Donald Abrams, MD, Integrative Oncologist at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine

Donald Abrams, MD

Integrative Oncologist

Specialties: Integrative oncology

Dr. Abrams provides integrative medicine consultations to people living with and beyond cancer at the UCSF Osher Center, with an emphasis on nutrition and cancer. In addition to his role at the Osher Center, he is also a general oncologist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center. 

Prior to specializing in oncology, Dr. Abrams worked in the field of HIV. He has served as assistant director of the UCSF Positive Health Program at San Francisco General Hospital and was chair of the Community Consortium, a professional association of more than 200 primary care providers treating Bay Area patients with HIV. He has conducted numerous clinical trials investigating complementary therapies in patients with HIV, including therapeutic touch, traditional Chinese medicine interventions, medical marijuana, medicinal mushrooms, and distant healing.


Education & Training

1972: AB, Molecular Biology, Brown University
1977: MD, Stanford University
1980: Internal Medicine Residency Training, Kaiser Foundation Hospital, San Francisco
1983: Fellowship in Hematology-Oncology, UCSF Cancer Research Institute
2004: Fellowship in Integrative Medicine, University of Arizona, Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine

Academic Positions

1983-2003: Assistant Director, AIDS Activities, San Francisco General Hospital
1984-1988: Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Medicine, UCSF
1988-1992: Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCSF
1992-Present: Professor of Clinical Medicine, UCSF
2003-2017: Chief, Hematology-Oncology, San Francisco General Hospital
2006-2009: Director, Clinical Programs, Osher Center, UCSF

Selected Awards

2015: Patients Out of Time Lifetime Achievement in Cannabis Medicine
2015: Newsweek Magazine 2015 Top Cancer Doctors
2015: Lesbian, Gay. Bisexual & Transgender (LGBT) Leadership Award from the California Legislative LGBT Caucus
2009: National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws Lester Grinspoon Award
2007:International Association for Cannabis as Medicine Award for Clinical Research
2002: UCSF AIDS Research Institute Sarlo Award for Excellence in Mentoring
2000: International Association of Physicians in AIDS CARE (IAPAC) Heroes in Medicine Award
2000: American Foundation for AIDS Research Award of Courage
1990:Assistant Secretary of Health's Award for Outstanding Accomplishment
1986-89: American Cancer Society Career Development Award