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Nancy Burke, PhD

TitleAssociate Adjunct Professor
SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
DepartmentAnthro, History, Social Med
Address3333 Calif. St,Laurel Heights
San Francisco CA 94118
Phone415-514-9419
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    Zero Breast Cancer2012Honor Thy Healer Community Researcher Award
    Institute for Global Health Sciences, UCSF2008Health Diplomacy to Cuba Fellow
    National Institutes of Health2004  - 2009Health Disparities Loan Repayment Program
    Latin American Studies Association2003Latino Studies Research and Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention
    University of New Mexico1996  - 1999Latin American Institute PhD Fellowship
    University of Oregon, Eugene1994  - 1995Graduate Teaching Fellowship
    University of Tennessee1990Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society

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    Dr. Burke is an Associate Professor of Medical Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology, History and Social Medicine. She is also a member of the Helen Diller Comprehensive Cancer Center and Director of the Global Health Sciences Health Diplomacy and Medical Education in Cuba Program. She has conducted research in Cuba and the U.S. on social and cultural processes associated with chronic disease management, clinical trials recruitment and participation, and disparities in cancer prevention, treatment and survivorship. Her research program addresses subjectivity, bioethics, and culture. Over the last eight years she has worked in partnership with the Pilipino Senior Resource Center on studies of Filipina breast cancer support disparities and peer navigation. She is currently principal investigator of a study of information disparities and cancer clinical trial recruitment in safety net hospitals.


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    Health literacy systems in the safety net: Lessons from complex care management
    NIH/NINR R01NR015233Sep 26, 2014 - Jul 31, 2018
    Role: Co-Principal Investigator
    Addressing Oral Health Literacy among Mexican Immigrants
    NIH/NIDCR R21DE024261Jun 20, 2014 - May 31, 2016
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Communicating about Clinical Trials:Bringing the CIS to the Underserved
    NIH/NCI K07CA126999Jul 1, 2008 - Jun 30, 2014
    Role: Principal Investigator

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    1. Napoles TM, Burke N, Shim JK, Davis E, Moskowitz D, Yen IH. Assessing Patient Activation among High-Need, High-Cost Patients in Urban Safety Net Care Settings. J Urban Health. 2017 Jun 08. PMID: 28597203.
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    2. Fleming MD, Shim JK, Yen IH, Thompson-Lastad A, Rubin S, Van Natta M, Burke N. Patient engagement at the margins: Health care providers' assessments of engagement and the structural determinants of health in the safety-net. Soc Sci Med. 2017 Jun; 183:11-18. PMID: 28445806.
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    3. Burke N, Napoles TM, Banks PJ, Orenstein FS, Luce JA, Joseph G. Survivorship Care Plan Information Needs: Perspectives of Safety-Net Breast Cancer Patients. PLoS One. 2016; 11(12):e0168383. PMID: 27992491.
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    4. Burke N, Mathews HF. Returning to Earth: Setting a Global Agenda for the Anthropology of Cancer. Med Anthropol. 2016 Nov 17. PMID: 27854127.
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    5. Burke N. Contextualizing "Choice" for Undocumented Immigrants in U.S. Clinical Trials Research. Am J Bioeth. 2016 Oct; 16(10):72-4. PMID: 27653411.
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    6. Petersen AB, Tsoh JY, Nguyen TT, McPhee SJ, Burke N. Suffering in Silence: Impact of Tobacco Use on Communication Dynamics Within Vietnamese and Chinese Immigrant Families. J Fam Nurs. 2015 Dec 29. PMID: 26717960.
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    7. Tsoh JY, Burke N, Gildengorin G, Wong C, Le K, Nguyen A, Chan JL, Sun A, McPhee SJ, Nguyen TT. A Social Network Family-Focused Intervention to Promote Smoking Cessation in Chinese and Vietnamese American Male Smokers: A Feasibility Study. Nicotine Tob Res. 2015 Aug; 17(8):1029-38. PMID: 26180229; PMCID: PMC4542845 [Available on 08/01/16].
    8. Mathews H, Burke N, Kampriani E. Anthropologies of Cancer in Transnational Worlds. 2015.
    9. Mathews H, Burke N . Anthropologies of Cancer in Transnational Worlds, Mathews H, Burke NJ, & Kampriani E, Eds. Introduction: Mapping the Landscape of Transnational Cancer Ethnography. 2015; 1-36.
