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Kim Rhoads, M.D., M.P.H.

Kim Rhoads, M.D., M.P.H.

  • Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics Cancer Prevention Institute of California

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1450 Third Street, #553
San Francisco, CA 94158
[email protected]
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Dr. Rhoads' background and scholarly work crosses the full cancer continuum from basic science (endothelial cell regulation and angiogenesis); to clinical care as a colorectal surgeon; through health services research in cancer disparities; and training in health policy (as a California Endowment Scholar in Health Policy at Harvard (2005-2006), and as the inaugural UCSF Philip R. Lee Fellow in Health Policy (2007-2008)). She has formal training in community organizing at the Center for Third World Organizing in Oakland, California; and Community Based Participatory Research as a member of the first cohort of academic-community partnership teams trained by the California Breast Cancer Research Program. Before joining the faculty at UCSF, Rhoads founded the Community Outreach and Engagement program for the Stanford Cancer Institute. Rhoads views community engagement and institutional partnerships as substantive pathways to promote health equity and eliminate disparities.

In addition to being board certified in general, colon and rectal surgery, Dr. Rhoads' research examines the relationship between delivery of evidence-based cancer care and survival disparities in California. She developed and uses a novel data set comprised of population-based cancer registry data linked to statewide clinical discharge, emergency room, ambulatory surgery data and hospital financial characteristics. As Director of the Office of Community Engagement for the HDFCCC, she provides leadership for UCSF institutional investigators in their engagement with local communities. Dr. Rhoads has served as a mentor across the training spectrum from premedical and pre-doctoral students (5); to resident trainees and fellows (5) as well as junior faculty (2).

Opportunities for T32 mentees include evaluating the quality of cancer care; correlating quality with outcomes; implementing a cancer quality improvement tool in safety net settings; community engaged research in cancer care delivery and access as well as geospatial analysis of cancer disparities, and developing and implementing targeted recruitment strategies in underserved communities (including the WISDOM study).

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  • Research Coordinating Center to Reduce Disparities in Multiple Chronic Diseases (RCC RD-MCD)
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    Sep 2021
    Jun 2026
    Co-Principal Investigator
  • The quality of care in minority serving hospitals explains cancer disparities
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    Apr 2012
    Mar 2014
    Principal Investigator
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  1. Hun Kwak J, Mackin LA, Block A, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Abbott M, Chang SM, Hammer MJ, Kober KM, Levine JD, Pozzar R, Rhoads KF, Snowberg KE, Tsai KK, Van Blarigan EL, Van Loon K, Miaskowski C. Risk Factors for a Higher Symptom Burden in Patients With Cancer During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2023 08 17; 50(5):647-664. View in PubMed
  2. Greenberg AL, Brand NR, Zambeli-Ljepovic A, Barnes KE, Chiou SH, Rhoads KF, Adam MA, Sarin A. Exploring the complexity and spectrum of racial/ethnic disparities in colon cancer management. Int J Equity Health. 2023 04 14; 22(1):68. View in PubMed
  3. Sudat SEK, Wesson P, Rhoads KF, Brown S, Aboelata N, Pressman AR, Mani A, Azar KMJ. Racial Disparities in Pulse Oximeter Device Inaccuracy and Estimated Clinical Impact on COVID-19 Treatment Course. Am J Epidemiol. 2023 05 05; 192(5):703-713. View in PubMed
  4. Borno HT, Zhang L, Zhang S, Lin TK, Skafel A, Nieves E, Dornsife D, Johnson R, Rhoads K, Small E, Spicer D. Implementation of a Multisite Financial Reimbursement Program in Cancer Clinical Trials Integrated With Patient Navigation: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial. JCO Oncol Pract. 2022 06; 18(6):e915-e924. View in PubMed
  5. Borno HT, Lin TK, Zhang S, Skafel A, Lalanne A, Dornsife D, Johnson R, Spicer D, Small EJ, Rhoads KF. Accelerating cancer clinical trial recruitment through a financial reimbursement program integrated with patient navigation: an interrupted time series analysis. J Cancer Policy. 2021 12; 30:100305. View in PubMed
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