Curriculum Vitae (select)


PERSONAL:  Born: October 18, 1954, in New York | US Citizen; Married with three children


7628 Chalkstone Drive
Dallas, Texas  75248-5318

  • Education and Professional Experience
    2011- Guest lecturer for "Medicine, Politics, and Philosophy" honors seminar at University of Texas at Dallas
    1983- Attending Physician, Department of Internal Medicine, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas. (On medical leave since 1993)
    1983-92 Solo Practice, Internal Medicine. Dallas, Texas.
    1983 Board Certified in Internal Medicine.
    1981-83 Residency in Internal Medicine, Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas.
    1980-81 Internship in Internal Medicine, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Hermann Hospital. Houston,Tx.
    1980 Medical Degree. University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. Rochester, New York.
    1976 Bachelor of Science with Distinction. Cornell University.
  • Publications: Books
    Affirmations and Reflections for Healthy Survivors (in progress)   

    Only 10 Seconds to Care. Help and Hope for Busy Clinicians (Philadelphia: ACP Press, 2009)

    Happiness in a Storm. Facing Illness and Embracing Life as a Healthy Survivor (New York: W.W. Norton, 2005)

    Diagnosis: Cancer. Your Guide To the First Months of Healthy Survivorship (New York: W.W. Norton, 2003)

    The Hope Tree. Kids talk about breast cancer. Coauthored with Laura Numeroff (Simon and Schuster, Aug 2001; re-released by Komen 2008)

    KIDS TALK. Kids speak out about mom’s breast cancer. Coauthored with Laura Numeroff (Samsung Telecommunications and Sprint PCS, Limited edition: 1999)

    Diagnosis: Cancer. Your Guide Through the First Few Months (New York: W.W. Norton, Revised and updated, 2003)

    When A Parent Has Cancer: A Guide to Caring For Your Children and Becky and the Worry Cup. (A two-volume set, New York: HarperCollins, February 1997. Revised edition, October 2004)

    After Cancer: A Guide to Your New Life. (New York: W.W. Norton, 1994. Paperback edition, New York: HarperPerennial, 1995. Mexican edition, Colonia Del Valle: Editorial Diana,2000. Australian edition, New Bay: Transworld Publishers, 1996.)

    Diagnosis: Cancer. Your Guide Through the First Few Months (New York: W.W. Norton, 1992. Japanese edition, Tokyo: Japan UNI Agency, Inc., 1994.)

  • Publications: Chapters
    The Promise of Healthy Survivorship, special chapter in Personalized Approach to Cancer Survivorship: Oncology Nursing Society Press, 2011.
    Longterm Survivorship: Late Effects, special chapter in Principles and Practice of Supportive Oncology Philadelphia: Lippincott, December 1997
  • Publications: Authored / Edited Articles
    “View from the Other Side of the Stethoscope,” a regular column in Oncology Times. (complete list of essays available on request)

    “On a Roll.” CURE (summer 2008)

    “Managing Fatigue One Step at a Time.” HEAL (Preview 2007)

    “Making the treatment decision” Medical Economics (Sept 2004)

    “Supportive therapies for Cancer Care” Coping May/June 2004

    “Surviving the Question, ‘How are you?’” CURE Vol 1, No 4, Dec 2002

    “Dealing with Cancer-related fatigue” CURE Vol 1. No 1 Spring 2002

    “Hope” (a poem) Coping Magazine Aug 2001

    “Alternatives for Curing Cancer: What do Patients Want?” CA A Cancer Journal for Clinicians Vol 51. No2 March/April 2001

    “Be Careful What You Wish For” Medical Economics Feb 2001

    “When a Doctor Becomes a Patient” Ladies Home Journal Nov 2000

    “After Cancer: When the patient is still tired” Medicine and Behavior Jan 2000

    “Lessons from the Other Side of the Stethoscope” The Female Patient July 1999

    “Resolving the Frustration of Fatigue” Ca - A Cancer Journal for Clinicians (May/June 1999)

    “Resources for helping children whose parent (or other loved one) has cancer” Cancer Practice Vol 6. No 2 March/April 1999

    “Baby Talk” Mamm, April/May 1998

    ”What Conventional Doctors are Saying About Alternative Medicine” Bottom Line Personal, Volume 19, number 3, February 1, 1998.

