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Saunjoo Yoon, PhD, RN

Associate Professor

University of Florida
PO Box 100187
Gainesville, FL 32610-1087
HPNP 3223

Telephone: 352-273-6418
Fax: 352-273-6536


Dr. Yoon teaches both clinical and didactic nursing courses for undergraduate and accelerated BSN students.  In addition, Dr. Yoon mentors and supervises Honors students, McNair Scholars, and doctoral students (both PhD and DNP).


Dr. Yoon’s research areas are under the umbrella of palliative care, oncology, symptom management, and complementary therapies. Dr. Yoon focuses on symptom management of adult cancer populations, with particular interest in managing symptoms and/or symptom clusters using complementary therapies as the interventions to improve patient outcomes and quality of life after treatment. She is currently conducting a pilot study (randomized controlled trial) to investigate the effect of acupuncture on managing cancer-related anorexia and cachexia in patients with GI cancer. The study has been funded by the UF Opportunity Seed Fund and partially supported by the Clinical Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Another ongoing study is examining the Progression of Weight Loss in Patients with Gastrointestinal Cancer with the existing data obtained via i2b2. She completed studies on the use of dietary supplements to manage chronic pain, the effectiveness of CAM for chronic GI symptom management, and a feasibility study to improve appetite and slow weight loss among adults with cancers of the GI tract. Other areas of interest include symptom management of chronic conditions such as sickle cell disease, irritable bowel syndrome and ovarian cancer.



Dr. Yoon is a member of the Academic Affairs Committee (AAC) and the Nursing Formal Review Committee (NFRC). She is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), Oncology Nursing Society (ONS), Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society (STTI), Southern Nursing Research Society (SNRS), American Nurses Association/ Florida Nurses Association (ANA/FNA) and UF Health Cancer Center (UFHCC). She has been the recipient of many honors, most recently the UFHCC Celebration of Excellence Award (Bench to Bedside Award) and the UF Research Foundation (UFRF) Professorship Award.  Since 2004, she has been serving as a reviewer for various journals.              



Dr. Yoon received her BSN in Nursing at Seoul National University (Korea). She received her MSN in Adult Health Nursing and her PhD in Nursing at the University of Florida, Gainesville FL.

Selected Publications

  • Yoon, S. L., Kelly, D., George, T. J., & Garvan, C. (2016). Bioloigcal factors and nutrition in persons with gastrointestinal cancer. [Abstract]. Oncology Nursing Forum, 43 (2), 39. doi: 10.1188/16.ONF.E82
  • Horgas, A. L., Grall, M., & Yoon, S. L (2016). Pain management. In M. Boltz, E. Capezuti, T. Fulmer, & D. Zwicker (Eds.), Evidence-Based Geriatric Nursing Protocols for Best Practice (5th ed., pp. 263-281). New York: Springer.
  • Yoon, S., Lance, M., Grundmann, O., George, T. J., Williams, J. J. (2016). Gender differences in body composition among gastrointestinal cancer patients with unintentional weight loss. [Abstract]. Oncology Nursing Forum, 43 (2), 128. doi: 10.1188/16.ONF.E82
  • Kelly, D., Lyon, D., Yoon, S. L., & Horgas, A. (2015). The microbiome and cancer symptoms:Implications for oncology nursing science. Cancer Nursing. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 26110573.
  • Grundmann, O., Yoon, S. L., & Williams, J. J. (2015). The value of bioelectrical impedance analysis and phase angle in the evaluation of malnutrition and quality of life in cancer patients – A comprehensive review. European Journal of Clinical Nutrition. 69, 1290-1297.doi: 10.1038/ejcn.2015.126. PMID: 26220573.
  • Park, C. S-Y, Yoon, S. L., Hamilton, C., & Cook, C. (2015). A Brief research report on understanding the meaning of driving for older Americans: A Korean’s perspective on two cultures. Cross-Cultural Communication, 11 (7), 1-10. doi: 10.3968/7234.
  • Yoon, S. L., Grundmann, O., Williams, J. J., & Carriere, G. (2015). Novel intervention with acupuncture for cancer anorexia-cachexia in patients with gastrointestinal tract cancers: Feasibility study. Oncology Nursing Forum. 42 (2), E102-E109. doi: 10.1188/15.ONF.E102-E109. PMID: 25806891
  • Nguyen, C., Yoon, S. L., & Garvan, C. (2015). Progression of weight loss associated with the different types of gastrointestinal (GI) cancers and relationship to falling risks [Abstract]. Oncology Nursing Forum, 42 (2). E 215. doi: 10.1188/15.ONF.E110
  • Zapata, E., & Yoon, S. L. (2015). Ovarian cancer: GI symptom management and quality of life outcomes [Abstract]. Oncology Nursing Forum, 42 (2), E 246. doi: 10.1188/15.ONF.E110
  • Grundmann, G., Yoon, S. L., & Williams, J. J. (2014). Influence of acupuncture on bioelectrical impedance measures in patients with gastrointestinal cancer-results of a pilot study. Acupuncture in Medicine. 33, 16-22. doi:10.1136/acupmed-2014-010667. PMID: 25413610
  • Yoon, S. L., Grundmann, O., Williams, J.J., Carriere, G., & Gordan, L. (2014). Cancer-associated anorexia and cachexia in adults with GI tract cancer: Novel intervention with acupuncture [Abstract]. Oncology Nursing Forum, 41(2), E81.
  • Grundmann, O., & Yoon, S. L. (2014). The role of complementary and alternative medicines in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome-An integrative review. World Journal of Gastroenterology, 20 (2), 346-362. PMID: 24574705. PMCID: PMC3923011
  • Yoon, S. L., & Kim, J. H. (2013). Prevalence and factors contributing to the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in rural older women with chronic pain in Korea. Applied Nursing Research, 26(4), 186-191. PMID: 23867138
  • Grundmann, O., & Yoon, S. L. (2013). Mind-body therapies for functional bowel disorders – A review of recent clinical trials. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 5 (4), 296-307.
  • Yoon, S. L., & Kim, J. H. (2013). Job-related stress and emotional labor with depressive symptoms among Korean nurses. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 45 (2), 1-8.
  • Yoon, S. L., Grundmann, O., Keane, D., Urbano, T., & Moshiree, B. (2012). Clinical evaluation of liquid placebos for the herbal medicinal product STW5 in healthy volunteers. Complementary Therapies in Medicine, 20, 267-274. PMID: 22863640
  • Lee, Y-S., Baek, J-D., Yang, K., & Yoon, S. L. (2012). Relationship between physical activity on prevalence, awareness, and treatment of   low femoral bone density in U. S. older adults. American Journal of Health Promotion, 27(1), 2-9. PMID: 22950919
  • Yoon, S. L., Moshiree, B., & Grundmann, O. (2011). Recent developments in the use of pre- and probiotics for irritable bowel syndrome. European Gastroenterology & Hepatology Review, 7 (4).  237-241.
  • Shuster, J., Anton, S., Theriaque, D., & Yoon, S. L. (2011). Control in the middle (CIM) for three-arm crossover studies. Planta Medica, 77, 1473-1476. PMID: 21509714. PMCID: PMC3296130.
  • Jonas, J., Horgas, A., & Yoon, S. (2011). Use of complementary and alternative therapies to manage cancer-related symptoms in hospitalized patients. Journal of Undergraduate Research, 12 (3).
  • Yoon, S. L., Grundmann, O., Koepp, L., & Farrell, L. (2011). Symptom management in adults with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS): Review of literature. Alternative Medicine Review, 16 (2). 134-151. PMID: 21649455
  • Grundmann, O., Yoon, S. L., & Moshiree, B. (2010). Current developments for the diagnosis and   treatment of irritable bowel syndrome. Current Pharmaceutical Design, 16, 3638-3645. PMID: 21128902
  • Grundmann, O., & Yoon, S.L. (2010). Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) – Epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment – An update for healthcare practitioners. Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 25, 691-699.  PMID: 20074154
  • Weber, B. A., Derrico, D., Yoon, S., & Sherwill-Navarro, P. (2009). Educating patients to evaluate web-based health care information: The GATOR approach to healthy surfing. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 19, 1371-1377. PMID: 19538561
  • Schaffer, S. D., Yoon, S. L., & Zdrojewski, I. (2009). Smoking cessation: Potentially risky effects on   prescribed medications. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18, 1533-1540. PMID: 19490292
  • Horgas, A. L., Yoon, S. L., Nichols, A., & Marsiske, M. (2008). The relationship between pain andfunctional disability in Black and White older adults. Research in Nursing and Health, 31, 341-354. PMID: 18231972. PMCID: PMC2907068
  • Yoon, S. L., & Godwin, A. (2007). Enhancing self-management in children with sickle cell disease through playing a CD-ROM educational game: A pilot study. Pediatric Nursing, 33(1), 60-63, 72.         PMID: 17411004
  • Yoon, S. L., & Black, S. (2006). Comprehensive, integrative management of pain for patients with sickle cell disease. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 12, 995-1001.           PMID: 17212571
  • Yoon, S. L., & Schaffer, S. D. (2006). Herbal, prescribed, and over the counter drug use in older women: Prevalence of drug interactions. Geriatric Nursing, 27, 118-129.
  • Yoon, S. L. (2006). Racial/ethnic differences in self-reported health problems and herbal use among older women. Journal of the National Medical Association, 98, 918-925.