Heather Greenlee

Heather Greenlee

Heather Greenlee

Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical


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New York NY USA 10032


Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD, is a behavioral scientist and translational epidemiologist whose work focuses on understanding what cancer survivors can do, in additional to conventional care, to improve cancer outcomes. She is trained as a naturopathic physician and an epidemiologist. To date, the majority of her work has focused on breast and colorectal cancer, with a specific interest in Latina breast cancer survivors. She uses both clinical trials and observational studies to examine the effects of a wide range of behaviors on cancer outcomes, including dietary change, physical activity, weight loss, and use of integrative therapies (e.g., acupuncture, botanicals, vitamins/minerals, mind-body approaches, etc.). She leads single and multi-site clinical trials and is an active member of SWOG, an NCI Clinical Trials Cooperative Group. Dr. Greenlee has a strong interest in developing methodological innovations to study the effects of integrative therapies in observational studies and clinical trials. She has a history of NCI and foundation funding. Dr. Greenlee completed a postdoctoral fellowship in cancer prevention at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, funded by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), and a postdoctoral fellowship in cancer prevention and control at Columbia University, funded by the NCI. She has served on NCI and NCCAM grant review committees and is the Immediate Past President of the Society for Integrative Oncology.



PhD, 2008, Columbia University
MPH, 2003, University of Washington
ND, 2001, Bastyr University
BA, 1994, University of Washington

Columbia Affiliations

Other Affiliations

Honors & Awards

CTSA K12 TRANSFORM Scholars Award, 2008
NCI K23 Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award, 2009
CTSA Fellow, 2011

Areas of Expertise

Cancer, Cancer Breast, Complementary and Alternative Therapies, Minority Health, Women's Health, Nutrition, Obesity, Weight Control

Select Publications

Greenlee H, Gammon MD, Abrahamson PE, Gaudet MM, Terry MB, Hershman DL, Desai M, Teitelbaum SL, Neugut AI, Jacobson JS Prevalance and predictors of antioxidant supplement use during breast cancer treatment: The Long Island Breast Cancer Study Project Cancer 115 3271-82 2009
Greenlee H, Kwan ML, Ergas IJ, Sherman KJ, Krathwohl SE, Bonnell C, Lee MM, Kushi LH Complementary and alternative therapy use before and after breast cancer diagnosis: The Pathways Study Breast Cancer Res Treat 117 653-65 2009
Greenlee H, Hershman DL, Jacobson JS Use of antioxidant supplements during breast cancer treatment: A comprehensive review Breast Cancer Res Treat 115 437-452 2009
Abrams DI, Weil A Integrative Oncology Oxford University Press New York 2008
Greenlee H, Atkinson C, Stanczyk FR, Lampe JW A pilot and feasibility study on the effects of naturopathic dietary and botanical interventions on sex steroid hormone metabolism in premenopausal women Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev 16 1601-1609 2007
Greenlee H, Abascal K, Yarnell E, Ladas E Clinical applications of Silybum marianum in oncology Integr Cancer Ther 6 158-165 2007
Greenlee H, Chen Y, Kabat G, Wang Q, Kibriya MG, Gurvich I, Bradlow L, Senie R, Santella R, Ahsan H Variants in estrogen biosynthesis and metabolism genes and urinary estrogen metabolites in women with a family history of breast cancer Breast Cancer Res Treat 102 111-117 2007
Greenlee H, White E, Patterson R, Kristal A Supplement use among cancer survivors in the VITAL study cohor J Altern Complement Med 10 660-666 2004

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