Faculty Profiles

Rachel Patzer, PhD

Rachel E. Patzer, PhD, MPH

Primary Appointments

Associate Professor, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine

Director, Transplant Health Services and Outcomes Research Program, Emory University School of Medicine

Joint Appointment

Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University School of Medicine

Telephone: 404.727.6047

Email: rpatzer@emory.edu

Year Joined Emory as a Faculty Member: 2011


Dr. Patzer is a health services researcher whose primary investigations focus on health disparities in access to solid organ transplantation. Several recent projects have examined the role of poverty in racial disparities in access to renal transplantation among pediatric and adult end stage renal disease patients. She is also evaluating the role of poverty in racial disparities of post-transplant outcomes, including patient and graft survival, in both renal and liver transplantation; is studying quality improvement among dialysis facilities in the Southeastern U.S.; and works at determining the impact of neighborhood poverty, degree of rurality, distance to health care centers, and other geospatial factors on health outcomes. The results of her research are often published in such high-profile journals as Transplantation, American Journal of Transplantation, American Journal of Kidney Diseases, and Liver Transplantation.

Dr. Patzer has additional research interests in mobile health technology and community based participatory research. She led the team that developed Emory University's free iCHOOSE Kidney iPad application, which provides an individualized comparison of mortality risk estimates for patients on dialysis vs. living or deceased donor kidney transplantation. In addition to being available as a free download from the iTunes store, a version is available online at www.ichoosekidney.emory.edu. She is currently evaluating the degree to which the tool improves knowledge about the survival benefits of transplantation and increases access to kidney transplantation.

Dr. Patzer also advises students, residents, and faculty of the Division of Transplantation on research study design and analysis, and teaches Statistical Analysis System (SAS) Programming and Chronic Disease Epidemiology courses at the Rollins School of Public Health.


View Dr. Patzer's publications on PubMed.


  • PhD, Epidemiology, Emory University, 2008-2011

  • MPH, Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University, 2005-2007

Current Organizational Memberships

  • American Society of Transplantation

  • American Society of Transplant Surgeons

  • American Society of Nephrology

  • AcademyHealth
  • Society for Epidemiologic Research

  • Southeastern Kidney Transplant Coalition: Steering Committee Member

  • Southeastern SAS User's Group (SESUG)

Research Interests

  • Outcomes research, with an emphasis on study design, methods, and analysis

  • Disparities in healthcare services, access, and delivery

  • Healthcare quality, including measurement and evaluation methods

  • Evidence-based medicine

  • Clinical and translational research

  • Mobile health technology for patient and provider education