Garth H. Rauscher, PhD

Associate Professor of Epidemiology

Dr. Rauscher is an associate professor of epidemiology at the UIC School of Public Health and an IHRP Fellow. His primary research focuses on social and biological determinants of racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in cancer with a focus on breast and colon cancer progression and prognosis. He is principal investigator or co-investigator on several research studies funded by the National Cancer Institute, the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

Dr. Rauscher received his BS in physics from SUNY at Albany, his MPH in epidemiology from Yale University, and his PhD in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Research Interests

Determinants of racial/ethnic and socioeconomic disparities in breast cancer progression and prognosis, with a focus on health care system factors; limitations of estimating cancer screening behavior from survey self-reports; epidemiologic methods.

Recent and Noteworthy Publications

For more of Dr. Rauscher's publications and links to his articles, see this edited list on PubMed.

Dabbous FM, Dolecek TA, Berbaum ML, Friedewald SM, Summerfelt WT, Hoskins K, Rauscher GH. Impact of a False-Positive Screening Mammogram on Subsequent Screening Behavior and Stage at Breast Cancer Diagnosis. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2017 Feb 9. [Epub ahead of print]. [See abstract.]

Tejeda S, Gallardo RI, Ferrans CE, Rauscher GH. Breast cancer delay in Latinas: the role of cultural beliefs and acculturation. J Behav Med. 2016 Aug 29. [Epub ahead of print.] [See abstract.]

Rauscher GH, Campbell RT, Wiley EL, Hoskins K, Stolley MR, Warnecke RB. Mediation of Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Estrogen/Progesterone Receptor-Negative Breast Cancer by Socioeconomic Position and Reproductive Factors. Am J Epidemiol. 2016 May 15;183(10):884-93. [See abstract.]

Benevolenskaya EV, Islam AB, Ahsan H, Kibriya MG, Jasmine F, Wolff B, Al-Alem U, Wiley E, Kajdacsy-Balla A, Macias V, Rauscher GH. DNA methylation and hormone receptor status in breast cancer. Clin Epigenetics. 2016 Feb 16;8:17. [See abstract.]

Molina Y, Silva A, Rauscher GH. Racial/ethnic disparities in time to a breast cancer diagnosis: the mediating effects of health care facility factors. Med Care. 2015 Oct;53(10):872-8. [See abstract.]

Mortel M, Rauscher GH, Murphy AM, Hoskins K, Warnecke RB. Racial and ethnic disparity in symptomatic breast cancer awareness despite a recent screen: the role of tumor biology and mammography facility characteristics. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2015 Oct;24(10):1599-606. [See abstract.]

Peterson CE, Rauscher GH, Johnson TP, Kirschner CV, Freels S, Barrett RE, Kim S, Fitzgibbon ML, Joslin CE, Davis FG. The effect of neighborhood disadvantage on the racial disparity in ovarian cancer-specific survival in a large hospital-based study in Cook County, Illinois. Front Public Health. 2015 Jan 22;3:8. [See abstract.]

Allgood KL, Rauscher GH, Whitman S, Vasquez-Jones G, Shah AM. Validating self-reported mammography use in vulnerable communities: findings and recommendations. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2014 Aug;23(8):1649-58. [See abstract.]

Silva A, Rauscher GH, Ferrans CE, Hoskins K, Rao R. Assessing the quality of race/ethnicity, tumor, and breast cancer treatment information in a non-SEER state registry. J Registry Manag. 2014 Spring;41(1):24-30. [See abstract.]

Peterson CE, Rauscher GH, Johnson TP, Kirschner CV, Barrett RE, Kim S, Fitzgibbon ML, Joslin CE, Davis FG.The association between neighborhood socioeconomic status and ovarian cancer tumor characteristics. Cancer Causes Control. 2014 May;25(5):633-7. [See abstract.]

Silva A, Rauscher GH, Hoskins K, Rao R, Ferrans CE. Assessing racial/ethnic disparities in chemotherapy treatment among breast cancer patients in context of changing treatment guidelines. Breast Cancer Res Treat. 2013 Dec;142(3):667-72. [See abstract.]

Rauscher GH, Murphy AM, Orsi JM, Dupuy DM, Grabler PM, Weldon CB. Beyond the Mammography Quality Standards Act: Measuring the Quality of Breast Cancer Screening Programs. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2014 Jan;202(1):145-51. [See abstract.]

Rauscher GH, Conant EF, Khan JA, Berbaum ML. Mammogram image quality as a potential contributor to disparities in breast cancer stage at diagnosis: an observational study. BMC Cancer. 2013 Apr 26;13(1):208. [See abstract.]

Rauscher GH, Khan JA, Berbaum ML, Conant EF. Potentially missed detection with screening mammography: does the quality of radiologist's interpretation vary by patient socioeconomic advantage/disadvantage? Ann Epidemiol. 2013 Apr;23(4):210-4. Epub 2013 Mar 1. [See abstract.]

Rauscher GH, Allgood KL, Whitman S, Conant E. Unequal distribution of screening mammography services by race/ethnicity and health insurance. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2012 Feb;21(2):154-60. [See abstract.]

Kaiser K, Rauscher GH, Jacobs EA, Strenski TA, Ferrans CE, Warnecke RB. The import of trust in regular providers to trust in cancer physicians among white, African American, and Hispanic breast cancer patients. J Gen Intern Med. 2011 Jan;26(1):51-7. [See abstract.]

Rauscher GH, Ferrans CE, Kaiser K, Campbell RT, Calhoun E, Warnecke RB. Misconceptions about breast lumps and delayed medical presentation in urban breast cancer patients. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2010 Mar;19(3):640-7. [See abstract.]

Rankin KM, Rauscher GH, McCarthy B, Erdal S, Lada P, Il'yasova D, et al. Comparing the reliability of responses to telephone-administered versus self-administered Web-based surveys in a case-control study of adult malignant brain cancer. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2008 Oct;17(10):2639-46.

Holmes JH, Lehman A, Hade E, Ferketich AK, Gehlert S, Rauscher GH, et al. Challenges for multilevel health disparities research in a transdisciplinary environment. Am J Prev Med. 2008 Aug;35(2 Suppl):S182-92. [See abstract.]

Rauscher GH, Johnson TP, Cho YI, Schlichting J. Accuracy of self-reported cancer screening histories: a meta-analysis. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2008;17:748-757.

Rauscher GH, Hawley ST, Earp JA. Baseline predictors of initiation vs. maintenance of regular mammography use among rural women. Prev Med. 2005 Jun;40(6):822-30.

Rauscher GH, Earp JA, O’Malley MS. Relation between intervention exposures, changes in attitudes, and mammography use in the North Carolina Breast Cancer Screening Program. Cancer Epidemiol Biomarkers Prev. 2004;13(5):741-7.

Earp JL, Eng E, O’Malley MS, Altpeter M, Rauscher GH, Mayne L, et al. Increasing use of mammography among older, rural, African American women: results from a community trial. Am J Public Health. 2002;92(4):646-54.

Rauscher GH, O’Malley MS, Earp JL. How consistently do women report lifetime mammograms at successive interviews? Am J Prev Med. 2002;22(1): 8-14.

Honors and Awards

IHRP Fellow