University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN

Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN

Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing, UCSF
Sharon A. Lamb Endowed Chair, Physiological Nursing, UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Research Summary

I am an internationally recognized expert in pain and symptom management research. A portion of my program of research focuses on the identification of phenotypic and genotypic characteristics that place patients at highest risk for the development of the most deleterious symptoms that occur as a result of cancer and its treatment. More recently, my work is focused on an evaluation of differences in the co-occurrence of multiple symptoms in younger versus older oncology patients.


Molloy College, Rockville Center, NY, BSN, 1974, Nursing
Adelphi University, Garden City, NY, MS, 1979, Nursing
St. Johns University, Jamaica, NY, MS, 1984, Biology
St. Johns University, Jamaica, NY, PhD, 1987, Physiology
University of California, San Francisco, Postdoc, 1988-90, Pain Management

Professional Experience

  • 1979-81
    Staff Development Instructor, Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, NY
  • 1981-85
    Clinical Nurse Specialist in Oncology; Oncology and Critical Care and Nurse Coordinator of the Pain Evaluation Group Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine Bronx, NY
  • 1984-88
    Coordinator of the Certificate Program in Oncology Nursing, School of Nursing, Department of Continuing Education, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
  • 1985-88
    Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Oncology Master's Program, School of Nursing, Oncology Master's Program, Adelphi University, Garden City, NY
  • 1986-88
    Coordinator of Clinical Practice and Quality Assurance, Hospital of Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY
  • 1988-90
    Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Nurse Scholar, Department of Physiological Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • 1990-96
    Associate Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA
  • 1996-present
    Professor, Department of Physiological Nursing, University of California, San Francisco San Francisco, CA

Honors & Awards

  • 2000
    Distinguished Nurse Researcher, Oncology Nursing Society
  • 2000
    Helen Nahm Research Lecturer, School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
  • 2000
    Wilbert Fordyce Clinical Investigator Award, American Pain Society
  • 2002
    Distinguished Merit Award, International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care
  • 2005
    Distinguished Service Award, American Pain Society
  • 2006
    Distinguished Researcher Award, Western Institute of Nursing Research

