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.

Research Funding

  • April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2014 - The quality of care in minority serving hospitals explains cancer disparities, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R21CA161786
  • April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2014 - The quality of care in minority serving hospitals explains cancer disparities, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R21CA161786
  • April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2014 - The quality of care in minority serving hospitals explains cancer disparities, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R21CA161786
  • April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2014 - The quality of care in minority serving hospitals explains cancer disparities, Principal Investigator. Sponsor: NIH/NCI, Sponsor Award ID: R21CA161786

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.  View on PubMed
  2. Rocque GB, Lennes IT, Rhoads KF, Yu PP Quality Improvement at the Health System Level: Measurement, Risk Stratification, Disparity Populations, and Governance.  View on PubMed
  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.  View on PubMed
  4. Mahal AS, Rhoads KF, Elliott CS, Sokol ER Inappropriate oophorectomy at time of benign premenopausal hysterectomy.  View on PubMed
  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.  View on PubMed
  6. Cloyd JM, Huang L, Ma Y, Rhoads KF Predictors of readmission to non-index hospitals after colorectal surgery.  View on PubMed
  7. Hernandez-Boussard TM, McDonald KM, Morrison DE, Rhoads KF Risks of adverse events in colorectal patients: population-based study.  View on PubMed
  8. Divi V, Ma Y, Rhoads KF Regional variation in head and neck cancer mortality: Role of patient and hospital characteristics.  View on PubMed
  9. Rhoads K, Dohan D Knowing it When You See it: The Need for Continuing Innovation in Research on Healthcare Discrimination.  View on PubMed
  10. Cloyd JM, Chen J, Ma Y, Rhoads KF Association Between Weekend Discharge and Hospital Readmission Rates Following Major Surgery.  View on PubMed
  11. Rhoads KF, Patel MI, Ma Y, Schmidt LA Reply to M.H. Kanter et al.  View on PubMed
  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.  View on PubMed
  13. Cloyd JM, Chen JC, Ma Y, Rhoads KF Is weekend discharge associated with hospital readmission?  View on PubMed
  14. Huang LC, Tran TB, Ma Y, Ngo JV, Rhoads KF Factors that influence minority use of high-volume hospitals for colorectal cancer care.  View on PubMed
  15. Hernandez-Boussard T, McDonald KM, Rhoads KF, Curtin CM Patient safety in plastic surgery: identifying areas for quality improvement efforts.  View on PubMed
  16. Patel MI, Ma Y, Mitchell BS, Rhoads KF Age and genetics: how do prognostic factors at diagnosis explain disparities in acute myeloid leukemia?  View on PubMed
  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.  View on PubMed
  18. Erdrich J, Kastenberg ZJ, DiMaio MA, Longacre TA, Rhoads KF Collateral damage: taxane-induced colonic perforation.  View on PubMed
  19. Patel MI, Ma Y, Mitchell B, Rhoads KF How do differences in treatment impact racial and ethnic disparities in acute myeloid leukemia?  View on PubMed
  20. Rhoads KF, Patel MI, Ma Y, Schmidt LA How do integrated health care systems address racial and ethnic disparities in colon cancer?  View on PubMed

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