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Rachel E. Patzer, PhD, MPH

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Primary Appointment
– Assistant Professor, Division of Transplantation, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
Joint Appointment
– Assistant Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory

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Dr. Patzer's primary research focuses on the role of poverty and race in solid organ transplantation. She has additional interests in healthcare quality and outcomes within the transplant population. Her previous research has examined the demographic, clinical, and socioeconomic factors associated with racial disparities in access to renal transplantation and with outcomes such as graft failure, mortality, and hospital readmission. In the Division of Transplantation, Dr. Patzer advises students, residents, and faculty on research study design and analysis. She also teaches courses at the Rollins School of Public Health. Prior to coming to Emory, Dr. Patzer was a program coordinator for End Stage Renal Disease Network 6 on quality improvement projects for dialysis patients and facilities. She also worked as a medical writer.


  • Health disparities in access to solid organ transplantation
  • Racial disparities of post-renal and liver transplant outcomes, including patient and graft survival
  • Impact of neighborhood poverty, degree of rurality, distance to health care center, and other geospatial factors on health outcomes
  • Quality improvement in end stage renal disease patient and dialysis facility in the Southeastern U.S.

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