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Debra Barton

Debra Barton RN, PhD, AOCN®, FAA

Associate Professor, Oncology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

Debra Barton, RN, PhD, AOCN®, FAAN received her doctoral degree from Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis, Indiana in Nursing. She is currently an Associate Professor in Oncology at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, an investigator in the cancer control program of the Alliance and the Nurse Administrator for the Division of Nursing Research at Mayo Clinic. Dr. Barton is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Barton is Editor In Chief of the PDQ Supportive and Palliative Care Board of the National Cancer Institute and an Associate Editor for the Journal of Supportive Oncology. Her research interests and areas of expertise lie in the area of broad symptom management related to cancer diagnosis and treatment and in the use of complementary therapies for symptom management. Specific areas of research include fatigue, hot flashes, chemotherapy induced cognitive function, peripheral neuropathy, sleep problems, herbal and dietary supplements such as Wisconsin ginseng, ginkgo biloba, and valerian, as well as mind-body interventions such as hypnosis and imagery. She has received funding as a Principal Investigator from the National Institute of Health, the American Cancer Society, the Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Dr. Barton has had experience as a bedside nurse clinician, research nurse, advanced practice nurse and research scientist in the area of oncology and palliative care.