Celia P. Kaplan, DrPH

Celia P. Kaplan, DrPH

Professor in Residence, Department of Medicine (General Internal Medicine), UCSF


Phone: (415) 502-5601 (voice)
Box 0856, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0856

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Cancer Center Membership

Program Member » Breast Oncology» Cancer Control

Research Summary

I have over 25 years of research experience conducting studies in health disparities among underserved US minority populations, with a particular emphasis on Latino health. Born and initially educated in Argentina, I obtained advanced degrees in the US in public health. I am currently a professor in the Department of Medicine at UCSF, Director of the Medical Effectiveness Research Center, and a co-director of the Investigator Core of the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities.
From the beginning of my research career, I have focused my efforts on examining health disparities across the cancer-care continuum. I have examined cancer prevention among adolescents; conducted studies in cervical, breast and colorectal cancer screening and follow-up of abnormalities; studied treatment decision making after cancer diagnosis among Latina women; and looked at recruitment barriers, facilitators, and strategies for improving minority participation in cancer-related research.
My research has included epidemiological studies and assessing barriers to and facilitators of health behaviors, as well as the development, implementation, and evaluation of health interventions to improve health outcomes. Participants in my studies have different language preferences and are of diverse ethnic backgrounds, age groups, levels of education, occupations, and socioeconomic and health statuses. I have used a variety of venues and methods for recruiting minorities and people of lower socioeconomic status, including clinic panels, population registries, random-digit dialing, and direct contact.
I have a long history of utilizing qualitative and quantitative research methods with health care organization representatives, health providers and patients. My research has been funded by federal and state agencies and private foundations, and my publications represent diverse areas of research.


University of Buenos Aires-Argentina, B.A., 1979, Sociology
University of California, Los Angeles, M.P.H., 1982, Public Health
University of California, Los Angeles, M.A., 1983, Latin Am. Studies
University of California, Los Angeles, Dr.P.H., 1990, Public Health

Professional Experience

  • 1987-1996
    Researcher in Cancer Control, School of Public Health, Department of Health Services, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1996-1998
    Assistant Researcher in Public Health, University of California San Francisco, Department of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
  • 1998-2001
    Assistant Professor, University of California San Francisco, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • 2001-2010
    Associate Professor, University of California San Francisco, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine.
  • 2010-present
    Professor in Residence, University of California San Francisco, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine.

