Alan M. Dattner, MD has been a pioneer for over 30 years in integrating nutrition, dermatology, Applied Kinesiology, and holistic medicine into the practice of dermatology.
Dr. Dattner is one of the founding members of the American Academy of Dermatology’s groundbreaking Task Force for Nutrition and Evaluation of Alternative Medicine and is a board certified dermatologist.
Education, Research, Professional Associations, Journal Articles, & Lectures
- College: University of Rochester, Rochester, NY
- Preceptee, Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research, Rye, NY, with Dr. Lloyd Old, investigating tumor immunology. 1964.
- Medical School: New York University School of Medicine
- Intra-Curricular Year Research Fellowship with Dr. Barry Bloom (recent head of Harvard School of Public Health) and Boyce Bennett, investigating in vitro testing of delayed hypersensitivity, 1968-1969.
- Internship: San Francisco General Hospital
- Contra Costa County Hospital, General Practice
- Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY, Dermatology
- Former Visiting Scientist, Dermatology Branch, National Cancer Institute
- Board Certification: American Academy of Dermatology
- Clinical cancer fellow, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
- Immunology laboratory of Dr. Mark Hardy and of Dr. Mark Rubenstein
- Visiting Scientist, Dermatology Branch, National Cancer Institute
- Board Certification: American Academy of Dermatology
- Fellow, American Academy of Dermatology
- Society of Investigative Dermatology
- Medical Society of the State of New York
- New York Academy of Sciences
- American Society for Dermatologic Surgery
- MASS Academy of Dermatology
- Rhode Island Derm Society
- Dermatology Foundation
- Quinsigamond Dermatology Society
- American Holistic Medical Association
- Connecticut State Medical Society
- New England Dermatology Society
- Connecticut Dermatology Society
- Task Force for Nutrition and The Evaluation of Alternative Medicine, American Academy of Dermatology
- Founder and President HealthDataLink.com
- Staff Harrington Memorial Hospital 1982-2000-Southbridge, MA
- Staff Dermatologist-Day Kimball Hospital Medical Staff 1979-2000 Putnam, CT
- Medical Staff Integral Health Services 1979-1982 Putnam, CT
- Private Practice of Dermatology 1979-2000 Putnam and N. Grosvenordale, CT
Dr. Dattner has written several scientific articles on nutrition and herbal medicine in dermatology. He has lectured locally, nationally and internationally to both dermatology and CAM organizations, and has been quoted in numerous popular magazines and The New York Times regarding his work. He has a strong background in research methodology and 47 years of experience in the science of cellular immunology.
More specifically, he elucidated key concepts linking environmental factors to inflammatory disease, during 3 years of investigation of human lymphocyte recognition at the National Cancer Institute. Results of this work are published in peer review journals and were presented by Dr. Dattner at plenary sessions of the Society of Investigative Dermatology.
- Dattner, AM. Chapter 72 “Seborrheic Dermatitis” In Rakel, David, Integrative Medicine 3rd edition. Elsevier Philadelphia, 2012 (This chapter also in 2nd and 1st editions.)
- Dattner, AM. Chapter 30 “The History, Research, Education, and Future of Integrative Medicine and Dermatology.” in Norman, Robert et al, Integrative Dermatology. Integrative Medicine Library, Oxford University Press 2014.
- Dattner, AM. Chapter 241 “Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Dermatology” in Fitzpatrick’s Dermatology in General Medicine 8th ed. Goldsmith L, Katz SI, and Gilchrest BA et al. eds. McGraw Hill 2008 (This chapter is also in the previous edition.)
- Dattner, AM. Breastfeeding and atopic dermatitis: protective or harmful? facts and controversies. Clin Dermatol. 2010 Jan-Feb;28(1):34-7.
- Dattner, AM. The IVth IACD Congress – a holistic perspective, J Cosmet Dermatol. 2006 Jun;5(2):178-80.
- Dattner, AM. Herbal and complementary medicine in dermatology. Dermatol Clin. 2004 Jul;22(3):325-32, vii.
- Dattner, AM. From medical herbalism to phytotherapy in dermatology: back to the future. Dermatol Ther. 2003;16(2):106-13.
- Dattner, AM. Seborrheic Dermatitis. In Rakel D, Integrative Medicine. Saunders, Philadelphia, 2003, p Chap 60, 491-496.
