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Cancer Research

Cancer affects virtually everyone – through taking actions to prevent cancer, undergoing cancer screening, being treated for a diagnosed cancer, taking care of a loved one who has cancer, experiencing the effects of cancer survivorship, or losing someone to cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, there were nearly 14 million Americans with a history of cancer alive in 2012. They estimate that 1,660,290 new cases will be diagnosed and that 580,350 Americans will die of cancer in 2013, making cancer the second leading cause of death. The estimated overall costs for cancer in 2010 were $263.8 billion, including $102.8 billion for direct medical costs, $20.9 billion in costs of lost productivity due to illness, and $140.1 billion in costs of lost productivity due to death. 

As alluded to above, there is an entire continuum of care associated with cancer, including prevention, screening, diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, recurrence, and end-of-life. Here at Hopkins GIM, researchers are investigating issues all across the cancer continuum. Through collaborations with our colleagues in the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, the Bloomberg School of Public Health, and across the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, we are investigating questions related to challenges such as determining the appropriate populations to target for genetic testing, addressing the health-related quality of life and supportive care needs of patients undergoing treatment, determining appropriate follow-up care for cancer survivors, and ensuring quality palliative care for patients at the end of life.

One of GIM's intramural collaborations is with the Cancer Outcomes & Health Services Research Interest Group, which was formed in 2006 to connect researchers across the schools of medicine, nursing, and public health working in the area of cancer outcomes and health services research. The purpose of the interest group is to (1) identify who is doing research related to cancer outcomes and health services research; (2) learn about ongoing and planned research projects; (3) discuss opportunities for collaboration; and (4) begin developing an infrastructure to support this area of research. The Interest Group has over 100 members and meets monthly for a formal presentation and group discussion. The Interest Group is sponsored by the Cancer Center, the School of Medicine’s Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation, and the Division of General Internal Medicine and is chaired by Craig Pollack, MD, MHS, and Antonio Wolff, MD.

Information about the faculty working in cancer research and their projects is provided below.

Photo of Dr. Zackary Dov Berger, M.D., Ph.D.

Berger, Zackary Dov, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine
Director, Lewisohn Elective Clerkship, MD-PhD Program
Associate Editor, Johns Hopkins Physician Education and Assessment Center
Research Interests: Role of the primary care provider in cancer survivorship, Doctor-patient communication, Bioethics, Social media and health, Shared decision making and patient-centered care
Photo of Dr. Jeanne Marie Clark, M.D., M.P.H.

Clark, Jeanne Marie, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Medicine
Director, Division of General Internal Medicine
Research Interests: Obesity, Diabetes Mellitus, Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease
Photo of Dr. Sydney Morss Dy, M.D.

Dy, Sydney Morss, M.D.

Joint Appointment in Medicine
Joint Appointment in Oncology
Director, Research Operations, Harry J. Duffey Family Pain and Palliative Care Program, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Research Interests: Health policy and management, Quality of care, Quality improvement, Quality measurement, Quality indicators, Palliative care, End-of-life care, Pain, Symptoms, Hospice, Oncology, Communication, Decision-making, Patient safety, Medication safety, Patient-reported outcomes, Information technology, Medications, Comparative effectiveness, Health services research, Medicare, Systematic reviews, Consensus processes, Technology, Cancer, Primary care, Care transitions, Opioids, Qualitative, Implementation science
Photo of Dr. Daniel Ernest Ford, M.D., M.P.H.

Ford, Daniel Ernest, M.D., M.P.H.

Professor of Medicine
Joint Appointment in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Director, Johns Hopkins Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Vice Dean for Clinical Investigation
Research Interests: Epidemiology and treatment of depression, Physician health, Internet health applications, Primary care research, Tobacco use, Stroke, Information technology, Coronary artery disease, Myocardial infarction
Photo of Dr. Gail Geller, Sc.D.

Geller, Gail, Sc.D.

Professor of Medicine
Professor of Pediatrics
Photo of Dr. Kimberly Sue Peairs, M.D.

Peairs, Kimberly Sue, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Clinical Director, General Internal Medicine at Green Spring Station
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Pollack, Craig Evan, M.D., M.H.S.

Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Oncology
Co-Director, General Internal Medicine Fellowship Program
Research Interests: cancer health services research, social network analysis, cancer screening, social determinants of health
Photo of Dr. Thomas J Smith, M.D.

Smith, Thomas J, M.D.

Professor of Oncology
Joint Appointment in Medicine
The Harry J. Duffey Family Professor of Palliative Medicine
Director of Palliative Medicine
Research Interests: Palliative Care
Photo of Dr. Claire Snyder, M.H.S., Ph.D.

Snyder, Claire, M.H.S., Ph.D.

Professor of Medicine
Professor of Oncology
Program Director, Building Lifestyle, Outcomes, and Care Services Research in Cancer (BLOCS)
Research Interests: Cancer outcomes and health services research, Quality of medical care, Patient-reported outcomes assessment, Coordination of care, Quality of life
Photo of Dr. Hsin-Chieh Yeh, Ph.D.

Yeh, Hsin-Chieh, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Medicine
Associate Professor of Oncology
Sr. Epidemiologist, Osler Housestaff Research Program
Director, GIM Methods Core
Director, JHU-UMD Diabetes Research Center Health Care and Population Science Core
Core Faculty Member, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research
Research Interests: obesity and cancer, cancer epidemiology, clinical trials, racial disparity

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