Rebecca Deboer, MD, MA

Title(s)Assistant Professor, Medicine
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1001 Potrero Avenue, #536
San Francisco CA 94110
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    Stanford University, Stanford, CABA2005Human Biology
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, ILMD2011
    Northwestern University, Evanston, ILMA2014Medical Humanities and Bioethics
    University of Chicago, Chicago, IL2016Internal Medicine Residency
    University of Chicago MacLean Center, Chicago, IL2016Clinical Medical Ethics Fellowship
    University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA2019Medical Oncology Fellowship

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    Rebecca (Becky) DeBoer, MD, MA is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at UCSF and an attending medical oncologist at Zuckerberg San Francisco Hospital (SFGH). She has an academic background in bioethics and global health, and prior clinical experience working as an oncology clinician at Butaro Hospital in rural Rwanda with the NGO Partners In Health. Her research uses implementation science to improve the delivery of high quality, equitable cancer care to patients in diverse settings including in Rwanda, Tanzania, and the public safety net health system in San Francisco. Her current projects focus on patient-clinician communication, resource allocation, and clinical practice evaluation and improvement in cancer care. She also teaches global health ethics at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and medical ethics at the UCSF School of Medicine. Clinically, she has a general oncology clinic and a breast oncology clinic at SFGH.
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    Validation of Quality Measures for Patient-Centered Cancer Communication in Rwanda
    NIH/NCI K08CA279874Feb 13, 2024 - Jan 31, 2029
    Role: PI
    A Pilot Study of Quality Indicators for Palliative and End-of-Life Cancer Care in Rwanda
    UCSF Society of Hellman Fellows Award A7504836Jul 1, 2023 - Jun 30, 2025
    Role: PI
    Cultural Adaptation of a Serious Illness Communication Intervention for Latinx Patients with Advanced Cancer at a Public Safety Net Hospital
    National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) Kornfeld Scholars Program Award A137937Jul 1, 2021 - Jun 30, 2023
    Role: Principal Investigator
    Adaptation and Implementation of Evidence-Based Communication Skills Training at Butaro Hospital in Rwanda
    Conquer Cancer, the ASCO Foundation: 2020 Global Oncology Young Investigator Award: Implementation Science to Address Oncology Care in LMICs A135339Jul 1, 2020 - Jun 30, 2021
    Role: Principal Investigator
    An Ethical Approach to Routine Tragic Choices: Radiotherapy Allocation in Rwanda
    Greenwall Foundation A131753Jul 1, 2018 - Dec 31, 2020
    Role: Principal Investigator
    University of California Global Health Institute Program for Fellows and Scholars
    NIH D43TW009343Apr 4, 2012 - Jun 30, 2022
    Role: GloCal Health Fellow

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    1. Outcomes of neoadjuvant chemotherapy and radical hysterectomy for locally advanced cervical cancer at Kigali University Teaching Hospital, Rwanda: a retrospective descriptive study. BMC Womens Health. 2024 Mar 30; 24(1):204. Ngabonziza E, Ghebre R, DeBoer RJ, Ntasumbumuyange D, Magriples U, George J, Grover S, Bazzett-Matabele L. PMID: 38555423; PMCID: PMC10981286.
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    2. A roadmap to establishing global oncology as a priority initiative within a National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2024 Mar 07; 116(3):345-351. Van Loon K, Breithaupt L, Ng D, DeBoer RJ, Buckle GC, Bialous S, Hiatt RA, Volberding P, Hermiston ML, Ashworth A. PMID: 38060289; PMCID: PMC10919326.
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    3. Ethical dilemmas in prioritizing patients for scarce radiotherapy resources. BMC Med Ethics. 2024 01 31; 25(1):12. DeBoer RJ, Ho A, Mutoniwase E, Nguyen C, Umutesi G, Bigirimana JB, Nsabimana N, Van Loon K, Shulman LN, Triedman SA, Cubaka VK, Shyirambere C. PMID: 38297294; PMCID: PMC10829165.
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    4. Delayed diagnostic evaluation of symptomatic breast cancer in sub-Saharan Africa: A qualitative study of Tanzanian women. PLoS One. 2022; 17(10):e0275639. Sakafu LL, Philipo GS, Malichewe CV, Fundikira LS, Lwakatare FA, Van Loon K, Mushi BP, DeBoer RJ, Bialous SA, Lee AY. PMID: 36201503; PMCID: PMC9536581.
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    5. A Ten-Year Experience of Treating Chronic Myeloid Leukemia in Rural Rwanda: Outcomes and Insights for a Changing Landscape. JCO Glob Oncol. 2022 07; 8:e2200131. Morgan J, DeBoer RJ, Bigirimana JB, Nguyen C, Ruhangaza D, Paciorek A, Mugabo F, Villaverde C, Nsabimana N, Bihizimana P, Umwizerwa A, Lehmann LE, Shulman LN, Shyirambere C. PMID: 35839427; PMCID: PMC9812457.
