Our Approach

Our Approach

Yi Hung Chan Acupuncturist Yi Hung Chan uses a meridian model to describe how this traditional Chinese medicine approach can help alleviate common treatment-related side effects. We offer one-on-one as well as telephone consultations to help answer any questions you or your caregivers may have.

Experts in Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Integrative Medicine Service provide comprehensive support to people undergoing treatment for cancer, regardless of their condition or stage of their illness. We believe that using evidenced-based complementary therapies can in many cases help control the physical and emotional effects that people commonly experience before, during, and after mainstream cancer treatments.

We offer MSK patients access to individual therapies and group classes as well as a variety of other services, and can help guide you in deciding which integrative medicine approaches are most likely to help you.

However, you don’t need to be an MSK patient or family member to take advantage of our programs. Our Bendheim Integrative Medicine Center is open to everyone. We believe complementary therapies have something to offer all, from MSK patients and caregivers to members of the community and people receiving cancer care elsewhere.

Expertise in Integrative Medicine

Donna WilsonClinical fitness specialist and registered nurse Donna Wilson leads several fitness classes each week, including this one focused specifically on women’s needs. 

Our team of physicians, therapists and teachers with Integrative Medicine can help you, among other things:

  • improve muscle strength, balance, and endurance
  • lessen chemotherapy-induced nausea, vomiting, and dry mouth
  • control headache, insomnia, appetite loss, and lymphedema
  • promote relaxation and help relieve pain and muscle tension
  • alleviate fatigue, anxiety, depression, and stress
  • increase breath control and respiratory function
  • manage swallowing difficulties
  • teach about herbs, vitamins, and other dietary supplements
  • enhance well-being and facilitate positive lifestyle changes

Members of our senior faculty, who include world-renowned experts in the practice of integrative oncology, conduct research examining the value of complementary therapies for specific problems and train other physicians and therapists from around the world in integrative medicine practices.

For a consultation with a member of our service or to design a personalized care plan that you can integrate into your daily routine, contact Dr. Deng at 646-888-0841 or Dr. Bao at 646-888-0865.

Gary E. Deng, MD
Interim Chief, Integrative Medicine Service
Barrie R. Cassileth, PhD -- Chief, Integrative Medicine Service; Laurance S. Rockefeller Chair in Integrative Medicine
Laurance S. Rockefeller Chair in Integrative Medicine
Pictured: Andrew Vickers
Attending Research Methodologist

Our highly skilled therapists are specially trained in oncology and provide a range of evidenced-based complementary therapies. They excel in symptom management and are highly sensitive to patient and family needs. Our clinical staff includes:

Donna Wilson, RN, MSN, RRT
Certified Personal Trainer, Clinical Fitness Specialist 

Yang Yang, PhD
Tai Chi/Qi Gong Program

Wendy Miner, LMT
Manager, Touch Therapies

Yi Hung Chan, DPM, LAc
Manager, Acupuncture

Robert Schmehr, LCSW
Mind-Body Therapist

Karen Popkin, MA, LCAT, HPMT, MT-BC
Manager, Music Therapy Program

Donald Garrity, RD, CDN
Manager, Nutritional Counseling