William R Carpenter

PhD, MHA , Assistant Professor, UNC-Chapel Hill, Cancer Prevention and Control

William R Carpenter

PhD, MHA
Assistant Professor
UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Prevention and Control
1102A McGavran-Greenberg Hall Chapel Hill
919-966-6328


Area of interest

Clinical: Cancer care quality and outcomes, racial disparities, diffusion of innovations, translating cancer research into practice, systems for increasing cancer trial participation, organizational studies.

Research: William R. Carpenter, PhD, Assistant Professor in Health Policy and Management at UNC-CH Gillings School of Global Public Health, is the Director of UNC Lineberger Integrated Cancer Information and Surveillance System (ICISS) and co-investigator in this study. He brings extensive experience in study design, patterns of care, and outcomes using ICISS data. ICISS includes registry data on all cancre cases in North Carolina, extensive linked data for 80% of the North Carolina cancer population, and corresponding data for 55% of the non-cancer population. It includes measures of clinical, health care, economic, social, behavioral, and environmental factors at the individual and aggregate level. Dr. Carpenter’s research focuses in the development and application of large population-based secondary data systems to conduct cancer-focused studies of racial disparities, patterns of care, clinical trial enrollment, and cancer health outcomes, which he has examined through several federally-funded studies. Specifically, he focuses on geographic, structural/organizational, and provider-level characteristics associated with cancer burden, quality of care, treatment selection, and outcomes, with a goal of elucidating modifiable individual and organizational factors and points of intervention to reduce suffering and death due to cancer. He has leveraged ICISS and SEER-Medicare data as centerpieces of several federally-funded studies, trainee research projects, and dissertations. He is PI of the AHRQ-funded Cancer DEcIDE Comparative Effectiveness Consortium site at UNC, and collaborates with Dr. Deborah Schrag, the PI of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital Cancer DEcIDE site, to analyze large secondary datasets to understand comparative effectiveness issues in cancer care. He chairs the Consortium’s Data Committee in examination of data, data policies, and related issues relevant for cancer outcomes research. Until recently he was the Cancer Epidemiologist for the North Carolina Comprehensive Cancer Program, and a Research Associate at Shaw University, a historically black university, where he collaborated on several studies of racial disparities.

Awards and Honors

  • 1993 Phi Beta Kappa, Honorary Academic Society; Hampden-Sydney College, VA
  • 1993 Chi Beta Phi, Honorary Scientific Fraternity; Hampden-Sydney College, VA
  • 1993 Magna Cum Laude; Hampden-Sydney College, VA
  • 1995 Stuart D. Ogren Scholarship: Academic Performance and Work Experience; Medical College of Virginia, Richmond, VA
  • 2003 Harry T. Phillips Award: Outstanding Teaching by a Doctoral Student, Department of Health Policy and Administration; UNC, Chapel Hill
  • 2004 Jean Yates Doctoral Student Award: Scholarship in health services research and contributions to the discipline, Dept of Health Policy & Administration; UNC, Chapel Hill

Link to Publications on Reach NC site