Selected Publications

  1. Furlong E, Darley A, Fox P, Buick A, Kotronoulas G, Miller M, Flowerday A, Miaskowski C, Patiraki E, Katsaragakis S, Ream E, Armes J, Gaiger A, Berg G, McCrone P, Donnan P, McCann L, Maguire R. Adaptation and Implementation of a Mobile Phone-Based Remote Symptom Monitoring System for People With Cancer in Europe. JMIR Cancer. 2019 Mar 14; 5(1):e10813.
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  2. Van Blarigan EL, Chan H, Van Loon K, Kenfield SA, Chan JM, Mitchell E, Zhang L, Paciorek A, Joseph G, Laffan A, Atreya CE, Fukuoka Y, Miaskowski C, Meyerhardt JA, Venook AP. Self-monitoring and reminder text messages to increase physical activity in colorectal cancer survivors (Smart Pace): a pilot randomized controlled trial. BMC Cancer. 2019 Mar 11; 19(1):218.
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  3. Papachristou N, Barnaghi P, Cooper B, Kober KM, Maguire R, Paul SM, Hammer M, Wright F, Armes J, Furlong EP, McCann L, Conley YP, Patiraki E, Katsaragakis S, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Network Analysis of the Multidimensional Symptom Experience of Oncology. Sci Rep. 2019 Feb 19; 9(1):2258.
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  4. Wong ML, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Abrams G, Topp K, Kober KM, Chesney MA, Mazor M, Schumacher MA, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Age-related differences in patient-reported and objective measures of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy among cancer survivors. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Feb 15.
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  5. Russell J, Wong ML, Mackin L, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Hammer M, Conley YP, Wright F, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Stability of Symptom Clusters in Patients With Lung Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Feb 12.
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  6. Flowers E, Flentje A, Levine J, Olshen A, Hammer M, Paul S, Conley Y, Miaskowski C, Kober KM. A Pilot Study Using a Multistaged Integrated Analysis of Gene Expression and Methylation to Evaluate Mechanisms for Evening Fatigue in Women Who Received Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer. Biol Res Nurs. 2019 Mar; 21(2):142-156.
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  7. Baria AM, Pangarkar S, Abrams G, Miaskowski C. Adaption of the Biopsychosocial Model of Chronic Noncancer Pain in Veterans. Pain Med. 2019 Jan 01; 20(1):14-27.
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  8. Miaskowski C, Paul SM, Mastick J, Abrams G, Topp K, Smoot B, Kober KM, Chesney M, Schumacher M, Conley YP, Hammer M, Cheung S, Borsook D, Levine JD. Contribution of Loss of Large Fiber Function to Pain in 2 Samples of Oncology Patients. Clin J Pain. 2019 Jan; 35(1):37-42.
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  9. Papachristou N, Puschmann D, Barnaghi P, Cooper B, Hu X, Maguire R, Apostolidis K, P Conley Y, Hammer M, Katsaragakis S, M Kober K, D Levine J, McCann L, Patiraki E, P Furlong E, A Fox P, M Paul S, Ream E, Wright F, Miaskowski C. Learning from data to predict future symptoms of oncology patients. PLoS One. 2018; 13(12):e0208808.
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  10. Chan RJ, Gordon LG, Tan CJ, Chan A, Bradford NK, Yates P, Agbejule OA, Miaskowski C. Relationships Between Financial Toxicity and Symptom Burden in Cancer Survivors: A Systematic Review. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Mar; 57(3):646-660.e1.
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  11. Valenta S, Spirig R, Miaskowski C, Zaugg K, Spichiger E. Testing a pain self-management intervention by exploring reduction of analgesics' side effects in cancer outpatients and the involvement of family caregivers: a study protocol (PEINCA-FAM). BMC Nurs. 2018; 17:54.
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  12. Cooke AC, Knight KR, Miaskowski C. Patients' and clinicians' perspectives of co-use of cannabis and opioids for chronic non-cancer pain management in primary care. Int J Drug Policy. 2019 Jan; 63:23-28.
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  13. Kober KM, Olshen A, Conley YP, Schumacher M, Topp K, Smoot B, Mazor M, Chesney M, Hammer M, Paul SM, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Expression of mitochondrial dysfunction-related genes and pathways in paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy in breast cancer survivors. Mol Pain. 2018 Jan-Dec; 14:1744806918816462.
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  14. Mazor M, Smoot BJ, Mastick J, Mausisa G, Paul SM, Kober KM, Elboim C, Singh K, Conley YP, Mickevicius G, Field J, Hutchison H, Miaskowski C. Assessment of local tissue water in the arms and trunk of breast cancer survivors with and without upper extremity lymphoedema. Clin Physiol Funct Imaging. 2019 Jan; 39(1):57-64.
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  15. Kober KM, Mazor M, Abrams G, Olshen A, Conley YP, Hammer M, Schumacher M, Chesney M, Smoot B, Mastick J, Paul SM, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Phenotypic Characterization of Paclitaxel-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Cancer Survivors. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Dec; 56(6):908-919.e3.
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  16. Wong ML, Paul SM, Mastick J, Ritchie C, Steinman MA, Walter LC, Miaskowski C. Characteristics Associated With Physical Function Trajectories in Older Adults With Cancer During Chemotherapy. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Nov; 56(5):678-688.e1.
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  17. Utne I, Løyland B, Grov EK, Rasmussen HL, Torstveit AH, Cooper BA, Mastick J, Mazor M, Wong M, Paul SM, Conley YP, Jahan T, Ritchie C, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Distinct attentional function profiles in older adults receiving cancer chemotherapy. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2018 Oct; 36:32-39.
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  18. Deng LX, Patel K, Miaskowski C, Maravilla I, Schear S, Garrigues S, Thompson N, Auerbach AD, Ritchie CS. Prevalence and Characteristics of Moderate to Severe Pain among Hospitalized Older Adults. J Am Geriatr Soc. 2018 Sep; 66(9):1744-1751.
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  19. Wright F, Dunn LB, Paul SM, Conley YP, Levine JD, Hammer MJ, Cooper BA, Miaskowski C, Kober KM. Morning Fatigue Severity Profiles in Oncology Outpatients Receiving Chemotherapy. Cancer Nurs. 2018 Jul 17.
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  20. Hammer MJ, Paul SM, Steinberg A, Eckardt P, Barton-Burke M, Miaskowski C. Trajectories of Fasting Blood Glucose in Autologous Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation. Cancer Nurs. 2018 Jul 17.
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