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David Spiegel

Academic Appointments

  • Jack, Samuel and Lulu Willson Professor in Medicine

Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    Medical Psychotherapy 401 Quarry Rd Ste 2325 MC 5718 Stanford, CA 94305
    Tel Work (650) 723-6421 Fax (650) 498-6678
  • Academic Offices
    Personal Information
    Email Tel (650) 723-6421
    Alternate Contact
    Assistant to Dr David Spiegel Tel Work 650-725-5706
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use

Professional Overview


Dr. David Spiegel is Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, 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 is Past President of the American College of Psychiatrists, and Past President of the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. He has published ten books, 368 scientific journal articles, and 156 book 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 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.

Clinical Focus

  • Psychiatry
  • Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent
  • Medical Director, Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine

Administrative Appointments

  • Jack, Lulu & Sam Willson Professor, Stanford School of Medicine. (2002 - present)
  • Associate Chair, Stanford University School of Medicine - Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (2000 - present)
  • Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, with tenure., Stanford University School of Medicine. (1991 - present)
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences., Stanford University School of Medicine. (1987 - 1991)
  • Associate Research Psychiatrist., University of California, San Francisco. (1986 - 1991)
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences., Stanford University School of Medicine. (1982 - 1987)

Honors and Awards

  • In recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community., Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition (June 2013)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Lifetime Achievement Award., The International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (August 20, 2013)
  • 12th Holland Distinguished Leadership Award, The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (February 2014)
  • The Joan and Stanford Alexander Award in Psychiatry honoring Stuart C. Yudofsky,M.D., Baylor College of Medicine (2014)
  • Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (2012)
  • Arthur M Sutherland Award for Lifetime Achievement, International Psycho-Oncology Society (2011)
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Boards, Advisory Committees, Professional Organizations

  • Member, Psychiatry Editorial Board, Uptodate, (2010 - present)
  • Psychiatry Editor, ACP Medicine, American College of Physicians (2011 - present)
  • Editorial Board, Brain, Behavior, and Immunity (2008 - 2011)
  • Science Editor, , American Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, 2007 - (2007 - present)
  • Member, Editorial Advisory Board, APPI (1986 - 2001)

Professional Education

Residency: Cambridge Hosp/Harvard Med Sch MA (1974)
Board Certification: Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (1976)
Fellowship: Lab of Community Psychiatry MA (1974)
Residency: Massachusetts Mental Health Center MA (1974)
Medical Education: Harvard Medical School MA (1971)
B.A.: Yale College, Philosophy (1967)
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Scientific Focus

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Dr. Spiegel's research interests involve stress and health: cognitive control over somatic functions, including cancer progression, the response to traumatic stress, and the perception of pain and anxiety. He is currently conducting a large scale study of the relationships among sleep disturbance, diurnal stress hormone patterns, and breast cancer survival, sponsored by the National Cancer Institute. This work is based upon earlier evidence from his laboratory that loss of circadian variation in cortisol, indicative of HPA dysfunction, predicts early mortality with breast cancer.

Dr. Spiegel is also continuing study of the relationship between the acute response to trauma, including dissociative symptoms, and the development of post-traumatic stress disorder. He is also evaluating various methods of treating these symptoms.

Dr. Spiegel is carrying out studies of the neurophysiological components of hypnosis by studying brain correlates of hypnotic perceptual alteration, using PET, fMRI and diffusion tensor imaging. His research program is designed to examine neurophysiological and peripheral mechanisms through which psychological and social support may influence physical health.


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