Leanna J. Standish, PhD, ND, LAc, FABNO



Dr. Standish is a faculty supervisor in the Integrative Cancer Care specialty shift at Bastyr Center for Natural Health; a research professor for the School of Naturopathic Medicine at Bastyr University; a clinical professor for the School of Public Health at the University of Washington; and affiliate research professor in the University of Washington's School of Medicine's radiology department.

Dr. Standish is also the medical director of the Bastyr Integrative Oncology Research Center (BIORC) and a clinical research professor at the Bastyr University Research Institute. She has served as principal investigator on several National Institutes of Health (NIH) research grants since 1994.

Dr. Standish is a neuroscientist and a naturopathic physician who is board certified in naturopathic oncology. Currently her research is focused on the Asian medicinal mushroom Trametes versicolor in the treatment of breast and prostate cancer; functional brain imaging in the treatment of brain cancer; and the development of integrative oncology outcomes studies. New projects using IV Resveratrol and IV Curcumin to treat cancer are being developed.

In 2010, Dr. Standish became the co-principal investigator for the Bastyr/UW Oncomycology Translational Research Center, NIH/NCCAM (U19); PSK as Neoadjuvant Therapy for Locally Advanced Breast Cancer Principal; and the Breast Cancer Integrative Oncology: Prospective Matched Controlled Outcomes Study, a partnership with the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.

She has provided adjunctive naturopathic medical care to hundreds of cancer patients, and has worked collaboratively with Seattle area oncologists to provide integrated conventional/CAM care. A founding board member of the Oncology Association of Naturopathic Physicians, Dr. Standish was board certified in naturopathic oncology in 2006. Her recognition by the oncology community as an expert in naturopathic medicine is evidenced by her being voted one of Seattleā€™s Best Physicians in the Seattle Metropolitan Magazine in 2002, 2004 and 2008. She has been a member of both the NIH and the Department of Defense study sections for scientific review of CAM research in cancer. Dr. Standish has served as a CAM oncology advisor to MD Anderson Cancer Center.

Clinical Interests:

Dr. Standish's clinical interests include naturopathic oncology and neurology, chronic hepatitis C, as well as basic neuroscience research.

Healing Philosophy:

Dr. Standish's goal in teaching is to develop excellent physicians and physician/scientists.

Past Experience:

Dr. Standish was the director of the Bastyr University Research Institute from 1987-2001. Previously, Dr. Standish was senior fellow in biophysics, assistant professor at Smith College, and also completed postdoctoral work at Yerkes Primate Center and the University of Massachusetts. In August 2014, Dr. Standish was listed as one of the Top Doctors in Seattle Metropolitan magazine.

Education & Affiliations:
  • PhD in neuroscience/biopsychology from the University of Massachusetts in 1978
  • ND from Bastyr University in 1991
  • MS in acupuncture and Oriental medicine from Bastyr University in 1994
  • Board certified in naturopathic oncology in 2006
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