Caroline Thompson

Title(s)Assistant Adjunct Professor, Family Medicine and Public Health
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    University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CAMPH2010Epidemiology
    University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CAPhD2013Epidemiology
    Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI) / Stanford University, Palo Alto, CAPostdoctoral Fellowship2014Delivery System Science
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    UCLA Fielding School of Public Health2013Dean’s Outstanding Student Award
    Iota Chapter (UCLA)2013Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
    AcademyHealth2013  - 2014Delivery Systems Science Fellowship (DSSF)
    NIH/NCATS2016  - 2018Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program Award
    UCSD Clinical and Translational Institute2016  - 2019KL2 Award

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    Dr. Caroline Thompson is a cancer epidemiologist with postdoctoral training in delivery system science. Her primary faculty appointment is with the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University (SDSU), where she is Assistant Professor of Epidemiology. She is adjunctly appointed in the UCSD Department of Family Medicine and Public Health in the division of Epidemiology and with the Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI), where she is a Consulting Investigator.

    Dr. Caroline Thompson is a cancer epidemiologist with postdoctoral training in delivery system science. Her primary faculty appointment is with the Graduate School of Public Health at San Diego State University (SDSU), where she is Assistant Professor of Epidemiology. She is adjunctly appointed in the UCSD Department of Family and Preventive Medicine in the division of Epidemiology and with the Sutter Health Palo Alto Medical Foundation Research Institute (PAMFRI), where she is a Consulting Investigator.

    Dr. Thompson’s research program has two main focuses: 1) improving early detection of cancer in the healthcare delivery system, and 2) understanding ethnic and geospatial disparities in the burden of cancer. A unique aspect to her research program is the use of existing data not originally collected for research (e.g., electronic health records (EHRs), cancer registries, death certificates, social media data). Dr. Thompson is an investigator on several large-scale research projects designed to use creative “big data” linkages combining EHRs with other data sources to address questions related to the etiology of, and health care delivery for, cancer. Related to this, she also develops and publish novel methods for the use of such “big data” in population health research. Specifically, she is interested in bias due to missing data, how to describe it and control for it quantitatively.

    Dr. Thompson currently teaches two advanced epidemiology methods courses at SDSU, which are required for doctoral students, but also open to upper division masters students. These courses emphasize modern epidemiology, reflecting the most current methodologies in the field today. She also mentors graduate students in epidemiology (MPH, PhD).

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    Understanding the Multilevel Drivers of Liver Cancer Disparities
    NIH R01CA225478Aug 16, 2019 - Jul 31, 2024
    Role: Co-Investigator
    SDSU HealthLINK Center for Transdisciplinary Health Disparities Research
    NIH U54MD012397Sep 11, 2018 - May 31, 2023
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Is it race, or place? Disentangling racial, socioeconomic and geographic disparities in the burden of cancer
    NIH/NCI U54CA132384Mar 1, 2017 - Feb 28, 2018
    Role: Principal Investigator (Pilot Study)
    Lung cancer in never smokers: incidence, risk factors, and molecular characteristics in Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanderfemales
    NIH R01CA204070May 11, 2016 - Apr 30, 2020
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Using Electronic Health Records to Understand Pathways of Breast Cancer Screening and Care
    NIH/NCATS 1KL2TR001444Mar 17, 2016 - Mar 16, 2019
    Role: Principal Investigator (KL2 Awardee)
    Innovative Infrastructure to Enhance and Sustain the California Teachers Study Cohort
    NIH U01CA199277Sep 1, 2015 - Aug 31, 2025
    Role: Co-Investigator
    Evaluating Feasibility of and Potential Biases in Supplementing Cancer Registry Data using External Sources
    NIH/NCI HHSN26100009Sep 1, 2015 - Sep 1, 2016
    Role: Co-Investigator
    CAUSES: Causes of Asian American mortality Understood by Socio-Economic Status
    NIH R01MD007012Apr 1, 2012 - Jan 31, 2017
    Role: Co-Investigator

