Dr. Veenstra's research has direct implications for patients with cancer, cancer survivors, and their families; clinicians who care for patients with cancer; and healthcare policy makers. Her overarching goal as a practicing medical oncologist and health services researcher is to understand and improve the delivery and quality of cancer care. Her clinical experiences caring for patients with cancer and their families inform the conception, design, and conduct of her research studies. She leads a project partnering with the Georgia and Los Angeles County Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) sites to understand population-level patterns and potential disparities in use of targeted immunotherapies among diverse patients with metastatic cancer. She also recently completed a project to understand the role of spouses and partners in patients' receipt of guideline-recommended colorectal cancer surveillance. She is currently designing a multilevel intervention to improve receipt of colorectal cancer surveillance. Dr. Veenstra is a member of IHPI's Early Career Faculty Advisory Council and is Vice Chair of the Rogel Cancer Center Emerging Leaders Council.
- M.D., Wayne State University
- M.S., Health Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania
- B.S., English, University of Michigan
- B.S., Biology, University of Michigan