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    6. Decision-making about clinical trial options among older patients with metastatic cancer who have exhausted standard therapies. J Geriatr Oncol. 2022 06; 13(5):594-599. Tsang M, DeBoer RJ, Garrett SB, Dohan D. PMID: 35125334; PMCID: PMC9232893.
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    7. Reconceptualizing Risk-Benefit Assessment of Novel Cancer Therapies to Expand Global Access and Reduce Worldwide Mortality. JAMA Oncol. 2022 02 01; 8(2):203-204. DeBoer RJ, Rugo HS, Shulman LN. PMID: 34882172.
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    8. Cervical cancer treatment in Rwanda: Resource-driven adaptations, quality indicators, and patient outcomes. Gynecol Oncol. 2022 02; 164(2):370-378. DeBoer RJ, Umutoni V, Bazzett-Matabele L, Katznelson E, Nguyen C, Umwizerwa A, Bigirimana JB, Paciorek A, Nsabimana N, Ruhangaza D, Ntasumbumuyange D, Shulman LN, Triedman SA, Shyirambere C. PMID: 34916066.
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    9. Procedural fairness for radiotherapy priority setting in a low resource context. Bioethics. 2022 06; 36(5):500-510. DeBoer RJ, Nguyen C, Mutoniwase E, Ho A, Umutesi G, Bigirimana JB, Triedman SA, Shyirambere C. PMID: 34415636; PMCID: PMC9292884.
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    10. Views from Multidisciplinary Oncology Clinicians on Strengthening Cancer Care Delivery Systems in Tanzania. Oncologist. 2021 07; 26(7):e1197-e1204. Nyagabona SK, Luhar R, Ndumbalo J, Mvungi N, Ngoma M, Meena S, Siu S, Said M, Mwaiselage J, Tarimo E, Buckle G, Selekwa M, Mushi B, Mmbaga EJ, Van Loon K, DeBoer RJ. PMID: 34041817; PMCID: PMC8265360.
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    11. Moral Distress and Resilience Associated with Cancer Care Priority Setting in a Resource-Limited Context. Oncologist. 2021 07; 26(7):e1189-e1196. DeBoer RJ, Mutoniwase E, Nguyen C, Ho A, Umutesi G, Nkusi E, Sebahungu F, Van Loon K, Shulman LN, Shyirambere C. PMID: 33969927; PMCID: PMC8265342.
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    12. Multisector Collaborations and Global Oncology: The Only Way Forward. JCO Glob Oncol. 2021 01; 7:153-161. Blanchard C, Lubuzo B, Asirwa FC, Dlamini X, Msadabwe-Chikuni SC, Mwachiro M, Shyirambere C, Ruhangaza D, Milner DA, Van Loon K, DeBoer R, Mtshali P, Dugan U, Baker E, Shulman LN. PMID: 33493021; PMCID: PMC8081550.
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    13. Applying Lessons Learned From Low-Resource Settings to Prioritize Cancer Care in a Pandemic. JAMA Oncol. 2020 09 01; 6(9):1429-1433. DeBoer RJ, Fadelu TA, Shulman LN, Van Loon K. PMID: 32761149.
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    14. Treatment of Hodgkin Lymphoma With ABVD Chemotherapy in Rural Rwanda: A Model for Cancer Care Delivery Implementation. JCO Glob Oncol. 2020 07; 6:1093-1102. DeBoer RJ, Shyirambere C, Driscoll CD, Butera Y, Paciorek A, Ruhangaza D, Fadelu TA, Umwizerwa A, Bigirimana JB, Muhayimana C, Nguyen C, Park PH, Mpunga T, Lehmann L, Shulman LN. PMID: 32678711; PMCID: PMC7392734.
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    15. Breast cancer treatment: A phased approach to implementation. Cancer. 2020 05 15; 126 Suppl 10:2365-2378. Mutebi M, Anderson BO, Duggan C, Adebamowo C, Agarwal G, Ali Z, Bird P, Bourque JM, DeBoer R, Gebrim LH, Masetti R, Masood S, Menon M, Nakigudde G, Ng'ang'a A, Niyonzima N, Rositch AF, Unger-Saldaña K, Villarreal-Garza C, Dvaladze A, El Saghir NS, Gralow JR, Eniu A. PMID: 32348571.
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    16. The role of dissemination and implementation science in global breast cancer control programs: Frameworks, methods, and examples. Cancer. 2020 05 15; 126 Suppl 10:2394-2404. Rositch AF, Unger-Saldaña K, DeBoer RJ, Ng'ang'a A, Weiner BJ. PMID: 32348574.
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    17. Development of a theory-driven implementation strategy for cancer management guidelines in sub-Saharan Africa. Implement Sci Commun. 2020; 1:24. DeBoer RJ, Ndumbalo J, Meena S, Ngoma MT, Mvungi N, Siu S, Selekwa M, Nyagabona SK, Luhar R, Buckle G, Lin TK, Breithaupt L, Kennell-Heiling S, Mushi B, Philipo GS, Mmbaga EJ, Mwaiselage J, Van Loon K. PMID: 32885183; PMCID: PMC7427872.