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    1. Alarming recent rises in early-onset colorectal cancer. Cancer. 2021 Sep 16. Thompson CA, Begi T, Parada H. PMID: 34529834.
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    2. Incidence of Lung Cancer Among Never-Smoking Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Females. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2021 Aug 04. DeRouen MC, Canchola AJ, Thompson CA, Jin A, Nie S, Wong C, Lichtensztajn D, Allen L, Patel MI, Daida YG, Luft HS, Shariff-Marco S, Reynolds P, Wakelee HA, Liang SY, Waitzfelder BE, Cheng I, Gomez SL. PMID: 34345919.
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    3. Comparing Age at Cancer Diagnosis between Hispanics and Non-Hispanic Whites in the United States. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 Jul 28. Parada H, Vu AH, Pinheiro PS, Thompson CA. PMID: 34321282.
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    4. Disentangling Racial, Ethnic, and Socioeconomic Disparities in Treatment for Colorectal Cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 Aug; 30(8):1546-1553. Obrochta CA, Murphy JD, Tsou MH, Thompson CA. PMID: 34108139.
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    5. Integrating Electronic Health Record, Cancer Registry, and Geospatial Data to Study Lung Cancer in Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Ethnic Groups. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 Aug; 30(8):1506-1516. DeRouen MC, Thompson CA, Canchola AJ, Jin A, Nie S, Wong C, Jain J, Lichtensztajn DY, Li Y, Allen L, Patel MI, Daida YG, Luft HS, Shariff-Marco S, Reynolds P, Wakelee HA, Liang SY, Waitzfelder BE, Cheng I, Gomez SL. PMID: 34001502.
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    6. Cancer Mortality Disparities among Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Populations in California. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2021 Jul; 30(7):1387-1396. Medina HN, Callahan KE, Morris CR, Thompson CA, Siweya A, Pinheiro PS. PMID: 33879454.
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    7. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Physical Function Before and After Total Knee Arthroplasty Among Women in the United States. JAMA Netw Open. 2020 05 01; 3(5):e204937. Cavanaugh AM, Rauh MJ, Thompson CA, Alcaraz J, Mihalko WM, Bird CE, Corbie-Smith G, Rosal MC, Li W, Shadyab AH, Gilmer T, LaCroix AZ. PMID: 32412635.
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    8. Population-Based Registry Linkages to Improve Validity of Electronic Health Record-Based Cancer Research. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 04; 29(4):796-806. Thompson CA, Jin A, Luft HS, Lichtensztajn DY, Allen L, Liang SY, Schumacher BT, Gomez SL. PMID: 32066621.
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    9. Disparities in Hepatocellular Carcinoma Incidence in California: An Update. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2020 01; 29(1):79-87. Sangaramoorthy M, Yang J, DeRouen MC, Ho C, Somsouk M, Tana MM, Thompson CA, Gibbons J, Gomez SL, Shariff-Marco S. PMID: 31719066.
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    10. Rehabilitation After Total Knee Arthroplasty: Do Racial Disparities Exist? J Arthroplasty. 2020 03; 35(3):683-689. Cavanaugh AM, Rauh MJ, Thompson CA, Alcaraz JE, Bird CE, Gilmer TP, LaCroix AZ. PMID: 31801659.
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    11. Disaggregating Hispanic American Cancer Mortality Burden by Detailed Ethnicity. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2019 08; 28(8):1353-1363. Zamora SM, Pinheiro PS, Gomez SL, Hastings KG, Palaniappan LP, Hu J, Thompson CA. PMID: 31147314.
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    12. Physical Activity Change in an RCT: Comparison of Measurement Methods. Am J Health Behav. 2019 05 01; 43(3):543-555. Nelson SH, Natarajan L, Patterson RE, Hartman SJ, Thompson CA, Godbole SV, Johnson E, Marinac CR, Kerr J. PMID: 31046885.
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    13. Comparison of Ultrasound Guidance vs. Clinical Assessment Alone for Management of Pediatric Skin and Soft Tissue Infections. J Emerg Med. 2018 Nov; 55(5):693-701. Lam SHF, Sivitz A, Alade K, Doniger SJ, Tessaro MO, Rabiner JE, Arroyo A, Castillo EM, Thompson CA, Yang M, Mistry RD. PMID: 30170835.
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    14. Thoracic Aorta Calcification and Noncardiovascular Disease-Related Mortality. Arterioscler Thromb Vasc Biol. 2018 08; 38(8):1926-1932. Thomas IC, Thompson CA, Yang M, Allison MA, Forbang NI, Michos ED, McClelland RL, Budoff MJ, Criqui MH. PMID: 29954753.
