Carmen E. Guerra, M.D., M.S.C.E., F.A.C.P.

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Ruth C. and Raymond G. Perelman Professor of Medicine
Attending Physician, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Member, Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Attending Physician, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Senior Fellow , Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics, University of Pennsylvania
Member, Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics, University of Pennsylvania
Founding co-director, UPHS Colorectal Cancer Screening Patient Navigation Program, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Senior Fellow, Center for Health Behavior Research, University of Pennsylvania
Member, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics
Founding Associate Director of Diversity and Outreach, Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania
Founding Director, Office of Diversity, Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania
Founding Director, Healthy Woman Program/Penn Medicine Breast Health Initiative, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Diversity Search Advisor, Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
Founding Director, Dr. Edward S. Cooper Leadership Development Program for Women and Diverse PSOM faculty , Perelman School of Medicine
Lead Diversity Search Advisor, Perelman School of Medicine
Senior Fellow, Center for Public Health Initiatives
Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
Affiliate Member, Penn Center for Cancer Care Innovation at the Abramson Cancer Center
Chair, Vice Chairs of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Clinical Practices of the University of Pennsylvania
Department: Medicine

Contact information
Abramson Cancer Center
12-107 South Pavilion
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 349-5200
Fax: (215) 614-0044
B.A. (Psychobiology)
New York University, 1989.
M.D. (Medicine)
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, 1993.
M.S.C.E. (Epidemiology)
University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, 2006.
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Description of Research Expertise

Health disparities
Barriers to accessing cancer screening
Barriers to accessing clinical trials
Colorectal cancer screening
Breast cancer screening
Health literacy
Participation in Cancer Clinical Trials by Underserved Populations

Description of Clinical Expertise

Cancer Screening and Prevention
Women's Health
Disease prevention

Description of Other Expertise

Student, Trainee and Faculty Diversity and Inclusion

Selected Publications

Health Equity Workgroup, MCED Consortium: Patient Barriers to Care: A Health Equity Landscape Analysis for Emerging Multicancer Early Detection Tests MCED Consortium March 2023 Notes:

Health Equity Workgroup, MCED Consortium: Building Health Equity through Research Study Design for Multicancer Early Detection Tests: Key Considerations. A report from The Multicancer Early Detection Consortium Health Equity Workgroup MCED Consortium Mar 2023 Notes:

Schatz AA, Chambers S, Wartman GC, Lacasse LA, Denlinger CS, Hobbs KM, Bandini L, Carlson RW, Winn RA: Advancing More Equitable Care Through the Development of a Health Equity Report Card J Natl Compr Canc Netw 21(2): 1170124.33, Feb 2023 Notes: doi: 10.6004/jnccn.2023.7003.

Finn CB, Wirtalla C, Roberts SE, Collier K, Mehta SJ, Guerra CE, Airoldi E, Xu Zhang, Keele L, Aarons CB, Jensen ST, Kelz RR: Simulated Comparison of Outcomes Following Colorectal Cancer Surgery at the Best Local Hospital Versus Chosen Hospital. JAMA Network Open 6((2): e2255999, Feb 2023.

Herrera C, Guerra CE, Narayan V, Guzzo TJ, Mamtani R, Lee DJ, Tasian G, Talwar R.: Financial toxicity in prostate cancer survivors: a national cross-sectional assessment of subjective financial burden. Urologic Oncology: Seminars and Original Investigations. 41(2): 105.e1-105.e8. Feb 2023.

Guerra C, Yang C: Health Care System Approaches to Addressing Cancer Health Disparities. In press. Cancer Health Disparities: From Determinants of Disparities to Solutions for Equity. Hughes-Halbert C. (eds.). Springer Science, 2023.

Barrett NJ, Boehmer L, Schrag J, Benson AB, Green S, Hamroun-Yazid L, Howson A, Matin K, Oyer RA, Pierce L, Jeames SE, Winkfield K, Yang ES, Zwicker V, Bruinooge S, Hurley S, Williams JH, Guerra CE.: An Assessment of the Feasibility and Utility of an ACCC-ASCO Implicit Bias Training Program to Enhance Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Cancer Clinical Trials. JCO Oncol Pract. In press. 2023.

Guerra CE, Pressman A, Hurley P, Garrett-Meyer E, Bruinooge SS, Howson A, Kaltenbaugh K, Williams JH, Boehmer L, Bernick LA, Byatt L, Charlot M, Crews J, Fashoyin-Aje L, McCaskill-Stevens W, Merrill J, Nowakowski G, Patel MI, Ramirez A, Zwicker V, Oyer RA, Pierce LJ.: Increasing Racial and Ethnic Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Cancer Treatment Trials: Evaluation of an ASCO-ACCC Site Self-Assessment. JCO Oncol Pract. In press. 2023.

Joung RH, Mullett TW, Kurtzman SH, Shafir S, Harris JB, Yao KA, Bilimoria KY, Cance WG, Nelson H. : Evaluation of a National Quality Improvement Collaborative for Improving Cancer Screening. JAMA Netw Open 5(11): e2242354, Nov 2022.

Finn CB, Tong JK, Alexander HE, Wirtalla C, Wachtel H, Guerra CE, Mehta SJ, Wender R, Kelz RR. : How Referring Providers Choose Specialists for Their Patients: A Systematic Review. J Gen Intern Med 37(13): 3444-3452, Oct 2022 Notes: doi: 10.1007/s11606-022-07574-6. Online ahead of print.

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Last updated: 03/28/2023
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