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Smitha Pabbathi, MD


Specialty: Internal Medicine
Program: Survivorship


Dr. Smitha R. Pabbathi is ABIM certified in Internal Medicine and an associate member at Moffitt Cancer Center. She is also an associate professor at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.   She became medical director of the Survivorship Clinic fulltime in 2018 at the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation Outpatient Center at McKinley Campus, where she  leads a team of providers focused on the unique needs of cancer survivors with an emphasis on prevention. She received her Bachelors in Science from Florida State University and her medical degree from the University of Florida College of Medicine.  She completed her Internal Medicine residency training at the University of Florida in 2007. Following her training, she joined the Division of Hospital Medicine faculty at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, caring for hospitalized oncology patients. Dr. Pabbathi then joined the Internal Hospital Medicine Department at Moffitt in 2011. She has a decade of experience as an oncology academic hospitalist and understands the complexities of comprehensive and personalized medical care needed for oncology patients and survivors. She is also committed to the education of medical students and Internal Medicine residents. Dr. Pabbathi was recognized for her exemplary teaching at Moffitt with the Outstanding Resident Teaching award in 2014. In 2015, she was recognized by project REACH and was selected to attend the AAMC Women’s Leadership Conference. In 2017, she led a taskforce to create a formal process to deliver Survivorship Care Plans. This initiative received recognition with the Spirit of Moffitt Award. Dr. Pabbathi was also the recipient of a Florida Breast Cancer Foundation educational grant, which allowed for the collaboration with Nutrition and Rehab services, Social Work and Arts in Medicine to create a breast cancer survivor workshop called SOAR: Survivors Overcoming and Achieving Resiliency.  Dr. Pabbathi was asked to be a part of Florida Society of Clinical Oncology Board of Directors in 2018 as the Survivorship Chairman.  She is strong patient advocate, dedicated to service and community outreach locally and regionally, and is devoted to providing outstanding clinical care to her patients.

Education & Training


  • University of Florida - Internal Medicine

Medical School:

  • University of Florida - MD
Participating Trials

Efficacy of SOAR (Survivors Overcoming and Achieving Resiliency) Survivorship Workshop for Breast Cancer Survivors
Condition: Breast

The PAWN-Q Study: An Exploratory Analysis of Perceived Needs Regarding Physical Activity, Appearance, Weight, Nutrition, and Quality of Life in Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors
Condition: N/A

If you believe you are eligible for one of these trials or studies, please call
813-745-6100 or toll-free 1-800-679-0775.


