About Dr. Daniel Vicario, M.D.
Daniel Vicario, M.D., ABIHM
Medical Oncology and Integrative Oncology
Medical Director and Director, Integrative Oncology
San Diego Cancer Research Institute. 501 (c) (3)
Co-Founder, San Diego Cancer Center (now U.C. San Diego Cancer Center)
Former Medical Director, SDCC and U.C. San Diego Cancer Center
Integrative Oncology, Chopra Center and Mind Body Medical Group
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California San Diego (UCSD)
Daniel Vicario, M.D. is a medical oncologist and integrative oncologist. He was co-founder and medical director of the San Diego Cancer Center for over 15 years and medical director at the U.C. San Diego Cancer Center for three years until February 2014. Dr. Vicario remains the Medical Director and Director of Integrative Oncology at the San Diego Cancer Research Institute (SDCRI) which he cofounded in 1998. Dr. Vicario conducts research in the area of evidenced based healing modalities to support cancer patients and
Integrative Oncology in general. Dr. Vicario has received multiple recognitions and awards for his tireless and innovative support of cancer patients.
Dr. Vicario’s past professional career includes graduating with honors from the University of Buenos Aires, School of Medicine in 1983. He then returned to his native California, worked and studied Clinical Pharmacology at Stanford University Medical Center. This was followed by Residency and Chief Residency in Internal Medicine at the University of California Irvine (UCI) from 1985 to 1989. Dr. Vicario then specialized in Hematology/Oncology at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) from 1989 to 1992. Upon completing his
specialty training, he remained on the Faculty at UCSD as Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine and has maintained a Teaching
position since. His research interests and publications have focused on Immunotherapy of Hematological Malignancies, treatment of
advanced Head and Neck Cancers, comprehensive therapy of GU and GYN malignancies, Integrative Oncology and improving the quality
of life of patients with cancer.
In 1994 Dr. Vicario moved to North San Diego County and was co-founder, with Dr. Mark Adler, of the San Diego Cancer Center (SDCC)
where he was Medical Director for over 15 years. In 2011, the SDCC became part of the University of California San Diego (UCSD), and
Dr. Vicario remained Medical Director until 2014 when he took a personal and family leave. Dan also co-founded the San Diego Cancer
Research Institute (SDCRI) in the year 1998, a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization. He created and directed the Integrative Oncology
Program at the San Diego Cancer Center beginning in 1996.
In 1996 the Integrative Oncology Program emerged at the San Diego Cancer Center (SDCC) and it expanded rapidly in 2004, under the
San Diego Cancer Research Institute (SDCRI), with the help of dozens of volunteers, for which Dr. Vicario is deeply grateful. Dr. Vicario
honors the community of patients and volunteers coming together to co-create such a successful Integrative program that benefited
hundreds of cancer patients and their loved ones for over a decade.
Dr. Vicario is Board Certified in Internal Medicine, Medical Oncology and Integrative Medicine and strives to incorporate all three
specialties when caring for his patients. As a physician, he specializes in Medical Oncology and Integrative Oncology. For over three
decades, Dan also studied, experienced and practiced several ancient healing traditions including Ayurveda. He’s been a speaker at
multiple national and international medical and scientific conferences.
Dan has served the San Diego community in a wide variety of non-profit health care related functions as a volunteer since 1989,
including Medical Director of three Hospices for several years, Chairman of Cancer Committees, several Professional Advisory Boards,
speaker for Survivorship San Diego since 1996 and board member of several nonprofit cancer organizations. Dan has also been the
recipient of several awards. Dr. Vicario has been teaching for over 35 years. He feels that his patients are and have always been his real
and true teachers.
Updated May 2017