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Lisa Spees, PhD, is a UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Member who researches improving access to prevention and treatment for medically underserved gynecological cancer patients and improving care for pediatric hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients.

Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management
Gillings School of Global Public Health
UNC-Chapel Hill
Cancer Prevention and Control

Area of Interest

Lisa Spees, PhD, is a health services researcher interested in examining and reducing health disparities by improving cancer care quality and access among medically underserved populations. To date, her research in this area has focused on identifying multi-level (patient, provider, and organizational) determinants of care across the cancer care continuum using both qualitative and quantitative methods. Spees is especially knowledgeable in handling complex datasets including CIPHR (North Carolina cancer registry data linked to private and public insurance claims data) and SEER-Medicare.

Spees is currently leading projects focused on 1) examining the financial impact of hematopoietic stem cells transplant among pediatric cancer patients and their families and 2) improving access to guideline-concordant care for patients with gynecologic malignancies.

Awards and Honors

  • Developmental Pilot Research Award, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2020-2021
  • Cancer Outcomes Research Program Travel Award, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2020
  • Postdoctoral Award for Research Excellence, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2019
  • Postdoctoral Traineeship, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2018-2020
  • National Service Research Award Postdoctoral Traineeship, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2016-2018
  • Developmental Pilot Research Award, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2017-2018
  • NCTraCS Pilot Grant, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2017-2018
  • Chancellor Fellowship, Royster Society of Fellows, UNC-Chapel Hill, 2010-2016

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