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Margarita Bobonis Babilonia, MD

Vice Chair, Department of Supportive Care Medicine

Specialty: Psychiatry
Sub Specialty: Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Program: Supportive Care Medicine


Dr. Bobonis Babilonia is the Section Chief of Behavioral Medicine in the Supportive Care Medicine Department at Moffitt Cancer Center.  She serves as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Oncological Sciences and the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine of the University of South Florida College of Medicine. She received her medical degree from the Autonomous University of Guadalajara (UAG ) and completed her Psychiatry residency and Psychosomatic Medicine fellowship training at the New York Medical College-Westchester Medical Center.  She is board certified in Psychiatry and a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Bobonis’ clinical interests include psychological and psychiatric aspects of cancer and their treatments, and preserving autonomy and quality of life through the cancer experience.  Dr. Bobonis also has an interest in working with the Hispanic community and often participates in educational programs to educate the Latino community to minimize health disparities.

Education & Training

Board Certification:

  • Psychiatry - Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry


  • Westchester Medical Center - Psychosomatic Medicine


  • Westchester Medical Center - Psychiatry

Medical School:

  • Autonomous University of Guadalajara - MD
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  • Donovan KA, Dolan A, Lubrano di Ciccone BB, Babilonia MB, Skinner A, Reed DR, Portman DG. Cannabis consumption in young adults with cancer: descriptive study. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2022 Jul. Pubmedid: 35788467.
  • Turner K, Bobonis Babilonia M, Naso C, Nguyen O, Gonzalez BD, Oswald LB, Robinson E, Elston Lafata J, Ferguson RJ, Alishahi Tabriz A, Patel K, Hallanger-Johnson J, Aldawoodi N, Hong YR, Jim HSL, Speiss PE. Health Care Providers' and Professionals' Experiences With Telehealth Oncology Implementation During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study. J Med Internet Res. 2022 Jan.24(1):e29635. Pubmedid: 34907900. Pmcid: PMC8772877.
  • Wiener L, Bedoya S, Battles H, Sender L, Zabokrtsky K, Donovan KA, Thompson LMA, Lubrano di Ciccone BB, Babilonia MB, Fasciano K, Malinowski P, Lyon M, Thompkins J, Heath C, Velazquez D, Long-Traynor K, Fry A, Pao M. Voicing their choices: Advance care planning with adolescents and young adults with cancer and other serious conditions. Palliat Support Care. 2022 Aug.20(4):462-470. Pubmedid: 35876450. Pmcid: PMC9315053.
  • Bobonis Babilonia M, Donovan KA, Lubrano di Ciccone BB, Rajasekhara S. When orthorexia nervosa meets cancer-A case review. Psychooncology. 2020 Oct.29(10):1507-1509. Pubmedid: 32419241.
  • Portman D, Donovan KA, Bobonis M. Medical Cannabis as an Effective Treatment for Refractory Symptoms of Paraneoplastic Stiff Person Syndrome. J Pain Symptom Manag. 2020 Feb.59(2):e1-e3. Pubmedid: 31743746.
  • Huddart R, Hicks JK, Ramsey LB, Strawn JR, Smith DM, Bobonis Babilonia M, Altman RB, Klein TE. PharmGKB summary: sertraline pathway, pharmacokinetics. Pharmacogenet Genomics. 2020 Feb.30(2):26-33. Pubmedid: 31851125. Pmcid: PMC7008964.
  • Jim HSL, Hoogland AI, Han HS, Culakova E, Heckler C, Janelsins M, Williams GC, Bower J, Cole S, Desta Z, Babilonia MB, Morrow G, Peppone L. A randomized placebo-controlled trial of bupropion for Cancer-related fatigue: Study design and procedures. Contemp Clin Trials. 2020 Apr.91:105976. Pubmedid: 32147571. Pmcid: PMC7263969.
  • Bobonis Babilonia M. A Rainbow in the Darkest Times. J Palliat Med. 2020 Apr.23(4):580-581. Pubmedid: 32216690.
  • 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.
  • Martinez Tyson D, Medina-Ramirez P, Vázquez-Otero C, Gwede CK, Babilonia MB, McMillan SC. Initial evaluation of the validity and reliability of the culturally adapted Spanish CaSUN (S-CaSUN). J Cancer Surviv. 2018 Aug.12(4):509-518. Pubmedid: 29623531. Pmcid: PMC6092044.
  • Martinez Tyson D, Medina-Ramirez P, Vázquez-Otero C, Gwede CK, Bobonis M, McMillan SC. Cultural adaptation of a supportive care needs measure for Hispanic men cancer survivors. J Psychosoc Oncol. 2017 Sep.36(1):113-131. Pubmedid: 28857692. Pmcid: PMC6225784.
  • Thompson LMA, Bobonis Babilonia M. Distinguishing Depressive Symptoms From Similar Cancer-Related Somatic Symptoms: Implications for Assessment and Management of Major Depression after Breast Cancer. South Med J. 2017 Oct.110(10):667-672. Pubmedid: 28973709.

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