    10. Burke N . Anthropologies of Cancer in Transnational Worlds, Mathews H, Burke NJ, & Kampriani E, Eds. Filipina, Survivor, or Both? Negotiating Biosociality and Ethnicity in the Context of Scarcity. 2015.
    11. Nickell A, Burke N, Cohen E, Caprio M, Joseph G. Educating low-SES and LEP survivors about breast cancer research: pilot test of the Health Research Engagement Intervention. J Cancer Educ. 2014 Dec; 29(4):746-52. PMID: 24744119; PMCID: PMC4428555.
    12. Taylor VM, Burke N, Ko LK, Sos C, Liu Q, Do HH, Talbot J, Yasui Y, Bastani R. Understanding HPV vaccine uptake among Cambodian American girls. J Community Health. 2014 Oct; 39(5):857-62. PMID: 24532309; PMCID: PMC4134757.
    13. Burke N. Rethinking the therapeutic misconception: social justice, patient advocacy, and cancer clinical trial recruitment in the US safety net. BMC Med Ethics. 2014; 15:68. PMID: 25240404; PMCID: PMC4177718.
    14. Gabitova G, Burke N. Improving healthcare empowerment through breast cancer patient navigation: a mixed methods evaluation in a safety-net setting. BMC Health Serv Res. 2014; 14:407. PMID: 25234963; PMCID: PMC4177686.
    15. Burke N, Do HH, Talbot J, Sos C, Ros S, Taylor VM. Protecting our Khmer daughters: ghosts of the past, uncertain futures, and the human papillomavirus vaccine. Ethn Health. 2015; 20(4):376-90. PMID: 24905057; PMCID: PMC4258177 [Available on 08/01/16].
    16. Maxwell AE, Bastani R, Glenn BA, Taylor VM, Nguyen TT, Stewart SL, Burke N, Chen MS. Developing theoretically based and culturally appropriate interventions to promote hepatitis B testing in 4 Asian American populations, 2006-2011. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014; 11:E72. PMID: 24784908; PMCID: PMC4008952.
    17. Burke N . Health Communication "Noise": Insights from Medical Anthropology. Routledge Handbook of Language and Health Communication. Hamilton H and Chou WY Eds. 2014; 15-28.
    18. Tsang IK, Tsoh JY, Wong C, Le K, Cheng JW, Nguyen AN, Nguyen TT, McPhee SJ, Burke N. Understanding and use of nicotine replacement therapy and nonpharmacologic smoking cessation strategies among Chinese and Vietnamese smokers and their families. Prev Chronic Dis. 2014; 11:E26. PMID: 24556252; PMCID: PMC3938957.
    19. Villero O, Macaerag I, Burke N. Pakikisama: lessons learned in partnership building with Filipinas with breast cancer for culturally meaningful support. Glob Health Promot. 2014 Mar; 21(1):68-72. PMID: 24452369; PMCID: PMC4282134.
    20. Adams V, Burke N, Whitmarsh I. Slow research: thoughts for a movement in global health. Med Anthropol. 2014; 33(3):179-97. PMID: 24761973.
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    21. Burke N . Local biologies and ecologies of breast cancer screening: Tracing the aftereffects of the 'Shanghai study.'. Anthropological Quarterly. 2014; 87(2):497-524.
    22. Livaudais-Toman J, Burke N, Napoles A, Kaplan CP. Health Literate Organizations: Are Clinical Trial Sites Equipped to Recruit Minority and Limited Health Literacy Patients? J Health Dispar Res Pract. 2014; 7(4):1-13. PMID: 26295011.
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    23. Parikh AR, Kaplan CP, Burke N, Livaudais-Toman J, Hwang ES, Karliner LS. Ductal carcinoma in situ: knowledge of associated risks and prognosis among Latina and non-Latina white women. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2013 Sep; 141(2):261-8. PMID: 23996141; PMCID: PMC4520413.
    24. Taylor VM, Bastani R, Burke N, Talbot J, Sos C, Liu Q, Do H, Jackson JC, Yasui Y. Evaluation of a hepatitis B lay health worker intervention for Cambodian Americans. J Community Health. 2013 Jun; 38(3):546-53. PMID: 23299978; PMCID: PMC3633619.
