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Christine Kistler, MD, MASc, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center member and Assistant Professor for the Division of Geriatric Medicine in the Department of family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Assistant Professor
UNC-Chapel Hill
Department of Family Medicine

Areas of Interest

I am a board-certified Family Medicine physician, with added certifications in Geriatrics and Hospice and Palliative Medicine, all of which is relevant to this proposal. I also have a Master’s degree from UCSF in clinical research and am a health services investigator with a focus on improving the appropriateness of medical decision-making. I have additional expertise assessing the quality of care older adults receive though my training with the Veterans’ Affairs Quality Scholars program. My work has examined decision-making and explicitly examines the appropriateness of treatment decisions in these contexts, especially for older adults, and cancer control and prevention. I have worked on cancer screening decision aid trials for both breast and colorectal cancer screening in older adults. I have been a co-investigator on several other NIH and AHRQ projects related cancer control or care of older adults. I specifically focus on discrete choice experiments methodologically. The overarching goal of my research is to improve the decision-making of older adults and their providers, particularly around cancer prevention and control. I have experience participating in multidisciplinary teams, recruiting and retaining research subjects, and complex analyses like hierarchical regression analyses, and disseminating research findings to diverse audiences.


  • I recently presented during the 2019 Annual AGS Presidential Poster session. I am mentoring two MSTAR (medical student training in aging research) program.
  • AGS, Orlando, May 13, 2010
  • Veterans with Positive Fecal Occult Blood Testing (FOBT) over a Seven-year Period”, Poster
  • 2010 Winner of the Presidential Poster session for Prevention for “Follow-up Testing in Elderly
  • 2006 AAFP Award for Excellence in Graduate Medical Education: awarded to 20 residents in the nation for “exceptional performance during their residencies,” including “exemplary patient care and demonstrated leadership ability”
  • 2002 Fulbright Student Program Scholarship: for the proposal “The Japanese Medical Through an Educational Program on Osteoporosis and Nutrition”
  • 2002 Salber-Phillips Award: for geriatrics work for the project “The Empowerment of the Elderly
  • 2002 Doris Duke Clinical Research Fellowship: awarded to foster clinical research; I used my fellowship time to research cancer screening in the elderly
  • 2000 National Science Foundation Summer in Japan Program 2000 Fellowship: for research at the Tokyo Metropolitan Institute of Gerontology Education as Pertains to Geriatrics”, declined.
  • 1999 Phi Beta Kappa

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