The Anticancer Lifestyle Foundation Advisory Board provides counsel and direction to the ALF staff, who are solely responsible for the content of the Anticancer Lifestyle Program. Click on each board member’s image below to view their full bio. Their bio will appear below their image.
Dr. Donald I. Abrams, M.D., is the past chief of the Hematology-Oncology Division at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, an integrative oncologist at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the University of California San Francisco. He graduated from Brown University in 1972 and from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1977.
After completing an Internal Medicine residency at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco, Dr. Abrams became a fellow in Hematology-Oncology at the UCSF Cancer Research Institute in 1980. His interest in botanical therapies led him to pursue a two-year Fellowship in the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona that he completed in December 2004.
Dr. Abrams’ particular passion in the field is nutrition and cancer. Since completing his Fellowship, He has been providing Integrative Medicine consultation to people living with and beyond cancer at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. His integrative oncology interests are in medicinal mushrooms, Traditional Chinese Medicine interventions and nutrition. He co-edited the Oxford University Press textbook Integrative Oncology with Andrew Weil, M.D.. Dr. Abrams is a member of the NCI PDQ CAM Editorial Board, and was President of the Society for Integrative Oncology in 2010.
Dr. Jeanna Walsh is the medical director at Dana Farber/New Hampshire Oncology-Hematology. Dr. Walsh received her BA from Wellesley College, her medical degree from SUNY/Upstate Medical University, and completed her Internal Medicine residency and Oncology/Hematology fellowship at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York. Dr. Walsh is board certified in Hematology and Oncology, and cares for patients with a variety of cancers. She enthusiastically joined the Anticancer Lifestyle team at its inception, knowing that the program would resonate with patients and help empower them during their cancer journey, and she remains an advisor to the program.
Dr. Roshani Patel is a Board-Certified surgeon and the Medical Director of the Breast Program at Jersey Shore Medical Center. Prior to that, Dr. Patel was a breast surgeon at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire, for 12 years. During this time, Dr. Patel was also an instructor in surgery at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth Hitchcock. Before her move to New Jersey, Dr. Patel was the New Hampshire State Chair of the American College of Surgeons Committee on Cancer, and in that capacity, she led the development of survivorship programs in New Hampshire. Dr. Patel has been an author on numerous publications related to the clinical treatment of breast cancer. She has always been an active promoter of healthy lifestyle behaviors among her patients and was an early supporter of the Anticancer Lifestyle Program.
Ken Cook is the President and co-founder of the Environmental Working Group. Cook is widely recognized as one of the environmental community’s most prominent and influential critics of industrial agriculture, U.S. food and farm policy and the nation’s broken approach to protecting families and children from toxic substances.
Under Cook’s leadership over the past 20 years, EWG has empowered American families with easy-to-use, data-driven tools to help reduce their exposure to potentially harmful ingredients in foods, drinking water, cosmetics and other household products. These unique digital resources are searched hundreds of millions times by consumers, journalists and policy makers.
In the last several years, Cook and EWG have been in the forefront of national and state campaigns to require the labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients.
In May 2014, Cook received the prestigious “Champion for Children Award” from the Children’s Environmental Health Center at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Public Health.
Cook earned a B.A. in history, B.S. in agriculture and M.S. in soil science at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Dr. Linda Carlson holds the Enbridge Research Chair in Psychosocial Oncology, is an Alberta Innovates-Health Solutions Health Scholar, Full Professor in Psychosocial Oncology in the Department of Oncology, Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Psychology. She is the Director of Research and works as a Clinical Psychologist at the Department of Psychosocial Resources at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre. She is a fellow of the Mind and Life Institute and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.
Dr. Carlson’s research in Psychosocial Oncology, Integrative Oncology and specifically in Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery has been published in many high-impact journals and book chapters, and she published a patient manual in 2010 with Michael Speca entitled: Mindfulness-Based Cancer Recovery: A step-by-step MBSR approach to help you cope with treatment and reclaim your life, in addition to a professional training manual in 2009 with Shauna Shapiro entitled The Art and Science of Mindfulness: Integrating mindfulness into psychology and the helping professions.
Dr. Carlson has published over 150 research papers and book chapters, holds several millions of dollars in grant funding and is regularly invited to present her work at international conferences, most recently in China, Italy, Australia, New Zealand and all across Canada and the USA. She presented a TEDx talk called Mindfulness for Personal and Collective Evolution in 2016.
Michael Greger, MD, FACLM is a physician, New York Times bestselling author, and internationally recognized professional speaker on a number of important public health issues.
Dr. Greger’s recent scientific publications in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, Biosecurity and Bioterrorism, Critical Reviews in Microbiology, Family & Community Health, and the International Journal of Food Safety, Nutrition, and Public Health explore the public health implications of industrialized animal agriculture.
Dr. Greger is also licensed as a general practitioner specializing in clinical nutrition and is a founding member and Fellow of the American College of Lifestyle Medicine. He was honored to teach part of Dr. T. Colin Campbell’s esteemed nutrition course at Cornell University. Dr. Greger’s nutrition work can be found at NutritionFacts.org, which is now a 501(c)3 nonprofit charity. His latest book, How Not to Die, became an instant New York Times Best Seller.
