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Michael Diefenbach

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  • PhD, Rutgers University

  • Rutgers University

  • Fox Chase Cancer Center


    In the News:
    Dr. Diefenbach discusses different treatment option for prostate cancer in The Daily News feature The Daily Check Up.


Psychological Support for Cancer Patients and Their Families

Dr. Diefenbach is a social/health psychologist with particular interest in treatment decision making and health communication. He develops and evaluates innovative approaches to improve patient knowledge. These approaches are integrated into the clinical consultation process. When needed he is available to consult directly with patients and family members. He leads a federally funded research program that aims to improve treatment decision making, patient-physician communication, and quality of life through innovative patient and family focused programs.

Industry Relationships

Physicians and scientists on the faculty of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai often interact with pharmaceutical, device and biotechnology companies to improve patient care, develop new therapies and achieve scientific breakthroughs. In order to promote an ethical and transparent environment for conducting research, providing clinical care and teaching, Mount Sinai requires that salaried faculty inform the School of their relationships with such companies.

Dr. Diefenbach did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

Mount Sinai's faculty policies relating to faculty collaboration with industry are posted on our website. Patients may wish to ask their physician about the activities they perform for companies.

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