Kim Rhoads, MD, MPH

Title(s)Associate Professor, Epidemiology & Biostatistics
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1450 Third Street, #553
San Francisco CA 94158
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    Dr. Rhoads' background and scholarly work crosses 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 disparities.

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    Research Coordinating Center to Reduce Disparities in Multiple Chronic Diseases (RCC RD-MCD)
    NIH U24MD017250Sep 24, 2021 - Jun 30, 2026
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    The quality of care in minority serving hospitals explains cancer disparities
    NIH R21CA161786Apr 1, 2012 - Mar 31, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Engaging communities to inform the development of a diverse cohort of cancer survivors: formative research for the eat move sleep study (EMOVES). Res Involv Engagem. 2023 Dec 11; 9(1):117. Andemeskel G, Palmer NR, Pasick R, Van Blarigan EL, Kenfield SA, Graff RE, Shaw M, Yu W, Sanchez M, Hernandez R, Washington SL, Shariff-Marco S, Rhoads KF, Chan JM. PMID: 38082391; PMCID: PMC10712178.
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    2. Risk Factors for a Higher Symptom Burden in Patients With Cancer During the COVID-19 Pandemic. Oncol Nurs Forum. 2023 08 17; 50(5):647-664. Hun Kwak J, Mackin LA, Block A, Paul SM, Cooper BA, Abbott M, Chang SM, Hammer MJ, Kober KM, Levine JD, Pozzar R, Rhoads KF, Snowberg KE, Tsai KK, Van Blarigan EL, Van Loon K, Miaskowski C. PMID: 37677766.
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    3. Racial Disparities in Pulse Oximeter Device Inaccuracy and Estimated Clinical Impact on COVID-19 Treatment Course. Am J Epidemiol. 2023 05 05; 192(5):703-713. Sudat SEK, Wesson P, Rhoads KF, Brown S, Aboelata N, Pressman AR, Mani A, Azar KMJ. PMID: 36173743; PMCID: PMC9619495.
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    4. Exploring the complexity and spectrum of racial/ethnic disparities in colon cancer management. Int J Equity Health. 2023 04 14; 22(1):68. Greenberg AL, Brand NR, Zambeli-Ljepovic A, Barnes KE, Chiou SH, Rhoads KF, Adam MA, Sarin A. PMID: 37060065; PMCID: PMC10105474.
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    5. Implementation of a Multisite Financial Reimbursement Program in Cancer Clinical Trials Integrated With Patient Navigation: A Pilot Randomized Clinical Trial. JCO Oncol Pract. 2022 06; 18(6):e915-e924. Borno HT, Zhang L, Zhang S, Lin TK, Skafel A, Nieves E, Dornsife D, Johnson R, Rhoads K, Small E, Spicer D. PMID: 35196064; PMCID: PMC9191303.
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    6. Accelerating cancer clinical trial recruitment through a financial reimbursement program integrated with patient navigation: an interrupted time series analysis. J Cancer Policy. 2021 12; 30:100305. Borno HT, Lin TK, Zhang S, Skafel A, Lalanne A, Dornsife D, Johnson R, Spicer D, Small EJ, Rhoads KF. PMID: 35559801.
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    7. Loneliness and symptom burden in oncology patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cancer. 2021 09 01; 127(17):3246-3253. Miaskowski C, Paul SM, Snowberg K, Abbott M, Borno HT, Chang SM, Chen LM, Cohen B, Cooper BA, Hammer MJ, Kenfield SA, Kober KM, Laffan A, Levine JD, Pozzar R, Rhoads K, Tsai KK, Van Blarigan EL, Van Loon K. PMID: 33905528; PMCID: PMC9508796.
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    8. Stress and Symptom Burden in Oncology Patients During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020 Nov; 60(5):e25-e34. 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. PMID: 32889039; PMCID: PMC7462969.
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    9. 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. Rocque GB, Lennes IT, Rhoads KF, Yu PP. PMID: 31099655.
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    10. 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. Schoppy DW, Rhoads KF, Ma Y, Chen MM, Nussenbaum B, Orosco RK, Rosenthal EL, Divi V. PMID: 28983555; PMCID: PMC5710350.
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    11. Inappropriate oophorectomy at time of benign premenopausal hysterectomy. Menopause. 2017 Aug; 24(8):947-953. Mahal AS, Rhoads KF, Elliott CS, Sokol ER. PMID: 28486247.
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    12. Lymph Node Count From Neck Dissection Predicts Mortality in Head and Neck Cancer. J Clin Oncol. 2016 11 10; 34(32):3892-3897. Divi V, Chen MM, Nussenbaum B, Rhoads KF, Sirjani DB, Holsinger FC, Shah JL, Hara W. PMID: 27480149.
