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Cancer Treatment Centers of America

David Wakefield, PhD


CTCA Tulsa

"I try to provide patients and their caregivers with a safe place and strive to be a person they trust and talk to about anything that is on their hearts or minds."

- David Wakefield, PhD


  • PhD, Counseling Psychology - Oklahoma State University, Tulsa
  • Master of Divinity, Pastoral Care - Oral Roberts University, Tulsa
  • BS, Business Administration - Oral Roberts University


  • Licensed Psychologist
  • Licensed Marital & Family Therapist

Practicing since: 1984

Dr. David Wakefield, a mind-body therapist at Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) in Tulsa, understands that cancer does not just impact the body; it affects the mind and spirit as well. Dr. Wakefield and the rest of the mind-body team, including licensed psychologists and a licensed professional counselor, address the psychological well-being of patients as they undergo cancer treatment.

A licensed psychologist and a licensed marital and family therapist, Dr. Wakefield holds a PhD in counseling psychology from Oklahoma State University. He has a master’s degree in pastoral care from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, where he also earned a bachelor’s degree. His previous experience includes years of counseling adults, couples and families. He also served as Associate Director of the Oral Roberts University Counseling Center and, later, as adjunct professor for the graduate school.

Dr. Wakefield joined the Mind-Body Medicine Department at CTCA® in Tulsa in 2000. When asked what he likes best about working at CTCA, Dr. Wakefield says he likes working with the patients and their family members. “I really enjoy meeting people from all over the United States and hearing their story and life events,” he says.

Dr. Wakefield and the rest of the mind-body team explore the connection between psychological care and the patient’s physical health. When patients first arrive at our Tulsa hospital, they have the option to meet with a mind-body therapist. Dr. Wakefield says when he meets with patients, he tries to “lift their spirits, cry together, laugh together and fight cancer side by side.”

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Star ratings and comments are only available for medical, radiation and gynecologic oncologists. Gynecologic surgical offerings are not included at this time due to a different survey tool required to evaluate these services. CTCA uses a validated Press Ganey® survey, which captures patient experience feedback for the primary oncology services of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Following industry best practice, star ratings and comments are only published for physicians with a minimum of 30 completed patient surveys.

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