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Donald Abrams, M.D.

Cancer and integrative medicine specialist

Dr. Donald I. Abrams is a cancer and integrative medicine specialist at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Mount Zion. Abrams provides integrative medicine consultations for cancer patients and has completed research in complementary and alternative therapies including mind-body treatments, botanical therapies, medical use of marijuana and traditional Chinese medicine herbal therapies.

In addition to his role at the Osher center, he is chief of Hematology and Oncology at San Francisco General Hospital. Abrams, who has been in the forefront of HIV/AIDS research and treatment, stepped down from the HIV Clinic at San Francisco General Hospital in August 2006 to devote more time to integrative medicine and oncology. He is an executive committee member of the UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and is co-chair of of the center's program in Symptom Management, Palliative Care and Survivorship. In 2004, he completed an associate fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona.

Read a Q&A with Abrams.

Clinics

Osher Center for Integrative Medicine
1545 Divisadero St., Fourth Floor
San Francisco, CA 94115
Phone: (415) 353-7700
Fax: (415) 353-7358

Hours:
Monday and Tuesday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday
8 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Thursday and Friday
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

More about Donald Abrams

Additional Languages

French

Education

Stanford University School of Medicine 1977

Residencies

UCSF Medical Center, Hematology 1983

Fellowships

University of Arizona Medical Center, Integrated Medicine 2004

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Marcus JL, Chao CR, Leyden WA, Xu L, Klein DB, Horberg MA, Towner WJ, Quesenberry CP, Abrams DI, Van Den Eeden SK, Silverberg MJ. Prostate Cancer Incidence and Prostate-Specific Antigen Testing Among HIV-Positive and HIV-Negative Men. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2014 Aug 15; 66(5):495-502.
  2. Wang CC, Silverberg MJ, Abrams DI. Non-AIDS-Defining Malignancies in the HIV-Infected Population. Curr Infect Dis Rep. 2014 Jun; 16(6):406.
  3. Addison S, Munroe P, Mein C, Cohen M, Fowler D, Sebire Nj, Peebles D, Taylor A, Abrams D, Thayyil S. 8.2 cardiac ion channelopathies in unexplained stillbirths. Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2014 Jun; 99 Suppl 1:A11.
  4. Dhruva A, Hecht FM, Miaskowski C, Kaptchuk TJ, Bodeker G, Abrams D, Lad V, Adler SR. Correlating traditional ayurvedic and modern medical perspectives on cancer: results of a qualitative study. J Altern Complement Med. 2014 May; 20(5):364-70.
  5. Worm SW, Bower M, Reiss P, Bonnet F, Law M, Fätkenheuer G, d'Arminio Monforte A, Abrams DI, Grulich A, Fontas E, Kirk O, Furrer H, Wit SD, Phillips A, Lundgren JD, Sabin CA. Non-AIDS defining cancers in the D:A:D Study - time trends and predictors of survival: a cohort study. BMC Infect Dis. 2013; 13:471.
  6. Hazekamp A, Ware MA, Muller-Vahl KR, Abrams D, Grotenhermen F. The medicinal use of cannabis and cannabinoids--an international cross-sectional survey on administration forms. J Psychoactive Drugs. 2013 Jul-Aug; 45(3):199-210.
  7. Abrams DI, Dolor R, Roberts R, Pechura C, Dusek J, Amoils S, Amoils S, Barrows K, Edman JS, Frye J, Guarneri E, Kligler B, Monti D, Spar M, Wolever RQ. The BraveNet prospective observational study on integrative medicine treatment approaches for pain. BMC Complement Altern Med. 2013; 13(1):146.
  8. Frenkel M, Abrams DI, Ladas EJ, Deng G, Hardy M, Capodice JL, Winegardner MF, Gubili JK, Yeung KS, Kussmann H, Block KI. Integrating dietary supplements into cancer care. Integr Cancer Ther. 2013 Sep; 12(5):369-84.
  9. Chao C, Leyden WA, Xu L, Horberg MA, Klein D, Towner WJ, Quesenberry CP, Abrams DI, Silverberg MJ. Exposure to antiretroviral therapy and risk of cancer in HIV-infected persons. AIDS. 2012 Nov 13; 26(17):2223-31.
  10. Wolever RQ, Abrams DI, Kligler B, Dusek JA, Roberts R, Frye J, Edman JS, Amoils S, Pradhan E, Spar M, Gaudet T, Guarneri E, Homel P, Amoils S, Lee RA, Berman B, Monti DA, Dolor R. Patients seek integrative medicine for preventive approach to optimize health. Explore (NY). 2012 Nov-Dec; 8(6):348-52.
  11. Rao MN, Schambelan M, Tai VW, Abrams DI, Khatami H, Havel PJ, Sakkas G, Mulligan K. Assessing the Association between Leptin and Bone Mineral Density in HIV-Infected Men. AIDS Res Treat. 2012; 2012:103072.
  12. Chao C, Silverberg MJ, Martínez-Maza O, Chi M, Abrams DI, Haque R, Zha HD, McGuire M, Xu L, Said J. Epstein-Barr virus infection and expression of B-cell oncogenic markers in HIV-related diffuse large B-cell Lymphoma. Clin Cancer Res. 2012 Sep 1; 18(17):4702-12.
  13. Abrams DI, Weil AT. What's the alternative? N Engl J Med. 2012 Jun 7; 366(23):2232-3; author reply 2233.
  14. Dhruva A, Miaskowski C, Abrams D, Acree M, Cooper B, Goodman S, Hecht FM. Yoga breathing for cancer chemotherapy-associated symptoms and quality of life: results of a pilot randomized controlled trial. J Altern Complement Med. 2012 May; 18(5):473-9.
  15. Ackerman SL, Lown EA, Dvorak CC, Dunn EA, Abrams DI, Horn BN, Degelman M, Cowan MJ, Mehling WE. Massage for children undergoing hematopoietic cell transplantation: a qualitative report. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012; 2012:792042.
  16. Mehling WE, Lown EA, Dvorak CC, Cowan MJ, Horn BN, Dunn EA, Acree M, Abrams DI, Hecht FM. Hematopoietic cell transplant and use of massage for improved symptom management: results from a pilot randomized control trial. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med. 2012; 2012:450150.
  17. Silverberg MJ, Chao C, Leyden WA, Xu L, Horberg MA, Klein D, Towner WJ, Dubrow R, Quesenberry CP, Neugebauer RS, Abrams DI. HIV infection, immunodeficiency, viral replication, and the risk of cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2011 Dec; 20(12):2551-9.
  18. Abrams DI, Couey P, Shade SB, Kelly ME, Benowitz NL. Cannabinoid-opioid interaction in chronic pain. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 2011 Dec; 90(6):844-51.
  19. McCulloch M, Broffman M, van der Laan M, Hubbard A, Kushi L, Abrams DI, Gao J, Colford JM. Colon cancer survival with herbal medicine and vitamins combined with standard therapy in a whole-systems approach: ten-year follow-up data analyzed with marginal structural models and propensity score methods. Integr Cancer Ther. 2011 Sep; 10(3):240-59.
  20. Chao C, Xu L, Abrams DI, Towner WJ, Horberg MA, Leyden WA, Silverberg MJ. HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins) use and risk of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in HIV-positive persons. AIDS. 2011 Sep 10; 25(14):1771-7.

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