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Diane Portman, MD, FAAHPM

Chair, Department of Supportive Care Medicine

Specialty: Hospice & Palliative Medicine
Program: Supportive Care Medicine

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Locations: Moffitt Cancer Center

Diane Portman, MD, FAAHPM is the Chair of the Supportive Care Medicine department at Moffitt Cancer Center, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncologic Sciences at the University of South Florida. Dr. Portman received her MD degree at Jefferson Medical College and completed an Anesthesia Residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She is board certified in Anesthesiology and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, is a fellow in the Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, is credentialed in pain management and is a frequent speaker and advocate in Palliative Care matters regionally and nationally. Dr. Portman has extensive experience in the integration of Interventional Pain Management techniques with pharmacologic methods and collaboration with other disciplines to enhance patient quality of life through symptom control. Dr. Portman’s clinical interests include therapy of cancer-related and cancer treatment-related pain and other symptoms, palliative communications and shared decision making and their integration into the comprehensive supportive care model. Her research interests include service models, outcomes and quality assessment of Palliative Care. Dr. Portman has successfully led the interdisciplinary effort to attain The Joint Commission Advanced Certification in Palliative Care at Moffitt. She has an ardent interest in the integration of Palliative care in Oncologic services and has been a fervent promoter of the advancement of the field of Palliative Medicine overall.    

Education & Training

Board Certification:

  • Hospice & Palliative Medicine
  • Anesthesiology


  • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania - Anesthesia

Medical School:

