Rebecca E. Cantone, MD

  • Associate Professor of Family Medicine, School of Medicine
  • Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Medical Education Student Affairs, Office of the Dean, School of Medicine


Dr. Becca Cantone (she/her) is a family physician trained in full scope family medicine. She focuses on whole person care, working to address physical and mental health concerns together. She is especially interested in providing care to the LGBTQ community and those seeking help for substance use disorders. She is open to hearing her patients' concerns and working together to find a good plan.

Dr. Cantone enjoys the continuity of patient care and building long-term therapeutic relationships with patients. She loves seeing multiple family members and caring for the entire family to better understand the full situation affecting one’s life and health. She is in clinic 2 days per week, works in the hospital setting several weeks a year, and helps train learners in medicine both in the clinic and the classroom.

Outside of work, Dr. Cantone enjoys hiking, eating good food (and running to burn it off), doing puzzles and spending time with her family and dogs.

Education and training

    • M.D., 2011, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • Residency

    • Family and Community medicine, chief resident, University of California, Davis, 2014, Sacramento CA
  • Certifications

    • American Board of Family Medicine

Memberships and associations:

  • American Academy of Family Physicians

Areas of interest

  • LGBTQIA+ Health
  • Educating learners and patients
  • Managing acute and chronic issues


Elsevier pure profile

Selected publications

  • Castelli G, Desai K, Cantone RE. Peripheral Neuropathy: Evaluation and Differential Diagnosis. Am Fam Physician. 2020 Dec 15;102(12):732-739
  • Cantone RE, Garvey B, O'Neill A, Fleishman J, Cohen D, Muench J, and Bailey SR. Predictors of Medication-Assisted Treatment Initiation for Opioid Use Disorder in an Interdisciplinary Primary Care Model.  Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine. September 2019, 32 (5) 724-731
  • West N, Powers N, Hockett W, Farley M, Cantone, RE. Increasing naloxone availability in rural communities. Annals of Family Medicine. March/April 2019 17:2, p178
  • Schneider B, Biagioli FE, Palmer R, O'Neill P, Robinson SC, Cantone RE. Design and Implementation of a Competency-Based Family Medicine Clerkship Curriculum. Family Medicine. 2019;51(3):234-240.
  • Cantone RE, Deiorio NM, Polston A, Schneider B. Specialty Choice Stability: Are There Implications for Early Entry Into Residency? PRiMER. 2018;2:30
  • Kost A, Cantone RE, Schneider B, Sairenji T, Palmer R. Validation and Comparison of a Brief Instrument vs a Single-Item Screen to Predict Entry to Family Medicine at Matriculation to Medical School. Family Medicine. 2018;50(9):672-678
  • Cantone RE, Fleishman J, Garvey B, Gideonse N. Interdisciplinary management of opioid use disorder in primary care. Annals of Family Medicine. 2018;16(1):83.
  • Cantone RE. Why Medical Students Need Addictions Training. Medical Teacher. 2018: 40:4, 421-422.
  • Palmer RT, Rdesinski RE, Galper A, Cantone RE, Shaver J, et al. (2017) Assessing the Impact of a Telemedicine Simulation on Clinical Learners. Journal of Family Medicine Community Health 4(5): 1120.


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