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Donald I. Abrams, MD

Cancer and integrative medicine specialist

Donald I. Abrams, MD

Cancer and integrative medicine specialist

Biography

Donald I. Abrams is chief of the hematology-oncology division at San Francisco General Hospital and a professor of clinical medicine at the University of California, San Francisco. He has an integrative oncology consultation practice at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine.

Dr. Abrams graduated from the Stanford University School of Medicine in 1977. After completing an internal medicine residency at the Kaiser Foundation Hospital in San Francisco, he became a fellow in hematology/oncology at the Cancer Research Institute of the University of California, San Francisco, in 1980.

He was one the original clinicians to recognize and define many early AIDS-related conditions. He has long been interested in clinical trials of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) interventions for HIV/AIDS and cancer, including evaluations of medicinal marijuana. Since 1997, he has conducted a number of clinical trials of cannabis.

He is coauthor, with Andrew Weil, of a chapter titled “Cannabinoids and Cancer” in the textbook Integrative Oncology. He is coeditor of the National Cancer Institute Physician Data Query Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCI: PDQ® CAM) Cannabinoids and Cancer website, and is a scientific advisor to a number of cannabinoid-based pharmaceutical companies.