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Donald I. Abrams


Cancer and integrative medicine specialist
Pioneering integrative oncologist and solar eclipse chaser

Dr. Donald I. Abrams is a specialist in integrative medicine and cancer treatment at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine. He provides consultations for cancer patients on incorporating appropriate complementary therapies into their treatment plans.

Previously at the forefront in HIV/AIDS research and treatment, Abrams has also studied complementary and alternative therapies, including mind-body treatments, botanical therapies, medical use of cannabis and herbal therapies used in traditional Chinese medicine. He continues to research the health effects of medical cannabis.

In addition to his role at the Osher Center, Abrams continues to practice general oncology at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center, where he was chief of hematology-oncology from 2003 to 2017. He completed a fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona in 2004 and subsequently stepped down from HIV practice to devote more time to integrative oncology.

Dr. Andrew Weil and Abrams were co-editors of the textbook Integrative Oncology, published by Oxford University Press. In 2010, Abrams served as president of the Society for Integrative Oncology.

  • Education

    Stanford University School of Medicine, 1977

  • Residencies

    UCSF Medical Center, Hematology, 1983

  • Fellowships

    University of Arizona Medical Center, Integrated Medicine, 2004

  • Board Certifications

    Medical Oncology, American Board of Internal Medicine

    Internal Medicine, American Board of Internal Medicine

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Cancer is like a weed. My goal is to work with the garden to make the soil as inhospitable as possible to the weed’s growth and spread.

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