    "Raising the curtain on cancer. Is the puzzle finally coming clear?" Guest editor, with Donna Hoel. Postgraduate Medicine. Sept. 97.

    “Helping Kids Cope When a Parent Has Cancer.” (excerpted from When a Parent Has Cancer: A Guide to Caring For Your Children, HarperCollins Publishers) Medical Economics. June 23, 1997.

    “Healthy Survivorship Through Knowledge, Hope, and Action” Insights into Cancer, Resource News, Rhonda Fleming Mann Resource Center for Women with Cancer. Vol.3, Issue 7, Spring 1997.

    "When a Parent Has Cancer...What About the Kids?" Together. Cure For Lymphoma Foundation, Vol 4 Winter 1997.

    "Fatigue and Lymphoma Survivors" Lymphoma Update. lymphoma Research Foundation of America, Inc., Vol 2 No.2, 1996.

    "Nutrition for Healing" Coping. May/June 1996

    "Love lights a tree at NorthPark through the season." The Park Cities News. November 23, 1995.

    "Psychosocial Oncology: A View From the Other Side of the Stethoscope." Journal of Psychosocial Oncology. Volume 13, Number 3, September 1995.

    "After Cancer - Reflections on My New Book and My Debt to the Scientific Method." Dallas Medical Journal. October 1994

    "Helping Children Cope With Their Parent's Cancer." Hope and Cope Newsletter. Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital. Fall/Winter 1993.

    "Healing the Cancer Patient: Lessons from a Physician Cancer Patient." Dallas Medical Journal. September 1993.

    "Weight Changes During Cancer Therapy." Coping. Fall 1993.

    "What National Cancer Survivor Day 1992 Meant to Me." Coping, Fall 1992.

  • Publications: Webcasts
    “Talking about Side Effects of Cancer Treatment” M.D. Anderson Cancer Center’s I*CARE Program (forthcoming late summer 2011)

    “Raising Healthy Children When a Parent is Seriously Ill”
    Parents Perspective. Washington DC June 21, 2007

    “Resources for the Newly-Diagnosed Breast Cancer Patient” sponsored by the Breast Cancer Demonstration Project of the Healthcare Association of New York State. Written and hosted by Wendy S. Harpham, MD, FACP. Spring 2004 at

    “Diagnosis: Cancer. Questions and Answers about Healthy Survivorship.” Part of webcast, “Clinical Advances in Treating Lymphoma: Past, Present, Future” sponsored by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Taped at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, May 22, 2002.

    Cancer in the Home: Recurring Hope, Part Two Interview

  • Professional Societies
    1983 - American College of Physicians (1997 elected to fellowship)
    1983 - Texas Medical Association
    1983 - Dallas County Medical Association
    1980 - American Medical Society
  • Honors and Fellowships
    Editor’s Choice Award for “Hope” poem. International Library of Poetry.

    2007 Silver Medal from American Society of Healthcare Publications, category “Regular Column: Contributed” for “View from the Other Side of the Stethoscope.”

    2006 Tree of Life Award. National Office Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

    2006 Book of the Year Award, category “Consumer Health Publication” awarded by the American Journal of Nursing for When a Parent has Cancer: A Guide to Caring for Your Children.

    2005 Torah Fund Honoree. Congregation Beth Torah. January 30, 2005

    2004-2005 Inclusion in Consumers’ Research Council of America’s “Guide to America’s Top Physicians”

    2002 Alan J. Underberg Lecturer. Davey Memorial Award Dinner. James P. Wilmot Cancer Center. Rochester, N.Y. October 3, 2002

    2002 Outstanding Service Award. Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. October 2002

    Together Award. Cure for Lymphoma Foundation. October 29, 2001

    (Inaugural) Ellen Glesby Cohen Leadership Award. Lymphoma Research Foundation. March 16, 2001

    2000 Governor’s Award for Health. Inducted into the Texas Women’s Hall of Fame. October 5, 2000

    1998 Natalie Davis Spingarn Writer’s Award. National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, Washington DC, September 24, 98.

