Barrie R. Cassileth

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"As a researcher, educator, and planner, I have worked in alternative and complementary (integrative) medicine and the psychosocial aspects of cancer care for more than 25 years. I came to Memorial Sloan-Kettering in 1999 to create the Integrative Medicine Service, a multifaceted program that offers inpatient therapies at Memorial Hospital and outpatient services at the Bendheim Integrative Medicine Center...

"I am also actively involved in integrative medicine on a national and international level. I am founding President of the International Society for Integrative Oncology and founding Editor-in-Chief of its journal, Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology. I was a founding member of the Advisory Council to the National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine, now the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM). After completing a term on the American Cancer Society (ACS) National Board of Directors, I am now on the ACS Eastern Division Board. I also am a member of the national ACS and many other federal, national, and international panels and committees.

"At Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, I have been the principal investigator of several research studies funded by the National Institutes of Health and also head one of five NIH-supported Botanical Research Centers. Our Botanical Center investigates immune-modulating botanical supplements, their composition, mechanisms of action and clinical value.

"I have published extensively on integrative medicine and complementary therapies, and have lectured on these topics internationally. I have 158 papers in the medical literature and 60 books and textbook chapters for physicians, patients, and families. A new edition of my Alternative Medicine Handbook is underway, and the second edition of our Herb-Drug Interactions in Oncology is now available."[1]


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  1. mskcc Barrie R. Cassileth, organizational web page, accessed February 26, 2013.