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    18. Palliative Oncologic Care Curricula for Providers in Resource-Limited and Underserved Communities: a Systematic Review. J Cancer Educ. 2019 04; 34(2):205-215. Xu MJ, Su D, Deboer R, Garcia M, Tahir P, Anderson W, Kinderman A, Braunstein S, Sherertz T. PMID: 29264703.
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    19. Increasing global access to cancer care: models of care with non-oncologists as primary providers. Lancet Oncol. 2017 08; 18(8):1000-1002. Rubagumya F, Greenberg L, Manirakiza A, DeBoer R, Park PH, Mpunga T, Shulman LN. PMID: 28759361.
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    20. No Exit: Identifying Avoidable Terminal Oncology Intensive Care Unit Hospitalizations. J Oncol Pract. 2016 10; 12(10):e901-e911. Daly B, Hantel A, Wroblewski K, Balachandran JS, Chow S, DeBoer R, Fleming GF, Hahn OM, Kline J, Liu H, Patel BK, Verma A, Witt LJ, Fukui M, Kumar A, Howell MD, Polite BN. PMID: 27601514; PMCID: PMC5063186.
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    21. Clinical impact of ABL1 kinase domain mutations and IKZF1 deletion in adults under age 60 with Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph+) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL): molecular analysis of CALGB (Alliance) 10001 and 9665. Leuk Lymphoma. 2016 10; 57(10):2298-306. DeBoer R, Koval G, Mulkey F, Wetzler M, Devine S, Marcucci G, Stone RM, Larson RA, Bloomfield CD, Geyer S, Mullighan CG, Stock W. PMID: 26892479; PMCID: PMC5008253.
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    22. Integrative analysis of head and neck cancer identifies two biologically distinct HPV and three non-HPV subtypes. Clin Cancer Res. 2015 Feb 15; 21(4):870-81. Keck MK, Zuo Z, Khattri A, Stricker TP, Brown CD, Imanguli M, Rieke D, Endhardt K, Fang P, Brägelmann J, DeBoer R, El-Dinali M, Aktolga S, Lei Z, Tan P, Rozen SG, Salgia R, Weichselbaum RR, Lingen MW, Story MD, Ang KK, Cohen EE, White KP, Vokes EE, Seiwert TY. PMID: 25492084.
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    23. Economics of Malignant Gliomas: A Critical Review. J Oncol Pract. 2015 01; 11(1):e59-65. Raizer JJ, Fitzner KA, Jacobs DI, Bennett CL, Liebling DB, Luu TH, Trifilio SM, Grimm SA, Fisher MJ, Haleem MS, Ray PS, McKoy JM, DeBoer R, Tulas KM, Deeb M, McKoy JM. PMID: 25466707; PMCID: PMC4295423.
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    24. Integrative and comparative genomic analysis of HPV-positive and HPV-negative head and neck squamous cell carcinomas. Clin Cancer Res. 2015 Feb 01; 21(3):632-41. Seiwert TY, Zuo Z, Keck MK, Khattri A, Pedamallu CS, Stricker T, Brown C, Pugh TJ, Stojanov P, Cho J, Lawrence MS, Getz G, Brägelmann J, DeBoer R, Weichselbaum RR, Langerman A, Portugal L, Blair E, Stenson K, Lingen MW, Cohen EE, Vokes EE, White KP, Hammerman PS. PMID: 25056374; PMCID: PMC4305034.
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    25. Identifying the needs of brain tumor patients and their caregivers. J Neurooncol. 2011 Sep; 104(3):737-44. Parvataneni R, Polley MY, Freeman T, Lamborn K, Prados M, Butowski N, Liu R, Clarke J, Page M, Rabbitt J, Fedoroff A, Clow E, Hsieh E, Kivett V, Deboer R, Chang S. PMID: 21311950; PMCID: PMC3170122.
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    26. Response of an adult patient with pineoblastoma to vorinostat and retinoic acid. J Neurooncol. 2009 Nov; 95(2):289-292. DeBoer R, Batjer H, Marymont M, Goldman S, Walker M, Gottardi-Littell N, Raizer J. PMID: 19506816.
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    27. Phase II study of erlotinib plus temozolomide during and after radiation therapy in patients with newly diagnosed glioblastoma multiforme or gliosarcoma. J Clin Oncol. 2009 Feb 01; 27(4):579-84. Prados MD, Chang SM, Butowski N, DeBoer R, Parvataneni R, Carliner H, Kabuubi P, Ayers-Ringler J, Rabbitt J, Page M, Fedoroff A, Sneed PK, Berger MS, McDermott MW, Parsa AT, Vandenberg S, James CD, Lamborn KR, Stokoe D, Haas-Kogan DA. PMID: 19075262; PMCID: PMC2645859.
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