Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN

Christine Miaskowski, RN, PhD, FAAN

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

Phone: (415) 476-9407 (voice)
Box 0610, UCSF
San Francisco, CA 94143-0610

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Cancer Center Membership

Program Member » 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. Chang JS, Kushel M, Miaskowski C, Ceasar R, Zamora K, Hurstak E, Knight KR. Provider Experiences With the Identification, Management, and Treatment of Co-occurring Chronic Noncancer Pain and Substance Use in the Safety Net. Subst Use Misuse. 2016 Oct 18; 1-5.
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  2. Eshragh J, Dhruva A, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Mastick J, Hamolsky D, Levine JD, Miaskowski C, Kober KM. Associations Between Neurotransmitter Genes and Fatigue and Energy Levels in Women Following Breast Cancer Surgery. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016 Oct 5.
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  3. Lindberg MF, Miaskowski C, RustøEn T, Rosseland LA, Cooper BA, Lerdal A. Factors that can predict pain with walking, 12 months after total knee arthroplasty. Acta Orthop. 2016 Dec; 87(6):600-606.
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  4. Kober KM, Smoot B, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Polymorphisms in Cytokine Genes Are Associated With Higher Levels of Fatigue and Lower Levels of Energy in Women After Breast Cancer Surgery. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016 Nov; 52(5):695-708.e4.
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  5. Colley A, Halpern J, Paul S, Micco G, Lahiff M, Wright F, Levine JD, Mastick J, Hammer MJ, Miaskowski C, Dunn LB. Factors associated with oncology patients' involvement in shared decision making during chemotherapy. Psychooncology. 2016 Sep 20.
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  6. Brant JM, Dudley WN, Beck S, Miaskowski C. Evolution of the Dynamic Symptoms Model. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2016 Sep 1; 43(5):651-4.
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  7. Lindberg MF, Miaskowski C, Rustøen T, Rosseland LA, Paul SM, Lerdal A. Preoperative Pain, Symptoms, and Psychological Factors related to Higher Acute Pain Trajectories during Hospitalization for Total Knee Arthroplasty. PLoS One. 2016; 11(9):e0161681.
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  8. Christensen VL, Rustøen T, Cooper BA, Miaskowski C, Henriksen AH, Bentsen SB, Holm AM. Distinct symptom experiences in subgroups of patients with COPD. Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2016; 11:1801-9.
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  9. Røhrl K, Guren MG, Miaskowski C, Cooper BA, Diep LM, Rustøen T. No Differences in Symptom Burden Between Colorectal Cancer Patients Receiving Curative Versus Palliative Chemotherapy. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016 Oct; 52(4):539-547.
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  10. Paice JA, Portenoy R, Lacchetti C, Campbell T, Cheville A, Citron M, Constine LS, Cooper A, Glare P, Keefe F, Koyyalagunta L, Levy M, Miaskowski C, Otis-Green S, Sloan P, Bruera E. Management of Chronic Pain in Survivors of Adult Cancers: American Society of Clinical Oncology Clinical Practice Guideline. J Clin Oncol. 2016 Sep 20; 34(27):3325-45.
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  11. Bischel LE, Ritchie C, Kober KM, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Chen LM, Levine JD, Hammer M, Wright F, Miaskowski C. Age differences in fatigue, decrements in energy, and sleep disturbance in oncology patients receiving chemotherapy. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2016 Aug; 23:115-23.
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  12. Valeberg BT, Miaskowski C, Paul SM, Rustøen T. Comparison of Oncology Patients' and Their Family Caregivers' Attitudes and Concerns Toward Pain and Pain Management. Cancer Nurs. 2016 Jul-Aug; 39(4):328-34.
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  13. Alexander KE, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Yates P, Aouizerat BE, Miaskowski C. Phenotypic and molecular characteristics associated with various domains of quality of life in oncology patients and their family caregivers. Qual Life Res. 2016 Nov; 25(11):2853-2868.
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  14. Christensen VL, Holm AM, Kongerud J, Bentsen SB, Paul SM, Miaskowski C, Rustøen T. Occurrence, Characteristics, and Predictors of Pain in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Pain Manag Nurs. 2016 Apr; 17(2):107-18.
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  15. Posternak V, Dunn LB, Dhruva A, Paul SM, Luce J, Mastick J, Levine JD, Aouizerat BE, Hammer M, Wright F, Miaskowski C. Differences in demographic, clinical, and symptom characteristics and quality of life outcomes among oncology patients with different types of pain. Pain. 2016 Apr; 157(4):892-900.
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  16. Lerdal A, Kottorp A, Gay C, Aouizerat BE, Lee KA, Miaskowski C. A Rasch Analysis of Assessments of Morning and Evening Fatigue in Oncology Patients Using the Lee Fatigue Scale. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016 Jun; 51(6):1002-12.
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  17. Kober KM, Dunn L, Mastick J, Cooper B, Langford D, Melisko M, Venook A, Chen LM, Wright F, Hammer M, Schmidt BL, Levine J, Miaskowski C, Aouizerat BE. Gene Expression Profiling of Evening Fatigue in Women Undergoing Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer. Biol Res Nurs. 2016 Jul; 18(4):370-85.
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  18. Tantoy IY, Cataldo JK, Aouizerat BE, Dhruva A, Miaskowski C. A Review of the Literature on Multiple Co-occurring Symptoms in Patients With Colorectal Cancer Who Received Chemotherapy Alone or Chemotherapy With Targeted Therapies. Cancer Nurs. 2016 Feb 18.
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  19. Christensen VL, Holm AM, Cooper B, Paul SM, Miaskowski C, Rustøen T. Differences in Symptom Burden Among Patients With Moderate, Severe, or Very Severe Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2016 May; 51(5):849-59.
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  20. Smoot B, Paul SM, Aouizerat BE, Dunn L, Elboim C, Schmidt B, Hamolsky D, Levine JD, Abrams G, Mastick J, Topp K, Miaskowski C. Predictors of Altered Upper Extremity Function During the First Year After Breast Cancer Treatment. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2016 Jan 29.
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