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    13. Predictors of readmission to non-index hospitals after colorectal surgery. Am J Surg. 2017 Jan; 213(1):18-23. Cloyd JM, Huang L, Ma Y, Rhoads KF. PMID: 27401838.
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    14. Risks of adverse events in colorectal patients: population-based study. J Surg Res. 2016 05 15; 202(2):328-34. Hernandez-Boussard TM, McDonald KM, Morrison DE, Rhoads KF. PMID: 27229107.
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    15. Regional variation in head and neck cancer mortality: Role of patient and hospital characteristics. Head Neck. 2016 04; 38 Suppl 1:E1896-902. Divi V, Ma Y, Rhoads KF. PMID: 26713544.
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    16. 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. Rhoads K, Dohan D. PMID: 25963584; PMCID: PMC4579203.
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    17. Association Between Weekend Discharge and Hospital Readmission Rates Following Major Surgery. JAMA Surg. 2015 Sep; 150(9):849-56. Cloyd JM, Chen J, Ma Y, Rhoads KF. PMID: 26039196.
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    18. Reply to M.H. Kanter et al. J Clin Oncol. 2015 Oct 20; 33(30):3519. Rhoads KF, Patel MI, Ma Y, Schmidt LA. PMID: 26215958.
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    19. The role of the hospital and health care system characteristics in readmissions after major surgery in California. Surgery. 2016 Feb; 159(2):381-8. Chen JC, Shaw JD, Ma Y, Rhoads KF. PMID: 26209574.
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    20. Is weekend discharge associated with hospital readmission? J Hosp Med. 2015 Nov; 10(11):731-7. Cloyd JM, Chen JC, Ma Y, Rhoads KF. PMID: 26130366.
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    21. Factors that influence minority use of high-volume hospitals for colorectal cancer care. Dis Colon Rectum. 2015 May; 58(5):526-32. Huang LC, Tran TB, Ma Y, Ngo JV, Rhoads KF. PMID: 25850840; PMCID: PMC4391291.
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    22. Patient safety in plastic surgery: identifying areas for quality improvement efforts. Ann Plast Surg. 2015 May; 74(5):597-602. Hernandez-Boussard T, McDonald KM, Rhoads KF, Curtin CM. PMID: 24108144; PMCID: PMC4886543.
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    23. 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. Patel MI, Ma Y, Mitchell BS, Rhoads KF. PMID: 23608826.
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    24. Compliance with gastric cancer guidelines is associated with improved outcomes. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2015 Mar; 13(3):319-25. Worhunsky DJ, Ma Y, Zak Y, Poultsides GA, Norton JA, Rhoads KF, Visser BC. PMID: 25736009.
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    25. How do differences in treatment impact racial and ethnic disparities in acute myeloid leukemia? Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015 Feb; 24(2):344-9. Patel MI, Ma Y, Mitchell B, Rhoads KF. PMID: 25662426.
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    26. Collateral damage: taxane-induced colonic perforation. Dig Dis Sci. 2015 Feb; 60(2):313-5. Erdrich J, Kastenberg ZJ, DiMaio MA, Longacre TA, Rhoads KF. PMID: 25081225.
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    27. How do integrated health care systems address racial and ethnic disparities in colon cancer? J Clin Oncol. 2015 Mar 10; 33(8):854-60. Rhoads KF, Patel MI, Ma Y, Schmidt LA. PMID: 25624437; PMCID: PMC4348634.
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    28. Integrated health systems and evidence-based care: standardizing treatment to eliminate cancer disparities. Future Oncol. 2015; 11(12):1715-8. Patel MI, Rhoads KF. PMID: 26075439.
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    29. Capsule commentary on Anderson et al., quality of care and racial disparities in medicare among potential ACOs. J Gen Intern Med. 2014 Sep; 29(9):1273. Rhoads KF. PMID: 25002160; PMCID: PMC4139532.
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    30. Understanding the reliability of American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program as a quality comparator. JAMA Surg. 2014 May; 149(5):474. Rhoads KF, Wren SM. PMID: 24623013.
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    31. Adequacy of lymph node examination in colorectal surgery: contribution of the hospital versus the surgeon. Med Care. 2013 Dec; 51(12):1055-62. Rhoads KF, Ackerson LK, Ngo JV, Gray-Hazard FK, Subramanian SV, Dudley RA. PMID: 23969586; PMCID: PMC3830585.
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    32. What factors influence minority use of National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers? Cancer. 2014 Feb 01; 120(3):399-407. Huang LC, Ma Y, Ngo JV, Rhoads KF. PMID: 24452674; PMCID: PMC3905240.
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    33. Surgical site infection: is it time to change our expectations? JAMA Surg. 2013 Sep; 148(9):859. Rhoads KF. PMID: 23863993.
