Mark D. Gilbert, MD, FRCP (c)

Director, Mind-Body Medicine Skills Group Program, UAHN
Director, Professional Development and Associate Director, Psychosocial Oncology, Arizona Cancer Center
Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, University of Arizona
Phone Number: 
(520) 626-7416
(520) 626-2004

UACC Information

UACC Organizational Unit(s): 
Professional Bio: 

Dr. Mark Gilbert, MD, Dip. ABPN, FRCP (c), is Director of the Mind-Body Medicine Skills Group Program at the University of Arizona Health Network; Director of Professional Development and Associate Director of Psychosocial Oncology, the University of Arizona Cancer Center; former Director of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry; and Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona Medical Center, University of Arizona, Tucson. He also has a full affiliation with the Reproductive Health Center in Tucson, and teaches Mind-Body Medicine, Physician Self-Care and Spirituality and Health courses at the College of Medicine, University of Arizona.

He is a contributing member in psychosocial oncology for the Integrative Oncology fellowship program at the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine. He was the Co-Director of The Integrated Pain Treatment Center and the Mind-Body Skills Program in Toronto, Canada for almost 15 years.

Dr. Gilbert has a wealth of experience in the field of Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine and the treatment of patients with stress, pain, trauma and life-threatening and chronic illnesses. As a lecturer at the University of Toronto, Dr. Gilbert taught the Family Therapy program at the Hospital for Sick Children for almost a decade, taking a special interest in consultation to families affected by physical illness.

Dr. Gilbert studied Mind-Body Medicine at Harvard's Deaconess Hospital, Georgetown University and UCSF. In 1994, Dr. Gilbert opened and Co-Directed a multidisciplinary clinic for chronic illness and pain. In 1999, he established a Mind-Body Program for a large health care center in downtown Toronto, and in May 2000 opened and Co-Directed The Integrated Pain Treatment Center. Dr. Gilbert has lectured extensively and published in his field, in both the United States and Canada.


Clinical Information

Clinical Focus: 

Dr. Gilbert teaches resilience through a specific group program to both the patients attending the University of Arizona Cancer Center as well as to staff and faculty who care for those patients. The challenge of having a diagnosis of cancer is formidable. The diagnosis itself starts a journey that is often fraught with fear, denial, uncertainty, waiting, and strain on relationships. Often, this challenge is so daunting that it may lead to anxiety, panic, depression, confusion and despair. Mind-Body Medicine Skills Groups ("Resilience Groups") have been proven, through dozens of research papers in major medical journals, to improve the cancer patient's quality of life, decrease depression and anxiety, enhance social relationships with patients' loved ones as well as their physicians, and assist them in re-establishing new purpose in their lives. These Groups teach medical knowledge, experiential exercises to help cope with symptoms, as well as provide a professionally facilitated group support that enhances healing, These groups of 8-9 patients each are offered through Dr. Gilbert at The University of Arizona Cancer Center- North Hills Campus.

Dr. Gilbert also provides direct clinical care for patients at the Center, as well as being integrally involved with the clinical and research efforts of the Psychosocial Oncology Team at the Center. He is also the Director of Professional Development at the Center.

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Research Information

Selected Publications: 
  1. Weaving Medicine Back Together: Mind-Body Medicine in the 21st Century. Mark D. Gilbert, MD, FRCP(c). Journal of Complementary and Alternative Medicine.2003 Aug; 9(4): 563-70
  2. Mind-Body Medicine: An Antidote to Burnout. Mark D. Gilbert, MD, FRCP (C). Hospital News.January 2000. (8)
  3. “Morals, Paradox and Global Context: Are We Practicing Mind-Body Medicine Honestly?” Mark D.Gilbert, M.D.,F.R.C.P.(c), submitted for publication.

Professional Information

Positions and Honors: 
  • Teacher of the Year Award 2006-7, Psychiatry Jr. Residents, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
  • Teacher of the Year Award 2006-7, Psychiatry Sr. Residents, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona
Other Experience and Professional Memberships/Affiliations: 
  • American Association of Marital and Family Therapy
  • American Academy of Child Psychiatry
  • American Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • American Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada
  • College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
  • Ontario Medical Association
  • Ontario Society of Clinical Hypnosis
  • Canadian Academy of Child Psychiatry
  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
Board Certifications & Licenses: 
Diplomate of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (Dip.ABPN)
Fellow of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (FRCPc)

Academic Information

Dalhousie University and the University of Toronto, Canada
University of California, San Diego and Los Angeles
Medical School: 
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
Undergraduate School: 
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada