Saun-Joo Yoon

Saun-Joo Yoon, PhD, RN

Associate Professor

Department: Biobehavioral Nursing Science
Business Phone: (352) 273-6418
Business Email:

About Saun-Joo Yoon


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.


Professorship Award
2016-2019 · University of Florida Research Foundation
2015 Celebration of Excellence Award – Bench to Bedside
2015 · UF Health Canter Center
Dietary Supplement Research Practicum Scholar
2013 · Office of Dietary Supplements, National Institute of Health
Professorship Award
2009 · University of Florida Research Foundation
Outstanding Young Alumnus
2007 · University of Florida Alumni Association
Scholar of the Pre-conference Workshop for Nurses
2006 · John A. Hartford Foundation
Division Five Superior Accomplishment Award
2006 · University of Florida
Interdisciplinary Scholar
2006 · Summer Institute of Aging Research, National Institute for Health and National Institute of Aging
Hartford Institute Gerontological Research Scholar
2001 · Hartford Institute Geriatric Nursing Research Scholars and Fellows Program
Third place winner: Nurses Week Poster Presentation
1999 · Shands Hospital
Graduate Student Award – Second Place
1999 · Leighton E. Cluff Award for Scholarly Aging Research, University of Florida
Outstanding Graduate Student Award
1999 · University of Florida College of Nursing
Shands Hospital Auxiliary Scholarship ($1,000)
1996 · Shands Hospital
Scholarship Recipient ($6,000)
1996 · University of Florida College of Nursing
Federal Nurse Traineeship
1995 · University of Florida College of Nursing
1990 · Veterans Administration Medical Center

Research Profile

Research interests include 1) interventions with use of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) modalities to improve nutritional status, cancer-cachexia and symptom management in adult patients with gastrointestinal cancers, 2) herbal supplement use to manage symptoms and health promotion in older adults, and 3) palliative care related to cancer-cachexia in patients with GI cancers.


2006 Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine


Jul 2019 ACTIVE
UF Health Cancer Center Pilot Projects funded by UF Foundation Allocated Funds
UF FOU · Project Manager
Jun 2014 – Aug 2016
Impact of mechanism based acupuncture intervention
UF DSR OPPORTUNITY FUND · Principal Investigator


PhD in Nursing
1999 · University of Florida
Master of Science in Adult Health Nursing
1992 · University of Florida
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
1980 · Seoul National University

Contact Details

(352) 273-6418