Research Summary

My work focuses on the study and clinical application of non-pharmacologic integrative medicine approaches for cancer supportive and palliative care. These include diet, lifestyle, yoga, meditation, and natural products. I am a medical educator with expertise in teaching integrative medicine and research methods.


University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, BS, 1994, Cellular and Molecular Biology
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, MD, 1999, Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, GA, 2002, Internal Medicine
University of California, San Francisco, 2006, Medical Oncology/Hematology
University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ, 2008, Integrative Medicine

Honors & Awards

  • 1993
    Angell Scholar University of Michigan
  • 1994
    Phi Beta Kappa University of Michigan
  • 1994
    Graduated with honors and high distinction, University of Michigan
  • 1999
    Visiting Scholar at Oxford University (U.K.), Wellcome Unit for the History of Medicine
  • 2007
    Bravewell Fellow University of Arizona Program in Integrative Medicine

Selected Publications

  1. Harris CS, Kober KM, Cooper B, Conley YP, Dhruva AA, Hammer MJ, Paul S, Levine JD, Miaskowski CA. Symptom clusters in outpatients with cancer using different dimensions of the symptom experience. Support Care Cancer. 2022 Aug; 30(8):6889-6899.  View on PubMed
  2. Harris CS, Dodd M, Kober KM, Dhruva AA, Hammer MJ, Conley YP, Miaskowski CA. Advances in Conceptual and Methodological Issues in Symptom Cluster Research: A 20-Year Perspective. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2022 Oct-Dec 01; 45(4):309-322.  View on PubMed
  3. Banerjee R, Huang CY, Dunn L, Knoche J, Ryan C, Brassil K, Jackson L, Patel D, Lo M, Arora S, Wong SW, Wolf J, Martin Iii T, Dhruva A, Shah N. Digital Life Coaching During Stem Cell Transplantation: Development and Usability Study. JMIR Form Res. 2022 Mar 04; 6(3):e33701.  View on PubMed
  4. Van Blarigan EL, Dhruva A, Atreya CE, Kenfield SA, Chan JM, Milloy A, Kim I, Steiding P, Laffan A, Zhang L, Piawah S, Fukuoka Y, Miaskowski C, Hecht FM, Kim MO, Venook AP, Van Loon K. Feasibility and Acceptability of a Physical Activity Tracker and Text Messages to Promote Physical Activity During Chemotherapy for Colorectal Cancer: Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial (Smart Pace II). JMIR Cancer. 2022 Jan 11; 8(1):e31576.  View on PubMed
  5. Harris CS, Kober KM, Conley YP, Dhruva AA, Hammer MJ, Miaskowski CA. Symptom clusters in patients receiving chemotherapy: A systematic review. BMJ Support Palliat Care. 2022 Mar; 12(1):10-21.  View on PubMed
  6. Kelly L. Schoenbeck, Anand Dhruva, Albert Lee, Neha G. Goyal, Adrienne K. Yang, Sa Ra Park, Catherine C. Smith, Neil P Shah, Chloe E. Atreya. Being Present-CML: A Distress Reduction Intervention for Patients with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Taking Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors. Blood. 2021 Nov 5; 138(Supplement 1):4051-4051.  View on PubMed
  7. Rahul Banerjee, Ann A. Lazar, Chloe Ryan, Jen Knoche, Kelly Jean Brassil, Lindsey Jackson, Dhiren Patel, Mimi Lo, Shagun Arora, Alfred Chung, Sandy W. Wong, Jeffrey L. Wolf, Thomas Martin, Anand Dhruva, Nina Shah. Randomized Study of Digital Life Coaching during Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation. Blood. 2021 Nov 5; 138(Supplement 1):4023-4023.  View on PubMed
  8. Dragomanovich HM, Dhruva A, Ekman E, Schoenbeck KL, Kubo A, Van Blarigan EL, Borno HT, Esquivel M, Chee B, Campanella M, Philip EJ, Rettger JP, Rosenthal B, Van Loon K, Venook AP, Boscardin C, Moran P, Hecht FM, Atreya CE. Being Present 2.0: Online Mindfulness-Based Program for Metastatic Gastrointestinal Cancer Patients and Caregivers. Glob Adv Health Med. 2021; 10:21649561211044693.  View on PubMed