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    15. Revisiting the Table 2 fallacy: A motivating example examining preeclampsia and preterm birth. Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol. 2018 07; 32(4):390-397. Bandoli G, Palmsten K, Chambers CD, Jelliffe-Pawlowski LL, Baer RJ, Thompson CA. PMID: 29782045.
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    16. Higher Absolute Lymphocyte Counts Predict Lower Mortality from Early-Stage Triple-Negative Breast Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2018 06 15; 24(12):2851-2858. Afghahi A, Purington N, Han SS, Desai M, Pierson E, Mathur MB, Seto T, Thompson CA, Rigdon J, Telli ML, Badve SS, Curtis CN, West RB, Horst K, Gomez SL, Ford JM, Sledge GW, Kurian AW. PMID: 29581131.
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    17. A Multiple-Imputation "Forward Bridging" Approach to Address Changes in the Classification of Asian Race/Ethnicity on the US Death Certificate. Am J Epidemiol. 2018 02 01; 187(2):347-357. Thompson CA, Boothroyd DB, Hastings KG, Cullen MR, Palaniappan LP, Rehkopf DH. PMID: 29401361.
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    18. Synergistic drug combinations from electronic health records and gene expression. J Am Med Inform Assoc. 2017 May 01; 24(3):565-576. Low YS, Daugherty AC, Schroeder EA, Chen W, Seto T, Weber S, Lim M, Hastie T, Mathur M, Desai M, Farrington C, Radin AA, Sirota M, Kenkare P, Thompson CA, Yu PP, Gomez SL, Sledge GW, Kurian AW, Shah NH. PMID: 27940607.
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    19. The Burden of Cancer in Asian Americans: A Report of National Mortality Trends by Asian Ethnicity. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2016 10; 25(10):1371-1382. Thompson CA, Gomez SL, Hastings KG, Kapphahn K, Yu P, Shariff-Marco S, Bhatt AS, Wakelee HA, Patel MI, Cullen MR, Palaniappan LP. PMID: 27694108.
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    20. Association Between Monetary Deposits and Weight Loss in Online Commitment Contracts. Am J Health Promot. 2018 01; 32(1):198-204. Lesser LI, Thompson CA, Luft HS. PMID: 27502832.
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    21. Use of Gene Expression Profiling and Chemotherapy in Early-Stage Breast Cancer: A Study of Linked Electronic Medical Records, Cancer Registry Data, and Genomic Data Across Two Health Care Systems. J Oncol Pract. 2016 06; 12(6):e697-709. Afghahi A, Mathur M, Thompson CA, Mitani A, Rigdon J, Desai M, Yu PP, de Bruin MA, Seto T, Olson C, Kenkare P, Gomez SL, Das AK, Luft HS, Sledge GW, Sing AP, Kurian AW. PMID: 27221993.
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    22. Implementation of Departmental Quality Strategies Is Positively Associated with Clinical Practice: Results of a Multicenter Study in 73 Hospitals in 7 European Countries. PLoS One. 2015; 10(11):e0141157. Sunol R, Wagner C, Arah OA, Kristensen S, Pfaff H, Klazinga N, Thompson CA, Wang A, DerSarkissian M, Bartels P, Michel P, Groene O, DUQuE Project Consortium . PMID: 26588842.
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    23. Quality management and perceptions of teamwork and safety climate in European hospitals. Int J Qual Health Care. 2015 Dec; 27(6):499-506. Kristensen S, Hammer A, Bartels P, Suñol R, Groene O, Thompson CA, Arah OA, Kutaj-Wasikowska H, Michel P, Wagner C. PMID: 26443813.
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    24. Robotic versus laparoscopic versus open surgery in morbidly obese endometrial cancer patients - a comparative analysis of total charges and complication rates. Gynecol Oncol. 2015 Nov; 139(2):300-5. Chan JK, Gardner AB, Taylor K, Thompson CA, Blansit K, Yu X, Kapp DS. PMID: 26363212.
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    25. The use of clinical characteristics to help prevent morcellation of leiomyosarcoma: An analysis of 491 cases. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2015 Dec; 213(6):873-4. Chan JK, Gardner AB, Thompson CA, Kapp DS. PMID: 26226552.
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    26. Patient Experience Shows Little Relationship with Hospital Quality Management Strategies. PLoS One. 2015; 10(7):e0131805. Groene O, Arah OA, Klazinga NS, Wagner C, Bartels PD, Kristensen S, Saillour F, Thompson A, Thompson CA, Pfaff H, DerSarkissian M, Sunol R. PMID: 26151864.
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    27. The centralization of robotic surgery in high-volume centers for endometrial cancer patients--a study of 6560 cases in the U.S. Gynecol Oncol. 2015 Jul; 138(1):128-32. Chan JK, Gardner AB, Taylor K, Blansit K, Thompson CA, Brooks R, Yu X, Kapp DS. PMID: 25933680.
