Rosenstein to join UNC Lineberger to lead new cancer support program

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 — Donald L. Rosenstein, M.D., will join the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center as director of the new UNC Comprehensive Cancer Support Program.

Rosenstein, who will be a professor in the UNC School of Medicine’s department of psychiatry, comes to the University from the National Institute of Mental Health, where he directed the clinical program. He also served as chief of the psychiatry consultation-liaison service for the National Institutes of Health, the mental health institute’s umbrella agency.

The new support program aims to minimize the challenges facing cancer patients. Rosenstein said it will include several educational, clinical and research services. “Each of these components will address different needs of cancer patients, their families and the clinicians who care for them.”

“We plan to extend our efforts well beyond Chapel Hill,” he said. “We will be reaching out to North Carolina communities in several ways, including community cancer education programs, telemedicine consultations for community oncologists and evaluation of novel models of care delivery to patients in rural areas.”

The support program includes long-standing services such as Lineberger’s Patient and Family Resource Center and a new psycho-oncology clinical service providing inpatient and outpatient psychiatric consultations for patients and families. It will also incorporate symptom management clinics, palliative care and integrative medicine services such as yoga, exercise and massage therapy, and help expand the recently established Carolina Well Survivorship program’s clinical and follow-up services for patients living with cancer.

Shelton Earp, M.D., Lineberger’s director, said UNC was able to attract Rosenstein with support from the University Cancer Research Fund, and the fund’s vision to expand and enhance clinical care for North Carolina citizens.

Rosenstein has been at NIH for 17 years. He earned his undergraduate degree in psychology from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., his medical degree from Northwestern University School of Medicine and completed his residency training in psychiatry at Yale University. He was recently awarded the NIH Director’s Award and the National Institute of Mental Health Director’s Career Award for Significant Scientific Achievement.

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