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Bruce Jacobs, MD, Awarded Grant from ACS

October 21, 2021

Bruce Jacobs, MD, MPH, assistant professor of urology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, was recently awarded a research scholar grant from the American Cancer Society (ACS).

“I’m very grateful to have this opportunity thanks to ACS,” says Dr. Jacobs.

The study, titled “Understanding the Adoption of Stereotactic Body Radiation Treatment,” aims to examine the use of a radiation treatment for prostate cancer called stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) using SEER Medicare data. The intent is to study the adoption of SBRT and other radiotherapies within the context of physician-hospital networks.

“It’s important to understand more about the effectiveness of SBRT, and this study will help identify modifiable factors that influence the adoption of SBRT that can be targeted to increase the efficiency, equity, and effectiveness of prostate cancer care, which, in turn, will help reduce health disparities,” says Dr. Jacobs. “It will also provide much-needed data regarding SBRT’s comparative and cost effectiveness, which will inform patients and providers about the highest value treatments.”

The award will support Dr. Jacobs and his research team, including Lindsay Sabik, associate professor and vice chair for research in the department of health policy and management; Jonathan Yabes, assistant professor and biostatistician in the department of medicine; and (Joyce) Chung-Chou Chang, professor and biostatistician in the department of medicine. It is a $792,000 grant and spans four years, beginning in July 2021.

See more research by Bruce Jacobs, MD, MPH, on PubMed.