Dr. Greger is a graduate of the Cornell University School of Agriculture and the Tufts University School of Medicine.
Dr. Ted Schettler is Science Director of the Science and Environmental Health Network, a non-profit organization committed to science, ethics, law, and action in the public interest. He also serves as science director of the Collaborative on Health and the Environment. He has a medical degree from Case Western Reserve University and masters in public health from Harvard University. Dr. Schettler is co-author of several books and numerous papers addressing various aspects of human health and the environment. Recently, he published The Ecology of Breast Cancer: The Promise of Prevention and the Hope for Healing.
Dr. Barbara L. Andersen is a Professor in the Department of Psychology and Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (joint) at the Ohio State University and a member of immunology and cancer prevention and control programs of the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center. First to propose the Biobehavioral Model of Cancer Stress and Disease Course (1994), she has authored three books and over 150 research articles in clinical psychology and cancer control.
While at the University of Iowa, Dr. Andersen received the Distinguished Faculty Award in Teaching (1985) and the Distinguished Scholar Award in Research (1988). Moving to Ohio State University (OSU) in 1989, she has received the Distinguished Scholar Award (2000) and the Distinguished Lecturer Award (2003). For the OSU Comprehensive Cancer Center she was the Director of the Behavioral Measurement Shared Resource and the Livestrong Survivorship Center of Excellence (2008-2011).
Other awards include the Senior Investigator Award for Outstanding Contributions in Health Psychology from the American Psychological Association (2003), the Minton Hero of Hope Medal of Honor from the ACS (Ohio, 2004), Fellow status in AAAS (2004), and Senior Investigator Award from the Society of Behavioral Medicine (Cancer SIG, 2004). She holds an NIH/NCI (K05) Research Career Award (Established Investigator Award in Cancer Prevention, Control, Behavioral, and Population Sciences (2004-09, 2010-2015).
Margaret Chesney is Professor of Medicine in Residence in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). From 2010 to 2015, she served as director of the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine and the Osher Foundation Distinguished Professor of Integrative Medicine. Margaret has also served as a Senior Policy Fellow at the Center for Advancing Health in Washington DC; a Senior Scientific Advisor to the Office for Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health (NIH); and the first Deputy Director of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health at NIH.
Professionally, Margaret has been engaged in clinical practice and research in the areas of stress, mind-body interactions, and health. She is currently the Associate Editor of Psychology, Health and Medicine and the author or co-author of over 300 peer-reviewed scientific papers.
Margaret also serves as the Chair of the Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health which includes 69 leading integrative health and medicine centers throughout North America including Harvard, Yale, Stanford, and MD Anderson and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centers. She has also been President of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research (ABMR), President of the American Psychosomatic Society and President of the Division of Health Psychology of the APA. She has received numerous awards and professional recognition for her work. In 2001, Margaret was elected to the National Academy of Sciences, Health and Medicine Division, formerly known as the Institute of Medicine.
Margaret Fletcher is a Mindfulness instructor at East Coast Mindfulness. She was a founding member of our ACLP team and created the Mindfulness/Stress Reduction curriculum pillar of our course. Margaret taught mindfulness and trained mindfulness teachers at the Center for Mindfulness located at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. She is certified to teach MBSR (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction) and is a founding member of the NH Professional Mindfulness Community. Margaret holds a Master’s degree in Mindfulness Studies from Lesley University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College.
Doug is the President & Chief Executive Officer of the cancer nonprofit Pelotonia, which runs a bike tour that raises millions of dollars annually for the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Doug is a three-time cancer survivor and globally recognized cancer advocate. After overcoming chondrosarcoma during his sophomore year of college and malignant melanoma twice since, Doug and his family founded the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting, educating and connecting young adults, as well as their families and friends, who are affected by cancer. In 2001, Doug joined Livestrong as Director of Survivorship, and served as Livestrong President and CEO for 7 years. His story and accomplishments have been featured on many major media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Sports Illustrated, NBC News, ABC News, and MSNBC.
G. Stephen Morris, PT, Ph.D., FACSM is an associate professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at Wingate University in Wingate, North Carolina, and serves as the President of the Oncology Section of the American Physical Therapy Association. He earned his Ph.D. in exercise science from the University of Texas at Austin and then completed a four-year research fellowship at UC Irvine. After teaching exercise physiology at Louisiana State University for 7 years, he entered physical therapy school and earned a license to practice in 1999. Brief teaching stints at Texas Woman’s University and Texas Tech University were followed by a 10 year adventure in patient care and research in oncology rehabilitation at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. Dr. Morris came to Wingate University after having served as Director of Rehabilitation Services at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis.
His interests in oncology are focused on oncology rehabilitation and specifically on the use of exercise training as a treatment modality for cancer prevention and cancer survivorship. He has authored over 20 articles and coauthored several book chapters in the area of oncology rehabilitation. He has spoken both nationally and internationally on the role of exercise training in oncology rehabilitation and is involved in local efforts to establish exercise programs for cancer survivors. Steve is enthusiastic about the role of the Anticancer Lifestyle Program in assisting cancer survivors and their caregivers on their cancer journey.