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    28. Leading Causes of Death among Asian American Subgroups (2003-2011). PLoS One. 2015; 10(4):e0124341. Hastings KG, Jose PO, Kapphahn KI, Frank AT, Goldstein BA, Thompson CA, Eggleston K, Cullen MR, Palaniappan LP. PMID: 25915940.
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    29. Linking electronic health records to better understand breast cancer patient pathways within and between two health systems. EGEMS (Wash DC). 2015; 3(1):1127. Thompson CA, Kurian AW, Luft HS. PMID: 25992389.
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    30. Patient and provider characteristics associated with colorectal, breast, and cervical cancer screening among Asian Americans. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Nov; 23(11):2208-17. Thompson CA, Gomez SL, Chan A, Chan JK, McClellan SR, Chung S, Olson C, Nimbal V, Palaniappan LP. PMID: 25368396.
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    31. Selection bias modeling using observed data augmented with imputed record-level probabilities. Ann Epidemiol. 2014 Oct; 24(10):747-53. Thompson CA, Arah OA. PMID: 25175700.
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    32. Measuring professionalism in medicine and nursing: results of a European survey. PLoS One. 2014; 9(5):e97069. Lombarts KM, Plochg T, Thompson CA, Arah OA, DUQuE Project Consortium . PMID: 24849320.
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    33. Measuring clinical management by physicians and nurses in European hospitals: development and validation of two scales. Int J Qual Health Care. 2014 Apr; 26 Suppl 1:56-65. Plochg T, Arah OA, Botje D, Thompson CA, Klazinga NS, Wagner C, Mannion R, Lombarts K, DUQuE Project Consortium . PMID: 24615595.
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    34. DUQuE quality management measures: associations between quality management at hospital and pathway levels. Int J Qual Health Care. 2014 Apr; 26 Suppl 1:66-73. Wagner C, Groene O, Thompson CA, Dersarkissian M, Klazinga NS, Arah OA, Suñol R, DUQuE Project Consortium . PMID: 24615597.
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    35. Involvement of patients or their representatives in quality management functions in EU hospitals: implementation and impact on patient-centred care strategies. Int J Qual Health Care. 2014 Apr; 26 Suppl 1:81-91. Groene O, Sunol R, Klazinga NS, Wang A, Dersarkissian M, Thompson CA, Thompson A, Arah OA, DUQuE Project Consortium . PMID: 24615596.
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    36. A checklist for patient safety rounds at the care pathway level. Int J Qual Health Care. 2014 Apr; 26 Suppl 1:36-46. Wagner C, Thompson CA, Arah OA, Groene O, Klazinga NS, Dersarkissian M, Suñol R, DUQuE Project Consortium . PMID: 24615594.
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    37. Evidence-based organization and patient safety strategies in European hospitals. Int J Qual Health Care. 2014 Apr; 26 Suppl 1:47-55. Sunol R, Wagner C, Arah OA, Shaw CD, Kristensen S, Thompson CA, Dersarkissian M, Bartels PD, Pfaff H, Secanell M, Mora N, Vlcek F, Kutaj-Wasikowska H, Kutryba B, Michel P, Groene O, DUQuE Project Consortium . PMID: 24578501.
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    38. The relationship between social capital and quality management systems in European hospitals: a quantitative study. PLoS One. 2013; 8(12):e85662. Hammer A, Arah OA, Dersarkissian M, Thompson CA, Mannion R, Wagner C, Ommen O, Sunol R, Pfaff H, DUQuE Project Consortium . PMID: 24392027.
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    39. The modifying influence of country development on the effect of individual educational attainment on self-rated health. Am J Public Health. 2013 Nov; 103(11):e49-54. van der Kooi AL, Stronks K, Thompson CA, DerSarkissian M, Arah OA. PMID: 24028233.
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    40. Time series analysis of maternal mortality in Africa from 1990 to 2005. J Epidemiol Community Health. 2013 Dec 01; 67(12):992-8. DerSarkissian M, Thompson CA, Arah OA. PMID: 23851148.
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    41. Competing risk bias to explain the inverse relationship between smoking and malignant melanoma. Eur J Epidemiol. 2013 Jul; 28(7):557-67. Thompson CA, Zhang ZF, Arah OA. PMID: 23700026.
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    42. Smoking and lung cancer: current trends in Austria. Wien Klin Wochenschr. 2012 Aug; 124(15-16):493-9. Thompson CA, Waldhör T, Schernhammer ES, Hackl M, Vutuc C, Haidinger G. PMID: 22815002.
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    43. Light at night and health: the perils of rotating shift work. Occup Environ Med. 2011 May; 68(5):310-1. Schernhammer ES, Thompson CA. PMID: 20921271.
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