Barrie R. Cassileth, Ph.D.

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Chief, Integrative Medicine Service

Dr. Cassileth is currently the Chief of the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, as well as an Attending there. She is also a Consulting Professor in Community and Family Medicine at Duke University Medical Center, an Adjunct Professor of Medicine (Oncology) at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Visiting Lecturer in Medicine at Harvard University.

Over the years, Dr. Cassileth has held key positions with numerous national organizations, including the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, and the American Cancer Society. She is on the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society and a member of the Public Issues Committee and the American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Dr. Cassileth has authored hundreds of original papers and articles on the psychosocial aspects of cancer for leading general and specialty journals, including such topics as: the role of patient participation in therapeutic decision making, quality of life issues for cancer patients, and patient care during the terminal phase of illness. She has also written extensively for both the scientific and lay press on the topic of alternative and complementary therapies. She is a member of the Editorial and Advisory Boards for several prominent journals, including Cancer, FACT (Focus on Alternative Cancer Therapies), The Hospice Journal, Oncology, Oncology News International, and Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. She also reviews articles for numerous primary care and specialty journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine, the Journal of the American Medical Association, and the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Because of her expertise, Dr. Cassileth has been invited to lecture at medical schools and conferences throughout the United States and the world. She is recognized as an expert in alternative and complementary medicine and the psychosocial aspects of cancer.

Dr. Cassileth's educational background includes a B.A. from Bennington College in Vermont and a M.S. in Psychology from Albert Einstein in New York, followed a doctorate in Medical Sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.