    25. Burke N, Ed. Health Travels: Cuban Health(care) on and off the Island. 2013.
    26. Villero O, Burke N . Beyond Coping: Spirituality and Filipina Transnationals with Experience of Breast Cancer. In Chronic Illness, Spirituality and Healing: Diverse Disciplinary, Religious and Cultural Perspectives, Stoltzfus M, Green R, and Schumm D (Eds.). Palgrave. 2013.
    27. Taylor VM, Burke N, Sos C, Do HH, Liu Q, Yasui Y. Community health worker hepatitis B education for Cambodian American men and women. Asian Pac J Cancer Prev. 2013; 14(8):4705-9. PMID: 24083730; PMCID: PMC3801266.
    28. Collins SP, Goldenberg SM, Burke N, Bojorquez-Chapela I, Silverman JG, Strathdee SA. Situating HIV risk in the lives of formerly trafficked female sex workers on the Mexico-US border. AIDS Care. 2013; 25(4):459-65. PMID: 22963518; PMCID: PMC3521850.
    29. Taylor VM, Burke N, Do H, Liu Q, Yasui Y, Bastani R. HPV vaccination uptake among Cambodian mothers. J Cancer Educ. 2012 Mar; 27(1):145-8. PMID: 21861237; PMCID: PMC3224678.
    30. Taylor VM, Bastani R, Burke N, Talbot J, Sos C, Liu Q, Carey Jackson J, Yasui Y. Factors associated with hepatitis B testing among Cambodian American men and women. J Immigr Minor Health. 2012 Feb; 14(1):30-8. PMID: 22002705; PMCID: PMC3282163.
    31. Wong-Kim E, Burke N . A Passage to a Good Death: End of Life Care for Asian Americans. Yoo GJ, Nhung Le M, Oda A, Eds. Handbook of Asian American Health. 2012.
    32. Burke N, Villero O, Guerra C. Passing through: meanings of survivorship and support among Filipinas with breast cancer. Qual Health Res. 2012 Feb; 22(2):189-98. PMID: 21876208; PMCID: PMC3368502.
    33. Burke N, Do HH, Talbot J, Sos C, Svy D, Taylor VM. Chumnguh thleum: understanding liver illness and hepatitis B among Cambodian immigrants. J Community Health. 2011 Feb; 36(1):27-34. PMID: 20496000; PMCID: PMC3020312.
    34. Walsh JM, Karliner L, Burke N, Somkin CP, Pham LA, Pasick R. Physicians' approaches to recommending colorectal cancer screening: a qualitative study. J Cancer Educ. 2010 Sep; 25(3):385-90. PMID: 20204571; PMCID: PMC2936570.
    35. Joseph G, Burke N, Tuason N, Barker JC, Pasick RJ. Perceived susceptibility to illness and perceived benefits of preventive care: an exploration of behavioral theory constructs in a transcultural context. Health Educ Behav. 2009 Oct; 36(5 Suppl):71S-90S. PMID: 19805792; PMCID: PMC2941192.
    36. Pasick RJ, Barker JC, Otero-Sabogal R, Burke N, Joseph G, Guerra C. Intention, subjective norms, and cancer screening in the context of relational culture. Health Educ Behav. 2009 Oct; 36(5 Suppl):91S-110S. PMID: 19805793; PMCID: PMC2921835.
    37. Pasick RJ, Burke N, Barker JC, Joseph G, Bird JA, Otero-Sabogal R, Tuason N, Stewart SL, Rakowski W, Clark MA, Washington PK, Guerra C. Behavioral theory in a diverse society: like a compass on Mars. Health Educ Behav. 2009 Oct; 36(5 Suppl):11S-35S. PMID: 19805789; PMCID: PMC2921832.
    38. Burke N, Joseph G, Pasick RJ, Barker JC. Theorizing social context: rethinking behavioral theory. Health Educ Behav. 2009 Oct; 36(5 Suppl):55S-70S. PMID: 19805791; PMCID: PMC3548316.
