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Medical oncology


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Rafael Santana-Davila, M.D., is a board certified physician at UWMC-Roosevelt and a UW associate professor of Medicine and Oncology.

Originally from Mexico City, Rafael Santana-Davila was drawn to a career in medicine because of his interest in the science of the human body and the influence of his father, an accomplished physician himself. His goal is to provide patients and their families the most up to date and clear information about their disease, prognosis and treatment options, including the latest in clinical trials.

Dr. Santana-Davila earned his M.D. at Universidad Anahuac, Mexico City. He is board certified in both Medical Oncology and Hematology. His research interests are very wide, from health services research, where his main goal is to understand how patients are treated in the general population, and establishing if we can mirror what is seen in the latest clinical trials when treating the average individual, to designing and implementing clinical trials that test new treatments in the battle against cancer. 

Personal Interests

His time outside work is spent with his wife and two children. They especially like exploring the outdoors.
Mayo Clinic

Fellowship, 2010

Univ. of Minnesota Medical School

Residency, 2006, Internal Medicine

Univ. of Minnesota Medical School

Internship, 2004, Internal Medicine

Universidad Anahuac

Medical education, 2001

Medical College of Wisconsin

Teaching Appointment


Board Certifications
  • Medical Oncology, 2010, American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Hematology, 2010, American Board of Internal Medicine