Publications

  • Natarajan S, Taneja C, Cady B. Evolution of Lymphadenectomy in Surgical Oncology. W.B. Saunders Company. Surg Oncol Clin N Am (in press). (IN PRESS)
  • Chung MA, Cady B. Axillary Metastases with Unknown Breast Primary. In: Khatri J, editor. Clinical Scenarios in Surgical Oncology. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; (In press). (IN PRESS)
  • Tsikitis V, Chung MA, Cady B. Scientific Basis of Neoadjuvant Therapy. Seminars in Breast Disease (in press). (IN PRESS)
  • Cady B, Barker F, Easson A, Aboulafia AJ, Ferson PF, Miner T, Morgentaler A. Surgical Palliation of Advanced Illness: What's New, What's Helpful. J Am Coll Surg 2005;200(3):457-466. (2005)
  • Cady B, Miner T, Morgentaler A. Surgical Palliation of Advanced Illness: What's New, What's Helpful. J Am Coll Surg 2005;200(2):281-290. (2005)
  • Cady B, Easson A, Aboulafia AJ, Ferson PF. Surgical Palliation of Advanced Illness: What's New, What's Helpful. J Am Coll Surg 2005;200(1):115-127. (2005)
  • Taneja C, Cady B. Decreasing Role of Lymphatic System Surgery in Surgical Oncology. J Surg Oncol 2005;89(2):61-66. (2005)
  • Cady B. Risk Group Analysis for Differentiated Thyroid Carcinoma. In Randolph GW, editor. Surgery of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands. Philadelphia: Saunders. Chapter 17;2003:219-25. (2003)