    February 1995 Barrett Lectureship in Oncology. Baylor Medical Center. Dallas, Texas.

    Summer 1978 Dr. John H. Leak Memorial Summer Fellowship for
    Study in Oncology. Clinical Clerkship in Radiation Therapy at Stanford University. Preceptor, Dr. Sarah Donaldson.

    Summer 1977 Fellowship in Preventative Medicine. University of
    Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. "Preventative Gynecological Care in College Women."

  • Other Professional Activities
    Member, ASCO’s Cancer Survivorship Committee (CSC) 2010-present and ASCO’s Uniform Minimum Standards Work Group (July 2011-present)

    Member, editorial board, C U R E: Cancer Update, Research and Education.

    Helped develop NCI brochures, “Facing Forward: When Someone You Love has Completed Cancer Treatment” and “When Someone You Love is Being Treated for Cancer”

    Host, ACS Cancer Survivors Network (numerous shows, taped and live)

    Consultant, Lance Armstrong Foundation. Survivorship Journal Brainstorming Session (for LAF website). Austin, Tx. July 24-25, 2003.

    Member, Board of Directors, Cure for Lymphoma Foundation, 1995 - 2001.

    National Speaker for National Cancer Survivors Day 1995 to present

    Consultant, Healthcare Associates of New York State (HANYS)
    Helped develop a Resource Kit for Helping Newly-Diagnosed Breast Cancer Patients.

    Consultant and host on show for an NCI SBIR (Small Business Innovative Research) Grant #R43CA78102-01 “We Can Cope: Family Support When A Parent Has Cancer”(Winner of Silver Medal at International Film Festival 2000. Winner of Silver Meal at New York Film Festival 2001.) Innovative Training Systems. 1998 to 1999

    Member, working group for the Ripple Project, “The Role of the Physician-Patient Relationship in Cancer Care.” Hastings Center, Garrison, N.Y. May 1999 to Dec 2000

    Advisor to Children’s Task Force of The American Cancer Society

    Consultant (Patient Advocate) for the National Cancer Institutes Initial Review Group Relating to the Cancer-Center Support Grant, August 1998, March 1999.

    Participant, “Survivorship Initiatives” team meeting. American Cancer Society. Washington, DC. Sept 24-26, 1998.

    Participant, “2015 Quality of Life goals for ACS,” workshop to develop goals to present to the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society. Atlanta, Ga. May 4, 1998.

    Advisor to "L'Chiam: A Breast Cancer Support Group" 1997

    Participant, "Unresolved Issues in Cancer Survivorship." (breakout group on physiologic effects) Office of Cancer Survivorship, National Cancer Institute. Bethesda, Md. November 4-5, 1996.

    Advisor to and editor of the "Principles and Guidelines for Human Dimensions in Cancer Care" (1994)

    Participant, Consortium on the Prevention and Management of the Serious Side Effects of Chemotherapy, a multi-constituency group organized to draft principles and guidelines for the prevention and management of the serious side effects of chemotherapy. Communicore, Communications in Medicine. Dallas, Texas. November 10-11, 1994.

    Participant, Consensus Conference to draft a set of guidelines for Texas on "The Human Dimensions of Cancer Care" and to adopt an action plan for future changes. Funded by the Texas Cancer Council. Conducted by the Institute of the Medical Humanities. University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Omni Hotel. Austin, Texas. July 23-24, 1993.

    Member, Steering Committee for the Comprehensive Cancer Center. Presbyterian Hospital. Dallas, Texas. 1991-1994.

