Dr. Edward Shaw

Dr. Edward G. Shaw
Professor of Radiation Oncology,
WFU School of Medicine
Professor of Counseling, WFU

Email Address:



Mailing Address:

Department of Counseling, Box 7406, WFU, Winston-Salem, NC 27109

Faculty member at Wake Forest University since 1995


B.S. (Zoology), University of Iowa (Iowa City, IA), 1979
M.D., Rush Medical College (Chicago, IL), 1983
Internship and Residency in Radiation Oncology, Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN), 1987
M.A. (Counseling), Wake Forest University, 2010

Research and Special Interests:

My research interests are divided between two areas, cancer and counseling. In the cancer area, my research focuses on issues related to cancer survivorship and quality of life, particularly cognitive function. In counseling, my research will be in the area of behavioral interventions for cancer patients that enhance quality of life, and grief and loss as experienced by teens and adults who have experienced the death of a loved one.

Awards (selected):

2003, American Brain Tumor Association Epidemiology Excellence Award.
2005, World Federation of Neuro-Oncology Clinical Research Excellence Award.
2008, National Brain Tumor Society Clinical Research Excellence Award.
2009, Patient Advocate Award, Cancer Services Inc., Winston-Salem, NC.

Professional Service (selected):

1995-2008, Chairman, Department of Radiation Oncology, Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center
2003-2004, President, Society for Neuro-Oncology

Counseling Experience:

My interest and experience as a counselor is focused on grief counseling.  I see counseling clients part-time at the Grief Counseling Center of the Hospice and Palliative Care Center in Winston-Salem, NC.  This includes individual clients and couples as well as groups.  Grief groups that I have led or co-led include Pregnancy and Infant Loss, Loss of Spouse, Loss of Parent, and Teen Grief groups.

Professional Licensure and Memberships (selected):

LPCA, State of NC
Licensed to practice medicine, State of NC

Member of American Counseling Association, American Society for Clinical Oncology, American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology, Association for Death Education and Counseling, and Society for Neuro-Oncology

Recent Publications (Selected):

  • Hall, D., Wilkerson, J., Lovato, J., Sink, K., Chamberlain, D., Alli, R., Clarke, P., Rogers, S., Villalba, J., Williams, J., Shaw, E. (2014) Variables Associated with High Caregiver Stress in Patients with Mild Cognitive Impairment or Alzheimer’s Disease: Implication for Providers in a  Co-Located Memory Assessment Clinic. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 36(2),145-159.
  • Clarke, Philip B., Shaw, Edward G., Villalba, Jose A., Alli, Rabeena., Sink, Kaycee M. (2013) Therapeutic Interactions to Enhance the Mental Health and Wellness of Dementia Caregivers and Patients. Journal of Gerontological Nursing,39 (11),7-10.
  • Shaw EG and Robbins ME.  The management of radiation-induced brain injury.  Cancer Treat Res 128:7-22, 2006.
  • Shaw EG, Rosdhal R, D’Agostino Jr RB, Lovato J, Naughton MJ, Robbins ME, and Rapp SR.  Phase II Study of Donepezil in Irradiated Brain Tumor Patients: Effect on Cognitive Function, Mood, and Quality of Life.  J Clin Oncol 24:1415-1420, 2006.
  • Gleason JF Jr,  Case D, Rapp SR, Ip E, Naughton M, Butler JM, McMullen K, Stieber V, Saconn P, and    Shaw EG.  Symptom Clusters in Newly Diagnosed Brain Tumor Patients.  J Support Oncol 5:427-433, 436, 2007.

Recent presentations (selected):

  • Clarke, P., Ivers, N., Shaw, E. (October 2014) Integrating Demetia Education into Counselor Education: The Why and the How. Southern Association of Counselor Education and Supervision, Birmingham, AL.
  • Delivering bad news and prognosis to cancer patients.
  • Understanding grief.
  • Saying goodbye.


Married to Rebecca E. Shaw since 1980.  Three adult daughters, Erin Shaw Washington (husband Darian, child #1 due 1/2011), Leah Shaw (starting MBA in 2011) and Carrie Shaw (Peace Corps volunteer).


Enjoys family time, gardening, nature and wildlife photography, hiking, reading, and travel, especially the mountains.


Last update: 10/13/14