- Kligman AM, Dattner, AM. Toward optimal health: the experts respond to aging skin. Interview by Jodi Godfrey Meisler. J Womens Health Gend Based Med. 1999 Oct;8(8):1021-5. PMID: 10565659
- Dattner, AM. Nutritional dermatology. Clin Dermatol. 1999 Jan-Feb;17(1):57-64. No abstract available. PMID: 10089587
- Winston D, Dattner, AM. The American system of medicine. Clin Dermatol. 1999 Jan-Feb;17(1):53-6. No abstract available. PMID: 10089586
- Brown DJ, Dattner, AM. Phytotherapeutic approaches to common dermatologic conditions. Arch Dermatol. 1998 Nov;134(11):1401-4. Review. PMID: 9828875
- Dattner, AM, Levis WR. Specific and nonspecific immunoregulatory events in the clonal response of human lymphocytes in vitro. Scand J Immunol. 1980;11(2):169-74. PMID: 9537043
- Dattner, AM. Immunologic studies support homeopathic medicine. Arch Dermatol. 1997 Feb;133(2):244-5. No abstract available. PMID: 9041847
- Dattner, AM, Mann DL, Levis WR. Studies on the contact sensitization of man with simple chemicals: V. Clonal priming allows direct in vitro assessment of autologous HLA-associated factors required for immune response to dinitrochlorobenzene. J Invest Dermatol. 1979 Sep;73(3):246-9. PMID: 89174
- Levis WR, Dattner, AM. In vitro secondary response with specific antigens. Cell Immunol. 1979 Aug;46(1):219-21. No abstract available. PMID: 90556
- Levis WR, Dattner, AM, Shaw JS. Selective defects in T cell function in ataxia-telangiectasia. Clin Exp Immunol. 1979 Jul;37(1):44-9. PMID: 158450
- Levis WR, Dattner, AM. Ultraviolet (UV) sensitive leukocyte allostimulation cross-reacts with UV resistant sperm. J Immunol. 1979 May;122(5):1986-9. No abstract available. PMID: 156223
- Shaw S, Levis WR, Dattner, AM, Shearer GM. Specificity of human cytotoxic responses to chemically modified autologous cells. Transplant Proc. 1978 Dec;10(4):937-41. PMID: 83727
- Levis WR, Lincoln PM, Dattner, AM. Effect of ultraviolet light on dinitrochlorobenzene-specific antigen-presenting function. J Immunol. 1978 Oct;121(4):1496-500. No abstract available. PMID: 81237
- Dattner, AM, Levis WR. Clonal priming of human lymphocytes with soluble microbial antigens: high-dose paralysis, restoration, and autologous leukocyte preference. Scand J Immunol. 1978;8(5):403-12. PMID: 364628
- Levis WR, Dattner, AM. Clonal priming of lymphocytes can measure human immune-response gene function. N Engl J Med. 1977 Oct 13;297(15):842-3. No abstract available. PMID: 70753
- Hardy MA, Goldfarb P, Levine S, Dattner, A, Muggia FM, Levitt S, Weinstein E. De novo Kaposi’s sarcoma in renal transplantation. Case report and brief review. Cancer. 1976 Jul;38(1):144-8. PMID: 59624
- Hardy MA, Dattner, AM, Sarkar DK, Stoffer JA, Friedmann N. The effect of thymosin on human T-cells from cancer patients. Cancer. 1976 Jan;37(1):98-103. PMID: 1082366
- Seifter, E, Padawer, J, Dattner, AM, Levenson, SM Rettura, G: Vitamin A alters adrenal and thymus responses in stressed mice. 172nd National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, August, 1976.
- Dattner, AM and Levis, WR: Specific clonal priming of human lymphocytes to microbial and chemical antigens, presented at S. I. D. Meeting, Washington, D. C., April 30, 1977. Clin. Res. 25: 528A, 1977.
- Levis, WR and Dattner, AM: Hayry priming of human lymphocytes whith specific antigens. Federation Proceedigns 36: 1220, 1977.
- Levis, WR and Dattner, AM: Histocompatibility requirement for specific immune recognition of dinitrochlorobenzene and other antigens: Identification of human immune response gene products. Clin. Res. 25: 663A, 1977.