  • Chavez MN, Tyson DM, Lake PW, Gutierrez A, Sherry P, Rigg KK, Marshall V, Henderson H, Rajasekhara S, Pabbathi S, Lubrano B. 'They say you can get addicted': Exploring factors that fuel the fear of addiction to prescription opioids among cancer survivors. Eur J Cancer Care (Engl). 2022 May.31(3):e13582. Pubmedid: 35354227.
  • MacDonald M, Mirza AS, Mhaskar R, Ewing A, Chen L, Robinson K, Lu Y, Ayoubi N, Gonzalez E, Guerra L, Roetzheim R, Woodard L, Pabbathi S. Preventative Cancer Screening Rates Among Uninsured Patients in Free Clinics: A Retrospective Cohort Study of Cancer Survivors and Non-cancer Survivors. Cancer Control. 2022 Jan.29. Pubmedid: 35245986. Pmcid: PMC8902193.
  • Marshall VK, Chavez M, Efre A, Lake PW, Rigg KK, Lubrano B, Pabbathi S, Rajasekhara S, Tyson DM. Barriers to Adequate Pain Control and Opioid Use Among Cancer Survivors: Implications for Nursing Practice. Cancer Nurs. 2022 Dec. Pubmedid: 36480307.
  • Adashek JJ, Jordan A, Redwine LS, Tyson DM, Thompson Z, Pabbathi S. Pan-cancer analysis of fear of cancer recurrence among cancer survivors. ESMO Open. 2022 Aug.7(4):100528. Pubmedid: 35780591. Pmcid: PMC9463169.
  • Hutchinson T, Hoffe S, Saeed S, Pflanzer SA, Fleming JB, Pabbathi S. Gastrointestinal Disease-Specific Survivorship Care: A New Personalized Model Integrating Onco-Wellness. Cancer Control. 2021 Jan.28. Pubmedid: 33926264. Pmcid: PMC8204645.
  • Hathaway CA, Siegel EM, Chung CH, Pabbathi S, Vidrine J, Vadaparampil S, Tworoger SS. Utilizing a large-scale biobanking registry to assess patient priorities and preferences for cancer research and education. PLoS One. 2021 Feb.16(2):e0246686. Pubmedid: 33544776. Pmcid: PMC7864448.
  • Tyson DM, Chavez MN, Lake P, Gutierrez A, Sherry P, Rigg KK, Marshall VK, Henderson H, di Ciccone BL, Rajasekhara S, Pabbathi S. Perceptions of prescription opioid medication within the context of cancer survivorship and the opioid epidemic. J Cancer Surviv. 2021 Aug.15(4):585-596. Pubmedid: 33405057.
  • Tyson DM, Chavez MN, Lubrano B, Lake P, Gutierrez A, Marshall VK, Rigg KK, Henderson H, Pabbathi S, Sherry P, Rajasekhara S. Correction to: Understanding Cancer Survivors' Educational Needs about Prescription Opioid Medications: Implications for Cancer Education and Health Literacy. J Cancer Educ. 2021 Aug.36(4):893. Pubmedid: 34143414.
  • Tyson DM, Chavez MN, Lubrano B, Lake P, Gutierrez A, Marshall VK, Rigg KK, Henderson H, Pabbathi S, Sherry P, Rajasekhara S. Understanding Cancer Survivors' Educational Needs About Prescription Opioid Medications: Implications for Cancer Education and Health Literacy. J Cancer Educ. 2021 Apr.36(2):215-224. Pubmedid: 33428119.
  • Renduchintala K, Pabbathi S, Nanjappa S, Ramsakal A, Greene J. A Case of Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency and Organizing Pneumonia. Cureus. 2020 Dec.12(12):e12078. Pubmedid: 33489496. Pmcid: PMC7805524.
  • MacDonald M, Shah S, Swanson J, Song E, Ahsan T, Pabbathi S, Mhaskar R, Mirza AS. Substance Use in Uninsured Cancer Survivors: A Multicenter Cross-Sectional Study of Free Clinics. Cureus. 2020 Aug.12(8):e10083. Pubmedid: 33005507. Pmcid: PMC7522175.
  • Hembree TN, Thirlwell S, Reich RR, Pabbathi S, Extermann M, Ramsakal A. Predicting survival in cancer patients with and without 30-day readmission of an unplanned hospitalization using a deficit accumulation approach. Cancer Med. 2019 Nov.8(15):6503-6518. Pubmedid: 31493342. Pmcid: PMC6825978.
  • Mirza AS, Pabbathi S, Lu Y, Ayoubi N, Ewing A, Jaglal M, Roetzheim R. Comorbidities, risk, and socioeconomic factors of uninsured cancer survivors. Medicine. 2018 Nov.97(47):e13121. Pubmedid: 30461610. Pmcid: PMC6393034.
  • Srikumar T, Pabbathi S, Fernandez J, Nanjappa S. Aspergillus Terreus Brain Abscess Complicated by Tension Pneumocephalus in a Patient with Angiosarcoma. Am J Case Rep. 2017 Jan.18:33-37. Pubmedid: 28070116. Pmcid: PMC5240880.
  • Singh V, Nanjappa S, Pabbathi S, Greene JN. Invasive Haemophilus influenzae Infection in Patients With Cancer. Cancer Control. 2017 Jan.24(1):66-71. Pubmedid: 28178716.
  • Nanjappa S, Singh V, Uttamchandani S, Pabbathi S. Thrombotic Microangiopathy in a Patient Treated With Gemcitabine. Cancer Control. 2017 Jan.24(1):54-56. Pubmedid: 28178713.
  • Reed DR, Oshrine B, Pratt C, Fridgen O, Elstner C, Wilson L, Soliman H, Lee MC, McLeod HL, Shah B, Donovan KA, Pabbathi S, Turney M, Binitie O, Healy C, Nieder M, Shaw PH, Galligan A, Letson GD, Stern M, Quinn GP, Davies S. Sink or Collaborate: How the Immersive Model Has Helped Address Typical Adolescent and Young Adult Barriers at a Single Institution and Kept the Adolescent and Young Adult Program Afloat. J Adolesc Young Adult Oncol. 2017 Dec.6(4):503-511. Pubmedid: 28777007. Pmcid: PMC5725631.
  • Shah S, Hankenson J, Pabbathi S, Greene J, Nanjappa S. Clostridium tertium in neutropenic patients: case series at a cancer institute. Int J Infect Dis. 2016 Oct.51:44-46. Pubmedid: 27575937.
  • Shah S, Nanjappa S, Pabbathi S, Greene J. Clostridium septicum Case Series: A 5-Year Experience at a Cancer Center. Infect Dis Clin Prac. 2016 Mar.24(2):72-75.
  • Nanjappa S, DeClue C, Gajanan G, Pabbathi S, Toloza E, Greene J. Pneumonectomy Complicated by Bronchopleural Fistula and Empyema: A Case Report and Review of Literature. Infect Dis Clin Prac. 2016 Mar.24(2):79-82.
  • Ahmed A, Yacoub AT, Ponnuru A, Pabbathi S, Nanjappa S, Vincent AL, Greene J. Tonsillectomy for this 35-year-old patient?. J Fam Practice. 2016 Jul.65(7):474-476. Pubmedid: 27565100.
  • Nanjappa S, Shah S, Pabbathi S. Clostridium septicum Gas Gangrene in Colon Cancer: Importance of Early Diagnosis. Case Rep Infect Dis. 2016 Jan.2015:694247. Pubmedid: 26793397. Pmcid: PMC4697071.
  • Bromberg DJ, Valenzuela M, Nanjappa S, Pabbathi S. Hyperuricemia in 2 Patients Receiving Palbociclib for Breast Cancer. Cancer Control. 2016 Jan.23(1):59-60. Pubmedid: 27009458.

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