Oct 05 2008
Wallace Sampson, MD (Wally to his friends) is a graduate of UC Berkeley, with an MD from the University of California, San Francisco. A recovering (retired, not retiring) hematologist-oncologist, he became interested in medical pseudoscience in 1972 with the Laetrile phenomenon. His former biochemistry professors introduced him into scientific analysis of false claims, and all went uphill from there. At the request of a Stanford faculty committee in 1979 he formed the first medical school course in “holistic medicine,” now a course in analysis of false claims accenting “alternative medicine.” He left private practice in 1991 to head the Division of Oncology at Santa Clara Valley Med. Center, San Jose, retired in 1997, formed The Scientific Review of Alternative Medicine with Paul Kurtz and CSICOP (now CFI). He also served as Chairman of the Cancer Advisory Council of the State of California. He and wife Rita, a retired RN-turned computer specialist, have 5 sons and 9 grandchildren, reside in Los Altos and Aptos, Calif.
Wally’s posts for Science-Based Medicine are archived here. These days, unfortunately, Wally is no longer active regularly posting for SBM and has since been granted emeritus status. He does, however, from time to time contribute a guest post, and we still consider him an emeritus editor.