About Ralph Moss
The medical writer Ralph W. Moss, PhD, has written or edited twelve books and three film documentaries on questions relating to cancer research and treatment. Moss is a graduate of 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 the past 40 years Moss has independently evaluated the claims of conventional and non-conventional cancer treatments. He currently writes The Moss Reports, detailed reports on the 27 most common cancer diagnoses. He provides informational phone consultations for cancer patients and their families. He also posts regularly at ralphmossblog.com
Moss is the long-time "War on Cancer" columnist for the Townsend Letter for Doctors and Patients. His most recent book, Doctored Results, deals with the testing of the botanical substance laetrile at Sloan-Kettering Institute. The book covers in detail the same ground as a documentary film, Second Opinion. Moss is also the author of Customized Cancer Treatment, Antioxidants Against Cancer, Cancer Therapy, Questioning Chemotherapy, and The Cancer Industry, as well as the award-winning PBS documentary The Cancer War. He wrote the first article on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for the Encyclopedia Britannica yearbook and the first article on CAM cancer treatments for a medico-legal textbook, Courtroom Medicine: Cancer. With Prof. Josef Beuth of the University of Cologne, he edited the first medical textbook in English on such treatments, Complementary Oncology.
His articles and scientific communications have appeared in The Lancet, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the Journal of the American Medical Association, New Scientist, Immunobiology, Pharmacological Research, Anticancer Research, Genetic Engineering News, Research in Complementary Medicine, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics and Integrative Cancer Therapies, of which he is Corresponding Editor. His invited op-ed "Patents Over Patients" appeared in the New York Times.
Moss was a founding advisor to the National Institutes of Health's Office of Alternative Medicine (now the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, NCCIH) 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 board member of the Cancer Prevention Coalition and is an advisor to Breast Cancer Action, Life Extension Foundation, RAND Corporation and the Medline-listed journal, Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine. He has served as an ad hoc reviewer for Blood, Current Oncology, Tumor Biology, the Journal of Research in Medical Science, International Journal of Cancer, as well as the Czech Academy of Sciences.
Moss has been an invited lecturer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (Grand Rounds, Surgery, 1999), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, the Aspen Ideas Festival, Howard University Medical School, the University of Arizona Medical Center, the Department of Energy, American Cancer Society, Penn State Hershey Medical Center and many other institutions. He led the History of Science Seminar at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in Bethesda, MD on the life and work of his mentor, the Nobel laureate Albert Szent-Györgyi.
He has received lifetime achievement awards from the American College for the Advancement of Medicine, Cancer Control Society, National Foundation for Alternative Medicine, Wellness Forum, and Center for Advancement in Cancer Education.
Moss has a particular interest in fostering international cooperation in integrative oncology. In 1998, he was made an honorary member of the German Society of Oncology (DGO), the first American to be so honored. He has toured German clinics on 17 separate occasions. In 2011 and 2012 he co-organized international days for the DGO in Baden-Baden and Munich. He is also a board member of the Italian Association for Research in Integrative Oncological Therapy (ARTOI) and gave the Coombs Lecture at Foothills Hospital, Calgary and at the University of Calgary, Canada.
In 2008 he was honored with visiting professorships at the Shanxi Province Anticancer Research Institute, Chang'An Hospital in Xi'an, and Friendship Hospital in Guangzhou, China. In 2013, he gave a keynote address at the International Clinical Hyperthermia Society (ICHS) meeting in Guangzhou, China. He was honored with the Grand Award for Special Contribution to Natural Medicine by the ICHS and was appointed a standing director of the World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies (WFCMS). He was also honored with a guest professorship at the Southern Medical University (Renkang Hospital) in Dongguan, China (2013-2016).
Moss has also visited Israel in collaboration with Reliable Cancer Therapies (Belgium) and has also made site visits to cancer clinics in Germany, Holland, Austria, Hungary, Ireland, the Czech Republic, Russia, Switzerland, Denmark, Italy, Bahamas, Honduras, Great Britain, and most states of the US and provinces of Canada. He continues to tour clinics around the US and the world looking for advanced cancer treatments for his phone consultees and for readers of his blog, magazine columns and Moss Reports.
He is available for individualized phone consultations for those seeking help in making difficult decisions in dealing with cancer.