Carmen E. Guerra

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Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Attending Physician, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
Member, Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania Medical Center
Attending Physician, Penn Presbyterian Medical Center
Associate Member, Center for Molecular Studies in Digestive and Liver Diseases, University of Pennsylvania
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 School of Medicine
Affiliated Member, LDI Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics/Penn-CMU Roybal Center, University of Pennsylvania
Associate Chief of Staff, Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Member, Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics
Associate Director of Diversity and Community Engagement, 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, PSOM, University of Pennsylvania
Lead Diversity Search Advisor, PSOM
Senior Fellow, Center for Public Health Initiatives
Vice Chair of Diversity and Inclusion, Department of Medicine, Perelman School of Medicine
Advisory Dean, Dr. Helen O. Dickens House, Perelman School of Medicine
Department: Medicine

Contact information
Abramson Cancer Center
12-107 South Pavilion Extension
Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: (215) 349-5374
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

Description of Itmat Expertise

Dr. Guerra is interested in health disparities related to access to cancer screening and cancer clinical trial participation.

Selected Publications

Myers RE, Stello B, Daskalakis C, Sifri R, Gonzalez ET, DiCarlo M, Johnson MB, Hegarty SE, Shaak K, Rivera A, Gorditis-Molina L, Petrich A, Careyva B, de-Ortiz R, Diaz L.: Decision Support and Navigation to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Hispanic Patients. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev Oct 2018.

Mehta SJ, Khan T, Guerra C, Reitz C, McAuliffe T, Volpp KG, Asch DA, Doubeni CA. : A Randomized Controlled Trial of Opt-in versus Opt-out Colorectal Cancer Screening Outreach. Am J Gastroenterol Jun 2018.

Wolf A, Fontham ETH, Church TR, Flowers CR, Guerra CE, LaMonte SJ, Etzione R, McKenna M, Oeffinger KC, Shih YT, Walter LC, Andrews KS, Brawley OW, Brooks D, Fedewa SA, Manassaram-Baptiste D, Siegel R, Wender RC, Smith RA.: Colorectal Cancer Screening for Average Risk Adults: 2018 Guideline Update from the American Cancer Society. A Cancer J Clin 68: 250-281, May 2018.

Guerra CE: An American Tale. Philadelphia Magazine. Lipson, Apr 2018 Notes:

Sherry, V., Schneider, S., Ranganathan, A., Guerra, C.: Screening for and Managing Distress in Patients with Metastatic Lung Cancer. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing 21(3): 379-83, June 2017.

Hoffman RL, Bryant B, Allen SR, Lee MJ, Aarons CB, Kelz RR. : Using community outreach to explore health-related beliefs and improve surgeon-patient engagement. Journal of Surgical Research; 2016: 206(2) 206(2): 411-417, Dec 2016.

Lamanna A, Sheafer H, Guerra C, Kochman M: Colorectal Cancer Screening Navigation for the Underserved: Experience of an Urban Program Gastroenterology & Hepatology 12(9): 547-551, Septermber 2016.

Vapiwala, Neha. : Putting a Finger on Cancer Disparities: Replacing Urban Myths with Community Wisdom. JAMA Oncology 2(8): 996-8, Aug 2016.

Morland TB, Synnestvedt M, Honeywell S Jr, Yang F, Armstrong K, Guerra C. : Effect of a Financial Incentive for Colorectal Cancer Screening Adherence on the Appropriateness of Colonoscopy Orders. Am J Med Qual May 2016.

Lamanna A, Broadwater A, Guerra C, Kochman M.: Implementation of a Patient Navigation Program Designed to Increase Awareness and Colorectal Cancer Screening Rates in an Urban, Underserved Population DDW May 2016.

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Last updated: 12/02/2018
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