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Jun James Mao, MD, MSCE

Associate Professor of Family Medicine and Community Health at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Full Member, Abramson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Staff Scientist, Abramson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Senior Scholar, Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
Director of Integrative Oncology Initiative, Abramson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Department: Family Medicine and Community Health

Contact information
University of Pennsylvania
Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
2 Gates Building
3400 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-4283
Office: 215-615-4330
Fax: 215-662-3591
Graduate Group Affiliations
B.S. (Chemical Engineering)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champion, 1996.
M.D. (Medicine)
University of Illinois at Chicago, 2000.
M.S.C.E. (Clinical Epidemiology)
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2006.
Post-Graduate Training
Intern, Somerset Family Practice Residency - UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 2000-2001.
Resident, Somerset Family Practice Residency - UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, 2001-2003.
Postgraduate, China Beijing International Acupuncture Training Center - China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, P.R. China, 2002-2002.
Fellow, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2003-2006.
Postgraduate, Certification Medical Acupuncture for Physicians - UCLA/Helms Medical Institute, 2003-2003.
American Board of Family Medicine, 2003.
Hospice and Palliative Medicine (CAQ), 2013.
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Description of Research Expertise

Dr. Mao’s research centers on investigating the effects, mechanisms and integration of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) for symptom management among cancer patients and survivors. His work has been funded by National Cancer Institute, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, American Cancer Society, and Pennsylvania Department of Aging.

Specific Resaerch expertise:
Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Natural Product / Herbs
Clinical Trial
Recruitment and Retention in primary care and oncology setting
Large database analysis (National Health Interview Survey)
Primary care in cancer survivorship
Pain and Symptom measurement and management

Description of Clinical Expertise

Symptom management for cancer patients and survivors
Primary care for cancer survivors
Spirituality and cultural issues surrounding end of life discussion

Description of Other Expertise

Dr. Mao directs an international elective on acupuncture for medical students and residents. Over the last five years, this course has attracted over 200 students from over 50 U.S. instituitions. For details, see link:

Selected Publications

Mao JJ, Xie SX, Farrar JT, Stricker CT, Bowman MA, Bruner D, DeMichele A: A randomized trial of electro-acupuncture for arthralgia related to aromatase use. European Journal of Cancer 50(2): 267-276, Jan 2014.

Mao, JJ, Tan T, Li SQ, Meghani SH, Glanz K, Bruner D: Attitudes and barriers towards participation in an acupuncture trial among breast cancer patients: a survey study. Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2014 Notes: In Press.

Galantino ML, Callens ML, Cardena GJ, Piela NJ, Mao JJ: Tai Chi for well-being of breast cancer survivors with aromatase inhibitor-associated arthralgias: A feasibility study. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine 19(6): 38-44, Nov-Dec 2013.

Garland S, Valentine D, Desai K, Li QS, Langer C, Evans T, Mao JJ: Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) Use and Benefit Finding among Cancer Patients. Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 19(11): 876-881, Nov 2013.

Schapira M, Mackenzie E, Lam R, Casarett D, Seluzicki CM, Barg F, Mao JJ: Breast cancer survivors’ willingness to participate in an acupuncture clinical trial: a qualitative study. Supportive Care in Cancer Nov 2013 Notes: DOI 10.1007/s00520-013-2073-3.

Brown J, Mao JJ, Stricker C, Hwang WT, Tan KS, Schmitz K: Aromatase inhibitor associated musculoskeletal symptoms are associated with reduced physical activity among breast cancer survivors. The Breast Journal Oct 2013 Notes: DOI: 10.1111/tbj.12202.

Kim YJ, Lee IS, Kim HS, Lee HJ, Park HJ, Lee HS, Mao JJ, Chae YS: Validation of the Korean version of the acupuncture expectancy scale. Acupuncture in Medicine Oct 2013 Notes: doi: 10.1136/acupmed-2013-010412.

Fleisher K, Mackenzie ER, Frankel E, Seluzicki C, Casarett D, Mao JJ: Integrative Reiki for cancer patients: a program evaluation. Integrative Cancer Therapies Oct 2013 Notes: doi: 10.1111/tbj.12202.

LeBlanc M, Stineman M, DeMichele A, Stricker C, Mao JJ: Validation of quickDASH outcome measure in breast cancer survivors for upper extremity disability. Archive of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Oct 2013 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.apmr.2013.09.016.

Chen LX, Mao JJ, Fernandes S, Galantino ML, Guo W, LaRiccia P, Teal V, Bowman MA, Schumacher HR, Farrar JT: Integrating acupuncture with exercise-based physical therapy for knee osteoarthritis: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Clinical Rheumatology 19(6): 308-316, Sep 2013.

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