Rachel E. Patzer, PhD, MPH
Director, Transplant Health Services and Outcomes Research Program, Emory University School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University School of Medicine
Dr. Patzer's health services research primarily focuses focus on health disparities in access to solid organ transplantation. Recent projects have examined the role of poverty in racial disparities in access to renal transplantation among pediatric and adult end stage renal disease patients. She is also evaluating the role of poverty in racial disparities of post-transplant outcomes, including patient and graft survival, in both renal and liver transplantation; studying quality improvement among dialysis facilities in the Southeastern U.S.; and working to determine the impact of neighborhood poverty, degree of rurality, distance to health care centers, and other geospatial factors on health outcomes. The results of her research are often published in such high-profile journals as Transplantation, American Journal of Transplantation, American Journal of Kidney Diseases, and Liver Transplantation.
Dr. Patzer has additional research interests in mobile health technology and community based participatory research. She led the team that developed Emory University's free iCHOOSE Kidney iPad application, 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. She is currently evaluating the degree to which the tool improves knowledge about the survival benefits of transplantation and increases access to kidney transplantation.
Dr. Patzer also advises students, residents, and faculty of the Division of Transplantation on research study design and analysis, and teaches Statistical Analysis System (SAS) Programming and Chronic Disease Epidemiology courses at the Rollins School of Public Health.
PhD, Epidemiology, Emory University, 2008-2011
MPH, Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 2005-2007
Current Organizational Memberships
American Society of Transplantation
American Society of Transplant Surgeons
American Society of Nephrology
Society for Epidemiologic Research
Southeastern Kidney Transplant Coalition: Steering Committee Member
Southeastern SAS User's Group (SESUG)
Outcomes research, with an emphasis on study design, methods, and analysis
Disparities in healthcare services, access, and delivery
Healthcare quality, including measurement and evaluation methods
Clinical and translational research
Mobile health technology for patient and provider education