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    34. Do hospitals that serve a high percentage of Medicaid patients perform well on evidence-based guidelines for colon cancer care? J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2013 Aug; 24(3):1180-93. Rhoads KF, Ngo JV, Ma Y, Huang L, Welton ML, Dudley RA. PMID: 23974390.
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    35. Predictors of postoperative urinary retention after colorectal surgery. Dis Colon Rectum. 2013 Jun; 56(6):738-46. Kin C, Rhoads KF, Jalali M, Shelton AA, Welton ML. PMID: 23652748.
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    36. Improving the accuracy of prolapse and incontinence procedure epidemiology by utilizing both inpatient and outpatient data. Int Urogynecol J. 2013 Nov; 24(11):1939-46. Elliott CS, Rhoads KF, Comiter CV, Chen B, Sokol ER. PMID: 23640007.
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    37. The influence of intern home call on objectively measured perioperative outcomes. JAMA Surg. 2013 Apr; 148(4):347-51. Kastenberg ZJ, Rhoads KF, Melcher ML, Wren SM. PMID: 23715944.
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    38. Seventh edition (2010) of the AJCC/UICC staging system for gastric adenocarcinoma: is there room for improvement? Ann Surg Oncol. 2013 May; 20(5):1631-8. Patel MI, Rhoads KF, Ma Y, Ford JM, Visser BC, Kunz PL, Fisher GA, Chang DT, Koong A, Norton JA, Poultsides GA. PMID: 23149854.
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    39. Understanding disparities in leukemia: a national study. Cancer Causes Control. 2012 Nov; 23(11):1831-7. Patel MI, Ma Y, Mitchell BS, Rhoads KF. PMID: 22971999.
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    40. Failure to comply with NCCN guidelines for the management of pancreatic cancer compromises outcomes. HPB (Oxford). 2012 Aug; 14(8):539-47. Visser BC, Ma Y, Zak Y, Poultsides GA, Norton JA, Rhoads KF. PMID: 22762402; PMCID: PMC3406351.
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    41. Racial and ethnic differences in lymph node examination after colon cancer resection do not completely explain disparities in mortality. Cancer. 2012 Jan 15; 118(2):469-77. Rhoads KF, Cullen J, Ngo JV, Wren SM. PMID: 21751191.
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    42. Predictors of surgical intervention for hepatocellular carcinoma: race, socioeconomic status, and hospital type. Arch Surg. 2011 Jul; 146(7):778-84. Zak Y, Rhoads KF, Visser BC. PMID: 21422327.
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    43. Variation in the quality of surgical care for uterovaginal prolapse. Med Care. 2011 Jan; 49(1):46-51. Rhoads KF, Sokol ER. PMID: 21102358.
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    44. Understanding racial disparities in cancer treatment and outcomes. J Am Coll Surg. 2010 Jul; 211(1):105-13. Morris AM, Rhoads KF, Stain SC, Birkmeyer JD. PMID: 20610256.
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    45. Performance measurement, public reporting, and pay-for-performance. Urol Clin North Am. 2009 Feb; 36(1):37-48, vi. Rhoads KF, Konety BM, Dudley RA. PMID: 19038634.
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    46. Quality of colon cancer outcomes in hospitals with a high percentage of Medicaid patients. J Am Coll Surg. 2008 Aug; 207(2):197-204. Rhoads KF, Ackerson LK, Jha AK, Dudley RA. PMID: 18656047.
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    47. Differential modulation of plasma beta-amyloid by insulin in patients with Alzheimer disease. Neurology. 2006 May 23; 66(10):1506-10. Kulstad JJ, Green PS, Cook DG, Watson GS, Reger MA, Baker LD, Plymate SR, Asthana S, Rhoads K, Mehta PD, Craft S. PMID: 16717209.
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    48. A role for Hox A5 in regulating angiogenesis and vascular patterning. Lymphat Res Biol. 2005; 3(4):240-52. Rhoads K, Arderiu G, Charboneau A, Hansen SL, Hoffman W, Boudreau N. PMID: 16379594.
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    49. Breast Cancer Beliefs and Behaviors at the San Francisco General Hospital. Breast J. 2000 Jan; 6(1):20-26. Rhoads KF, Luce JA, Knudson MM. PMID: 11348330.
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    50. Five-year follow-up for adverse outcomes in males with at least minimally positive angiograms: importance of "denial" in assessing psychosocial risk factors. J Psychosom Res. 1998 Feb; 44(2):241-50. Ketterer MW, Huffman J, Lumley MA, Wassef S, Gray L, Kenyon L, Kraft P, Brymer J, Rhoads K, Lovallo WR, Goldberg AD. PMID: 9532553.
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