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Allison Magnuson, D.O.

Contact Information

Phone Numbers

Appointment: (585) 487-1700

Administrative: (585) 275-0394

Fax: (585) 321-1724

URMFGA member of the University of Rochester Medical Faculty Group

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Faculty Appointments

Patient Care Settings

Cancer, Hospital Medicine

Biography

I am a geriatric oncologist and specialize in treatment of cancer in older adults as well as breast cancer. I am actively involved in research, focusing on improving outcomes for treating older patients with cancer. I understand that every person is unique and requires a different approach to care. I try my best to take the time to understand what each patient and his or her family needs – and then I strive to meet these needs. I am very passionate about what I do!

Conditions I Treat

- Cancers in older adults
- Breast cancer

Professional Background

Allison Magnuson, D.O is a Senior Instructor at the University of Rochester with dual training in both medical oncology and geriatrics. A graduate of the University of Rochester and University of New England, she completed internship and residency at the University of Connecticut before returning to Rochester for her fellowship training.

Her research interests include health outcomes in older patients with cancer, specifically improving outcomes using geriatric assessment-driven recommendations. She is also interested in exploring factors that are influential to patients and providers when developing treatment plans for older patients with cancer.

Credentials

Specialties

  • Geriatric Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Internal Medicine - American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Medical Oncology - American Board of Internal Medicine

Education

2007
DO | University of New England College of Osteopathic Medicine

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

08/01/2013 - 07/31/2014
Fellowship in Geriatric Medicine at Monroe Community Hospital

07/01/2011 - 07/31/2013
Fellowship in Medical Oncology at University of Rochester Medical Center

06/28/2010 - 06/27/2011
Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Connecticut Health Center

06/28/2008 - 06/27/2010
Residency in Internal Medicine at University of Connecticut Health Center

06/28/2007 - 06/27/2008
Internship in Internal Medicine at University of Connecticut Health Center

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Awards

2018
NIH Loan Repayment Award Renewal
Sponsor: NIH

2018
Selected chair, Junior Faculty Advisory Board, Cancer and Aging Research Group Infrastructure Project
Sponsor: Cancer and Aging Research Group

2016
Karron Memorial Prize for Excellence in Geriatrics

2016
NIH Loan Repayment Award

2015 - 2016
Department of Medicine Research Pilot Award
Sponsor: University of Rochester Medical Center

2015
NCI/ASCO Teams in Cancer Care – selected participant

2015
R25 Cancer Control Research Training Program Scholar

2015
Geriatric Oncology U-13 Conference, Young Investigator Travel Award

2014
Hartford Foundation Change Agent Award

2014
Hartford Center of Excellence Scholar
Sponsor: University of Rochester Division of Geriatrics

2014
American Medical Directors Association "Futures Program" Participant

2014
James P Wilmot Research Fellow Award

2013
HRSA Geriatric Research Fellow Award
Sponsor: Health Resources and Services Administration

2012
Geriatric Oncology Research to Improve Clinical Care U13 Conference Travel Award

2010
Garibaldi Humanitarianism in Medicine Award
Sponsor: University of Connecticut

2010
Chief Medical Resident
Sponsor: University of Connecticut

2008
Intern of the Year
Sponsor: University of Connecticut

2005
Sigma Sigma Phi, Osteopathic Medical Honor Society

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Clinical Trials

Mitigating Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults With Cancer: Memory and Attention Adaptation Training-Geriatrics (MAAT-G) Phase I

Lead Researcher: Allison Magnuson

Cancer-related cognitive dysfunction (CRCD) affects up to 75% of patients receiving chemotherapy and older adults are at greater risk of developing CRCD, which can negatively affect their functional independence and quality of life. Memory and Attention Adaptation Training-Geriatrics (MAAT-G) is a cognitive behavioral therapy-based intervention tailored specifically for older adults and the feasibility of MAAT-G in older cancer survivors with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is being evaluated.

