University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
Celia P. Kaplan, DrPH

Celia P. Kaplan, DrPH

Professor in Residence, Department of Medicine (General Internal Medicine), UCSF

Cancer Center Program Memberships

Cancer Control

Research Summary

I have over 25 years of research experience conducting studies in health disparities among underserved US minority populations, with a particular emphasis on Latino health. Born and initially educated in Argentina, I obtained advanced degrees in the US in public health. I am currently a professor in the Department of Medicine at UCSF, Director of the Medical Effectiveness Research Center, and a co-director of the Investigator Core of the Center for Aging in Diverse Communities.
From the beginning of my research career, I have focused my efforts on examining health disparities across the cancer-care continuum. I have examined cancer prevention among adolescents; conducted studies in cervical, breast and colorectal cancer screening and follow-up of abnormalities; studied treatment decision making after cancer diagnosis among Latina women; and looked at recruitment barriers, facilitators, and strategies for improving minority participation in cancer-related research.
My research has included epidemiological studies and assessing barriers to and facilitators of health behaviors, as well as the development, implementation, and evaluation of health interventions to improve health outcomes. Participants in my studies have different language preferences and are of diverse ethnic backgrounds, age groups, levels of education, occupations, and socioeconomic and health statuses. I have used a variety of venues and methods for recruiting minorities and people of lower socioeconomic status, including clinic panels, population registries, random-digit dialing, and direct contact.
I have a long history of utilizing qualitative and quantitative research methods with health care organization representatives, health providers and patients. My research has been funded by federal and state agencies and private foundations, and my publications represent diverse areas of research.

Education

University of Buenos Aires-Argentina, B.A., 1979, Sociology
University of California, Los Angeles, M.P.H., 1982, Public Health
University of California, Los Angeles, M.A., 1983, Latin Am. Studies
University of California, Los Angeles, Dr.P.H., 1990, Public Health


Professional Experience

  • 1987-1996
    Researcher in Cancer Control, School of Public Health, Department of Health Services, Division of Cancer Prevention and Control Research, University of California, Los Angeles
  • 1996-1998
    Assistant Researcher in Public Health, University of California San Francisco, Department of Medicine Division of General Internal Medicine
  • 1998-2001
    Assistant Professor, University of California San Francisco, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine
  • 2001-2010
    Associate Professor, University of California San Francisco, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine.
  • 2010-present
    Professor in Residence, University of California San Francisco, Department of Medicine, Division of General Internal Medicine.

