Lawrence Edward Kaplan, DO


Dr. Lawrence E. Kaplan is a psychiatrist in the Psycho-Oncology Department at UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is also an assistant health sciences clinical professor in the UCSF Department of Psychiatry.

Kaplan specializes in working with cancer patients from diagnosis through treatment and survivorship, with emphasis on cancer-related neuropsychiatric and cognitive symptom management, pharmacology, therapeutic modalities, and coping with spiritual and existential issues. His research work includes investigations into relationships between REM sleep behavior disorder, PTSD and Parkinson's disease.

Kaplan earned his undergraduate degree in biology from the University of San Francisco, followed by a post-baccalaureate program in neuroscience at San Francisco State University. He received his medical degree from Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City. He completed his residency in general psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas, followed by two fellowships: one in psychosomatic medicine and psycho-oncology at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, and another in psychosocial oncology at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, also in Boston.

Academic Title

Assistant Professor

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Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine 2010


Baylor College of Medicine, Psychiatry 2014

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Kim CJ, Kaplan LE, Perwad F, Huang N, Sharma A, Choi Y, Miller WL, Portale AA. Vitamin D 1alpha-hydroxylase gene mutations in patients with 1alpha-hydroxylase deficiency. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2007 Aug; 92(8):3177-82.

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