Dr. David Spiegel is Willson Professor and Associate Chair of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, Director of the Center on Stress and Health, and Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine, where he has been a member of the academic faculty since 1975, and was Chair of the Stanford University Faculty Senate from 2010-2011. Dr. Spiegel has more than 40 years of clinical and research experience studying psycho-oncology, stress and health, pain control, psychoneuroendocrinology, sleep, hypnosis, and conducting randomized clinical trials involving psychotherapy for cancer patients. He has published thirteen books, 404 scientific journal articles, and 170 book chapters on hypnosis, psychosocial oncology, stress physiology, trauma, and psychotherapy. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Cancer Institute, the National Institute on Aging, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, the Fetzer Institute, the Dana Foundation for Brain Sciences, and the Nathan S. Cummings Foundation. He was a member of the work groups on stressor and trauma-related disorders for the DSM-IV and DSM-5 editions of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. He is Past President of the American College of Psychiatrists and the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis, and is a Member of the National Academy of Medicine. He was invited to speak on hypnosis at the World Economic Forum in Davos in 2018.

Professional Summary

Professional Education
  • Residency: Cambridge Health Alliance (1974) MA
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Psychiatry (1976)
  • Fellowship: Lab of Community Psychiatry (1974) MA
  • Residency: Massachusetts Mental Health Center (1974) MA
  • Medical Education: Harvard Medical School (1971) MA
  • B.A., Yale College, Philosophy (1967)
  • M. D., Harvard Medical School., Medicine (1971)

Honors & Awards
  • 12th Holland Distinguished Leadership Award, The American Psychosocial Oncology Society (February 2014)
  • Arthur M Sutherland Award for Lifetime Achievement, International Psycho-Oncology Society (2011)
  • Best Paper on the Application of Hypnosis., American Psychological Association. (2002)
  • Burroughs Wellcome Visiting Professor., Royal Society of Medicine. UK. (1997)
  • Distinguished Achievement Award,the founding editor of the Progress in Psychiatry Series 1986-2002., American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc (2002)
  • Distinguished Life Fellow,in recognition of significant contributions to Psychiatry., American Psychiatric Association. (2006)
  • Docteur Honoris Causa., de l'Universite de la Mediterranee (1999)
  • Ernest R. Hilgard Award for Scientific Excellence for 2002., The International Society of Hypnosis. (2003)
  • Henry Guze Award for Best Research Paper., Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. (2001)
  • In recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to the community., Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition (June 2013)
  • Lifetime Achievement Award Lifetime Achievement Award., The International Society of Psychoneuroendocrinology (August 20, 2013)
  • Marmor Award for Advancement of the Biopsychosocial Model in Psychiatry., American Psychiatric Association. The American Psychological Association. (2004)
  • Mc Govern Award Lecturer on the Art and Science of Medicine,, Baylor. (1999)
  • Member, Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (2012)
  • Meritorious Service Award., Northern California Psychiatric Society. (1997)
  • One for the Heart Award., Mid-Peninsula Hospice. (1995)
  • Pierre Janet Writing Award., International Society for the Study of Dissociation. (1994)
  • Rockefeller Foundation Visiting Scholar., Bellagio Study and Conference Center. Italy. (1997)
  • Special Keynote Address Award., American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology. (1997)
  • The Division 30 Award for Distinguished Contributions to Professional Hypnosis., The American Psychological Association. (2003)
  • The Edward A. Strecker, M. D. Award., The Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital and Jefferson Medical College. (1995)
  • The Joan and Stanford Alexander Award in Psychiatry honoring Stuart C. Yudofsky,M.D., Baylor College of Medicine (2014)

Administrative Appointments
  • Associate Chair, Stanford University School of Medicine - Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (2000 - Present)
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences., Stanford University School of Medicine. (1982 - 1987)
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences., Stanford University School of Medicine. (1987 - 1991)
  • Associate Research Psychiatrist., University of California, San Francisco. (1986 - 1991)
  • Jack, Lulu & Sam Willson Professor, Stanford School of Medicine. (2002 - Present)
  • Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, with tenure., Stanford University School of Medicine. (1991 - Present)


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Specializing In

  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Psychiatric Conditions

Practice Locations

Center for Integrative Medicine Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

211 Quarry Road, 2nd Floor, Suite 205

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-5566

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Stanford, CA

401 Quarry Road

Stanford , CA 94304

(650) 498-9111

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He is very calm and seems like he really cares
Dr. David Spiegel displayed a relaxing, although engaging and warm approach that put me at ease for my first consultation. He seems to be very knowledgeable and thorough in his field of practice.
It was very comfortable being with him and Dr. Lisa E. (who was observing). He was very welcoming of my way of saying and asking things, very clear on his instructions, very helpful in his way of explaining and asking things. I appreciate his experience, approach, and insights. I'm so happy I was referred to him specifically, and I look forward to our next visit.
Thank you
Outstanding and incredible care. Assists in making my life worthwhile and coping with unconscious issues that affect me.
He seems like a great person. Very comforting.
Dr Spiegel is an excellent clinician who is able to provide appropriate and exceptional feedback/suggestions
Dr. Spiegel is absolutely amazing!! I was very hesitant about hypnosis. It works!! It works!! It works!!
All very informative & very good follow up - one of the best MD's I have dealt with for past 60 yrs.
Dr. Spiegel is INCOMPARABLE.
Would highly recommend if I thought a person could benefit from procedure.
Dr. David Spiegel is BY FAR, the most intelligent, caring and responsive physician I have EVER known.
Dr. Spiegel is the best.
He has been a wonderful addition to helping me with my migraines.
Dr. Spiegel has the best traits of one's former family doc combined with the best of today's cutting edge doc/scientist.
Dr. Speigle came HIGHLY RECOMMENDED - I see why - he's AWESOME!
Good if you need an expert diagnosis. Dr. not available for ongoing care just as a consultant.
The care was excellent - (Dr. Spiegel) spent lots of time with my son.
He seemed a little preoccupied - maybe was bored with my story or tired - I would return though and advice was helpful.
In fairness, Dr. Spiegel, a psychiatrist, had a very difficult time with the patient ahead of me, and this caused his delay in starting his appt. with me.
He should silence/turn off his cell phone during hypnotherapy sessions.
I would not have been as comfortable had intern not been in the office.
He demonstrated and trained me in hypnosis.

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