  • Jefferson Medical College - MD
Participating Trials

Patterns of Cannabis Use in Young Adult Cancer Patients
Condition: Multiple

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  • Chang YD, Jung JW, Oberoi-Jassal R, Kim J, Rajasekhara S, Haas M, Smith J, Desai V, Donovan KA, Portman D. Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale and Clinical Characteristics Associated With Cannabinoid Use in Oncology Supportive Care Outpatients. J Natl Compr Canc Ne. 2019 Sep.17(9):1059-1064. Pubmedid: 31487688.
  • Portman D. Mindset. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2019 Sep. Pubmedid: 31630999.
  • Portman D, Donovan KA, Bobonis M. Medical Cannabis as an Effective Treatment for Refractory Symptoms of Paraneoplastic Stiff Person Syndrome. J Pain Symptom Manag. 2019 Nov. Pubmedid: 31743746.
  • Johnstone PAS, Bulls HW, Zhou JM, Lee JK, Portman D, Yu HM, Jim H. Congruence of multiple patient-related outcomes within a single day. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Mar;27(3):867-872. Pubmedid: 30069695.
  • Portman D. Family Meeting. Chest. 2019 Mar.155(3):645. Pubmedid: 30846066. Pmcid: PMC6435908.
  • Portman D. Transition of Care. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2019 Mar.28(1):118-119. Pubmedid: 30926274.
  • Portman D. Communication Fatigue. J Palliat Med. 2019 Jan.22(1):108. Pubmedid: 30633705.
  • Portman D. Spills of Age. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2019 Jan.67(5):1096. Pubmedid: 30667532.
  • Portman D. Terminal Restlessness. Acad Psychiatry. 2019 Jan.43(6):649. Pubmedid: 30693463.
  • Donovan KA, Chang YD, Oberoi-Jassal R, Rajasekhara S, Smith J, Haas M, Portman DG. Relationship of Cannabis Use to Patient-Reported Symptoms in Cancer Patients Seeking Supportive/Palliative Care. J Palliat Med. 2019 Feb.22(10):1191-1195. Pubmedid: 30794025.
  • Johnstone PAS, Alla R, Yu HM, Portman D, Cheng H, Mitchell R, Jim H. Patient-reported outcomes: using ESAS to screen for anemia. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Dec. Pubmedid: 31872297.
  • Donovan KA, Oberoi-Jassal R, Chang YD, Rajasekhara S, Haas MF, Randich AL, Portman DG. Cannabis Use in Young Adult Cancer Patients. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2019 Aug. Pubmedid: 31436482.
  • Bulls HW, Hoogland AI, Craig D, Paice J, Chang YD, Oberoi-Jassal R, Rajasekhara S, Haas M, Bobonis M, Gonzalez BD, Portman D, Jim HSL. Cancer and Opioids: Patient Experiences With Stigma (COPES)-A Pilot Study. J Pain Symptom Manag. 2019 Apr.57(4):816-819. Pubmedid: 30703463. Pmcid: PMC6433506.
  • Portman D. Commentary on I, you, she or he…. Acad Med. 2018 Sep.93(9):1309. Pubmedid: 30153171.
  • Portman D. Scanxiety. Fam Syst Health. 2018 Sep.36(3):415. Pubmedid: 30198743.
  • Portman D. Real Time Care. J Palliat Med. 2018 May;21(5):724. Pubmedid: 29125910.
  • Mosley SA, Hicks JK, Portman DG, Donovan KA, Gopalan P, Schmit J, Starr J, Silver N, Gong Y, Langaee T, Clare-Salzler M, Starostik P, Chang YD, Rajasekhara S, Smith JE, Soares HP, George TJ, McLeod HL, Cavallari LH. Design and rational for the precision medicine guided treatment for cancer pain pragmatic clinical trial. Contemp Clin Trials. 2018 May;68:7-13. Pubmedid: 29535047. Pmcid: PMC5899651.
  • Portman D, Donovan KA. Cannabinoid Hyperemesis Syndrome: A Case Report of a Confounding Entity in Oncology Care. J Oncol Pract. 2018 May;14(5):333-334. Pubmedid: 29543555.
  • Portman D. Real Time Care. J Palliat Med. 2018 May.21(5):724. Pubmedid: 31765273.
  • Portman D, Thirlwell S, Donovan KA. Completing the Bucket List: Leveraging Telemedicine in Oncologic Palliative Care to Support Legacy-Making and Dignity. J Pain Symptom Manag. 2018 Jun;55(6):e1-e2. Pubmedid: 29474937.
  • Oberoi-Jassal R, Portman D, Smith J, Rajasekhara S, Desai VV, Donovan KA, Chang YD. Burning Mouth Pain: A Case Report. J Oncol Pract. 2018 Jul;14(7):447-448. Pubmedid: 29589986.
  • Chang YD, Smith J, Portman D, Kim R, Oberoi-Jassal R, Rajasekhara S, Davis M. Single Institute Experience With Methylphenidate and American Ginseng in Cancer-Related Fatigue. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2018 Jan;35(1):144-150. Pubmedid: 28299946.
  • Johnstone PAS, Lee J, Zhou JM, Ma Z, Portman D, Jim H, Yu HM. A modified Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale for symptom clusters in radiation oncology patients. Cancer Med. 2017 Sep;6(9):2034-2041. Pubmedid: 28776964. Pmcid: PMC5603842.
  • Portman D. De-prescription. Fam Syst Health. 2017 Sep.35(3):389-390. Pubmedid: 28945453.
  • Kamal AH, Bull J, Wolf SP, Portman D, Strand J, Johnson KS. Unmet Needs of African Americans and Whites at the Time of Palliative Care Consultation. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2017 Jun;34(5):461-465. Pubmedid: 26888883.
  • Portman D. A Palliative Homage to Dylan Thomas: Go Gentle into That Good Night. J Palliat Med. 2017 Aug.20(8):901. Pubmedid: 28287851.
  • Dans M, Smith T, Back A, Baker JN, Bauman JR, Beck AC, Block S, Campbell T, Case AA, Dalal S, Edwards H, Fitch TR, Kapo J, Kutner JS, Kvale E, Miller C, Misra S, Mitchell W, Portman DG, Spiegel D, Sutton L, Szmuilowicz E, Temel J, Tickoo R, Urba SG, Weinstein E, Zachariah F, Bergman MA, Scavone JL. NCCN Guidelines Insights: Palliative Care, Version 2.2017. J Natl Compr Canc Ne. 2017 Aug;15(8):989-997. Pubmedid: 28784860.
  • Donovan KA, Turney M, Emnett CE, Lamoreaux A, Portman DG. Predicting hospital readmissions in the oncology population. J Clin Oncol. 2016 Oct;34(26_suppl):177. Pubmedid: 28156510.
  • Portman DG, Thirlwell S, Donovan KA, Alvero C, Gray JE, Holloway R, Ellington L. Leveraging a Team Mental Model to Develop a Cancer Anorexia-Cachexia Syndrome Team. J Oncol Pract. 2016 Nov;12(11):1046-1052. Pubmedid: 27858539.
  • Hochman MJ, Wolf S, Zafar SY, Portman D, Bull J, Kamal AH. Comparing Unmet Needs to Optimize Quality: Characterizing Inpatient and Outpatient Palliative Care Populations. J Pain Symptom Manag. 2016 Jun;51(6):1033-1039.e3. Pubmedid: 27046299.
  • Calton BA, Alvarez-Perez A, Portman DG, Ramchandran KJ, Sugalski J, Rabow MW. The Current State of Palliative Care for Patients Cared for at Leading US Cancer Centers: The 2015 NCCN Palliative Care Survey. J Natl Compr Canc Ne. 2016 Jul;14(7):859-866. Pubmedid: 27407126.
  • Levy M, Smith T, Alvarez-Perez A, Back A, Baker JN, Beck AC, Block S, Dalal S, Dans M, Fitch TR, Kapo J, Kutner JS, Kvale E, Misra S, Mitchell W, Portman DG, Sauer TM, Spiegel D, Sutton L, Szmuilowicz E, Taylor RM, Temel J, Tickoo R, Urba SG, Weinstein E, Zachariah F, Bergman MA, Scavone JL. Palliative Care Version 1.2016. J Natl Compr Canc Ne. 2016 Jan;14(1):82-113. Pubmedid: 26733557.
  • Albizu-Rivera A, Portman DG, Thirlwell S, Codada SN, Donovan KA. Implementation of NCCN Palliative Care Guidelines by member institutions. Support Care Cancer. 2016 Feb;24(2):929-932. Pubmedid: 26227917.
  • Portman D, Thirlwell S. Perspectives, Progress, and Opportunities for Palliative Care in Oncology. Cancer Control. 2015 Oct;22(4):382-384. Pubmedid: 26678964.