  9. Rahul Banerjee, Chiung-Yu Huang, Lisa Dunn, Jennifer Knoche, Kelly Jean Brassil, Lindsey Jackson, Dhiren Patel, Mimi Lo, Shagun Arora, Sandy Wai Kuan Wong, Jeffrey Lee Wolf, Thomas G. Martin, Anand A. Dhruva, Nina Shah. Feasibility of digital life coaching during stem cell transplantation for multiple myeloma. Journal of Clinical Oncology. 2021 May 20; 39(15_suppl):e24103-e24103.  View on PubMed
  10. Harris CS, Miaskowski CA, Dhruva AA, Cataldo J, Kober KM. Multi-Staged Data-Integrated Multi-Omics Analysis for Symptom Science Research. Biol Res Nurs. 2021 10; 23(4):596-607.  View on PubMed
  11. Rahul Banerjee, Ann Lazar, Lisa Dunn, Jennifer Knoche, Kelly Brassil, Lindsey Jackson, Dhiren Patel, Shagun Arora, Jeffrey Wolf, Thomas G. Martin, Anand Dhruva, Nina Shah. 184 Feasibility of Digital Interactions with a Life Coach during Autologous Transplantation. . 2021 Mar 1; 27(3):s169.  View on PubMed
  12. Kober KM, Roy R, Dhruva A, Conley YP, Chan RJ, Cooper B, Olshen A, Miaskowski C. Prediction of evening fatigue severity in outpatients receiving chemotherapy: less may be more. Fatigue. 2021; 9(1):14-32.  View on PubMed
  13. Banerjee R, Lazar AA, Dunn L, Knoche J, Lo M, Arora S, Wong SW, Wolf JL, Martin TG, Dhruva A, Shah N. Benzodiazepine and zolpidem prescriptions during autologous stem cell transplantation. EJHaem. 2021 May; 2(2):276-279.  View on PubMed
  14. Dhruva A, Wu C, Miaskowski C, Hartogensis W, Rugo HS, Adler SR, Kaptchuk TJ, Kelkar R, Agarawal S, Vadodaria A, Garris E, Hecht FM. A 4-Month Whole-Systems Ayurvedic Medicine Nutrition and Lifestyle Intervention Is Feasible and Acceptable for Breast Cancer Survivors: Results of a Single-Arm Pilot Clinical Trial. Glob Adv Health Med. 2020; 9:2164956120964712.  View on PubMed
  15. Rahul Banerjee, Ann Lazar, Lisa Dunn, Jennifer Knoche, Kelly Jean Brassil, Dhiren Patel, Lindsey Jackson, Mimi Lo, Anand Dhruva, Shagun Arora, Sandy W. Wong, Jeffrey L. Wolf, Thomas Martin, Nina Shah. Digital Life Coaching for Myeloma Patients Undergoing Transplantation. Blood. 2020 Nov 5; 136(Supplement 1):2-3.  View on PubMed
  16. Kelly L. Schoenbeck, Sirisha Tummala, Rebecca L. Olin, Neha G. Goyal, Anand Dhruva, Lloyd E. Damon, Aaron C. Logan, Catherine C. Smith, Neil P. Shah. Excellent Outcomes Achieved with Medical Management of Chronic Phase CML Patients with Non-Hematologic TKI Intolerance. Blood. 2020 Nov 5; 136(Supplement 1):41-42.  View on PubMed
  17. Rahul Banerjee, Lisa Dunn, Jennifer Knoche, Mimi Lo, Anand Dhruva, Shagun Arora, Sandy W. Wong, Jeffrey Wolf, Thomas G. Martin, Nina Shah. Benzodiazepine & Zolpidem Usage in Multiple Myeloma Patients Undergoing Transplantation. Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation. 2020 Mar 1; 26(3):s352-s353.  View on PubMed
  18. Singh KP, Dhruva A, Flowers E, Paul SM, Hammer MJ, Wright F, Cartwright F, Conley YP, Melisko M, Levine JD, Miaskowski C, Kober KM. Alterations in Patterns of Gene Expression and Perturbed Pathways in the Gut-Brain Axis Are Associated With Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 06; 59(6):1248-1259.e5.  View on PubMed
  19. Kelly L. Schoenbeck, Miguel Carlos Cerejo, Patricia A. Cornett, Lloyd E. Damon, Karin L. Gaensler, Andrew D. Leavitt, Aaron C. Logan, Gabriel N. Mannis, Rebecca L. Olin, Giselle Salmasi, Peter H. Sayre, Neil P. Shah, Anand Dhruva, Chloe E. Atreya, Catherine C. Smith. Symptom Assessment in Patients with BCR-ABL-Negative Myeloproliferative Neoplasms at an Academic Medical Institution. Blood. 2019 Nov 13; 134(Supplement_1):5859-5859.  View on PubMed
  20. Thompson-Lastad A, Atreya CE, Chao MT, Pollak C, Dhruva A, Santana T, Abrams DI. Improving Access to Integrative Oncology Through Group Medical Visits: A Pilot Implementation Project. J Altern Complement Med. 2019 Jul; 25(7):733-739.  View on PubMed

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