Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD, MPH


Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD, MPH

Associate Professor, Cancer Prevention Program
Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch

Associate Professor
Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch

Fax: 206.667.5977
Mail Stop: M4-B402

Dr. Heather Greenlee is a public health researcher and naturopathic physician who focuses on cancer prevention and control, cancer survivorship, obesity and cancer, and integrative medicine. She studies the effects of dietary change, physical activity and weight loss on cancer outcomes and designs lifestyle interventions to reduce cancer risk and better the life of cancer survivors, particularly in underserved populations. Dr. Greenlee also studies the use of integrative therapies such as acupuncture, massage, botanicals, vitamins/minerals and mind-body approaches to improve cancer symptoms, alleviate treatment side effects and improve survivors’ quality of life. She has helped create national guidelines on the use of integrative therapies during and after breast cancer treatment and was a co-investigator on the first large, randomized trial that showed acupuncture relieves joint pain caused by hormone-suppressing drugs in early-stage breast cancer patients. Dr. Greenlee also studies dietary and physical activity interventions among Latina breast cancer survivors; predictors of cardiovascular disease in breast cancer survivors; and the association between physical activity, the gut microbiome and risk of colorectal cancer.

For questions or additional information:
Ally Doyle
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
1100 Fairview Ave. N., M4-B402
Seattle, WA 98109-1024
Phone: (206) 667-7474
Email: ardoyle@fredhutch.org

Other Appointments & Affiliations

Medical Director, Integrative Medicine Program
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Associate Professor of Medical Oncology
University of Washington, School of Medicine

Adjunct Associate Professor of Clinical Epidemiology
Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health

Past President
Society for Integrative Oncology


Columbia University, 2008, PhD (Epidemiology)

University of Washington, 2003, MPH (Epidemiology)

Bastyr University, 2001, ND (Naturopathic Medicine)

University of Washington, 1994, BA (Medical Anthropology)

Research Interests

Obesity and cancer

Lifestyle interventions (diet, physical activity, weight management) for cancer prevention and control

Use of integrative therapies (acupuncture, mind-body modalities, dietary supplements) for improving symptoms, side effects and quality of life among cancer survivors

Developing clinical practice guidelines on the use of integrative therapies during and after cancer treatment

Current Projects

Cook For Your Life!: Maintaining diet and physical activity changes among Latina breast cancer survivors
Sponsor: NIH/National Cancer Institute
Grant Type: R01 CA214057
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding Period: 2015-2020
Goal: To test the effects of in-person and e-communication (e.g., text, email) interventions on improving diet and physical activity among Latina breast cancer survivors.

Predictors of cardiovascular disease among breast cancer survivors in an integrated health system
Sponsor: NIH/National Cancer Institute
Grant Type: R01 CA214057
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Funding Period: 2017-2021
Goal: To examine overall cardiovascular disease events in two matched cohorts with and without breast cancer history and test whether breast cancer treatment received and/or medication adherence mediates this relationship.

"Our work can help patients make clear, informed decisions about their options. Both patients and providers need evidence on which to base their decisions."

— Dr. Heather Greenlee

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For the Media

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