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David Spiegel, MD

Stanford University School of Medicine


Dr. David Spiegel is the Jack, Lulu & Sam Willson Professor in the School of Medicine, Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and is founder and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he has been a member of the academic faculty since 1975. He was the elected Chair of the Stanford University Faculty Senate for the academic year 2010-2011. He is Past President of the American College of Psychiatrists, and is Past President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.

He has published ten books, 368 scientific journal articles, and 156 book chapters on hypnosis, psychosocial oncology, stress physiology, trauma, and psychotherapy. He was the first to show that group psychotherapy adds to survival time with cancer. His research has shown that depression produces increased mortality with cancer. He has identified neuroendocrine mechanisms linking psychotherapy and brain function to pain, anxiety, depression, and cancer outcome. He uses PET imaging to show that hypnosis alters perceptual processing, EEG to demonstrate that hypnotic analgesia reduces event-related potential amplitude in response to shock, and fMRI to show resting state functional connectivity differences between high and how hypnotizable individuals.

Dr. Spiegel was responsible for the inclusion of Acute Stress Disorder in the DSM-IV, and serves on the DSM-5 work group on Anxiety and Trauma-Related Disorders. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Aging, the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Fetzer Institute, the Dana Foundation for Brain Sciences, and the Nathan S. Cummings Foundation, among others. He is winner of 22 awards, including the 2011 Arthur Sutherland Award from the International Society of Psycho-Oncology for Lifetime Achievement, the 2004 Judd Marmor Award from the American Psychiatric Association for contributions to biopsychosocial research, and the Hilgard Research Award from the International Society of Hypnosis. His research on cancer patients was featured in Bill Moyers' Emmy award-winning PBS series, Healing and the Mind, and recently on the Jane Pauley Show and Good Morning America.