My name is Doug McDaniel and I am the Integrative Medicine Program Manager at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. I joined the Roswell Park team in March 2017 and offer acupuncture, acupressure, massage, Reiki, reflexology, aromatherapy, meditation, guided imagery, and breathing exercises to children who are having treatment at Roswell Park Oishei Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders program.
I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Fordham University in New York City, NY and my Master of Traditional Oriental Medicine in Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine from the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego, CA. Before joining the Roswell Park team, I worked at Columbia University Medical Center providing acupuncture and other integrative services to pediatric and adult hematology, oncology and stem cell transplant patients.
I work closely with the child’s care team to help reduce and ideally prevent treatment-related side symptoms like nausea, fatigue, pain, and headaches. My team also offers integrative medicine services to the child’s family or caregivers. This helps lower the stress and anxiety that are a major part of these situations. Our services are completely donor- and grant-funded, which makes them free of charge for our patients and their families.
I have co-authored articles on the predictors of acupuncture use among children and adolescents with cancer for Pediatric Blood & Cancer and the effects of acupuncture in sickle cell pain management for Medical Acupuncture.