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.

Education

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. Singh KP, Kober KM, Dhruva AA, Flowers E, Paul SM, Hammer MJ, Cartwright F, Wright F, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Risk Factors Associated With Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea in the Week Prior to the Next Cycle and Impact of Nausea on Quality of Life Outcomes. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 May 29.
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  2. Baria AM, Pangarkar S, Abrams G, Miaskowski C. Adaption of the Biopsychosocial Model of Chronic Noncancer Pain in Veterans. Pain Med. 2018 May 02.
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  3. Knisely MR, Conley YP, Kober KM, Smoot B, Paul SM, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Associations Between Catecholaminergic and Serotonergic Genes and Persistent Breast Pain Phenotypes Following Breast Cancer Surgery. J Pain. 2018 Apr 30.
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  4. Tantoy IY, Cooper BA, Dhruva A, Cataldo J, Paul SM, Conley YP, Hammer M, Kober KM, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Quality of life of patients with gastrointestinal cancers undergoing chemotherapy. Qual Life Res. 2018 Apr 21.
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  5. Benn BS, Lehman Z, Kidd SA, Miaskowski C, Sunwoo BY, Ho M, Sun S, Ramstein J, Gelfand JM, Koth LL. Sleep disturbance and symptom burden in sarcoidosis. Respir Med. 2018 Mar 24.
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  6. Miaskowski C, Paul SM, Mastick J, Abrams G, Topp K, Smoot B, Kober KM, Chesney M, Mazor M, Mausisa G, Schumacher M, Conley YP, Sabes JH, Cheung S, Wallhagen M, Levine JD. Associations Between Perceived Stress and Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy and Otoxicity in Adult Cancer Survivors. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Mar 07.
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  7. Bentsen SB, Miaskowski C, Cooper BA, Christensen VL, Henriksen AH, Holm AM, Rustøen T. Distinct pain profiles in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Int J Chron Obstruct Pulmon Dis. 2018; 13:801-811.
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  8. Halifax E, Miaskowski C, Wallhagen M. Certified Nursing Assistants' Understanding of Nursing Home Residents' Pain. J Gerontol Nurs. 2018 Apr 01; 44(4):29-36.
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  9. Chan RJ, Gordon L, Zafar SY, Miaskowski C. Financial toxicity and symptom burden: what is the big deal? Support Care Cancer. 2018 May; 26(5):1357-1359.
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  10. Singh KP, Miaskowski C, Dhruva AA, Flowers E, Kober KM. Mechanisms and Measurement of Changes in Gene Expression. Biol Res Nurs. 2018 Jan 01; 1099800418772161.
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  11. Mazor M, Cataldo JK, Lee K, Dhruva A, Cooper B, Paul SM, Topp K, Smoot BJ, Dunn LB, Levine JD, Conley YP, Miaskowski C. Differences in symptom clusters before and twelve months after breast cancer surgery. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2018 Feb; 32:63-72.
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  12. Liu LN, Lin YC, Miaskowski C, Chen SC, Chen ML. Association between changes in body fat and disease progression after breast cancer surgery is moderated by menopausal status. BMC Cancer. 2017 Dec 18; 17(1):863.
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  13. Singh KP, Dhruva AA, Flowers E, Kober KM, Miaskowski C. A review of the literature on the relationships between genetic polymorphisms and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. Crit Rev Oncol Hematol. 2018 Jan; 121:51-61.
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  14. Miaskowski C, Mastick J, Paul SM, Abrams G, Cheung S, Sabes JH, Kober KM, Schumacher M, Conley YP, Topp K, Smoot B, Mausisa G, Mazor M, Wallhagen M, Levine JD. Impact of chemotherapy-induced neurotoxicities on adult cancer survivors' symptom burden and quality of life. J Cancer Surviv. 2017 Nov 20.
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  15. Miaskowski C, Paul SM, Mastick J, Schumacher M, Conley YP, Smoot B, Abrams G, Kober KM, Cheung S, Henderson-Sabes J, Chesney M, Mazor M, Wallhagen M, Levine JD. Hearing loss and tinnitus in survivors with chemotherapy-induced neuropathy. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2018 Feb; 32:1-11.
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  16. Hammer MJ, Miaskowski C. Authorship Ethics in the Era of Team Science. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2017 Nov 01; 44(6):655-657.
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  17. Tantoy IY, Cooper BA, Dhruva A, Cataldo J, Paul SM, Conley YP, Hammer M, Wright F, Dunn LB, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Changes in the Occurrence, Severity, and Distress of Symptoms in Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancers Receiving Chemotherapy. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2018 Mar; 55(3):808-834.
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  18. Ward Sullivan C, Leutwyler H, Dunn LB, Miaskowski C. A review of the literature on symptom clusters in studies that included oncology patients receiving primary or adjuvant chemotherapy. J Clin Nurs. 2018 Feb; 27(3-4):516-545.
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  19. Flowers E, Miaskowski C, Conley Y, Hammer MJ, Levine J, Mastick J, Paul S, Wright F, Kober K. Differential expression of genes and differentially perturbed pathways associated with very high evening fatigue in oncology patients receiving chemotherapy. Support Care Cancer. 2018 Mar; 26(3):739-750.
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  20. Alexander K, Conley YP, Levine JD, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Mastick J, West C, Miaskowski C. Cytokine Gene Polymorphisms Associated With Various Domains of Quality of Life in Women With Breast Cancer. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Sep 23.
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