Selected Publications

  1. Borno HT, Bakke BM, Kaplan C, Hebig-Prophet A, Chao J, Kim YJ, Yeager J, Cinar P, Small E, Boscardin C, Gonzales R. A step towards equitable clinical trial recruitment: a protocol for the development and preliminary testing of an online prostate cancer health information and clinical trial matching tool. Pilot Feasibility Stud. 2019; 5:123.
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  2. Garcia ME, Hinton L, Gregorich SE, Livaudais-Toman J, Kaplan C, Karliner L. Unmet Mental Health Need Among Chinese and Latino Primary Care Patients: Intersection of Ethnicity, Gender, and English Proficiency. J Gen Intern Med. 2019 Oct 30.
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  3. Xie Z, Wenger N, Stanton AL, Sepucha K, Kaplan C, Madlensky L, Elashoff D, Trent J, Petruse A, Johansen L, Layton T, Naeim A. Risk estimation, anxiety, and breast cancer worry in women at risk for breast cancer: A single-arm trial of personalized risk communication. Psychooncology. 2019 Aug 28.
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  4. Lowenstein M, Vijayaraghavan M, Burke NJ, Karliner L, Wang S, Peters M, Lozano A, Kaplan CP. Real-world lung cancer screening decision-making: Barriers and facilitators. Lung Cancer. 2019 Jul; 133:32-37.
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  5. Hwang ES, Hyslop T, Lynch T, Frank E, Pinto D, Basila D, Collyar D, Bennett A, Kaplan C, Rosenberg S, Thompson A, Weiss A, Partridge A. The COMET (Comparison of Operative versus Monitoring and Endocrine Therapy) trial: a phase III randomised controlled clinical trial for low-risk ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS). BMJ Open. 2019 Mar 12; 9(3):e026797.
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  6. Ozanne EM, Howe R, Mallinson D, Esserman L, Van't Veer LJ, Kaplan CP. Evaluation of National Comprehensive Cancer Network guideline-based Tool for Risk Assessment for breast and ovarian Cancer (N-TRAC): A patient-reported survey for genetic high-risk assessment for breast and ovarian cancers in women. J Genet Couns. 2019 Jun; 28(3):507-515.
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  7. Haas JS, Giess CS, Harris KA, Ansolabehere J, Kaplan CP. Randomized Trial of Personalized Breast Density and Breast Cancer Risk Notification. J Gen Intern Med. 2019; 4(34):591-597.
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  8. Karliner LS, Kaplan C, Livaudais-Toman J, Kerlikowske K. Mammography facilities serving vulnerable women have longer follow-up times. Health Serv Res. 2019 Feb; 54 Suppl 1:226-233.
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  9. Ozanne E, Karliner LS, Tice JA, Haas JS, Livaudais-Toman J, Pasick RJ, Kaplan CP. An Intervention Tool to Increase Patient-Physician Discussion of Lifestyle Risk Factors for Breast Cancer. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2018 Sep 15.
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  10. Chan B, Lyles C, Kaplan C, Lam R, Karliner L. A Comparison of Electronic Patient-Portal Use Among Patients with Resident and Attending Primary Care Providers. J Gen Intern Med. 2018 12; 33(12):2085-2091.
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  11. Kaplan CP, Siegel A, Leykin Y, Palmer NR, Borno H, Bielenberg J, Livaudais-Toman J, Ryan C, Small EJ. A bilingual, Internet-based, targeted advertising campaign for prostate cancer clinical trials: Assessing the feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of a novel recruitment strategy. Contemp Clin Trials Commun. 2018 Dec; 12:60-67.
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  12. Palmer NR, Gregorich SE, Livaudais-Toman J, Jih J, Kaplan CP. Racial and Ethnic Differences in Prostate Cancer Survivors' Perceived Engagement in Treatment Decision-Making. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2018 12; 5(6):1273-1283.
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  13. Application of photovoice with focus groups to explore dietary behaviors of older Filipino adults with cardiovascular disease. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. 2018; 11(2):133-149.
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  14. Wong EC, Kaplan CP, Dreher N, Hwang J, Van't Veer L, Melisko ME.. Integration of Health Questionnaire Systems to Facilitate Supportive Care Services for Patients at an Academic Breast Care Center. JCO Clin Cancer Inform. 2018; 2:1-13.
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  15. O'Donoghue C, Kaplan CP, Howe R, Esserman L, Perez-Stable E, Ozanne E.. Tablet-based collection of patient-reported data in diverse, low-income populations: A case study in breast cancer risk assessment. Journal of Health Disparities. In press. Journal of Health Disparities Research and Practice. 2018; 11(3):59-74.
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  16. Smoking-Related Attitudes and Knowledge Among Medical Students and Recent Graduates in Argentina: A Cross-Sectional Study. J Gen Intern Med. 2017; 32(5):549-555.
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  17. Klinger EV, Kaplan CP, St Hubert S, Birdwell RL, Haas JS. Patient and Provider Perspectives on Mammographic Breast Density Notification Legislation. MDM Policy Pract. 2016 Jul-Dec; 1(1):2381468316680620.
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  18. Stewart SL, Kaplan CP, Lee R, Joseph G, Karliner L, Livaudais-Toman J, Pasick RJ. Validation of an Efficient Screening Tool to Identify Low-Income Women at High Risk for Hereditary Breast Cancer. Public Health Genomics. 2016; 19(6):342-351.
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  19. Howe R, Hassett MJ, Wheelock A, O’Donoghue C, Kaplan C, Ozanne EM. Costs matter: The impact of disclosing treatment costs and provider profit on patients’ decisions. Journal of Cancer Policy. 2016.
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  20. Pasick RJ, Joseph G, Stewart S, Kaplan C, Lee R, Luce J, Davis S, Marquez T, Nguyen T, Guerra C. Effective Referral of Low-Income Women at Risk for Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer to Genetic Counseling: A Randomized Delayed Intervention Control Trial. Am J Public Health. 2016 Oct; 106(10):1842-8.
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