Lorenzo Cohen is a professor in the Department of General Oncology and Behavioral Science and the director of the Integrative Medicine Program at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He is also a distinguished clinical professor at the Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center in Shanghai, China.[verification needed] Cohen is a founding member and past president of the Society for Integrative Oncology.
Cohen has been involved with numerous studies examining psychosocial and integrative medicine interventions to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and other serious diseases, including therapies such as reiki, “energy medicine”, acupuncture, and yoga. David Gorski has called the topics of Cohen’s research quackery and a waste of taxpayer dollars; he has criticized Cohen for taking a credulous stance on pseudoscience. His directorship of integrative medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center has been criticized for offering ineffective treatments to patients.