The medical writer Ralph W. Moss, PhD, has written or edited twelve books and three film documentaries, mostly on the question of cancer research and treatment. He is a graduate of
New York City public schools, New York University (BA, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1965) and Stanford University (MA, 1973, PhD, 1974, Classics).
The former science writer and assistant director of public affairs at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York (1974-1977), for over 30 years Moss has independently evaluated the claims of various cancer treatments, conventional and nonconventional. He currently directs The Moss Reports, a periodically updated library of detailed reports on 200+ varieties of cancer diagnoses. Although not a medical doctor, he is noted for his critical acumen and is listed in Marquis Who's Who in America, Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in HealthCare, etc.
Moss is the author of such books as Antioxidants Against Cancer, Cancer Therapy, Questioning Chemotherapy, and The Cancer Industry, as well as the award-winning PBS documentary The Cancer War. He also wrote the first article on alternative medicine
for The Encyclopedia Britannica Yearbook and the first article on complementary cancer treatments for a medico-legal textbook, Courtroom Medicine: Cancer (Matthew Bender). He is co-editor of the first medical textbook in English on non-conventional treatments for cancer, Complementary Oncology (Thieme, 2005).
His articles and scientific communications have appeared in such journals as The Lancet, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the Journal of the American Medical Association, New Scientist, Anticancer Research, Genetic Engineering News, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, and Integrative Cancer Therapies, of which he is Corresponding Editor. For years he has written the monthly "War on Cancer" column for the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients. His op-ed "Patents Over Patients" appeared in the New York Times (4/07).
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Moss was a founding advisor to the National Institutes of Health's Office of Alternative Medicine (now the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine or NCCAM) and to the NIH Cancer Advisory Panel on Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAP-CAM). He has been a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of the PDQ System of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). He is a member of the board of directors of the Cancer Prevention Coaltion and is an advisor to Breast Cancer Action, the National Brain Tumor Foundation, the Susan J. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, the Life Extension Foundation, the RAND Corporation and the Medline-listed journal, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. He has been an ad hoc reviewer for many scientific organizations, including the Czech Academy of Sciences and the International Journal of Cancer.
A dynamic public speaker, Moss has been an invited lecturer at many institutions, including Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Grand Rounds, Surgery, 1999), Howard University Medical School (Grand Rounds, Family Practice, 2003), the University of Arizona Medical Center (Grand Rounds, CAM, 2007), the Department of Energy, American Cancer Society, and many other universities, medical schools, and medical society meetings in the US and abroad.
Moss has a particular interest in new European developments in integrative oncology. On October 31, 1998, he was made an honorary member and scientific advisor of the German Oncology Society ("DGO"), the first American to be so honored. Since 1997 he has spoken at "Medicine Week" in Baden-Baden six times. In October, 2004 he spoke at the Seventh Pfälzer Conference on Integrative Cancer Care in Bad Bergzabern, Germany. The previous year he spoke on the chemoprevention of cancer at Santa Famiglia Hospital in Rome, Italy, and wrote a journal article on his findings from that trip.
He also speaks frequently in North America. In June, 2004 he gave the Coombs Lecture at Foothills Hospital, Calgary, Canada, and at the CAMera conference of the University of Calgary. In 2005, he gave the Todd Cancer Institute Grand Rounds Lecture at Long Beach (Calif.) Memorial Medical Center and led the History of Science Seminar at the National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.
"The Moss Reports is the best place to get information
about your specific cancer and treatment choices." --Hattiesburg American, 2007.
"Moss frequently travels in search of valid alternative approaches to cancer. His knowledge, clarity, and compassion have made him "a widely respected figure in the world of alternative cancer therapies" --Irish Times, 2004.
"Ralph W, Moss, PhD has made his life's work
independently investigating alternative cancer treatment
and the claims made for them. He is known for solid,
comprehensive, and meticulously documented reporting
on the subject."--Health Naturally (Canada)