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. Kober K, Schumacher MA, Conley YP, Topp K, Mazor M, Hammer M, Paul S, Levine J, Miaskowski C. [EXPRESS] Signaling Pathways and Gene Co-Expression Modules Associated with Cytoskeleton and Axon Morphology in Breast Cancer Survivors with Chronic Paclitaxel-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy. Mol Pain. 2019 Sep 05; 1744806919878088.
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  2. Singh K, Kober KM, Paul SM, Hammer M, Wright F, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Gastrointestinal symptoms are associated with trajectories of chemotherapy-induced nausea. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Aug 19.
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  3. Nam Ng MS, Wei So WK, Lee Wong C, Hui YH, Sim Ho EH, Choi KC, Cooper B, Miaskowski C. Stability and Impact of Symptom Clusters in Patients with End-stage Renal Disease Undergoing Dialysis. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Aug 13.
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  4. Han CJ, Reding K, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Conley YP, Hammer M, Kober KM, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Stability of Symptom Clusters in Patients with Gastrointestinal Cancers Receiving Chemotherapy. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Aug 09.
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  5. Miaskowski C, Topp K, Conley YP, Paul SM, Melisko M, Schumacher M, Chesney M, Abrams G, Levine JD, Kober KM. Perturbations in neuroinflammatory pathways are associated with paclitaxel-induced peripheral neuropathy in breast cancer survivors. J Neuroimmunol. 2019 Aug 02; 335:577019.
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  6. Epstein JB, Miaskowski C. Oral Pain in the Cancer Patient. J Natl Cancer Inst Monogr. 2019 Aug 01; 2019(53).
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  7. Tejada M, Viele C, Kober KM, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Dunn LB, Hammer MJ, Wright F, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Identification of subgroups of chemotherapy patients with distinct sleep disturbance profiles and associated co-occurring symptoms. Sleep. 2019 Jul 30.
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  8. Nolden A, Joseph PV, Kober KM, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Hammer MJ, Dunn LB, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Co-occurring Gastrointestinal Symptoms Are Associated with Taste Changes in Oncology Patients Receiving Chemotherapy. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Jul 23.
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  9. Utne I, Løyland B, Grov EK, Paul S, Wong ML, Conley YP, Cooper BA, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Co-occuring symptoms in older oncology patients with distinct attentional function profiles. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2019 Aug; 41:196-203.
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  10. Han CJ, Reding K, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Conley YP, Hammer M, Wright F, Cartwright F, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Symptom Clusters in Patients With Gastrointestinal Cancers Using Different Dimensions of the Symptom Experience. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 May 09.
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  11. Satterwhite S, Knight KR, Miaskowski C, Chang JS, Ceasar R, Zamora K, Kushel M. Sources and Impact of Time Pressure on Opioid Management in the Safety-Net. J Am Board Fam Med. 2019 May-Jun; 32(3):375-382.
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  12. Petrovchich I, Kober KM, Wagner L, Paul SM, Abrams G, Chesney MA, Topp K, Smoot B, Schumacher M, Conley YP, Hammer M, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Deleterious Effects of Higher Body Mass Index on Subjective and Objective Measures of Chemotherapy-Induced Peripheral Neuropathy in Cancer Survivors. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Apr 30.
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  13. Atallah M, Cooper B, Muñoz RF, Paul SM, Anguera J, Levine JD, Hammer M, Wright F, Chen LM, Melisko M, Conley YP, Miaskowski C, Dunn LB. Psychological Symptoms and Stress Are Associated With Decrements in Attentional Function in Cancer Patients Undergoing Chemotherapy. Cancer Nurs. 2019 Apr 15.
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  14. Knisely MR, Conley YP, Smoot B, Paul SM, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Associations Between Catecholaminergic and Serotonergic Genes and Persistent Arm Pain Severity Following Breast Cancer Surgery. J Pain. 2019 Mar 21.
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  15. Furlong E, Darley A, Fox P, Buick A, Kotronoulas G, Miller M, Flowerday A, Miaskowski C, Patiraki E, Katsaragakis S, Ream E, Armes J, Gaiger A, Berg G, McCrone P, Donnan P, McCann L, Maguire R. Adaptation and Implementation of a Mobile Phone-Based Remote Symptom Monitoring System for People With Cancer in Europe. JMIR Cancer. 2019 Mar 14; 5(1):e10813.
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  16. Van Blarigan EL, Chan H, Van Loon K, Kenfield SA, Chan JM, Mitchell E, Zhang L, Paciorek A, Joseph G, Laffan A, Atreya CE, Fukuoka Y, Miaskowski C, Meyerhardt JA, Venook AP. Self-monitoring and reminder text messages to increase physical activity in colorectal cancer survivors (Smart Pace): a pilot randomized controlled trial. BMC Cancer. 2019 Mar 11; 19(1):218.
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  17. Papachristou N, Barnaghi P, Cooper B, Kober KM, Maguire R, Paul SM, Hammer M, Wright F, Armes J, Furlong EP, McCann L, Conley YP, Patiraki E, Katsaragakis S, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Network Analysis of the Multidimensional Symptom Experience of Oncology. Sci Rep. 2019 Feb 19; 9(1):2258.
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  18. Wong ML, Cooper BA, Paul SM, Abrams G, Topp K, Kober KM, Chesney MA, Mazor M, Schumacher MA, Conley YP, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Age-related differences in patient-reported and objective measures of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy among cancer survivors. Support Care Cancer. 2019 Feb 15.
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  19. Russell J, Wong ML, Mackin L, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Hammer M, Conley YP, Wright F, Levine JD, Miaskowski C. Stability of Symptom Clusters in Patients With Lung Cancer Receiving Chemotherapy. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2019 Feb 13.
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  20. Flowers E, Flentje A, Levine J, Olshen A, Hammer M, Paul S, Conley Y, Miaskowski C, Kober KM. A Pilot Study Using a Multistaged Integrated Analysis of Gene Expression and Methylation to Evaluate Mechanisms for Evening Fatigue in Women Who Received Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer. Biol Res Nurs. 2019 03; 21(2):142-156.
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