Greg Flaxman, LCSW, MPH
As a Simms/Mann UCLA Center for Integrative Oncology clinical social worker, I strive to be a supportive presence to patients and their families. Whether through individual support, assisting the patient with managing their healthcare, or finding the best available resources to help them reach their goals, I meet each patient where they are in their experience with cancer.
I graduated from U.C. Berkeley with an undergraduate degree in Psychology. Upon graduation I began work in the field of education, before realizing that I wished to move to a career in enhancing health and well-being. I worked as a research assistant for the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, contributing to research on the effects of mindfulness practice in early childhood. I went on to earn a MPH in Community Health Sciences from the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health in 2012, and a MSW degree from the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs in 2013.
In my formal graduate training, I interned for Partners in Care Foundation, the LA County Department of Mental Health at Harbor UCLA, and Beach Cities Health District. I trained in facilitating mindfulness instruction through the InsightLA MBSR Teacher Training Practicum in 2015.
Following my graduate-level training, I worked at Beach Cities Health District as a social worker in a community-based care management program. I had the privilege of working with people facing life challenges due to disease and traumatic injury. Through this work, I learned about the resilience and strength that can emerge when encountering a life-changing diagnosis and progressive disease. I worked with the goal of assisting patients in maintaining and improving their quality of life based on their values and wishes.
I joined the Simms/Mann Center in 2017 as a Clinical Oncology Social Worker. Since then I have worked in various UCLA Hematology-Oncology community practices, serving UCLA patients with a cancer diagnosis and their families. I assist patients and families in navigating through diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship, whether through individual support or connecting to resources. I also lead mindfulness meditation workshops and groups, and act as an End-of-Life Option Act Clinical Consultant in my role with the Simms/Mann Center. I am passionate about patients and families having access to psychosocial care, and I’m proud to be part of a multidisciplinary team that shares this spirit of whole person care.
I’m an LA native, and I love to take advantage of the good weather and local landscape by hiking and being near the ocean. I enjoy spending time with my wife and two dogs, connecting with family and friends, traveling, and eating good plant-based food. I often find balance and renewal through meditation and yoga, though I’m all for a good laugh as well! Also… go Lakers!