    39. Washington PK, Burke N, Joseph G, Guerra C, Pasick RJ. Adult daughters' influence on mothers' health-related decision making: an expansion of the subjective norms construct. Health Educ Behav. 2009 Oct; 36(5 Suppl):129S-44S. PMID: 19805795; PMCID: PMC2945283.
    40. Pasick RJ, Burke N. In Memoriam: Sabra F. Woolley, PhD. Health Educ Behav. 2009 Oct; 36(5 Suppl):5S-6S. PMID: 19805788.
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    41. Burke N, Bird JA, Clark MA, Rakowski W, Guerra C, Barker JC, Pasick RJ. Social and cultural meanings of self-efficacy. Health Educ Behav. 2009 Oct; 36(5 Suppl):111S-28S. PMID: 19805794; PMCID: PMC2921833.
    42. Burke N, Somkin CP, Pasick R. Considering culture in physician-- patient communication during colorectal cancer screening. Qual Health Res. 2009 Jun; 19(6):778-89. PMID: 19363141; PMCID: PMC2921881.
    43. Pasick RJ, Burke N. A critical review of theory in breast cancer screening promotion across cultures. Annu Rev Public Health. 2008; 29:351-68. PMID: 17914932.
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    44. Do HH, Taylor VM, Burke N, Yasui Y, Schwartz SM, Jackson JC. Knowledge about cervical cancer risk factors, traditional health beliefs, and Pap testing among Vietnamese American women. J Immigr Minor Health. 2007 Apr; 9(2):109-14. PMID: 17165138.
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    45. Woodall ED, Taylor VM, Yasui Y, Ngo-Metzger Q, Burke N, Thai H, Jackson JC. Sources of health information among Vietnamese American men. J Immigr Minor Health. 2006 Jul; 8(3):263-71. PMID: 16791536.
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    46. Choe JH, Taylor VM, Yasui Y, Burke N, Nguyen T, Acorda E, Jackson JC. Health care access and sociodemographic factors associated with hepatitis B testing in Vietnamese American men. J Immigr Minor Health. 2006 Jul; 8(3):193-201. PMID: 16791529.
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    47. Choe JH, Tu SP, Lim JM, Burke N, Acorda E, Taylor VM. "Heat in their intestine": colorectal cancer prevention beliefs among older Chinese Americans. Ethn Dis. 2006; 16(1):248-54. PMID: 16599379.
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    48. Taylor VM, Choe JH, Yasui Y, Li L, Burke N, Jackson JC. Hepatitis B awareness, testing, and knowledge among Vietnamese American men and women. J Community Health. 2005 Dec; 30(6):477-90. PMID: 16370056; PMCID: PMC1810895.
    49. Taylor VM, Yasui Y, Burke N, Choe JH, Acorda E, Jackson JC. Hepatitis B knowledge and testing among Vietnamese-American women. Ethn Dis. 2005; 15(4):761-7. PMID: 16259505.
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    50. Taylor VM, Schwartz SM, Yasui Y, Burke N, Shu J, Lam DH, Jackson JC. Pap testing among Vietnamese women: health care system and physician factors. J Community Health. 2004 Dec; 29(6):437-50. PMID: 15587344; PMCID: PMC1811063.
    51. Burke N, Jackson JC, Thai HC, Stackhouse F, Nguyen T, Chen A, Taylor VM. 'Honoring tradition, accepting new ways': development of a hepatitis B control intervention for Vietnamese immigrants. Ethn Health. 2004 May; 9(2):153-69. PMID: 15223574.
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    52. Taylor VM, Yasui Y, Burke N, Nguyen T, Acorda E, Thai H, Qu P, Jackson JC. Pap testing adherence among Vietnamese American women. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2004 Apr; 13(4):613-9. PMID: 15066927.
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    53. Taylor VM, Yasui Y, Burke N, Nguyen T, Chen A, Acorda E, Choe JH, Jackson JC. Hepatitis B testing among Vietnamese American men. Cancer Detect Prev. 2004; 28(3):170-7. PMID: 15225896; PMCID: PMC1618784.
    54. Burke N, Jackson JC, Thai HC, Lam DH, Chan N, Acorda E, Taylor VM. "Good health for new years": development of a cervical cancer control outreach program for Vietnamese immigrants. J Cancer Educ. 2004; 19(4):244-50. PMID: 15725644.
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