Angela Smith

UNC-Chapel Hill
Clinical Research
Urologic Oncology Program

Area of interest

My area of expertise is in urologic oncology, focusing on both surgical outcomes research, specifically addressing the use of minimally invasive techniques (laparoscopic and robotics), and associated improvements in quality of care. As my research has progressed, I have developed a deep interest in the area of bladder cancer. This population consists of higher risk patients who, due to older age at presentation and morbidity of treatment, experience high complication rates. Against this backdrop, my primary research interest has evolved toward the development of risk-assessment tools based on functional status assessment and novel biomarkers (such as p16) in the pre-cystectomy setting. Dovetailed with this work, I am leading the development of more systematic data collection efforts in our busy multidisciplinary oncology practice which will integrate with my current research project (described above) and provide opportunities for future leadership in outcomes assessment, quality improvement, and clinical research. In parallel, I also plan to take advantage of our unique institutional strengths in exploring cancer care quality in large administrative datasets, including SEER-Medicare and the Cancer Information & Population Health Resource, CIPHR, an innovative data linkage between administrative claims from multiple governmental and private payers and the North Carolina Central Cancer Registry. To build on my strong analytic foundations, I will pursue the didactic sequence of the Master’s of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) in the Gillings School of Global Public Health starting in fall 2012. Taken together, my prior experiences ignited my passion for research, and I plan to pursue a multidisciplinary research agenda that will explore the important and relatively understudied area of bladder cancer.

Awards and Honors

1999-2003 UNC Johnston Scholar
2003 Member, Phi Beta Kappa
2005-2006 Medical Alumni Loyalty Fund Scholarship, 2005-2006
2006 Member, Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society
2007 North Carolina Resident Symposium, 1st place, case presentation
2008 North Carolina Resident Symposium, 1st place, case presentation
2009 North Carolina Resident Symposium, 2nd place, research presentation
2010 North Carolina Resident Symposium, 1st place, debate
2010 Montague L. Boyd Essay Competition, 3rd place, SE Section of AUA
2011 NIH-NMA Travel Award, Careers in Academic Medicine Workshop
2011 UNC Urology Scholar of the Year
2012 UNC Urology Scholar of the Year

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