Faculty Profiles

Rachel Patzer, PhD

Rachel E. Patzer, PhD, MPH

Primary Appointments

Professor, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Director, Emory Health Services Research Center, Emory Departments of Medicine & Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Director, Transplant Health Services and Outcomes Research Program, Emory University School of Medicine

Joint Appointments

Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University School of Medicine

Professor, Department of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine

Telephone: 404.727.6047

Email: rpatzer@emory.edu

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2011

Biography

Dr. Patzer is an epidemiologist and health services researcher whose investigations focus on healthcare access, quality of healthcare delivery, and healthcare outcomes. She has specific research interests in disparities in social determinants of health, community-based participatory research, predictive analytics, health care quality, medication adherence and self-management, mobile health technology, patient education, and healthcare resource utilization.

Her recent research has focused on the development of a novel surveillance data registry for kidney disease, including the collection of data on transplant referral and evaluation start among more than 30 transplant centers nationwide. She leads a research team that uses these data for the development of quality metrics, epidemiologic investigations of the causes of variability in access to kidney transplantation among pediatric and adult end-stage renal disease patients, and the development and evaluation of pragmatic interventions to improve access to transplantation and reduce disparities. She currently serves as the United Network for Organ Sharing Data Advisory Committee Chair, Data Chair of the Southeastern Kidney Transplant Coalition, and is a member of the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients review committee.

Dr. Patzer led the team that developed the iChoose Kidney app, Emory University's first researcher-led mobile iPhone and iPad app, which provides an individualized comparison of mortality risk estimates for patients on dialysis vs. living or deceased donor kidney transplantation. In addition to being available as a free download from the iTunes store, a version is available online at www.ichoosekidney.emory.edu. This clinical decision aid was recently evaluated in a multi-center randomized trial and found to improve patient knowledge of the survival benefit of transplantation.

The results of Dr. Patzer's work are often published in such high-profile journals as JAMA, Health Affairs, American Journal of Transplantation, and American Journal of Kidney Diseases.

Dr. Patzer also advises students, residents, and faculty in the departments of surgery and medicine on research study design and analysis. She also teaches in the Master's in Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) Program.

As the Director of the Health Services Research (HSR) Center, a cooperative initiative of the departments of medicine and surgery of the Emory University School of Medicine, Dr. Patzer is leading the expansion, implementation, and promotion of health services research that is designed to deliver better patient outcomes and work toward making clinical care delivery perform at the highest level of quality and value.

Publications

View Dr. Patzer's publications on PubMed.

Education

  • PhD, Epidemiology, Emory University, 2008-2011

  • MPH, Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 2005-2007

Current Organizational Memberships

  • Vice Chair, United Network for Organ Sharing Data Advisory Committee

  • Member, United Network for Organ Sharing Policy Oversight Committee

  • Board of Directors, Surgical Outcomes Club

  • Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients Visiting Committee Member

  • Member of the American Society of Transplantation & American Society of Transplant Surgeons Quality Metrics Task Force

  • American Society of Transplantation

  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons

  • American Society of Nephrology

  • Academy Health

  • Member, NIH HSOD (Health Services Organization and Delivery) Study Section

  • Southeastern Kidney Transplant Coalition Co-Founder

Research Interests

  • Disparities in healthcare services, access, and delivery

  • Social determinants of health

  • Healthcare outcomes, with an emphasis on study design, methods, and analysis

  • Healthcare quality, including measurement and evaluation methods

  • Healthcare workforce training and education

  • Health Policy

  • Mobile health technology to improve the healthcare system