Heather Greenlee, ND, PhD

Assistant Professor


Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health


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.