Anand Dhruva, MD

Cancer and integrative medicine specialist

Dr. Anand Dhruva is a cancer specialist at the Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at UCSF Medical Center at Mount Zion. He provides integrative medicine consultations for cancer patients, drawing upon specialized knowledge of both standard and non-traditional approaches to treatments and supportive care. His goal is to integrate safe and effective complementary healing approaches into standard cancer care and survivorship. His practice is open to adults living with or beyond a diagnosis of cancer.

Dhruva completed training in internal medicine at Emory University in Atlanta and completed a hematology and medical oncology fellowship at UCSF. He is also a graduate of Dr. Andrew Weil's distance learning fellowship program in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona. He is on the Hematology and Medical Oncology faculty at UCSF.


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

Monday to Thursday
8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Board Certification

Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine

Academic Title

Associate Professor

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Wayne State University School of Medicine 1999


Emory University Hospital 2002


UCSF Medical Center, Hematology/Oncology 2006

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Mazor M, Lee JQ, Peled A, Zerzan S, Irwin C, Chesney MA, Serrurier K, Sbitany H, Dhruva A, Sacks D, Smoot B. The Effect of Yoga on Arm Volume, Strength, and Range of Motion in Women at Risk for Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema. J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Oct 24.
  2. Mazor M, Cataldo JK, Lee K, Dhruva A, Paul SM, Smoot BJ, Dunn LB, Levine JD, Mastick J, Conley YP, Miaskowski C. Influence of Menopausal Status on the Symptom Experience of Women Before Breast Cancer Surgery. Cancer Nurs. 2017 Sep 23.
  3. Mark S, Cataldo J, Dhruva A, Paul SM, Chen LM, Hammer MJ, Levine JD, Wright F, Melisko M, Lee K, Conley YP, Miaskowski C. Modifiable and non-modifiable characteristics associated with sleep disturbance in oncology outpatients during chemotherapy. Support Care Cancer. 2017 Aug; 25(8):2485-2494.
  4. Tantoy IY, Dhruva A, Cataldo J, Venook A, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Levine JD, Conley YP, Cartwright F, Lee K, Wright F, Miaskowski C. Differences in symptom occurrence, severity, and distress ratings between patients with gastrointestinal cancers who received chemotherapy alone or chemotherapy with targeted therapy. J Gastrointest Oncol. 2017 Feb; 8(1):109-126.
  5. Adler E, Dhruva A, Moran PJ, Daubenmier J, Acree M, Epel ES, Bacchetti P, Prather AA, Mason A, Hecht FM. Impact of a Mindfulness-Based Weight-Loss Intervention on Sleep Quality Among Adults with Obesity: Data from the SHINE Randomized Controlled Trial. J Altern Complement Med. 2017 Mar; 23(3):188-195.
  6. Tantoy IY, Cataldo JK, Aouizerat BE, Dhruva A, Miaskowski C. A Review of the Literature on Multiple Co-occurring Symptoms in Patients With Colorectal Cancer Who Received Chemotherapy Alone or Chemotherapy With Targeted Therapies. Cancer Nurs. 2016 Nov/Dec; 39(6):437-445.
  7. Eshragh J, Dhruva A, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Mastick J, Hamolsky D, Levine JD, Miaskowski C, Kober KM. Associations Between Neurotransmitter Genes and Fatigue and Energy Levels in Women After Breast Cancer Surgery. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Jan; 53(1):67-84.e7.
  8. Kessler CS, Holler S, Joy S, Dhruva A, Michalsen A, Dobos G, Cramer H. Personality Profiles, Values and Empathy: Differences between Lacto-Ovo-Vegetarians and Vegans. Forsch Komplementmed. 2016; 23(2):95-102.
  9. Posternak V, Dunn LB, Dhruva A, Paul SM, Luce J, Mastick J, Levine JD, Aouizerat BE, Hammer M, Wright F, Miaskowski C. Differences in demographic, clinical, and symptom characteristics and quality of life outcomes among oncology patients with different types of pain. Pain. 2016 Apr; 157(4):892-900.
  10. West C, Paul SM, Dunn L, Dhruva A, Merriman J, Miaskowski C. Gender Differences in Predictors of Quality of Life at the Initiation of Radiation Therapy. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2015 Sep; 42(5):507-16.
  11. Kessler C, Stapelfeldt E, Michalsen A, Kowalcek I, Kronpaß L, Dhruva A. The Effect of a Complex Multi-modality Ayurvedic Treatment in a Case of Unknown Female Infertility. Forsch Komplementmed. 2015; 22(4):251-8.
  12. Aouizerat BE, Dhruva A, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Kober KM, Miaskowski C. Phenotypic and Molecular Evidence Suggests That Decrements in Morning and Evening Energy Are Distinct but Related Symptoms. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2015 Nov; 50(5):599-614.e3.
  13. Doong SH, Dhruva A, Dunn LB, West C, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Elboim C, Abrams G, Merriman JD, Langford DJ, Leutwyler H, Baggott C, Kober K, Aouizerat BE, Miaskowski C. Associations between cytokine genes and a symptom cluster of pain, fatigue, sleep disturbance, and depression in patients prior to breast cancer surgery. Biol Res Nurs. 2015 May; 17(3):237-47.
  14. Miaskowski C, Cataldo JK, Baggott CR, West C, Dunn LB, Dhruva A, Merriman JD, Langford DJ, Kober KM, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Aouizerat BE. Cytokine gene variations associated with trait and state anxiety in oncology patients and their family caregivers. Support Care Cancer. 2015 Apr; 23(4):953-65.
  15. Dhruva A, Aouizerat BE, Cooper B, Paul SM, Dodd M, West C, Wara W, Lee K, Dunn LB, Langford DJ, Merriman JD, Baggott C, Cataldo J, Ritchie C, Kober KM, Leutwyler H, Miaskowski C. Cytokine gene associations with self-report ratings of morning and evening fatigue in oncology patients and their family caregivers. Biol Res Nurs. 2015 Mar; 17(2):175-84.
  16. Saad S, Dunn LB, Koetters T, Dhruva A, Langford DJ, Merriman JD, West C, Paul SM, Cooper B, Cataldo J, Hamolsky D, Elboim C, Aouizerat BE, Miaskowski C. Cytokine gene variations associated with subsyndromal depressive symptoms in patients with breast cancer. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2014 Aug; 18(4):397-404.
  17. Leung G, Baggott C, West C, Elboim C, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Abrams G, Dhruva A, Schmidt BL, Kober K, Merriman JD, Leutwyler H, Neuhaus J, Langford D, Smoot BJ, Aouizerat BE, Miaskowski C. Cytokine candidate genes predict the development of secondary lymphedema following breast cancer surgery. Lymphat Res Biol. 2014 Mar; 12(1):10-22.
  18. Miaskowski C, Paul SM, Cooper B, West C, Levine JD, Elboim C, Hamolsky D, Abrams G, Luce J, Dhruva A, Langford DJ, Merriman JD, Kober K, Baggott C, Leutwyler H, Aouizerat BE. Identification of patient subgroups and risk factors for persistent arm/shoulder pain following breast cancer surgery. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2014 Jun; 18(3):242-53.
  19. Langford DJ, West C, Elboim C, Cooper BA, Abrams G, Paul SM, Schmidt BL, Levine JD, Merriman JD, Dhruva A, Neuhaus J, Leutwyler H, Baggott C, Sullivan CW, Aouizerat BE, Miaskowski C. Variations in potassium channel genes are associated with breast pain in women prior to breast cancer surgery. J Neurogenet. 2014 Mar-Jun; 28(1-2):122-35.
  20. 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.

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