Integrative Health SIG

Our Mission

To promote and advance patient-centered, evidence-informed, multi-disciplinary, and comprehensive cancer care that utilizes mind and body practices, natural products, and/or lifestyle and behavior modifications alongside conventional cancer care to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.


  • The Integrative Oncology SIG aims to optimize health, quality of life, and clinical outcomes, and to empower patients to become active participants in cancer prevention and across the cancer continuum.
  • To promote a forum where researchers and scientist practitioners have opportunities for networking and gaining up-to-date state of the science knowledge on complementary and integrative therapies research and clinical applications in oncology care.
  • To promote a forum for collaboration and communication among multi-disciplinary scientist practitioners, clinicians, and researchers who embrace a treatment philosophy that is bio-psycho-socio-spiritual in dimension.
  • To advocate for the transformation of oncology care through true integration of integrative, complementary modalities and approaches into oncology care, so that evidence-informed complementary care is accessible and part of standard cancer care for all patients and families across the cancer continuum.

Meet Our Chair

 Carmen Rodriguez, PhD, RN

Carmen Rodriguez, PhD, RN

Dr. Carmen Rodriguez is an Associate Professor at the University of South Florida College of Nursing.  Through her clinical practice and research, she has advanced symptom science  and health equity for cancer patients across the continuum of care. Her research expertise centers in behavioral oncology and clinical trial intervention research for improving the quality of life and health equity of “suddenly speechless” critical care and advanced stage head and neck cancer survivors. Dr. Rodriguez earned her BSN from the University of Puerto Rico, her MSN from the University of Miami, and her PhD from the University of South Florida.