  • Televisions / Radio Appearances (select)
    NBC Today Show interview with Katie Couric. “Caring for the Children When a Parent has Cancer.” November 12, 2004

    NPR WVXU Cincinnati, “On Your Feet, LLC” Topic, “When a Parent has Cancer” Host, Julie Isphording January 13, 2004

    NPR WVXU Cincinnati, “On Your Feet, LLC” Topic, “Diagnosis: Cancer. Your guide to the First Months of Healthy Survivorship.” Host, Julie Isphording August 27, 2003

    The Oprah Winfrey Show. Guest (with daughter, Rebecca,) “When Mommy Has Breast Cancer” Chicago, Ill. Airdate October 12, 1999

    Straight Talk. When Cancer Hits Home. PBS hour-long special with host Derek McGinty, Dr. David Spiegel, and Dr. Harpham. Washington, DC. Airdate Jan 19, 1999

    CBS Evening News. Rituxan: new treatment for lymphoma. Interview with John Roberts. November 26,1997

    Weekend Edition. NPR. Interview with Dianne Hanson. Airdate July 13, 1997

    Hour of Power. Interview with Robert A. Schuller in the Crystal Cathedral. Garden Grove, Ca. Aired on May 11, 1997.

    NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw. Segment on my story and work as speaker and writer. Producer John O'Rourke. National Correspondent Bob Faw. March 11, 1997. (Taped in New York, Chicago, and Dallas)

    CBS This Morning. CBS-TV. Live interview with Jane Robeleaut. February 18, 1997. New York.

    Good Morning America. ABC-TV. Live interview with Joan Lunden. February 17, 1997. New York.

    Week in Review. Century Cable Television. Live interview with host Bill Rosendahl and panel of guests. February 11, 1997. Los Angeles, California.

    Connie Martinson Talks Books. TCI Cablevision. 30 minute taped interview. Airdate April 1997. Los Angeles, California.

    Good Morning Texas. WFAA-TV. Live 6 minute interview. September 6, 1995. Dallas, Texas.

    "Open Air New England with Faith Middletown." Connecticut Public Radio, heard throughout New England on NPR-affiliated stations. November 8, 1994.

    "Good Morning Texas" (ABC Affiliate), WFAA-TV, live interview. Dallas, Texas. October 5, 1994.

    "The Today Show", NBC-TV, live interview with Katie Couric. New York, N.Y. September 22, 1994.

    "Health Report" Bloomberg News Radio. Telephone interview with Karl Kilb, rebroadcast throughout the day, throughout the country. September 22, 1994.

    HSTN Health and Sciences Television Network. "Patient Realities: What is Cancer?" One hour educational program. June 2, 1994 (aired monthly through the Fall 1994.)

    NBC "Thanks-Living." Thanksgiving special about four people who overcame adversity. December 1992.

    CNN "Sonya Live." Interview/call-in. October 8, 1992.

    "CBS This Morning." Interview with Harry Smith. August 31 1992.

  • Press Coverage
    “Nourishing Hope when Illness Seems Hopeless” by Jane Brody. New York Times, Personal Health column. Sept 6, 2005.

    “Get a Grip: Set Your Sights Above Adversity” by Jane Brody. New York Times, Personal Health column. March 1, 2005.

    "With cancer, fatigue can be a bigger problem than pain" by Jane Brody. New York Times, Personal Health column. April 2, 1997.

    "Children need special help when a parent has cancer" by Jane Brody. New York Times, Personal Health column. February 12, 1997.

    "When a parent has cancer: Wendy Harpham is sharing hard-won wisdom on coping" Dallas Morning News. February 4, 1997.

    "Life After Cancer. This Dallas doctor turned her illness into a wy to reach out to others" by Michael Precker. The Dallas Morning News. January 18, 1995.

    "A Doctor Who Survived Cancer Uses Her Experiences to Help Guide Other Patients" by Jane Brody. The New York Times. September 28, 1994.

    "Drawing on Experience to Help Cancer Patients Cope" by Wayne Hearn. American Medical News, December 7,1992

  • References
    Available Upon Request