David S. Rosenthal, MD
Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School
Henry K. Oliver Professor of Hygiene (Emeritus), Harvard University
Office phone: 617-632-4507
Preferred contact method: office phone
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Hematologic malignancies, Myeloproliferative disorders, Integrative oncology
Area of ResearchComplementary Therapies for Cancer Patients
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
450 Brookline Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
Dr. Rosenthal received his MD from Tufts University School of Medicine in 1963. After an internship and residency at Tufts Medical Service, Boston City Hospital, he was named senior assistant resident at Beth Israel Hospital. In June of 2000, he became medical director of the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrated Therapies at DFCI. In 2004, he was named the vice president of the Society of Integrative Oncology, and in 2005 became president.
- American Cancer Society Sandra C. Labaree Volunteer Values Award for Mission, 2000
- American Cancer Society, National Division Award, St. George's Medal, 1988
ResearchComplementary Therapies for Cancer Patients
Over the past few years, millions of Americans have embraced complementary treatments to combat a wide range of illnesses and health conditions. The most frequent users of these new approaches are people with cancer.
In November 2000, Dana-Farber opened the Leonard P. Zakim Center for Integrated Therapies, where leading DFCI clinicians and researchers are able to combine complementary patient care approaches with traditional treatments. The Zakim Center provides quality clinical, educational, and research programs to enhance the lives of patients and their families in both the pediatric and adult clinics.
The research mission of the Zakim Center is to advance knowledge of the efficacy and toxicity of complementary therapies through peer-reviewed, evidence-based clinical research. Working with the different disease centers at Dana-Farber, we are conducting clinical trials to find out which therapies are safe and effective. The Zakim Center also collaborates with organizations such as the American Cancer Society and with academicians at Harvard Medical School. Research projects include studies of the effects of several interventions: (1) exercise programs on immunological activity, physical status, and quality of life; (2) acupuncture on pain, nausea, and the quality of life in patients with advanced cancer; (3) acupuncture on chemotherapy-induced neutropenia in patients with ovarian cancer; (4) Qi Gong on mood and cortisol levels in patients with breast cancer; (5) music therapy on patients with metastatic breast cancer; and (6) Reiki and the relaxation response on patients with prostate cancer.
In November 2004, Dana-Farber was among several organizations - including Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the MD Anderson Cancer Center - to found the Society for Integrative Oncology, a nonprofit that serves as a forum for the presentation of scientific data on complementary and integrative therapies. Dr. Rosenthal served as the vice president in 2004 and the president in 2005.
- Partridge RA, Matulonis UA, Rosenthal DS, Penson RT. Why use complementary and alternative medicine during cancer treatment? Patient perspectives on acupuncture and other alternative therapies. J Cancer Integr Med 2005;31:27-37.
- Marks PW, Rosenthal DS. Hematologic manifestations of systemic disease; infection, chronic inflammation, and cancer. In: Hoffman R, Benz E, Shatill S, Furie B, Cohen H, Silberstein L, McGlave P, editors. Hematology: basic principles and practice. 4th ed. New York: Churchill Livingston 2005; p.2573-84.
- Dean-Clower, Elizabeth, MD, MPH