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Mitigating Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults With Breast Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy: Memory and Attention Adaptation Training-Geriatrics (MAAT-G) Phase I

Lead Researcher: Allison Magnuson

Cancer-related cognitive dysfunction (CRCD) affects up to 75% of patients receiving chemotherapy and older adults are at greater risk of developing CRCD, which can negatively affect their functional independence and quality of life. Memory and Attention Adaptation Training (MAAT) is a promising treatment for CRCD that improves perceived cognition in younger cancer survivors, but needs to be adapted for older adults to address their unique needs. The proposed study will adapt MAAT for older adults using feedback from key stakeholders (older adults with cancer and their caregivers), and subsequently test the ability of MAAT to improve or maintain cognition for older adults with breast cancer receiving adjuvant chemotherapy.

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Mitigating Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults With Breast Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy: Memory and Attention Adaptation Training-Geriatrics (MAAT-G): A Randomized Pilot Study,Mitigating Cancer-Related Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults With Breast Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy: Memory and Attention Adaptation Training-Geriatrics (MAAT-G): A Randomized Pilot Study

Lead Researcher: Allison Magnuson

Cancer-related cognitive dysfunction (CRCD) affects up to 75% of patients receiving chemotherapy and older adults are at greater risk of developing CRCD, which can negatively affect their functional independence and quality of life. Memory and Attention Adaptation Training (MAAT) is a promising treatment for CRCD that improves perceived cognition in younger cancer survivors, but needs to be adapted for older adults to address their unique needs. The proposed study will adapt MAAT for older adults using feedback from key stakeholders (older adults with cancer and their caregivers), and subsequently test the ability of MAAT to improve or maintain cognition for older adults with breast cancer receiving adjuvant chemotherapy.

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UCCO16103: Cognitive Rehabilitation For At-Risk Older Cancer Patients Receiving Chemotherapy: A Pilot Study Evaluating Feasibility And Impact

Lead Researcher: Allison Magnuson

In Phase I all subjects will receive cognitive rehabilitation intervention which includes, workshops and at-home computer-based cognitive training. In the phase II portion of the study, depending on the group you are assigned, you may receive cognitive rehabilitation intervention or usual care. This will help researchers develop a doable approach to cognitive rehabilitation and see if it helps reduce the risk of developing progressive cognitive impairments which is a common side effect of chemotherapy.

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Publications

Journal Articles

3/8/2022
Loh KP, Watson E, Culakova E, Flannery M, Sohn M, Xu H, Kadambi S, Magnuson A, McHugh C, Sanapala C, Kehoe L, Vogel VG, Burnette BL, Vinciguerra V, Mohile SG, Duberstein PR. "Caregiver-oncologist prognostic concordance, caregiving esteem, and caregiver outcomes." Journal of geriatric oncology.. 2022 Mar 8; Epub 2022 Mar 08.

3/1/2022
Jensen-Battaglia M, Lei L, Xu H, Kehoe L, Patil A, Loh KP, Ramsdale E, Magnuson A, Kleckner AS, Wildes TM, Lin PJ, Mustian KM, Giri G, Whitehead M, Bearden J, Burnette BL, Geer J, Mohile SG, Dunne RF. "Association of Oncologist-Patient Communication With Functional Status and Physical Performance in Older Adults: A Secondary Analysis of a Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial." JAMA network open.. 2022 Mar 1; 5(3):e223039. Epub 2022 Mar 01.

1/6/2022
Levit LA, Arora S, Kluetz PG, Magnuson A, Rahman A, Harvey RD. "Call to Action for Improving Oral Anticancer Agent Adherence." Journal of clinical oncology : official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.. 2022 Jan 6; :JCO2102529. Epub 2022 Jan 06.

Books & Chapters

2019
Chapter Title: Oncology and Hematologic Malignancies
Book Title: Geriatrics Review Syllabus: A core curriculum in geriatric medicine
Author List: Magnuson A, Maggiore R.
Edited By: Harper GM, Lyons WL, Potter JF
Published By: American Geriatrics Society 2019 in NY

2016
Chapter Title: Oncology and Hematologic Malignancies
Book Title: Geriatrics Review Syllabus: A Core Curriculum in Geriatric Medicine, 9th Edition (GRS9)
Author List: Magnuson, A; Mohile, S.
Edited By: Medina-Walpole A, Pacala JT, Potter JF
Published By: American Geriatrics Society 2016 in New York, NY

2013
Chapter Title: Geriatric Assessment for the Oncologist
Book Title: Management of Gynecological Cancers in Older Women
Author List: Magnuson A, Mohile S
Edited By: Lichtman
Published By: Springer Publishing 2013

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