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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
    Jacqui Worden Assistant to Dr David Spiegel Tel Work 650-725-5706
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use

Professional Overview

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

  • Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (2012)
  • Arthur M Sutherland Award for Lifetime Achievement, International Psycho-Oncology Society (2011)
  • Marmor Award for Advancement of the Biopsychosocial Model in Psychiatry., American Psychiatric Association. The American Psychological Association. (2004)
  • The Division 30 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Hypnosis., The American Psychological Association. (2003)
  • Ernest R. Hilgard Award for Scientific Excellence for 2002., The International Society of Hypnosis. (2003)
  • Distinguished Life Fellow,in recognition of significant contributions to Psychiatry., American Psychiatric Association. (2006)
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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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Prior Year Coursescourses of David Spiegel

Postdoctoral Advisees

Arianna Gerry

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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