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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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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. Alexander K, Cooper B, Paul SM, West C, Yates P, Kober KM, Aouizerat BE, Miaskowski C. Evidence of associations between cytokine gene polymorphisms and quality of life in patients with cancer and their family caregivers. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2014 Sep 1; 41(5):E267-81.
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  2. Vijayaraghavan M, Freitas D, Bangsberg DR, Miaskowski C, Kushel MB. Non-medical use of non-opioid psychotherapeutic medications in a community-based cohort of HIV-infected indigent adults. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2014 Jul 27.
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  3. Baggott C, Cooper BA, Marina N, Matthay KK, Miaskowski C. Symptom Assessment in Pediatric Oncology: How Should Concordance Between Children's and Parents' Reports Be Evaluated? Cancer Nurs. 2014 Jul-Aug; 37(4):252-62.
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  4. Miaskowski C, Cooper BA, Melisko M, Chen LM, Mastick J, West C, Paul SM, Dunn LB, Schmidt BL, Hammer M, Cartwright F, Wright F, Langford DJ, Lee K, Aouizerat BE. Disease and treatment characteristics do not predict symptom occurrence profiles in oncology outpatients receiving chemotherapy. Cancer. 2014 Aug 1; 120(15):2371-8.
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  5. Saad S, Dunn LB, Koetters T, Dhruva A, Langford DJ, Merriman JD, West C, Paul SM, Cooper B, Cataldo J, Hamolsky D, Elboim C, Aouizerat BE, Miaskowski C. Cytokine gene variations associated with subsyndromal depressive symptoms in patients with breast cancer. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2014 Apr 10.
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  6. Vijayaraghavan M, Penko J, Vittinghoff E, Bangsberg DR, Miaskowski C, Kushel MB. Smoking Behaviors in a Community-Based Cohort of HIV-Infected Indigent Adults. AIDS Behav. 2014 Mar; 18(3):535-43.
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  7. Leung G, Baggott C, West C, Elboim C, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Abrams G, Dhruva A, Schmidt BL, Kober K, Merriman JD, Leutwyler H, Neuhaus J, Langford D, Smoot BJ, Aouizerat BE, Miaskowski C. Cytokine candidate genes predict the development of secondary lymphedema following breast cancer surgery. Lymphat Res Biol. 2014 Mar; 12(1):10-22.
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  8. Miaskowski C, Paul SM, Cooper B, West C, Levine JD, Elboim C, Hamolsky D, Abrams G, Luce J, Dhruva A, Langford DJ, Merriman JD, Kober K, Baggott C, Leutwyler H, Aouizerat BE. Identification of patient subgroups and risk factors for persistent arm/shoulder pain following breast cancer surgery. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2014 Jun; 18(3):242-53.
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  9. Amro A, Waldum B, Dammen T, Miaskowski C, Os I. Symptom clusters in patients on dialysis and their association with quality-of-life outcomes. J Ren Care. 2014 Mar; 40(1):23-33.
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  10. Langford DJ, West C, Elboim C, Cooper BA, Abrams G, Paul SM, Schmidt BL, Levine JD, Merriman JD, Dhruva A, Neuhaus J, Leutwyler H, Baggott C, Sullivan CW, Aouizerat BE, Miaskowski C. Variations in Potassium Channel Genes Are Associated With Breast Pain in Women Prior to Breast Cancer Surgery. J Neurogenet. 2014 Jan 7.
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  11. Rustøen T, Valeberg BT, Kolstad E, Wist E, Paul S, Miaskowski C. A Randomized Clinical Trial of the Efficacy of a Self-care Intervention to Improve Cancer Pain Management. Cancer Nurs. 2014 Jan-Feb; 37(1):34-43.
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  12. Dhruva A, Hecht FM, Miaskowski C, Kaptchuk TJ, Bodeker G, Abrams D, Lad V, Adler SR. Correlating traditional ayurvedic and modern medical perspectives on cancer: results of a qualitative study. J Altern Complement Med. 2014 May; 20(5):364-70.
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  13. Merriman JD, Aouizerat BE, Cataldo JK, Dunn L, Cooper BA, West C, Paul SM, Baggott CR, Dhruva A, Kober K, Langford DJ, Leutwyler H, Ritchie CS, Abrams G, Dodd M, Elboim C, Hamolsky D, Melisko M, Miaskowski C. Association between an interleukin 1 receptor, type I promoter polymorphism and self-reported attentional function in women with breast cancer. Cytokine. 2014 Feb; 65(2):192-201.
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  14. Valeberg BT, Kolstad E, Småstuen MC, Miaskowski C, Rustøen T. The PRO-SELF pain control program improves family caregivers' knowledge of cancer pain management. Cancer Nurs. 2013 Nov-Dec; 36(6):429-35.
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  15. Lindviksmoen G, Hofsø K, Paul SM, Miaskowski C, Rustøen T. Predictors of initial levels and trajectories of depressive symptoms in women with breast cancer undergoing radiation therapy. Cancer Nurs. 2013 Nov-Dec; 36(6):E34-43.
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  16. Merriman JD, Von Ah D, Miaskowski C, Aouizerat BE. Proposed mechanisms for cancer- and treatment-related cognitive changes. Semin Oncol Nurs. 2013 Nov; 29(4):260-9.
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  17. Stephens K, Cooper BA, West C, Paul SM, Baggott CR, Merriman JD, Dhruva A, Kober KM, Langford DJ, Leutwyler H, Luce JA, Schmidt BL, Abrams GM, Elboim C, Hamolsky D, Levine JD, Miaskowski C, Aouizerat BE. Associations between cytokine gene variations and severe persistent breast pain in women following breast cancer surgery. J Pain. 2014 Feb; 15(2):169-80.
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  18. Jeevanjee S, Penko J, Guzman D, Miaskowski C, Bangsberg DR, Kushel MB. Opioid Analgesic Misuse is Associated with Incomplete Antiretroviral Adherence in a Cohort of HIV-Infected Indigent Adults in San Francisco. AIDS Behav. 2013 Sep 28.
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  19. Huang HP, Chen ML, Liang J, Miaskowski C. Changes in and predictors of severity of fatigue in women with breast cancer: A longitudinal study. Int J Nurs Stud. 2014 Apr; 51(4):582-92.
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  20. Dhruva A, Aouizerat BE, Cooper B, Paul SM, Dodd M, West C, Wara W, Lee K, Dunn LB, Langford DJ, Merriman JD, Baggott C, Cataldo J, Ritchie C, Kober K, Leutwyler H, Miaskowski C. Differences in morning and evening fatigue in oncology patients and their family caregivers. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2013 Dec; 17(6):841-8.
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