- Dattner, AM, Levis, WR, Shaw, JS, and Shearer, GM: Cytotoxic effector cells in contact sensitivity: Specificity for DNP and self determinants. Formal presentation, S. I. D. Meeting, May 1978. Clin. Res. Vol. 26. p. 569A, April 1978.
- Levis, WR, Lincoln, PM, and Dattner, AM: Sperm induced lymphocyte transformation. Lancet I: 937, 1978.
- Levis, WR, Lincoln, PM, and Dattner, AM: DNCB immune response (IR) gene function behaves like a lymphocyte defined (LD) function to ultraviolet light. Fed. Proc. 38: 1369, 1978.
- Levis, WR, and Dattner, AM: Studies of clonal activation of human lymphocytes with specific antigens. Presented at the 12th International Leukocyte Culture Conference.
- Levis, WR, and Dattner, AM: Effect of autologous and allogenic leukocytes on lymphocytes clonally primed to soluble protein antigens. Accepted for presentation at AFCR (Eastern Section) October 1978.
- Prevention, November 2004, Fight Acne with a One-Two Punch, p. 69
- The New York Times, December 8, 1998 Science Times, With Herbs, a Fuller Palatte for Skin Care
- Dermatology Times Mar 1, 2004, Resolving hard-to-treat disorders, by Rebecca Bryant
- In treating patients with non-responsive conditions, it’s important to consider altering your method of inquiry, said Alan M. Dattner, M.D., FAAD. “I go beyond a clinical diagnosis to make an etiological diagnosis and treat on the basis of that.”
- Alternative Medicine, September 2004, Natural Beauty section- Nails p 38
- Alternative Medicine, June 2005, Zapping Varicose Veins, nutritional information
- Bottom Line, Feb 1, 2005, Natural Acne Remedies
- Medical Post, May 17, 2005, Volume 41 Issue 19 Doctor touts integration of natural medicine for dermatology ailments, by Susannah Benady
- Biodiversity, May-June 2005, The Benefits of Treating Skin from the Inside Out
- Natural Health, Herbal Fixes for Problem Skin, October, 2005, by Stephanie Scott
- Cosmetic Dermatology, June 2005
- Alternative Medicine, May 2005
- Natural Foods Merchandiser, July 2000
- Holistic Dermatology: Alternative modalities in your dermatology practice; environment, nutrition, immunology & the skin. New York University Medical Center Department of Dermatology Residents Lecture, June 28, 2011
- Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Dermatology: Siverman Institute of Life Sciences, Hebrew University Jerusalem, Israel, April 5th, 2009
- Herbal Medicine: presented at the section on Alternative Medicine and Dermatology at the World Congress in Dermatology in Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 5, 2007
- Integrating Natural Medicine into Dermatology: presented at American Academy of Dermatology Annual Meeting 2003, 2004, and 2005
- Nutritional anti-inflammatory strategies for anti-aging of the skin
- International Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology, Paris, July 4, 2005
- Integrative Dermatology: A New Paradigm for Medicine
- Harvard Club. Oct 27, 2005
- Baruch College, NY Nov 2004
- Healing Skin Disorders from Inside Out April 28, 2004
- Complementary Therapeutics in Dermatology
- Westchester Derm Society July 16, ‘03
- Nutrional Medicine and Dermatology New York Medical College
- Nutritional Medicine and Dermatology, Stanford University School of Medicine (twice) Dermatology Department presentation
- Nutritional Medicine and Dermatology Hadassah University School of Medicine Jerusalem, Israel September 2000
- Society for Investigative Dermatology, Plenary Session,1978 &1979
- “Immunotherapies” at the Comprehensive Cancer Care Conference: Integrating Complementary & Alternative Therapies, Moderator: Alan M. Dattner, MD
- Presenters: Josef Beuth, MD, PhD; President, German Society of Oncology; Institut fur Medizinische Mikrobiologie und Hygiene der Universitat Koeln Arnold I. Freeman, MD; Chief, Pediatric Hematology-Oncology, Hadassah University Hospital Ralf Kleef, MD; Austrian Society of Oncology James McCoy, MD; Director of Cancer Research and Immunotherapy, Immunocomp Laboratory Commentator: Jeffrey White, MD; Director, Clinical Trials and Clinical Care Program, Metabolism Branch, National Cancer Institute.