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2016 Scholars

Kim N. Danforth, ScD, MPH

Kim Danforth


Research Scientist in the Department of Research & Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California

Kim N. Danforth, ScD, MPH, is a Research Scientist I in the Department of Research & Evaluation, Kaiser Permanente Southern California. Her primary research interests are in bladder cancer, ovarian cancer, and outpatient safety, including delayed diagnoses of cancer and other diseases. She is currently leading an R21 on trends and disparities in bladder cancer treatment, and an R01 examining three types of care gaps in ambulatory settings. She received an MPH in epidemiology and biostatistics from the University of California, Berkeley, and an ScD in epidemiology from Harvard University. Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente Southern California, she did a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Cancer Institute where she studied ovarian and prostate cancers. Her underlying goal is to conduct research studies of practical significance, in order to contribute to improvements in patient and population health. She collaborates closely with physician and quality leaders within the organization to ask and answer clinically important questions. As part of her research, she seeks to develop methods to leverage electronic health information so that it may be used effectively in studies. Her research also contributes to tools that use electronic health information to improve patient care.