University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Kim Rhoads, MD, MS, MPH

Kim Rhoads, MD, MS, MPH

Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Biostatistics, UCSF; Director, Office of Community Engagement and Associate Director for Community Outreach and Engagement, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Research Summary

Dr. Rhoads' background and scholarly work spans the full cancer continuum from basic science (endothelial cell regulation and angiogenesis); to clinical care as a colorectal surgeon; through health services research in cancer disparities; and training in health policy (as a California Endowment Scholar in Health Policy at Harvard (2005-2006), and as the inaugural UCSF Philip R. Lee Fellow in Health Policy (2007-2008)). She has formal training in community organizing at the Center for Third World Organizing in Oakland, California; and Community Based Participatory Research as a member of the first cohort of academic-community partnership teams trained by the California Breast Cancer Research Program. Before joining the faculty at UCSF, Rhoads founded the Community Outreach and Engagement program for the Stanford Cancer Institute. Rhoads views community engagement and institutional partnerships as substantive pathways to promote health equity and eliminate cancer disparities.

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley, BA, 12/1991, Linguistics 
  • University of California, Berkeley (Joint Medical Program with UC San Francisco), MS, 06/1996, Health & Medical Sciences
  • University of California, San Francisco, MD, 06/1998, Medicine
  • University of California, San Francisco, Residency, 06/2005, General Surgery
  • Harvard University School of Public Health, MPH, 06/2006, Healthcare Policy & Management

Honors & Awards

  • 1998
    Nusz-Galante Award for outstanding medical students, UCSF
  • 1998
    Alpha Omega Alpha National Medical Honor society, UCSF
  • 2002
    House staff research award, Department of Surgery, UCSF
  • 2002
    House staff award for compassion in care Department of Surgery, UCSF

Selected Publications

  1. Miaskowski C, Paul SM, Snowberg K, Abbott M, Borno H, Chang S, Chen LM, Cohen B, Hammer MJ, Kenfield SA, Kober KM, Levine JD, Pozzar R, Rhoads KF, Van Blarigan EL, Van Loon K. STRESS AND SYMPTOM BURDEN IN ONCOLOGY PATIENTS DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Sep 01.
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  2. Rocque GB, Lennes IT, Rhoads KF, Yu PP. Quality Improvement at the Health System Level: Measurement, Risk Stratification, Disparity Populations, and Governance. Am Soc Clin Oncol Educ Book. 2019 Jan; 39:388-398.
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  3. Schoppy DW, Rhoads KF, Ma Y, Chen MM, Nussenbaum B, Orosco RK, Rosenthal EL, Divi V. Measuring Institutional Quality in Head and Neck Surgery Using Hospital-Level Data: Negative Margin Rates and Neck Dissection Yield. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2017 11 01; 143(11):1111-1116.
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  4. Mahal AS, Rhoads KF, Elliott CS, Sokol ER. Inappropriate oophorectomy at time of benign premenopausal hysterectomy. Menopause. 2017 Aug; 24(8):947-953.
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  5. Divi V, Chen MM, Nussenbaum B, Rhoads KF, Sirjani DB, Holsinger FC, Shah JL, Hara W. Lymph Node Count From Neck Dissection Predicts Mortality in Head and Neck Cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2016 11 10; 34(32):3892-3897.
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  6. Cloyd JM, Huang L, Ma Y, Rhoads KF. Predictors of readmission to non-index hospitals after colorectal surgery. Am J Surg. 2017 Jan; 213(1):18-23.
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  7. Hernandez-Boussard TM, McDonald KM, Morrison DE, Rhoads KF. Risks of adverse events in colorectal patients: population-based study. J Surg Res. 2016 05 15; 202(2):328-34.
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  8. Divi V, Ma Y, Rhoads KF. Regional variation in head and neck cancer mortality: Role of patient and hospital characteristics. Head Neck. 2016 04; 38 Suppl 1:E1896-902.
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  9. Rhoads K, Dohan D. Knowing it When You See it: The Need for Continuing Innovation in Research on Healthcare Discrimination. J Gen Intern Med. 2015 Oct; 30(10):1387-8.
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  10. Cloyd JM, Chen J, Ma Y, Rhoads KF. Association Between Weekend Discharge and Hospital Readmission Rates Following Major Surgery. JAMA Surg. 2015 Sep; 150(9):849-56.
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  11. Rhoads KF, Patel MI, Ma Y, Schmidt LA. Reply to M.H. Kanter et al. J Clin Oncol. 2015 Oct 20; 33(30):3519.
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  12. Chen JC, Shaw JD, Ma Y, Rhoads KF. The role of the hospital and health care system characteristics in readmissions after major surgery in California. Surgery. 2016 Feb; 159(2):381-8.
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  13. Cloyd JM, Chen JC, Ma Y, Rhoads KF. Is weekend discharge associated with hospital readmission? J Hosp Med. 2015 Nov; 10(11):731-7.
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  14. Huang LC, Tran TB, Ma Y, Ngo JV, Rhoads KF. Factors that influence minority use of high-volume hospitals for colorectal cancer care. Dis Colon Rectum. 2015 May; 58(5):526-32.
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  15. Hernandez-Boussard T, McDonald KM, Rhoads KF, Curtin CM. Patient safety in plastic surgery: identifying areas for quality improvement efforts. Ann Plast Surg. 2015 May; 74(5):597-602.
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  16. Patel MI, Ma Y, Mitchell BS, Rhoads KF. Age and genetics: how do prognostic factors at diagnosis explain disparities in acute myeloid leukemia? Am J Clin Oncol. 2015 Apr; 38(2):159-64.
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  17. Worhunsky DJ, Ma Y, Zak Y, Poultsides GA, Norton JA, Rhoads KF, Visser BC. Compliance with gastric cancer guidelines is associated with improved outcomes. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2015 Mar; 13(3):319-25.
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  18. Erdrich J, Kastenberg ZJ, DiMaio MA, Longacre TA, Rhoads KF. Collateral damage: taxane-induced colonic perforation. Dig Dis Sci. 2015 Feb; 60(2):313-5.
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  19. Patel MI, Ma Y, Mitchell B, Rhoads KF. How do differences in treatment impact racial and ethnic disparities in acute myeloid leukemia? Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015 Feb; 24(2):344-9.
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  20. Rhoads KF, Patel MI, Ma Y, Schmidt LA. How do integrated health care systems address racial and ethnic disparities in colon cancer? J Clin Oncol. 2015 Mar 10; 33(8):854-60.
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