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

Guerra CE, Sharma PV, Castillo BS: Multi-Cancer Early Detection: The New Frontier in Cancer Early Detection. In press. Annual Reviews of Medicine 2024.

McCarthy AM, Fernandez Perez C, Blumenthal D, Mack E, Beidas R, Bekelman J, Asch D, Bauer A, Buttenheim A, Conant E, Doucette A, Fayanju O, Gabriel P, Guerra C, Nunes L, Plag M, Rendle K, Shelton R, Shulman L, Ware S, Wheeler B, Wileyto EP, & Schnoll R : Rapid cycle approaches to pilot test patient-directed nudges promoting engagement with supplemental breast MRI screening among women with extremely dense breasts Implementation Science Dec 2023.

Pain D, Nguyen N, Washington A, Wooden C, Savage S, Demarest K, Gilbert O, Guerra C : Video Intervention to Increase Knowledge and Intention to Enroll in Clinical Trials among Black Individuals in Philadelphia Medical Decision Making Oct 2023.

Leader AE, Brandt HM, Briant KJ, Curry G, Ellis K, Gonzalez E, Guerra CE, Harding G, Hull PC, Israel A, Mellilo R, Mesia RJ, Schiffelbein JE, Song Y, Surani Z, Tiro J, Vadaparampil ST, Vanderpool RC, Paskett ED: Community Outreach and Engagement at U.S. Cancer Centers: Notes from the 3rd Cancer Center Community Impact Forum. In press. Cancer Epi Biomarkers Prev Oct 2023.

Ginzberg SP, Edmonds CE, Dako F, Donnell T, Washington AL, Elmore LC, Lee DJ, Vachani A, Mincarelli D, Zeballos Torrez C, McCormick TM, Rodriguez V, Nguyen V, Oliva C, Atherholt B, Gaiser R, Congiu L, Grant B, Gungor M, Englander BS, Guerra CE, Nunes LW.: Together We Go Farther: Improving Access to Cancer Screening Through a Multidisciplinary, One-Stop-Shop Approach. In press. Academic Radiology Sep 2023.

Liu J, Jayaram G, Varma T, Sammut S, Guerra C, Miller JE: Data transparency and demographic representation in approval packages of FDA-approved oncology drugs from 2012-2021. J Clin Oncol 41(16): 1594, Jun 2023.

Bange EM, Coughlin KQ, Brown TJ, Bilger A, Balar E, Arasappan D, Nnaji M, Chong EA, Cappucci P, Ragusano D, Zinck LJ, Fredo A, O'Neill C, Li W, Mamtani M, Guerra C, Mamtani R.: Are we ready to mitigate time toxicity of cancer care? Oncologists’ perceptions on digital interventions to fast-track cancer care. J Clin Oncol 41(16): 1537, Jun 2023.

Wingard J, Sallee V, Gabriel PE, Doucette A, Wormley WP, Grosso CM, Schnoll RA, Washington AL, Pryma DA, Nathanson K, Guerra C, Vonderheide RH: Impact of pandemic on accrual of minority participants to interventional cancer clinical trials J Clin Oncol 41(16): e18581, Jun 2023.

Nguyen V, Ramos R, Dornsife D, Johnson RG, Miller E, Jones M, Uribe D, Wileyto EP, Vonderheide RH, Guerra C: Barriers and facilitators to enrolling in a cancer clinical trial financial reimbursement program J Clin Oncol 41(16): e18641, Jun 2023.

Castillo BS, Boehmer L, Oyer RA, Pierce LJ, Barrett N, Guerra C: Barriers and facilitators to discussion of cancer clinical trials: A qualitative study. J Clin Oncol 41(16): e18588, Jun 2023.

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Last updated: 09/21/2023
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