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Rhoads receives Harold Amos Medical Faculty
Development Award

By Elizabeth Crown

Kim Rhoads, MD, MS MPHKim Rhoads, MD, MS, MPH

Kim Rhoads, MD, MS, MPH, assistant professor of surgery at the Stanford School of Medicine, has received the Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Award from The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Rhoads is director of the Pelvic Floor Clinic at Stanford Hospital and Clinics and a researcher at the Stanford Cancer Center.

The four-year, $420,000 award will support Rhoads’s research project, “Disparities in Cancer Outcomes: Do Institutional Inequities Explain Individual Health Inequalities?”

The purpose of her study is to understand the root causes of racial and ethnic disparities in cancer outcomes after treatment in California hospitals. Rhoads hypothesizes that clustering of minority patients within certain types of hospitals may explain worse cancer outcomes.

In 1983 The Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program (formerly called the Minority Medical Faculty Development Program) was created 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 was named in honor of Harold Amos, PhD, who was the first African-American to chair a department, now the department of microbiology and medical genetics, of the Harvard Medical School. Dr. Amos worked tirelessly to recruit and mentor countless numbers of minority and disadvantaged students to careers in academic medicine and science.

From 1983 through 1990, up to eight scholars were selected annually, each focused on biomedical research or clinical investigation. Beginning in 1991, the number of scholars selected annually was increased to 12 to accommodate inclusion of projects in health services research.

Rhoads’s research for this grant will build on her experience as a California Endowment Scholar in Minority Health Policy at Harvard (2005 to 2006). She hopes that the results of her work will influence the development of policies to improve health care delivery and outcomes for minority populations with cancer.

(Posted 01/13/08)

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