Olle Jane Z. Sahler, M.D.

Olle Jane Z. Sahler, M.D.

Contact Information

University of Rochester Medical Center
School of Medicine and Dentistry
601 Elmwood Ave, Box 777
Rochester, NY 14642

Office: (585) 275-3935
Fax: (585) 273-1039

Professional Bio

Professor of Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Medical Humanities, and Oncology
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology, Adolescent Medicine and Supportive Care

Research Bio

Dr. Sahler's research interests are:
1) Chronic Illness
2) Palliative Care
3) Long Term Childhood Cancer Survivors
4) Bereavement
5) Integrative Medicine
6) Biofeedback
7) Chronic Pain

Current research projects include:

1. "Online Implementation of Problem-Solving Skills Training for Mothers of Newly Diagnosed Childhood Cancer Patients". The goal of this project is to develop and test a web-based version of our highly effective in-person intervention for mothers of newly diagnosed childhood cancer patients.

2. "Pain Education". The goal of this project is to develop five (5) web-based interprofessional education teaching modules focused on pain management.

3. Research aims to identify specific coping strategies that would facilitate the adjustment of caregivers learning their child had been diagnosed with cancer.

Awards & Honors (National)

Advocate of Music Therapy Award | American Music Therapy Association | 9th Annual Conference, Louisville, Kentucky 2007
Nominee, AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award | AAMC 2006
Music Therapy Advocacy Award, Mid-Atlantic Region | American Music Therapy Association 1999
Byron B. Oberst Award, Section on Computers/Other Technologies | American Academy of Pediatrics 1990
Army Commendation Medal | U.S. Army Medical Corps 1975

Awards & Honors (Local)

Distinguished Service Award | Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education 1994
Helen L. DeRoy Distinguished Visiting Professorship | Children's Hospital of Michigan 1992
Distinguished Service Award | University of Rochester | Mt. Hope Family Center 1990
Faculty Service Award | University of Rochester | Department of Pediatrics 1987

Recent Journal Articles

Showing the 5 most recent journal articles. 63 available »

Sahler, O.J. "Commentary on lessions about dying and death from the classroom of the bedside". Annals of Behavioral Science and Medical Education. 2015; 21(6): pg. 6.
Knight JM, Szabo A, Zhao S, Lyness JM, Sahler OJ, Liesveld JL, Sander T, Rizzo JD, Hillard CJ, Moynihan JA. "Circulating endocannabinoids during hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: A pilot study." Neurobiology of stress. 2015 2:44-50.
2014 Feb
Devine KA, Heckler CE, Katz ER, Fairclough DL, Phipps S, Sherman-Bien S, Dolgin MJ, Noll RB, Askins MA, Butler RW, Sahler OJ. "Evaluation of the psychometric properties of the Pediatric Parenting Stress Inventory (PPSI)." Health psychology : official journal of the Division of Health Psychology, American Psychological Association. 2014 Feb; 33(2):130-8. Epub 2013 Apr 01.
Knight JM, Moynihan JA, Lyness JM, Xia Y, Tu X, Messing S, Hunter BC, Huang LS, Obi RO, Gaisser D, Liesveld JL, Sahler OJ. "Peri-transplant psychosocial factors and neutrophil recovery following hematopoietic stem cell transplantation." PloS one. 2014 9(6):e99778. Epub 2014 Jun 10.
2013 Nov
Knight JM, Lyness JM, Sahler OJ, Liesveld JL, Moynihan JA. "Psychosocial factors and hematopoietic stem cell transplantation: potential biobehavioral pathways." Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2013 Nov; 38(11):2383-93. Epub 2013 Jul 08.

Current Appointments

Professor - Department of Pediatrics, Hematology and Oncology (SMD) - Primary


Pediatrics - American Board of Pediatrics


MD | Medicine | University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry1971
BA | Biochemical Sciences | Radcliffe College/Harvard University1966

Post-Doctoral Training & Residency

Fellowship in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at University of Rochester Medical Center07/01/1975 - 06/30/1977
Residency in Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center07/01/1972 - 06/30/1973
Internship in Pediatrics at Duke University Medical Center07/01/1971 - 06/30/1972