Elena Ladas, PhD

Research Faculty

Academic Title(s)

  • Assistant Professor of Nutrition (in Pediatrics and in the Institute of Human Nutrition)

Education & Training

Medical School

Columbia University


Columbia University, Teachers College


Registered Dietetics Internship Program, Lehman College


Integrative therapies for malignant and non-malignant conditions

Research & Grants

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Faculty Statement

I am clinical investigator with expertise in the clinical application and evaluation of nutrition and complementary/ alternative medicine. I am Co-Director of the Center for Comprehensive Wellness (CCW) and directly oversee the nutrition and integrative therapies programs within CCW. Within our Division, I ensure that all patients receive the optimal nutritional care to improve their ability to progress through cancer therapy. Additionally, I apply an evidence-based approach to the application of integrative therapies (acupuncture, yoga, massage) to ease the pain and suffering of children enduring treatment for childhood cancer.

I am the principal investigator on a number of multi-institutional studies that evaluate the role of nutrition and integrative medicine as components of supportive care during and after treatment for childhood cancer. Specifically, my research is evaluating the influence of dietary intake on the development of nutrition-related morbidities (such as obesity) during treatment for cancer. I am also evaluating the role of acupuncture in reducing symptoms associated with treatment for cancer. On a national level, I am Co-Chair of the Nutrition Committee, Children’s Oncology Group (COG). Through this position I work with a national team of physicians, nurses, and dieticians to set nutritional research priorities that may be conducted through COG. Internationally, I am Co-Chair of the Nutrition Committee, International Society of Pediatric Oncology, Pediatric Oncology Developing Countries. Through this collaboration, I have worked with investigators in Central and South America, India, and Africa to enhance the delivery of nutritional care to children who are undergoing treatment for cancer and who live in a low- or middle-income country.

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