MD, University of Pittsburg School of Medicine, Pittsburg, PA, 2000
MS, Weill Graduate School in Medical Sciences of Cornell University, New York, NY, 2007
Surgical Oncology Fellow, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, 2007-2009
Residency in General Surgery, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC, 2000-2005
National Research Service Award Fellow, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY, 2005-2007
Research Fellow in Surgery, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, 2005-2007
I am a surgical oncologist whose research focuses on patient-oriented clinical outcomes, including patient decision-making, quality of life, and survivorship. My current primary research focus in on improving the quality of multidiscplinary follow-up care we provide to breast cancer survivors. I am currently conducting a mixed-methods study with the aim of identifying factors associated with the types of oncologists providing breast cancer follow-up care, and how decisions for who provides care are made. My long-term research goal is to develop pilot follow-up guidelines regarding who should provide follow-up care that will ultimately lead to improved quality and efficiency of breast cancer follow-up.
Highlights in your Career
I received a grant from the AHRQ DEcIDE network that supported some of the preliminary data for my career development proposal. In addition, I was an invited speaker at the 2012 American College of Surgeons Annual Meeting, where I gave a talk titled, “Optimal Protocols for Post-Surgical Surveillance for Patients Treated for Breast Cancer”.
As a health services research and surgical oncologist, I strive to prioritize my family-time away from the hospital and create a balanced approach to life and work. I enjoy most outdoor activities including camping, biking, and hiking.
What I expect to gain by being a scholar for the Center for Women’s Health and Health Disparities.
I am a new BIRCWH scholar and so am looking forward to participating fully in the program. To date, the BIRCWH will have provided me protected time to conduct my research and complete my proposed training plan. My research design includes mixed methodologies. I have been working with the Qualitative Research Group through ICTR to strengthen my qualitative background and plan to complement this with formal statistics courses this fall which will provide me with a comprehensive quantitative background including regression and survival analyses.