Kelly M. Kenzik, MS PhD
Associate Professor
Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine

PhD, University North Florida
MS, University of Florida
BS, University of Florida

Kelly M. Kenzik is an Associate Professor and the Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Surgery at Boston University School of Medicine and Boston Medical Center. She is also a faculty member in the Slone Epidemiology Center.

Her primary research focuses on using advanced methodology to examine disparities in long- and short-term health outcomes among individuals diagnosed with cancer. She has pursued a research agenda that has included using quasi-experimental design, geospatial approaches, as well as standard epidemiologic methods to examine multimorbidity in cancer, economic evaluation in cancer care, and disparities in cancer outcomes. This work has resulted in funding from the American Cancer Society and National Cancer Institute (NCI) as well as over 100 publications. Her R01 funded by the NCI received the MERIT award, transitioning it to an R37 grant, allowing for extended funding.

Collaborations within the department have resulted in an expanded research portfolio including surgical outcomes and trauma related research (Boston Trauma Institute). She serves as the methodologic mentor for surgical residents and faculty and facilitates the research program in the Department through Research Advisory Council and the Surgical Outcomes and Analysis Research Lab.

She received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of Florida and completed AHRQ T32 post-doctoral training in Health Services Research at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Understanding rural mortality disparities in cancer: a multi-level approach
01/01/2023 - 12/31/2026 (PI)
NIH/National Cancer Institute

Health Care Utilization and Associated Costs Among Older Cancer Survivors
09/01/2022 - 09/30/2023 (PI)
American Cancer Society, Inc.


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  1. Chung SH, Romatoski KS, Rasic G, Beaulieu-Jones BR, Kenzik K, Merrill AL, Tseng JF, Cassidy MR, Sachs TE. ASO Visual Abstract: Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Delays to Breast Cancer Surgery-Ripples or Waves? Ann Surg Oncol. 2023 Oct; 30(10):6104-6105.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37535273
  2. Duraiswamy S, Dirago C, Poulson M, Torres C, Sanchez S, Kenzik K, Dechert T, Scantling D. Gun Laws, Stay-at-Home Orders, and Poverty: Surges in Pandemic Firearm Violence in Large US Cities. J Surg Res. 2023 Sep 29; 293:204-216.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37778088
  3. Davis ES, Franks JA, Bhatia S, Kenzik KM. Urban-rural differences in cancer mortality: Operationalizing rurality. J Rural Health. 2023 Aug 29. PMID: 37644650
  4. Wolfson JA, Kenzik KM, Foxworthy B, Salsman JM, Donahue K, Nelson M, Littrell MB, Williams GR, Levine JM. Understanding Causes of Inferior Outcomes in Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2023 Aug; 21(8):881-888. PMID: 37549915
  5. Chung SH, Romatoski KS, Rasic G, Beaulieu-Jones BR, Kenzik K, Merrill AL, Tseng JF, Cassidy MR, Sachs TE. Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Delays to Breast Cancer Surgery: Ripples or Waves? Ann Surg Oncol. 2023 Oct; 30(10):6093-6103.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37526751
  6. Papageorge MV, de Geus SWL, Woods AP, Ng SC, McAneny D, Tseng JF, Kenzik KM, Sachs TE. The Evaluation of Gallstone Disease in the Year Before Pancreatic Cancer Diagnosis. J Surg Res. 2023 Nov; 291:282-288.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37481963
  7. Rasic G, Beaulieu-Jones BR, Chung SH, Romatoski KS, Kenzik K, Ng SC, Tseng JF, Sachs TE. ASO Visual Abstract: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Hepatocellular Carcinoma Time to Treatment Initiation: A National Cancer Database Study. Ann Surg Oncol. 2023 Jul; 30(7):4262-4263.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37103726; PMCID: PMC10136382; DOI: 10.1245/s10434-023-13535-y;
  8. Rogers LQ, Pekmezi D, Schoenberger-Godwin YM, Fontaine KR, Ivankova NV, Kinsey AW, Hoenemeyer T, Martin MY, Pisu M, Farrell D, Wall J, Waugaman K, Oster RA, Kenzik K, Winters-Stone K, Demark-Wahnefried W. Using the TIDieR checklist to describe development and integration of a web-based intervention promoting healthy eating and regular exercise among older cancer survivors. Digit Health. 2023; 9:20552076231182805. PMID: 37434730; PMCID: PMC10331096; DOI: 10.1177/20552076231182805;
  9. Poulson MR, Neufeld MY, Laraja A, Allee L, Kenzik KM, Dechert T. The effect of historic redlining on firearm violence. J Natl Med Assoc. 2023 Aug; 115(4):421-427.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37365061
  10. Romatoski KS, Chung SH, Kenzik K, Rasic G, Ng SC, Tseng JF, Sachs TE. Delay and Disparity in Observed vs Predicted Incidence Rate of Screenable Cancer During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J Am Coll Surg. 2023 May 25.View Related Profiles. PMID: 37227063
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2018 University of Alabama at Birmingham: IMPACT Award (retention package)
2016 Biennial Cancer Survivorship Research Conference: Abstract Certificate of Merit
2015-2016 Outstanding Reviewer for Cancer
2015 American Society of Preventive Oncology: Top-ranked Post-doctoral Fellow Abstract Travel Award
2015 American Society of Preventive Oncology: New Investigator Workshop awardee
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