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Student & Alumni Achievements

Student & Alumni Achievements

UNC Student Awarded Grants to Study Post-Hospital Care Utilization for Colorectal Surgery Patients

Dr. Stephanie Lumpkin, student in the Master of Science in Clinical Research (MSCR) program at the University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health, has been awarded two grants for her study, “Exploring Post-discharge Care Utilization in Colorectal Surgery Patients.”

Dr. Lumpkin, who also is a general surgery resident at the UNC Medical Center, received a two-year postdoctoral F32 fellowship from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Agency of Healthcare Research and Quality and a one-year general surgery resident research initiation grant, with an option to renew, from the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.

Dr. Lumpkin’s multidisciplinary team at UNC includes mentors Dr. Karyn Stitzenberg, a surgical oncologist and health services researcher, and Dr. Timothy Carey, professor of internal medicine and former director of the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research; Ms. Paula Strassle, doctoral student in epidemiology; Dr. Jason Fine, professor of biostatistics at the Gillings School; and Mr. Paul Mihas, assistant director of educational and qualitative methods at UNC’s Odum Institute.

“I am very honored to receive these awards and to work with my incredible mentors,” Dr. Lumpkin said. “This research seeks to fully understand how and why patients utilize their care after surgery, including emergency room visits, readmissions and observation stays.”

The MSCR program is housed in the Gillings School’s epidemiology department.

Photo: Dr. Stephanie Lumpkin

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