Kim F. Rhoads, M.D., M.S., M.P.H., a Scholar in the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has been named to the newly created position of director of cancer education and community partnership for the Stanford Cancer Center and the Cancer Prevention Institute of California (CPIC). Rhoads will work to expand research collaboration between the clinician-scientists at the Stanford Cancer Center and the cancer prevention scientists at CPIC. She will also work closely with CPIC education professionals to strengthen academic-community partnerships to improve cancer prevention and outcomes.
“I am excited for the opportunity to work at the intersection between clinical care, community engagement in cancer prevention, and research on prevention, treatment and outcomes,” Rhoads said. “Increasing access to high-quality care across the cancer continuum—from screening and early detection to survivorship and surveillance—is one way to address health disparities. But the problems are complex, and I believe that more durable, long-term solutions will require a substantial investment in academic/community partnerships to improve cancer education, share health resources and, ultimately, to provide equitable cancer care to all.”
Rhoads’ four-year Harold Amos award supports her research on cancer disparities, investigating whether institutional inequities are at the heart of disparities in cancer outcomes for minorities. She hypothesizes that the clustering of minority patients within certain types of hospitals may explain worse cancer outcomes, and her research explores the subject by examining the root causes of racial and ethnic disparities in cancer outcomes among patients treated at California hospitals.
She brings to the research and to her new position a combination of specialized clinical and research training, along with unique experience as a community organizer in northern California.
“Kim will be instrumental in guiding the efforts of both institutions in implementing research-based community programs that engage the Bay Area’s underserved communities and clinical practitioners to promote excellence in cancer prevention and care,” said Beverly Mitchell, M.D., director of the Stanford Cancer Center.
The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program seeks to increase the number of faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who can achieve senior rank in academic medicine and who will encourage and foster the development of succeeding classes of such physicians. The program offers four-year postdoctoral research awards to support the research and career development of physicians from historically disadvantaged backgrounds who are committed to developing careers in academic medicine and to serving as role models for students and faculty of similar background.