Cleo A. Samuel, PhD

Assistant Professor Health Policy and Management

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Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7411

Cleo A. Samuel is a health services researcher with expertise in cancer care disparities, palliative and supportive care, and health information technology (IT).  She is particularly interested in disentangling the multilevel sources (i.e., patient-, provider-, and health care system-level) of disparities in palliative and supportive cancer care using mixed methods (i.e., quantitative and qualitative data analysis) and addressing such inequities through system-level approaches that leverage health IT.  Dr. Samuel is Principal Investigator (PI) on an NCI-funded supplemental study examining racial differences in palliative and supportive care among stage I-IV breast cancer patients, and whether such differences contribute to racial disparities in treatment completion.  As part of this NCI-funded study, she is employing a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach to lead a team of academic researchers, medical providers, and community member consultants.  Findings from this study will help inform future interventions aimed at improving the equity and quality of palliative and supportive care in cancer patients. Dr. Samuel is also engaged in various projects with colleagues at the UNC School of Medicine, UNC School of Pharmacy, and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to study disparities in palliative and supportive supportive care among breast, colorectal, and lung cancer patients.

In the Fall, Dr. Samuel teaches a service-learning graduate course called Making Equity a Priority in Cancer Care Quality. This course explores inequities along the cancer care continuum, drivers of these disparities, and approaches for prioritizing equity in cancer care quality.

Representative Courses

HPM 766 - Making Equity a Priority in Cancer Care Quality | Syllabus

Research Activities
  • Cancer care
  • Diffusion of innovations
  • Disparities
  • GIS methods
  • Health information technology (IT)
  • Program implementation and evaluation
  • Quality measurement and improvement
  • Social determinants of health
  • Veterans and military health
Key Publications

Developing and Evaluating Composite Measures of Cancer Care Quality. Samuel, C. A., Zaslavsky, A. M., Landrum, M. B., Lorenz, K., Keating, N. L.  (2015). Medical Care, 53(1), 54-64.

Racial disparities in cancer care in the Veterans Affairs health care system and the role of site of care. Samuel, C. A., Landrum, M. B., McNeil, B. J., Bozeman, S. R., Williams, C. D., Keating, N. L.  (2014). American Journal of Public Health, 104.

Area-level factors associated with electronic health record adoption and meaningful use in the Regional Extension Center Program. Samuel, C. A.  (2014). Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association : JAMIA, 21(6), 976-83.

Engaging providers in underserved areas to adopt electronic health records. Samuel, C. A., King, J., Adetosoye, F., Samy, L., Furukawa, M.  (2013). American Journal of Managed Care, 19(3), 229-234.


BS, Psychology, University of Miami, 2007

PhD, Health Policy, Harvard University, 2014