The medical writer Ralph W. Moss, PhD, has written 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.
He 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 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.
He 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 Pfältzer 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, organised from M. Bonucci M.D. 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.