Donald Abrams and Michael Lerner

A Life in Integrative Healing: AIDS Care, Cannabis Research,  and the “Right to Die”

Oncologist Dr. Donald Abrams is a true pioneer on many important fronts—AIDS care, medical cannabis research and policy, the “right to die,” and integrative cancer care. He has also participated in a number of Commonweal’s projects, providing invaluable expertise. A full professor of medicine at UCSF, he has just retired after a long career and will talk about some of the many issues he has confronted and maybe some lessons learned. Join him and his longtime friend and colleague TNS Host Steve Heilig for what should be an inspiring informal talk.


Donald Abrams, MD

Dr. Donald Abrams provides integrative medicine consultations to people living with and beyond cancer at the 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.

He co-edited the Oxford University Press textbook Integrative Oncology with Andrew Weil, MD. He was also named a “Top Cancer Doctor” in Newsweek’s 2015 Special Health Issue on Curing Cancer. Prior to specializing in oncology, Dr. Abrams worked in the field of 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. Read more in his bio.