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Cleo Samuel

Cleo A. Samuel, PhD, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Assistant Professor of Health Policy & Management
Cancer Prevention and Control

Area of interest

I am a health services researcher with expertise/interests in cancer care disparities and health informatics. I am particularly interested in evaluating the systemic drivers of disparities in supportive cancer care and addressing such inequities through health informatics. My health informatics experience includes serving as a Program Specialist for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, where I examined county-level electronic health record (EHR) adoption patterns in underserved care settings (e.g., health professional shortage areas) throughout the US. I was previously the recipient of an NCI-funded Diversity Supplement project examining racial differences in symptom management among breast cancer patients, and whether such differences contribute to racial disparities in treatment completion. I am currently the Principal Investigator of a 5-year NCI-funded career development award aimed at elucidating the contribution of health care access barriers to racial disparities in symptom burden in order to inform the development of a novel electronic patient-reported outcome (e-PRO) tool for routine symptom and health care access monitoring. Furthermore, I am engaged in various projects with colleagues at the UNC School of Medicine, UNC School of Pharmacy, and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to study disparities and provider influences on supportive cancer care among breast, colorectal, prostate, and bladder cancer patients.

Awards and Honors

2007 Phi Beta Kappa, University of Miami
2008 Barbara Jordan Health Policy Scholar, Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation
2008-2009 Terry Sanford Institute Scholar, Duke University
2012 AcademyHealth/Aetna Minority Health Scholar, Academy Health
2011-2014 Harvard Graduate Prize Fellow, Harvard University

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