Dr. Rhoads is assistant professor of surgery at Stanford University. She completed general surgery training at the University of California, San Francisco. After residency, she was a California Endowment Scholar in minority health policy at the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Rhoads then completed subspecialty training in colon and rectal surgery at UCSF-Mt. Zion Cancer Center, staying on at UCSF as the first Philip R. Lee Fellow in Health Policy at the UCSF-Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies. During her time at PRL-IHPS, she completed and published projects focused on institutional level disparities, and hospital performance measurement and public reporting. She has an extensive research background including translational basic science research, qualitative methods, and secondary data analysis. In addition to publishing many peer-reviewed journal articles and case reports, she has authored multiple book chapters, in both general and colorectal surgery texts. Her current research focuses on the impact of hospital quality on disparities in cancer survival in California. She was recently selected as a Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Award recipient by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation with funding for 2009-2013.
Dr. Rhoads' volunteer activities have included work on behalf of The Bay Area Black Women's Health Project, Operation Access, and San Francisco Unified School District School to Career Program. As a Legislative Intern at the American Medical Women's Association in Washington, D.C. she drafted the organization's national position paper on the Health Status of Minority Women; and as an intern in the Office of then State Assemblywoman Barbara Lee, she organized and hosted a multidisciplinary effort to educate elderly African American women about breast cancer early detection, treatment and survival.
Dr. Rhoads holds a Master's degree in Health and Medical Science from the University of California, Berkeley School of Public Health, and a Medical Degree from the University of California, San Francisco and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health where she served as a California Endowment Scholar in minority health policy.