Barrie Cassileth '59

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Barrie Cassileth, MS, PhD, was Laurance S. Rockefeller chair and chief of the Integrative Medicine department at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York City from 1999 to 2016, where she established a research, education, and clinical programs in integrative medicine. She had an extensive medical leadership career as a foremost authority on complementary therapies and integrative medicine in oncology. Her work includes extensive writings in medical literature, medical textbook chapters, and books for physicians, patients, and families. She was a founding member of the Advisory Council to the U.S. National Institutes of Health National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, served on the National and the NY–NJ Regional Boards of the American Cancer Society and on multiple national and international committees. The founding president of the Society for Integrative Oncology, Dr. Cassileth was invited to lecture at medical schools and conferences throughout the United States and the world. She is recognized as an expert in complementary medicine and the psychosocial aspects in cancer.

Dr. Cassileth’s educational background includes a BA from Bennington College and an MS in psychology from Albert Einstein in New York, followed by a doctorate in medical sociology at the University of Pennsylvania.