Steven Eisenberg

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Dr. Steven G. Eisenberg
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Born (1970-07-23) July 23, 1970 (age 52)
Alma materPennsylvania State University (BA)
Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (DO,)
SpouseJulie Shapiro (2000–present)
ChildrenKaiya, Tori & Brandon

Steven Eisenberg (born June 23, 1970) is a San Diego, California based specialist in internal medicine, hematology, and oncology.[1] He is known as the "Singing Doctor", having written over 100 songs for his patients,[2] tailored to their own situations.[3][4][5]


Eisenberg attended Pennsylvania State University. After receiving his B.A. in 1992 he attended Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), where he earned his doctoral degree in Osteopathic Medicine. He continued his postgraduate education by serving a Fellowship in hematology/oncology at Georgetown University Hospital, at the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center.[6]


Much of Eisenberg's work in the early 2000s involved the clinical use of chemotherapy in the adjuvant and metastatic settings. During this period Eisenberg published studies on colorectal cancer,[7] and the use of a new chemotherapy technique for colon cancer patients using irinotecan, 5-fluorouracil, and leucovorin. Since 2005, Eisenberg has focused his practice on compassion and empathy in clinical oncology.[8]

In 2011, Eisenberg founded Chemotopia (now Base Health), a social networking community for cancer patients, their families and caregivers. A year later, Eisenberg was one of 12 healthcare entrepreneurs accepted into the incubator program Startup Health.[9]

Singing doctor[edit]

After winning a contest when he was undergoing a period of illness, Eisenberg had a song written for him. Because the song made him feel better, he started writing songs for his patients.[10] In early 2008, Eisenberg started Lyrical Life, an organization which writes songs for patients battling cancer.[11][12] Later that year, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and composer Peter Himmelman wrote a song about Eisenberg's work.[13]

In 2011, his efforts were featured in a report by Jenna Bush Hager on NBC's The Today Show.[14] By 2016, Eisenberg had written more than 100 songs.[15] In 2018 Eisenberg appeared on America's Got Talent but was not selected to advance.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Eisenberg married Julie Shapiro in 2000, and has two daughters and a son.


  1. ^ "What Exactly Is Integrative Medicine?". Greatist, September 14, 2015 |By Lindsay Sihilling
  2. ^ "Meet the Cancer Doctor Who Sings to His Patients: 'I Want People to Smile'". People, By Diane Herbst December 29, 2016
  3. ^ Greg Bledsoe., February 28, 2011. Local Doctor Prescribes Songs NBC San Diego
  4. ^ "Music: Healing for Body, Mind, and Soul". Boomer Highway, April 20, 2014
  5. ^ Jenna Bush Hager. The Today Show, July 18, 2011. "Doctor Tunes In to Cancer Patient's Needs"
  6. ^ "7 Healthcare Bunker Busters From Exponential Medicine 2015". Forbes, Dave Chase, 2015/12/02
  7. ^ Marshall JL, Eisenberg SG, Johnson MD, Hanfelt J, et al. "A Phase II Trial of ISIS 3521 (CGP 64128A) in Patients with Metastatic Colorectal Carcinoma", Clinical Colorectal Cancer, November 2004 (4):268-74.
  8. ^ Judith Habert. San Diego Woman, March/April, 2011. "The Healing Power of Music"[dead link]
  9. ^ Crook, Jordan. "Startup Health Announces Second Class of Healthcare Transformers", TechCrunch, September 19, 2012
  10. ^ "San Diego's singing doctor healing patients with music". ABC Channel 10 News, Bree Steffen, Dec 23, 2016
  11. ^ Symplur, April 8, 2011. "Best Practices in Healthcare Social Media: Web Communities Help Patients With Rare Diseases"
  12. ^ Nicole McDermott. Huffington Post, February 22, 2013. "The Singing Cancer Doctor Who Will Melt Your Heart"
  13. ^ "Himmelman writes song for Cancer Doctor", Peter Himmelman, August 2008. Retrieved on 10 October 2013.
  14. ^ "Doctor ‘tunes’ into cancer patients’ needs" Today Show, Jenna Bush Hager, July 11, 2011
  15. ^ Meet the Cancer Doctor Who Sings to His Patients: 'I Want People to Smile' People Magazine, Diane Herbst, Dec 29, 2016
  16. ^ "Upset mother rushes the stage after son’s terrible performance on ‘AGT’" Yahoo Entertainment, Jun 27, 2018

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