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Kim Rhoads, M.D. Stanford University - Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery

Dr. Kim Rhoads is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery at Stanford University. In March 2010, she was appointed to Direct the Cancer Education and Community Partnership Program for the NCI-designated Stanford Cancer Center and the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC). Her interest in cancer disparities research and engaging community in defining the research agenda stems from her experience as a 2nd year medical student when her aunt was diagnosed with, and subsequently died from advanced breast cancer.

After completing a 5-year medical school program at UC San Francisco-UC Berkeley Joint Medical Program, she completed a 7 year general surgery residency at UCSF. Following residency, she spent a year as a California Endowment Scholar in minority health policy at Harvard's School of Public Health. She returned to the Bay Area to complete subspecialty training in colon and rectal surgery at the UCSF-Mt Zion Cancer Center. She was then named the first Philip R. Lee Fellow in Health Policy at the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies. During her fellowship, she completed and published projects focused on institutional-level disparities and hospital quality measurement.

Rhoads' community-based activities include work with the Bay Area Black Women's Health Project, Operation Access and mentoring in the San Francisco Unified School District's School to Career Program. As a legislative intern at the American Medical Women's Association in Washington, D.C., she drafted the organization's national position paper on the health status of minority women. As an intern in the office of then-State Assemblywoman Barbara Lee of Oakland, she organized and hosted a multidisciplinary effort to educate elderly African American women about breast cancer.

Rhoads holds a master's degree in health and medical science from the University of California-Berkeley School of Public Health, a medical degree from UC-San Francisco and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. Her current research focuses on institutional variation in cancer care in California and its impact on disparities in hepatocellular carcinoma, colon, rectal, breast and bladder cancer. This work is supported by a career development award from the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation. She lives in Oakland with her husband, Bill Rhoads, MD, a pediatric anesthesiologist at Children's Hospital, Oakland, and her children, Nia and Julian.

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