Integrative Medicine: Faculty Biographies

Barrie R. Cassileth, PhD

Barrie R. Cassileth, PhD, is the incumbent of the Laurance S. Rockefeller Chair and Chief of Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. She has studied, published, and lectured internationally on alternative and complementary (integrative) therapies for more than 25 years. She is the founding president of the International Society for Integrative Oncology and the editor-in-chief of the Journal of the Society for Integrative Oncology. She has served on the national board of directors of the American Cancer Society and the advisory council to the National Institutes of Health Office of Alternative Medicine.

Yi Hung Chan, DPM, LAc

Yi Hung Chan, DPM, LAc, is the lead acupuncturist of the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He brings with him a unique combination of allopathic medicine and traditional Chinese medicine training. After receiving a doctorate of podiatric medicine from New York College of Podiatric Medicine, Dr. Chan worked as an assistant attending in the department of surgery at Columbus Hospital and as a wound care specialist with board certification in diabetic food ulcer prevention and treatment. He serves as the primary podiatrist at the Cranford Health & Extended Care Center and is on staff at several hospitals and healthcare facilities. Dr. Chan is also affiliated with the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey as the basic life support/CPR instructor.

Gary Deng, MD, PhD

Gary Deng, MD, PhD, is a physician-scientist on the Integrative Medicine Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is a board-certified internist and acupuncturist with clinical interests in symptom control, supportive care, and health maintenance in cancer patients and cancer survivors. Dr. Deng received his medical degree from Beijing Medical University, in China, and his PhD in microbiology and immunology from the University of Miami, in Florida. He is the principal investigator or co-principal investigator of several symptom control and botanical research projects. He has authored review articles on integrative medicine and textbook chapters in Cancer Medicine, Internal Medicine Care of Cancer Patients, Principle and Practice of Palliative and Supportive Oncology, and PDQ Integrative Oncology.

Susan Derby, RN, MA, CGNP

Susan Derby, RN, MA, CGNP, is a nurse practitioner on the Palliative Medicine Service. She has worked both on the inpatient consultation service and in ambulatory care. In both settings, she managed a caseload of highly symptomatic patients who require frequent assessment and monitoring. She works closely with home hospices and home care agencies that are caring for our patients and assisting in end-of-life care. As a geriatric nurse practitioner, she has started a geriatric palliative clinic as part of the Palliative Medicine Service. She is the past president of the local NYC Oncology Nursing Society Chapter and has published on end-of-life care and on care of the geriatric palliative care patient.

Heather McArthur, MD, MPH

Heather McArthur, MD, MPH, attended medical school at the University of Toronto, completed her medical oncology training at the University of British Columbia, and has a master's degree in public health from Harvard University. She was awarded a research and development grant by the Canadian Institute for Health Research to pursue a special fellowship at Memorial Sloan Kettering in clinical breast cancer research, and has been here for three years. Her research focuses on novel strategies for the diagnosis and treatment of breast cancer. Dr. McArthur has been recognized for these research efforts with numerous awards including the American Society of Clinical Oncology Foundation Merit Award and the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium AstraZeneca Clinical Scholars Award. She and her colleagues have also recently been awarded a highly competitive Geoffrey Beene Research grant for their ongoing efforts to improve gene mapping in breast cancer. Dr. McArthur has authored more than 50 publications, presentations, and book chapters and has performed invited manuscript reviews.

Roger Parker

Roger Parker is senior vice president and general counsel for Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He holds both undergraduate (cum laude) and graduate degrees from the University of Washington. His JD degree is from Brooklyn Law School, and he is admitted before the bars of New York and New Jersey. His healthcare career has been both interesting and varied. He is a registered nurse, hospital administrator, and health law attorney, and has held challenging positions in all three areas. When not buried in a law treatise or contract, he can be found at his home in Brooklyn where he spends every spare moment studying jazz piano at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music.

Catherine Pietanza, MD

Catherine Pietanza, MD, is an attending physician on the Thoracic Oncology Service in the Department of Medicine. She joined Memorial Sloan Kettering after completing her fellowship in oncology/hematology at Mount Sinai Medical Center in July 2007. She graduated from SUNY Downstate Medical School in Brooklyn in 2001 and completed an internal medicine residency in June 2004 at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center. Dr. Pietanza specializes in treating patients with non-small cell lung cancer, small cell lung cancer, and neuroendocrine tumors of the lung. Her research interest is in developing new treatments for patients with these cancers.

Robert Schmehr, LCSW

Robert Schmehr, LCSW, is the manager of mind-body therapy at the Integrative Medicine Service of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. He is a licensed clinical social worker specializing in health psychology; his theoretical orientation integrates relational psychoanalysis and mind-body therapy. Mr. Schmehr has worked in hospital settings with seriously and terminally ill patients for more than two decades. His areas of clinical interest include death and dying, psycho-oncology, HIV/AIDS, trauma, and addiction. In addition to his work at Memorial Sloan Kettering, Mr. Schmehr maintains a private psychotherapy practice in New York City, and serves as a volunteer with Doctors of the World-USA, the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and the Institute for the Advancement of Complementary Therapy.

Neil Segal, MD, PhD

Neil Segal, MD, PhD, is a medical oncologist who specializes in the treatment of patients with gastrointestinal cancers, particularly those with colorectal cancer. His research interests focus on the development of new therapies. In particular, he is investigating innovative ways to use the immune system to treat cancer.

Chunyan Teng, LAc

Chunyan Teng, LAc, received intensive training in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) at Heilongjiang University, in China. Dr. Teng specializes in treating female disorders and in pain relief. She has worked at the International Institute of Chinese Medicine in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the New York College of Holistic Health, and the International Institute of Chinese Medicine, providing clinical instruction and supervision at all levels of acupuncture and Chinese medicine. She has published in the American Journal of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and lectured on the treatment of breast cancer with TCM at the New York Breast Cancer Society and on Chinese herbology for women's health at the New York Botanical Garden. In addition to her private practice, Dr. Teng works as an acupuncturist in the Integrative Care Center at the Hospital for Special Surgery and at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, where she also participates in clinical research.

Andrew Vickers, PhD

Andrew Vickers, PhD, is Assistant Attending Research Methodologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering. His primary appointment is in the Integrative Medicine Service, with secondary appointments in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics and the Department of Urology. He obtained a first in natural science from the University of Cambridge and has a doctorate in clinical medicine from the University of Oxford. Dr. Vickers has studied complementary and alternative medicine for the past ten years. He was principal investigator of six randomized trials — including the largest randomized trial to date of acupuncture for pain — and five systematic reviews, including two for the Cochrane collaboration. He has published over 125 papers in peer-reviewed journals — including the “ABC of Complementary Medicine,” a series of 12 papers in the British Medical Journal — and is author or editor of five books. He regularly lectures to researchers, clinicians, students, and patient groups.

K. Simon Yeung, MBA, PharmD, LAc

K. Simon Yeung, MBA, PharmD, LAc, is a research pharmacist, acupuncturist, and clinical coordinator for the Integrative Medicine Service. He holds an MBA degree from Baruch College; an MS degree from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine; and a doctor of pharmacy from the University of Florida. He manages the popular About Herbs Web site, which provides scientific information on herbal supplements, vitamins, and unproved anticancer treatments. Simon is a co-author of PDQ Integrative Oncology as well as other book chapters on herb-drug interactions. He also served as an affiliated clinical assistant professor at St. John's University. Currently, he is the co-investigator for several clinical trials on acupuncture and on botanical products.