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

PhD, University of 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. Thai ST, Lund JL, Kenzik KM, Poole C, Stürmer T, Buse JB, Harmon CA, Al-Obaidi M, Williams GR. Geriatric Assessment Impairment Profiles and Mortality in Older Adults With Gastrointestinal Cancers: Latent Class Analysis of the CARE Registry. J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2024 May 01; 79(5). PMID: 38071615; PMCID: PMC11044434; DOI: 10.1093/gerona/glad273;
  2. Kenzik KM, Davis ES, Franks JA, Bhatia S. Estimating the Impact of Rurality in Disparities in Cancer Mortality. JCO Oncol Pract. 2024 Apr 01; OP2300626. PMID: 38560814
  3. Torres CM, Kenzik KM, Saillant NN, Scantling DR, Sanchez SE, Brahmbhatt TS, Dechert TA, Sakran JV. Timing to First Whole Blood Transfusion and Survival Following Severe Hemorrhage in Trauma Patients. JAMA Surg. 2024 Apr 01; 159(4):374-381.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38294820; PMCID: PMC10831629; DOI: 10.1001/jamasurg.2023.7178;
  4. Kobzeva-Herzog A, O'Shea T, Young S, Kenzik K, Zhao X, Slanetz P, Phillips J, Merrill A, Cassidy MR. ASO Visual Abstract: Breast Cancer Screening and BI-RADS Scoring Trends Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic in an Academic Safety-Net Hospital. Ann Surg Oncol. 2024 Apr; 31(4):2283.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38253951; DOI: 10.1245/s10434-024-14896-8;
  5. Laudon AD, Davis ES, Zhao X, Kenzik K, Torres C, Sanchez SE, Brahmbhatt TS, Scantling DR. Bullet holes: A novel model to identify the most impactful gaps in the firearm homicide prevention laws of each state. J Trauma Acute Care Surg. 2024 Mar 18.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38497933
  6. Smith SM, Zhao X, Kenzik K, Michael C, Jenkins K, Sanchez SE. Risk factors for loss to follow-up after traumatic injury: An updated view of a chronic problem. Surgery. 2024 May; 175(5):1445-1453.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38448279
  7. Franks JA, Davis ES, Bhatia S, Kenzik KM. Contribution of County Characteristics to Disparities in Rural Mortality After Cancer Diagnosis. Am J Prev Med. 2024 Feb 09. PMID: 38342479
  8. Myers S, Kenzik K, Allee L, Dechert T, Theodore S, Jaffe A, Sanchez SE. Social Determinants of Health Associated With the Need for Urgent Versus Elective Cholecystectomy at an Urban, Safety-Net Hospital. Surg Infect (Larchmt). 2024 Mar; 25(2):101-108.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38301176
  9. Chung SH, Rasic G, Romatoski KS, Kenzik K, Tseng JF, Sachs TE. Disparate impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on delays in colorectal cancer treatment: A National Cancer Database study. Surgery. 2024 Apr; 175(4):1013-1020.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38245445
  10. Kobzeva-Herzog A, O'Shea T, Young S, Kenzik K, Zhao X, Slanetz P, Phillips J, Merrill A, Cassidy MR. Breast Cancer Screening and BI-RADS Scoring Trends Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic in an Academic Safety-Net Hospital. Ann Surg Oncol. 2024 Apr; 31(4):2253-2260.View Related Profiles. PMID: 38177460
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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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