Professor of Health Services Research and Health Economics, Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy; Director/Founder, Center for Translational and Policy Research on Personalized Medicine (TRANSPERS), UCSF
Research SummaryMy research focuses on the value of new technologies, with a specific emphasis on the application of genetics to cancer care and control (“personalized medicine”). In 2008, I founded the UCSF Center for Translational and Policy Research on Personalized Medicine (TRANSPERS), which focuses on how personalized medicine can be most effectively and efficiently be adopted into health care delivery and health policies. I have had continuous funding from the NIH as Principal Investigator for over 20 years, have led or participated in over 50 funded research grants, and have published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in all of the leading journals in health policy. A particular focus is cross-disciplinary/cross-sector research as exemplified by my advisory role to many government and industry organizations.
My work in cancer screening spans almost my entire academic career, with early work on predictors of mammography screening followed by work on colorectal cancer screening. I now work on policy issues relevant to hereditary cancer risk assessment testing and tumor profiling using sequencing technologies. I work closely with the UCSF HDFCCC as a long-time member of the Population Sciences/Cancer Control Program and as the designated leader for comparative effectiveness research. I have presented at multiple IOM, NCI, and other meetings focused on cancer and have published in leading cancer journals. My work has been funded by several cancer organizations, including two R01s and a Program Project Grant (P01) funded by NCI.
University of Texas, Austin, BA, 1978, Psychology
Kennedy School of Government, Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA, MPA, 1986, Policy Analysis
University of California, Berkeley, PhD, 1991, Health Services Research
Center for AIDS Prevention Studies, Univ. of CA San Francisco, Postdoc, 1993, Health Services Research
Assistant Research Professor, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)
Assistant Professor (non-tenure track), UCSF
Associate Professor of Health Economics and Health Services Research, UCSF
Visiting Scholar, Harvard Partners Center for Genetics and Genomics and New England Health Care Institute, Boston, MA
Professor of Health Economics and Health Services Research (tenured) and Director/Founder, Center for Translational and Policy Research on Personalized Medicine (TRANSPERS), Department of Clinical Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy (home department); Institute for Health Policy Studies & UCSF Comprehensive Cancer Center (affiliated faculty) University of California, San Francisco
Honors & Awards
Phi Beta Kappa
Long-Term Civilian Training Award for study at Harvard University, Department of Navy
Special Achievement Award, Federal Aviation Administration
University of California-Berkeley Graduate Fellowship
Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor, University of California-Berkeley
Named as one of the "50 Most Cited HIV Behavioral Researchers in the Past Decade"
Nominated to HHS Secretary’s Advisory Committee on Genetics, Health, and Society
Grollman Lecture at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy
Director’s Lecture, National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)