Stephanie Wheeler, MPH, PhD, is a health services researcher and decision scientist focused on understanding cancer care quality, access, equity, and value for medically underserved groups ( e.g., low income, racial/ethnic minorities, rural, uninsured persons). She has led studies focused on comparative- and cost-effectiveness of breast cancer care, patient preferences and values in medical decision making, compiling and linking ‘big data’ from various sources to better understand complex healthcare issues, and employing simulation tools with this data to develop and implement interventions that improve equity and outcomes. Dr. Wheeler currently leads the Coordinating Center of the CDC- and NCI-funded Cancer Prevention funded Special Interest Project (SIP) Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN). She also co-leads the NCI-funded T32 Cancer Care Quality Training Program at UNC, and the CDC- and NCI-funded Geographic Management of Cancer Health Disparities Program (GMaP) Region 1 South hub. Most recently, she has been appointed Associate Director of Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) for the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. She collaborates with multiple other members of the Cancer Outcomes Research Program, including Donald Rosenstein, Ethan Basch, Justin Trogdon, Katie Reeder-Hayes, Cleo Samuel, Sarah Birken, Ben Urick, Andy Olshan, and Dan Reuland. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, yoga, cooking, and spending time with her family.
Professor, Health Policy and Management; Associate Director, Office of Community Outreach and Engagement, UNC-Chapel Hill