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Cleo A. Samuel

Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management, UNC-Chapel Hill


Assistant Professor, Health Policy and Management, UNC-Chapel Hill

Cleo A. Samuel, PhD is a health services researcher with interests in cancer care inequities, palliative/supportive care, and health informatics. Her research is particularly focused on identifying the multilevel drivers of racial/ethnic disparities in supportive cancer care and addressing such inequities through system-level and community-engaged approaches. She is currently the Principal Investigator of Symptom and Healthcare Access reporting and Evaluation (SHARE) for Supportive Care Equity, an NCI-funded study aimed at understanding and addressing racial disparities in symptom burden through the implementation of electronic patient-reported outcomes in routine oncology care. Dr. Samuel is an appointed member of the National Academy of Medicine’s National Cancer Policy Forum, a member of Lineberger’s Patient-Reported Outcomes Core Internal Advisory Board, and a 2019 recipient of the National Minority Quality Forum’s ’40 Under 40’ Leader in Minority Health Award.  Dr. Samuel collaborates with multiple members of the Cancer Outcomes Research Program, including Dr. Samuel Cykert, Dr. Stephanie Wheeler, Dr. Antonia Bennett, and Dr. Hanna Sanoff.  In her spare time she enjoys culinary tours, recreational dancing, and mentoring youth and young professionals in her local community.

Quality of Cancer Care Delivery

Patient-Reported Outcomes

Health Disparities/Equity

Clinical Informatics