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Shellie D. Ellis, MA, PhD

Adjunct Associate Professor
Department of Health Policy and Management


Shellie Ellis, MA, PhD, is a health services researcher and implementation scientist focused on improving care delivery.

Dr. Ellis has graduate training in medical anthropology and health services research and was awarded an NCI-funded Mentored Training in Dissemination and Implementation Research in Cancer (MT-DIRC) fellowship in 2016. She has received funding from NCI, NIA, NIGMS, PCORI, and several foundations and organizations. She serves on national study sections as an implementation scientist and is Associate Editor of the new international journal Implementation Science Communications.

Dr. Ellis has 20 years of experience implementing evidence-based research in practice. She has implemented both screening and treatment interventions in a variety of primary and specialty settings, spanning federally qualified health centers, hospital-owned outpatient clinics and private practices in rural, urban and suburban settings. She has designed implementation strategies to promote evidence-based practice in both primary care and specialty care practices and conducted multiple studies to assess determinants of healthcare provider adoption and implementation of evidence-based practice.

Research Activities

  • Quality improvement
  • Implementation science

Key Publications

Are Small Reimbursement Changes Enough to Change Cancer Care?: Reimbursement Variation in Prostate Cancer Treatment. Ellis, SD, Chen, RC, Dusetzina, SB, Wheeler, SB, Jackson, GL, Nielsen, ME, Carpenter, WR, and Weinberger, M. doi: 10.1200/JOP.2015.007344. PubMed PMID: 26957641. (2016). J Oncol Prac, 12(4), e423-36.

How Do Payers Respond to Regulatory Actions? The Case of Bevacizumab. Dusetzina, SB, Ellis, S, Freedman, RA, Winn, A, Chambers, J, Conti, RM, Alexander, GC, Huskamp, HA, Keating, NL. PMID: 26060224.  (2015). J Oncol Prac., 11(4), 313-318.

Gonadotropin-releasing Hormone Agonist Overuse: Urologists' Response to Reimbursement and Characteristics Associated with Persistent Overuse. Ellis, SD, Nielsen, ME, Carpenter, WR, Jackson, GL, Wheeler, SB, Liu, H., and Weinberger, M. PMID: 25849354. (Featured in Urology Times, Urologists in Cancer Care, Healthy Living Magazine, and Prostatepedia) (2015). Prostate Cancer and Prostatic Diseases, 18(2), 173-81.

Receipt of NCCN Guideline-concordant Prostate Cancer Care among African-American and Caucasian Men in North Carolina. Ellis SD, Blackard B, Carpenter WR, Mishel M, Chen RC, Godley PA, et al. (Accompanying Editorial: Master, VA, Moses, KA. Racial Disparities in Prostate Cancer Care: Is Adherence to National Comprehensive Cancer Network Guidelines Good Enough for our Patients? pp. 2209-11) (2013). Cancer, 119(12), 2282-90.


  • BA, Journalism, University of Oklahoma, 1989
  • MA, Anthropology, Wake Forest University, 1997
  • PhD, Health Policy and Management, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2013