Steven Rosenzweig, MD
- Multifaceted integrative medicine specialist, board certified in emergency medicine, hospice and palliative care
- Founding medical and academic director of the Thomas Jefferson University Center of Integrative Medicine in Philadelphia
- Faculty advisor for Drexel University’s Health Outreach Project, which provides free medical clinics for Philadelphians
Steven Rosenzweig, MD, started his career as an attending physician and faculty for the emergency department for Jefferson University/Sydney Kimmel Medical College in Philadelphia. While with Jefferson he served as the founding medical and academic director of the Thomas Jefferson University Center for Integrative Medicine.
In 2007, Dr. Rosenzweig went into private practice and joined the teaching faculty of Drexel University’s College of Medicine as a professor of emergency medicine focusing on palliative care. At Drexel he serves as director of the office of community engagement and faculty advisor for the Health Outreach Project, which provides 12 free health clinics to Philadelphians. He is on the medical staff at Jefferson Abington Hospital in Abington, Pennsylvania.
In addition to his traditional medical training, Dr. Rosenzweig has studied anthroposophical medicine, a European-based system of integrative medicine; trained under Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, founder of the University of Massachusetts Medical Center’s Stress Reduction Clinic; completed the Stress Reduction Clinic’s teacher development intensive program; and obtained certification in interactive guided imagery through the Academy for Guided Imagery.
Post-treatment, managing side effects is key. Integrating complementary therapies alongside conventional treatment is increasingly common, offering holistic care.
Types of complementary therapy
There are many different types of complementary therapy, including body-based and energy, expressive art, diet/nutrition/exercise, and mind-body therapies.
Art therapy involves the use of visual arts to express emotions, communicate with others, build self-esteem and learn what is important to you. It is a type of expressive art therapy.
Expressive writing, a tool for emotional release and understanding, is utilized in therapy, writing groups, or individually to process emotions and experiences.
The goal of guided imagery is to shift your mood. Using a series of cues on your own or with a guide who helps you, you imagine sensations or visualize images that remind you of good feelings, happiness or calm.
Hypnosis induces a trance-like state to alleviate stress, anxiety, pain, or hot flashes. It's often used pre-surgery or during medical procedures for anxious individuals.
Massage is known to help reduce stress, anxiety and pain, and relieve tension. Research shows a cancer diagnosis and treatment can make it harder to relax and be calm.
Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
The most widely researched meditation program is called Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction or MBSR. It combines a variety of techniques, including body scan, sitting meditation, and gentle and mindful yoga.