California Endowment Scholars in Health Policy at Harvard University - Scholars Bios

Kim Rhoads, MD, MS, MPH


Assistant Professor of Surgery, Director, Community Partnership Program,
Stanford Cancer Institutes, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA



Dr. Rhoads is a board certified general surgeon who most recently completed subspecialty training at the University of California, San Francisco's Mt. Zion Cancer Center in colorectal surgery. She also held a position as a postdoctoral research fellow at the UCSF Institute for Health Policy Studies. She has an extensive research background with experience in translational basic science research, qualitative methods and secondary data analysis. In addition to publishing many peer-reviewed journal articles and case reports, she has authored multiple book chapters, in both general and colorectal surgery texts. Her current research focuses on the impact of statewide quality improvement efforts and public reporting on postoperative cancer survival in California. Dr. Rhoads’ volunteer activities include work on behalf of Operation Access, a service and outreach non-profit organization providing ambulatory surgery to uninsured patients, and recruiting underserved high school and college students into careers in the health care field. She spent three years as board secretary for the Bay Area Black Women's Health Project where she spearheaded the organization's first health policy roundtable and lobby day training for Bay Area African American women. As a Legislative Intern at the American Medical Women’s Association in Washington, DC, she drafted AMWA's national position paper on the Health Status of Minority Women; and as an intern in the Office of then state Assemblywoman Barbara Lee, she organized and hosted a multidisciplinary effort to educate elderly African American women about breast cancer. She is a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society at the University of California, San Francisco and was honored during her surgical training for excellence in research and compassion. She has most recently been selected to receive the Robert Wood Johnson Harold Amos Career Development Award for 2009-2013.

Dr. Rhoads holds a Master of Science degree in Health and Medical Science from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, and she received her medical degree in 1998 from the University of California, San Francisco, School of Medicine. Dr. Rhoads completed her surgical residency at University of California, San Francisco, CA in June 2005. She received her Master of Public Health at Harvard School of Public Health as a California Endowment Scholar in 2005. During her time as a Scholar, Dr. Rhoads produced a documentary video outlining the history of the development of the Commonwealth Fund/Harvard University Fellowship/California Endowment Scholarship and JLH programs. She currently serves as Treasurer of the programs’ Alumni organization.