Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences

Associate Chairman

David Spiegel, M.D.Spiegel
Jack, Lulu and Sam Willson Professor

401 Quarry Rd.
Stanford, CA 94305

MC 5718

Tel Work (650) 723-2423
Fax (650) 724-3144

Academic Profile


David Spiegel became the Jack, Lulu and Sam Willson Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in 2002 and has been an Associate Chair of Psychiatry since 2000. He is also 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 served as University Faculty Senate Chair in 2010-2011 and is currently a Departmental Senator. He is Chair of the Survivorship Program Planning Committee for Stanford’s Cancer Center, and co-leader¬ of the Stanford Cancer Institute’s Cancer Prevention and Control Program. He also chairs Stanford’s Stem Cell Research Oversight Committee, which is also Panel 3 of the Stanford IRB.

After graduating from Yale in 1967, majoring in philosophy, he went to Medical School at Harvard, receiving his MD 1971. He completed his residency training in Psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center and the Cambridge Hospital, Harvard, and then did a fellowship at the Laboratory of Community Psychiatry, also at Harvard.

Dr. Spiegel has 35 years of clinical and research experience studying psycho-oncology, stress and health, pain control, psychoneuroendocrinology, and conducting randomized clinical trials involving psychotherapy for cancer patients, and using hypnosis for anxiety and pain management. His randomized clinical trials were the first to demonstrate major beneficial effects of group support on coping, pain, and survival time of breast cancer patients. He discovered that disrupted circadian cortisol rhythms predict shorter cancer survival, and showed that depression predicts early mortality with breast cancer.. He has utilized PET, fMRI, and EEG neuroimaging to demonstrate specific brain regions involved in hypnosis, and how hypnosis alters perceptual processing. He is also expert on psychotherapeutic intervention for trauma survivors. He was responsible for the inclusion of Acute Stress Disorder in the DSM-IV, and he has served on the DSM-5 work group for the past three years. He has published ten books, 363 scientific journal articles, and 156 textbook chapters on hypnosis, psychosocial oncology, stress physiology, trauma, and psychotherapy. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Aging, 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 his work on hypnosis was presented on the Jane Pauley Show and Good Morning America. He is Past President of the American College of Psychiatrists, and of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.

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