Ralph Moss, PhD (Bio)

Ralph Moss, PhD

About Ralph W. Moss, PhD:

Ralph W. Moss, PhD was a founding advisor to the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Alternative Medicine (now the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, NCCAM) 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 or has been an advisor to Breast Cancer Action, the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, 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 scientific organizations, including the Czech Academy of Sciences, Current Oncology, Tumor Biology, the Journal of Research in Medical Science, and the International Journal of Cancer.

As a medical writer, Moss has written 15 books 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 35 years Moss has independently evaluated the claims of conventional and non-conventional cancer treatments.


Moss is noted for his critical acumen on cancer-related topics and has been listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in HealthCare, etc.

His articles and scientific communications have appeared in The Lancet, the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the Journal of the American Medical Association, New Scientist, Immunobiology, Anticancer Research, Genetic Engineering News, Research in Complementary Medicine, the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, and Integrative Cancer Therapies (SAGE), of which he is Corresponding Editor. His op-ed “Patents Over Patients” appeared in the New York Times.

Moss has been an invited lecturer at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 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 universities, medical schools and societies in the US and abroad. In 2005 he led the History of Science Seminar at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in Bethesda, MD. He has also 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.

May 30, 2014:
Listen to a NPR/PBS affiliate radio interview with Ralph W. Moss, PhD discussing this project here (WPSU) .