Selected Publications

  1. Haas JS, Kaplan CP. The Divide Between Breast Density Notification Laws and Evidence-Based Guidelines for Breast Cancer Screening: Legislating Practice. JAMA Intern Med. 2015 Sep 1; 175(9):1439-40.
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  2. Kaplan CP, Livaudais-Toman J, Tice JA, Kerlikowske K, Gregorich SE, Pérez-Stable EJ, Pasick RJ, Chen A, Quinn J, Karliner LS. A randomized, controlled trial to increase discussion of breast cancer in primary care. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Jul; 23(7):1245-53.
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  3. Salgado MV, Mejia R, Kaplan CP, Perez-Stable EJ. Smoking behavior and use of tobacco industry sponsored websites among medical students and young physicians in Argentina. J Med Internet Res. 2014; 16(2):e35.
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  4. Fehniger J, Livaudais-Toman J, Karliner L, Kerlikowske K, Tice JA, Quinn J, Ozanne E, Kaplan CP. Perceived versus objective breast cancer risk in diverse women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014 May; 23(5):420-7.
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  5. López ME, Kaplan CP, Nápoles AM, Hwang ES, Livaudais JC, Karliner LS. Satisfaction with treatment decision-making and treatment regret among Latinas and non-Latina whites with DCIS. Patient Educ Couns. 2014 Jan; 94(1):83-9.
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  6. Parikh AR, Kaplan CP, Burke NJ, Livaudais-Toman J, Hwang ES, Karliner LS. Ductal carcinoma in situ: knowledge of associated risks and prognosis among Latina and non-Latina white women. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2013 Sep; 141(2):261-8.
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  7. Mejia R, Kaplan CP, Alderete E, Gregorich SE, Pérez-Stable EJ. Influence of gender role attitudes on smoking and drinking among girls from Jujuy, Argentina. Prev Med. 2013 Sep; 57(3):194-7.
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  8. Fehniger J, Lin F, Beattie MS, Joseph G, Kaplan C. Family communication of BRCA1/2 results and family uptake of BRCA1/2 testing in a diverse population of BRCA1/2 carriers. J Genet Couns. 2013 Oct; 22(5):603-12.
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  9. Kaplan CP, Nápoles AM, Dohan D, Shelley Hwang E, Melisko M, Nickleach D, Quinn JA, Haas J. Clinical trial discussion, referral, and recruitment: physician, patient, and system factors. Cancer Causes Control. 2013 May; 24(5):979-88.
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  10. López ME, Kaplan CP, Nápoles AM, Livaudais JC, Hwang ES, Stewart SL, Bloom J, Karliner L. Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS): posttreatment follow-up care among Latina and non-Latina White women. J Cancer Surviv. 2013 Jun; 7(2):219-26.
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  11. Pérez-Stable EJ, Afable-Munsuz A, Kaplan CP, Pace L, Samayoa C, Somkin C, Nickleach D, Lee M, Márquez-Magaña L, Juarbe T, Pasick RJ. Factors influencing time to diagnosis after abnormal mammography in diverse women. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2013 Feb; 22(2):159-66.
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  12. Walsh JM, Kim SE, Sawaya G, Kaplan CP, Wong ST, Gregorich SE, Pérez-Stable EJ. Colorectal cancer screening: what do women from diverse ethnic groups want? J Gen Intern Med. 2013 Feb; 28(2):239-46.
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  13. Bloom JR, Stewart SL, Napoles AM, Hwang ES, Livaudais JC, Karliner L, Kaplan CP. Quality of life of Latina and Euro-American women with ductal carcinoma in situ. Psychooncology. 2013 May; 22(5):1008-16.
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  14. Kaplan CP, Kim SE, Wong ST, Sawaya GF, Walsh JM, Pérez-Stable EJ. Willingness to use tamoxifen to prevent breast cancer among diverse women. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2012 May; 133(1):357-66.
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  15. Joseph G, Kaplan C, Luce J, Lee R, Stewart S, Guerra C, Pasick R. Efficient identification and referral of low-income women at high risk for hereditary breast cancer: a practice-based approach. Public Health Genomics. 2012; 15(3-4):172-80.
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  16. Santoyo-Olsson J, Phan L, Stewart AL, Kaplan C, Moreno-John G, Nápoles AM. A randomized trial to assess the effect of a research informational pamphlet on telephone survey completion rates among older Latinos. Contemp Clin Trials. 2012 Jul; 33(4):624-7.
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  17. Alderete E, Monteban M, Gregorich S, Kaplan CP, Mejía R, Pérez-Stable EJ. Smoking and exposure to racial insults among multiethnic youth in Jujuy, Argentina. Cancer Causes Control. 2012 Mar; 23 Suppl 1:37-44.
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  18. Wong ST, Pérez-Stable EJ, Kim SE, Gregorich SE, Sawaya GF, Walsh JM, Washington AE, Kaplan CP. Using visual displays to communicate risk of cancer to women from diverse race/ethnic backgrounds. Patient Educ Couns. 2012 Jun; 87(3):327-35.
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  19. Salgado MV, Pérez-Stable EJ, Primack BA, Kaplan CP, Mejia RM, Gregorich SE, Alderete E. Association of media literacy with cigarette smoking among youth in Jujuy, Argentina. Nicotine Tob Res. 2012 May; 14(5):516-21.
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  20. Livaudais JC, Hwang ES, Karliner L, Nápoles A, Stewart S, Bloom J, Kaplan CP. Adjuvant hormonal therapy use among women with ductal carcinoma in situ. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2012 Jan; 21(1):35-42.
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